November 16, 2009 | Barb Carr

Career Development: As Soon As …

BoredAre you treating your present job as a means to a paycheck until you have a shot at the career you want?

Can I share a secret?

Where you are at this moment is where you are meant to be.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking you will be where you are meant to be “as soon as.”

As soon as I finish my certification …

As soon as so-and-so retires/quits/gets fired …

As soon as the recession is over …

As soon as I convince my boss that I’m smarter, more hardworking and more deserving than the person who has the job I want …

As soon as [fill in the blank].

I really don’t know what your as soon as is but if you feel unfulfilled in your present position, you have an as soon as.

The reason we keep inviting Dr. Beverly Chiodo back to share with us at the TapRooT® Summit is because we are blown away by her message of character driven success. Dr. Chiodo’s platform is not as soon as, but it is understanding our personal character traits control our responses, regardless of circumstances, and determine our success.

What character traits are you revealing in your present career? Here are a few to consider from Dr. Chiodo’s “49 Character Qualities.” Do you choose:

Honor vs. Disrespect
Respecting those in leadership because of the higher authorities they represent.

Humility vs. Pride
Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.

Creativity vs. Underachievement
Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.

Enthusiasm vs. Apathy
Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.

Punctuality vs. Tardiness
Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time.

Faith vs. Presumption
Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how.

The first task I was assigned in my current position was opening and distributing the interoffice mail. For weeks, it was my only task. After 25 years in the workforce, opening the mail was not what I envisioned as a career, but I was fortunate to recognize it as an opportunity to develop my personal character traits. (I wish I had that insight earlier in my career!) I took the enormous weight of mail that my boss received each week and weeded out the mail that didn’t deserve his time, handled mail he didn’t need to spend time handling, and organized the rest into separate categories for his ease of review. I also set up a new centralized interoffice mail system. I have since found multiple ways to transfer the enthusiasm, creativity and faith that carried me through that first task to other daily tasks and continue to add exciting new dimensions to my career development.

Thought, action and outcome are closely related. You don’t have control over your boss, your co-workers and the recession but when you believe you are where you are suppose to be, and you take action to develop your character traits where you are, you will receive the outcome that you want. Many times the outcome is better than what you could ever imagine as soon as. I do not know the science or magic behind how this works, I only know that it does.

Do not be influenced by the job you think you need to be happy, or by what others think of your current job responsibilities. You do not move forward as soon as. You move forward when you accept this moment is where you need to be to develop your personal character traits. Don’t be deceived by as soon as. I challenge you to choose a positive character trait to master today, and allow it to transform your career.

(Editor’s Note: Career Development is a new bi-weekly column on the Root Cause Analysis Blog. Look for the next column on November 30.)

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