Putting yourself out there can be a bit scary, especially if you are just starting to work toward your professional goals. However, finding new opportunities is a vital part of professional growth. If you want to achieve your goals and set yourself up for success, it is important to go out into the community and put yourself out there, despite any fears or doubts you may have about the future.
4 Ways You Can Put Yourself Out There to Improve Your Chances of Success
Before you start looking for new opportunities, it’s important to understand that we all have fears and insecurities holding us back from achieving our potential. The only way to overcome these personal setbacks is to embrace your vulnerability and put yourself out there. Here are just a few ways that you can do just that:
1. Ask for the chance or opportunity.
Many of us would rather sit back and wait for opportunities to come to us rather than seeking these opportunities for ourselves. Perhaps we’re scared of hearing the word, “no” or maybe we just aren’t sure how to approach the right people or even who to approach to get the kinds of opportunities we’re looking for. Though hard work can go a long way in getting you the recognition and opportunities you want, waiting for someone to approach you about these new opportunities is not as effective as reaching out and asking for a chance yourself.
You can start seeking new opportunities by setting a meeting with your boss to discuss the next challenge you want to take on. Before the meeting, prepare an elevator speech on what you can and want to. This makes it clear to your boss which opportunities, tasks, and challenges might be right for you.
2. Build a powerful personal network.
No one can achieve their professional goals all on their own. In one way or another, we all need guidance, support, and opportunities to grow that will come from within our personal network. Though it may be hard to meet new people, especially if you are shy or introverted, building your personal and professional networks is one of the best ways to reach your goals more quickly and successfully.
Start by attending networking events. These are great opportunities to meet others in your field and learn from professionals within your community. Also, don’t underestimate the power of reaching out to friends and family and being clear about your goals. They may know someone who can help you get closer to your professional goals. Once you have worked to build a powerful personal network, you will find that you have all of the support and guidance you need to achieve your full potential.
3. Create your next opportunity.
We’re often ready for the next challenge before someone has a new opportunity for us. Why wait for someone else to present you with opportunities when you can create them yourself? Think about your professional goals and what you need to achieve them. After you’ve made a list of which steps you will need to take, consider ways you can work to create this opportunity for yourself.
A great place to start is by talking to a mentor or other professional that has achieved some of the professional goals that you’ve set for yourself. This person will be best able to provide guidance and advice on how you can create the best opportunities for yourself. Interview someone who is where you would like to be, and start making a list of ways that you can work toward that goal yourself.
4. Develop your resiliency muscle.
Resiliency is the ability to recover from hardships and changes without becoming overwhelmed or distressed. The more resilient you are, the stronger and wiser you can become in all aspects of your life. Resiliency is important because it allows you to get through any challenge or life event by moving forward with strength and achieving your potential despite any setbacks. Building up resiliency is similar to strengthening your muscles. The more you work to implement effective coping strategies during challenging times, the more resilient you will become.
Rather than pushing through life hoping to overcome your biggest challenges, you can adopt new skills that help you bounce back from troubles and challenges more easily. One of these skills is practicing self-forgiveness and gratitude. Holding onto negative emotions can have negative effects on your mental and physical well-being. By focusing on what you are grateful for and forgiving yourself for past errors, you can work to move forward with grace.
Join an Organization that Inspires and Supports
One of the best ways to achieve your career goals is by surrounding yourself with others who aim to inspire and support you in your journey toward success. The International Association of Women (IAW) does just that. With more than 850,000 members and over 200 local chapters nationwide, IAW helps women achieve their professional goals by providing opportunities to network, career services, and educational tools.
Are you ready to achieve your professional goals with America’s biggest network for women? Join IAW today to get on the road to success.