Charms don’t work
You have to create your own career luck
St. Patrick’s Day is also one of the many cultural traditions that is widely associated with the concept of good luck. Some people who are seeking good luck go so far as to conduct special lucky rituals or to carry talismans such as a four-leaf clover, a lucky penny, a rabbit’s foot or a small horseshoe on a chain. The whole purpose of these lucky charms is an attempt to control one’s fate through attracting good luck while providing protection from bad luck or some form of evil.
So, how does the concept of luck apply to career success? Are some people simply lucky in life and career while others are not? Will a special little ritual immediately prior to a job interview ensure good luck? Will carrying that Irish penny bring you a highly coveted promotion? I don’t think so. Lucky charms or talismans aren’t enough. Instead, developing “career luck” requires a consistent special effort. The following 12 career principles will help you to create that special career luck.
1. Create a broad theme goal — Lucky people focus on broader career goals than simply a specific job. This allows for multiple skill development that provides entry into a variety of careers all within the same skill theme. It gives people more choices that in the end will create enhanced opportunity for job satisfaction and creating and following a career path in the long term.
2. Focus on a positive attitude — Lucky people are happy people who see things from a positive point of view and expect good things to happen. Lucky people also recognize the importance of maintaining their positive mindset and utilize specific tactics to avoid self-sabotage. Engaging in deliberate positive self-talk helps to quickly identify and erase negativity and twisted thinking from their mind. 3. Keep dreams realistic — Lucky people build their dreams around reality. They know themselves well and they understand their skills and
capability. As well, they acknowledge and understand the potential career obstacles ahead of them and make plans to overcome them, resulting in realistic career goals.
4. Adopt a sense of persistence — Lucky people quickly put personal setbacks behind them. They know there is always more than one way to achieve a goal. Their mind automatically goes to planning how to go over, under and/or around the barriers that confront them.
5. Take advantage of every opportunity — Lucky people have a good sense of what is going on around them. They are strategic thinkers who are sensitive to how one change in the workplace might create opportunities others might not think of. They then create options on how to take advantage of these opportunities. In addition, they eagerly volunteer for assignments and accept special projects.
6. Learn effective decision making — Lucky people are good problem solvers and decision makers. They look at a problem and diagnose it; they brainstorm potential solutions and then select one that is most advantageous to their career while at the same time providing value to their employer.
7. Get and stay connected — Lucky people systematically develop networks of people connections that enable them to know what is going on in their workplace, their industry sector and their community. They take leadership roles so that they may be the first to know when change and opportunity will arise. They become a known entity to whom others reach out for help and advice.
8. Take calculated career steps — While lucky people demonstrate loyalty to their employer, they are also loyal to their career. This means always focusing on ways and means to increase and develop skills and move closer to your dream job. They assess each opportunity by what skills they will learn, who they will meet, and what connections they can make.
9. Work hard — Lucky people develop a reputation for working hard no matter whether they like a particular task. They become known for reliability, for flexibility and for the willingness to tackle and complete any task to the highest quality.
10. Erase the idea of failure — Lucky people are not afraid to try something new and they are not afraid to fail. Instead, they see it as a learning experience; after all, what is the worst that can happen? They examine each situation from a constructive perspective, determine how to improve things the next time and move on with their life. 11. Develop supportive relationships — If truth be known, people rather than money is what really makes the world go around. Knowing this, lucky people consciously develop reciprocal relationships in the workplace by helping others and doing good deeds without thinking of what is “owed’ to them. They are simply there when needed.
12. Be an effective communicator — Lucky people are well-balanced communicators. They focus on facilitating harmonious work relationships with their co-workers and are effective at conflict management. They also ensure that they become good listeners as well.
The month of March with its welcome spring renewal is definitely a good time to think about creating career luck. Yet holding on to a special talisman and wishing for success just won’t be enough. Creating career success requires a conscious effort, planning and persistence.