You’re good at your job, but you know you’re capable of much more. You’re capable of achieving truly great things.
So how do you get noticed? How do you change people’s perception of you?
Set your goals. If you want to achieve something great, decide what it’s going to be. Research shows that there is a positive correlation between those who know what they want to achieve and those who achieve great things. Make sure you put the plan in writing so you don’t fudge it as time goes on.
2. Plan and execute the plan
Successful leaders have a plan, and work the plan, but they are not bound by it. Sometimes a better solution presents itself.
The key to success is recognizing the difference between a barrier or problem with the plan, and a better solution which may take you in a different direction. Once you start implementing, keep going. Improvise if you need to, but keep going.
3. Don’t let your inbox control your agenda.
You see people everywhere tied to their messages, at restaurants, in airports, walking on the street. This means other people are controlling your agenda. You can’t concentrate on your priorities if you allow yourself to be interrupted constantly. Set aside some time several times a day if necessary, and leave them alone apart from that.
4. Get out of the office.
For most people, life happens outside the office walls. That is where you will find inspiration, new ideas, and new products, new people to interact with. The office is full of paper pushing activities, meetings, and every day activities. Yes you have to do them, but you need to get out too!
5. Review progress on your plan weekly.
Make sure you are still on track against your written plan. Adapt, but Keep going.