"How can I get promoted?"
|Secret handshakes go back a few years...|
Implied in that question is that there may be a secret handshake, a magic book, or fraternity that if they joined, then "it" would all come together. Whatever "it" may be.
I don't have the heart to tell people the truth -- not everyone is promotable.
Sorry, but it's true.
So when someone asks me that question, I tell them, "If you want to be a leader, then lead. If you want to be a project manager, then manage a project. You don't need the title to make it happen."
Show me. Don't tell me that you want to do something. Do it!
And when you do it, you'll show us all two things: you have the desire and the will to achieve even when you don't have the official title.
We must mentally promote ourselves to the role we aspire to hold. The answer is within us, waiting to be tapped.
No one wants to hire a project. But I can guarantee you that everyone wants to hire a winner. That person who has shown desire and will to do the hard work even when there is no guarantee of payoff.
So you want to be a traditionally published author? Then do everything that's consistent with "being" a published author. Show the professionals in the industry that you're also a professional. You have to be the baddest badass out there. You are not competing against the slushpile. You're competing against those on the bestseller list. That's what the industry is looking for. Elevate your game. Give yourself a mental promotion--now!
Or maybe you will self-published. Then behave like a professional author for your readers. Give them your best work. The beautiful cover, the professionally edited novel, and build the personal connection with your fans who will spread the word for you like the plague. You are trying to win their trust. You're trying to establish a sacred agreement that if they take a chance on you, then you in return will honor their valuable (and diminishing) free time. You will give them the ride of their life.
By the way, these habits are not mutually exclusive. We have to do all of the above and then some.
Eliminate "good enough," or "pretty good" from your vocabulary. Only the best qualify. The good news is that it's all up to you--me. The bad news is that it's all up to you--me.
If we want to win at any game, then we must play the game as if we've already won. Believe in yourself, so others will believe in you.
Bad things happen to good people all the time. Lady luck shows up on the wrong table sometimes. But in the end, if we play the game fully, with passion and excellence in heart and mind, then on my scoreboard, we've already won, haven't we?
Believe in yourself, then do it. And when you do, the rest will believe in you too.
Fight the good fight!