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Use Setbacks as Set-Ups for Success

Torski Dobson-Arnold


So 2010 is gone and for most of us, there are regrets on what we wanted to do, but never attempted; things we wanted to say and never spoke; opportunities we wanted to take but we were afraid to.


Luckily, each new day of 2011 provides us another chance to set ourselves up for success, not only personally but professionally as well. But how do we do this? How do we move out of the rut called “someday” into the victory of the “right now”?


Like a good photo shoot, it’s all about the set-up that determines how well the pictures come out. The career set-up I am referring to challenges you to consider the following:


S – Stop beating yourself up. Give yourself a break on what did and didn’t happen last year. It’s not helping you feel any better nor is it providing the encouragement you need to move forward now. More importantly, it’s in the past; let it go and move on.


E – Expect great things to happen. You will get the interview. You are confident about your skills and qualifications. You possess enough right where you are. Claim your new job!


T – Take baby steps. If you want to find a new job this year, start small by gathering together certificates of accomplishment at work. Ask trusted colleagues and former supervisors for references. Start talking to folks in your network about different career opportunities that might interest you. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your career portfolio.


U – Understand that “haters” are real. What is a “hater,” you may ask? In plain speak, “haters” are folks in your current circle who are not genuinely happy with your career goals to be and do better. You’ve got a make a committed decision to do what needs to be done for you, encourage others to strive to do better as well and then be prepared to move on with or without them. Remember the saying “Misery loves company”? ‘Nuff said.


P – Persistence pays off. Experts say that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Yet 80 percent of resolutions are dumped prior to the 21st day of January. Stay the course in your professional and career goals. Expect challenges and meet them head-on with the determination of a stubborn bull. Know that a delay in success is not a denial.


If you are ready to jump-start your career and professional pursuits, don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today! Let’s get ‘er done in 2011!


Contact Torski Dobson-Arnold, the Career Confidence Coach at torski@urbanviewsweekly.com

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