It definitely is up to you; it is your professional choice. Name the one millimeter you will navigate this week to get to where you really need to go, together.
There is that one person, one idea, one project, one concept, one professional discipline which always gives you reason for Pause. Have you really paused to consider why? Because if you continue to spend time replaying your professional life inside your head, that Pause area takes up even more real estate. Plus, your area of Pause, of Professional Hesitation, keeps you looking backward with remorse and regret instead of moving forward with energy and anticipation.
Why keep talking yourself out of moving one millimeter beyond what keeps you comfortable and stuck where you are? What is the strategy in that habit?
Name the one millimeter forward you will navigate this week. It’s time.
And guess what? That one millimeter forward does not have to be devoted to addressing whatever makes you hesitate or pause in the past. Consider that those historical moments of professional baggage often are best reprogrammed by moving in a new direction, professionally. You already know trying to ignore the baggage is useless.
Alternatively, here is something entirely different to chew on this week. And this is the point. Which areas of professional pursuit are you anxious and excited to learn about? When you get out of your own way to move that one millimeter forward you liberate yourself. Give yourself permission to name that one millimeter you will navigate this week. What is new and next for you?
- Enrolling in a new learning program?
- Meeting a new colleague from a different professional discipline?
- Finally having that conversation with a colleague working at a company you’d love to work for.
- Addressing how your professional mindset makes you feel stifled and limited?
- Taking a chance, and assuming the risk, of learning new stuff to catalyze you forward?
- What would you add to this list?
- Congratulations! Don’t you feel relieved by naming your one millimeter? Then move the next millimeter forward.
Now, let’s take your next steps, together. You have named what is new and next. Now let’s create a plan of action.
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Babette Ten Haken | Change Catalyst | Purpose-Driven Professional Innovation | Cross-Functional Team Leadership | Trust-Based Client Retention | In Person & Virtual Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Author |
Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™ Speaking & Consulting, catalyzes trust-based, purpose-driven, cross-functional leadership. She leverages Voice of the Customer and storytelling to translate across communication and collaboration disconnects impacting successful business outcomes across people and professional disciplines. Babette is a cross-functional business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.