Getting ahead, making progress and becoming successful doesn't happen magically. You may look at great achievers and think they have been given everything, or their rise to the top was easy because they were talented, or good looking or that they just stumbled upon the formula for success. You might think those things, but you would be wrong.
People who enjoy success in any business, industry or endeavor earned it. One quality they all share is "being there", showing up. They keep showing up, making it a habit until it almost becomes second nature. And it is an essential component in a successful career. In a world of technology, human interaction is still valuable. There are strategies to aid you in being present.
Dedication and hard work are the foundations for realizing any goal. Regardless of your aptitudes or skills, you have to have a presence. You can't phone it in, you have to show up. Showing up means making choices about where you put your time and energy. Be selective. There will be temptations to skip events, meetings or other activities that are non-essential or not mandatory. Social distractions will pull at you and compete for your attention. Keeping your goal in sight will help you focus on what is important act accordingly.
Define your vision to have a clear path to see it through. Be conscientious about being where you say you will be. Telling people to expect you is a good way to hold yourself accountable. Budget your time so that you can apply effort to your commitment. Showing up gives you advantages; you'll learn more, build relationships, improve your performance and enhance your reputation. It's also an excellent way to give back. Listen to people earnestly, even those who have no power to help you. Lend a hand, offer encouragement, do a favor, make a difference. Helping others always benefits you as much or more than it does the people you're helping.
As critical as showing up is to career advancement, it's just as important to be there in your personal life. Don't neglect your family and social connections. All work and no play makes Jack or Jane a really lopsided person. Attending soccer games, scout meetings, school plays, a friend's celebration, and other happenings in the lives of the people you care about helps maintain your equilibrium and keeps you healthy. After all, your motivation for showing up in your professional life is so that you can enjoy the rest of your life as well.
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