Ah, the American Dream, to “get ahead” of the competition. Really, though, get ahead of whom? The common life question of “getting ahead” makes work sound like a race, so an underlying question must be, “Who are you racing?” If your life is a competition, there will be winners and losers, and you will not always be the winner!
What if you thought of yourself as a leader instead of just a competitor? If you set the course for your own life, how can you lose? How would this new mindset reshape your goals? How would that reroute your quest to obtain your goals? What, specifically, are your goals with your work and career?
“Getting ahead” asks the question
“What must I do?” to compete and win.
Leadership asks the question
“How must I be?” to serve the winners
around me and
create the results we all want.
Leadership is self-expression that adds value through relationships. How are you expressing yourself at work? How are you allowing your career to be an expression of the person you aim to be? How will you add value through your relationships? How are you valuable to others? If you value your career, then explore ways you can express yourself differently to add more value through your work and to the world around you.