Stop Following the Pack. Leap Ahead Instead!

With a twinkle in her eye, one of the attendees at yesterday morning's St. Matthias Employment Ministry gathering said to me, "Terry, I've got a tip for you."

"Oh yes?" I replied, anxious to hear what she had to say. I always love it when someone comes to an Employment Ministry meeting with an aha to share.

She said, "I've decided to 'Stop following the pack. And to leap ahead instead.'" She smiled while that sank in. Then she went on to explain that, as an IT job hunter, she had been pursuing jobs where the competition has been heaviest. One day, it occurred to her to start looking at new technology areas where there were fewer competitors. So she found a new niche and is pursuing it with excitement, taking courses and acquiring new skills that she hopes will pay off in new opportunities.

What a great story! As I reflect on her tip --Stop Following the Pack. Leap Ahead Instead!-- it seems to me that it's good advice that many of us should heed.

Here are some thoughts for making that leap...

L = Listen. Look into your heart. What is calling you in life? Listen to your inner coach.

E = Explore. Take a look around, in your field, and outside of it. What's happening? Explore possibilities. Go shopping. Venture out of your comfort zone.

A = Analyze and Act. Gather data. Use the power of LinkedIn to determine hot skills and hot spots. Go on a networking safari and ask lots of questions.

P = Place your bet. As the saying goes "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Try some new things. Take little risks.

Questions for Further Reflection:

- Are you following the pack somewhere in your life and not making the progress you'd like to make?

- Where in your life could you leap ahead? What's holding you back? What do you need to make that leap?

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday June 12, 2011. For more ideas on taking career change, contact Terry and invite him to speak to your group. Terry Seamon is a Learning & Organization Development consultant with Facilitation Solutions, a training and organization effectiveness practice based in New Jersey. He has designed and delivered training for his clients on leadership, coaching, engagement, managing, communication, customer service, conflict, stress, teamwork, and change, and has written extensively on these and many other topics. Invite Terry to your organization to speak with your teams. Call today and discover how Terry can help you achieve your goals: 732-246-3014.


Lee Silverstein said…
Great story Terrence. Thanks for sharing it.


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