Moving Up The Ladder: 12 Simple Strategies To Get Promoted

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Career Promotion

The definition of Strategy according to Webster Collegiate is “The science of Planning and Directing Large-Scale Military Operations, Spec. (As distinguished from tactics) of maneuvering forces into the most advantageous position/goals prior to actual engagement with the enemy”.

But personally for me I like to think of strategy as simply a skill in managing or planning, where you use stratagem (scheme or plan). Stratagem: a trick, scheme or plan for deceiving an enemy in war (2) any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose – syn – trick

Advancing On The Job - Promotional Scheme/Trick/Plan ?

Let’s think for a moment:  Do you perceive your strategy as trickery?   Better still, do you perceive your section, division or department head as an adversary—an enemy to be conquered. He or she occupies the rung on the ladder above you.

Remember now, the definition of strategy tells us that there is an “engagement” with the “enemy.” How would you approach an enemy?  An adversary, if you will.  Or, should we consider our obstacles on the road to success as enemies--things We Need to Conquer and Overcome.

I believe that we should. So, let’s examine a true plan, choosing our synonyms for strategy to success.  In any endeavor—goal setting.  Because one who is a failure sets a goal to fail—the successful person sets goals of achievement.  The principle is very simple: you can either succeed at failing or succeed at winning.  Each of us is interested in success.  The question is how to determine our potential for success.  Success is the achievement of our predetermined, worthwhile personal goals.  So how do we determine this potential for success? Seriously, first we consider our personal thought pattern and the habits which cause the holding of these thoughts.  Sure, there were family, societal and educational impacts that affected our habits of thinking and the actions they engendered.  However, if we want to achieve that next level of accomplishment, we must first remove those mental restrictions.  Once mentally free of such conditions we can set those realistic goals and construct a plan of action to achieve them.

The philosopher William James said:

The one thing that will guarantee the successful conclusion of a doubtful undertaking is faith in the beginning that we can do it.

Faith, belief and conviction are the keys, the spurs, and the loud alarm that will propel us to our goal. This is a strong foundation upon which to build.

Success depends upon a sustained positive mental attitude.  We can plan and set noble goals; however, these goals are destroyed by the first few winds of negativism, skepticism or the temporary setback we invariable face.

After any of these monsters, we feel embarrassed, humiliated and believed ourselves to be destroyed. Why?  Because we get enthusiastic about our goals only to feel let down when things don’t go exactly as planned.  It hurts!  It tests our confidences if what we had so believed in. Too often we let temporary setbacks derail us.  Too often we can’t reach down and latch onto our previous faith and belief in our goal.  Yet, doing just that often means the difference between success and failure. Often, that initial belief in your plan will help you work through the problem.

Finally, don’t attempt to go solo.  We know and understand the importance of networking.  But, an even better tool is our personal success support system.  In “Think and Grow Rich,” we learn the term “master mind group.”  If our goal is organized with intelligently directed knowledge with proper effort, it will be achieved.

Napoleon Hill defines master mind “as coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.” The concept of master mind is similar to networking except master mind is a stronger structure usually composed of individuals with common goals.  Mr. Hill goes on to say that are two characteristics of the master mind group, one of which is economics in nature and the other psychic.  He tells us that if we surround ourselves with the advice, counsel and personal cooperation of a group of persons who are willing to lend wholehearted aid in a spirit of perfect harmony, we can’t fail.  As example of how you can use a master mind group for advancement is joining others in your discipline who work for different companies.  Share challenges and successes.  You can start such a group by reaching out and maybe starting a Meet Up group. There is tremendous creativity when two or more minds gather in a harmonious atmosphere for a common goal.

The psychic place is a much more difficult to understand in that it takes advantage of the mysterious release of energy from each mind that created another invisible, intangible force. This force may be compared to a third mind. 

  1. So, we must set our goals
  2. We must develop our plan
  3. We must identify our support group

Doing just these three things we can accomplish whatever our hearts desire.

Let’s expound on these steps:

  1. Attitude: a self-confident attitude is the most important asset one can possess. You create your environment—mental, emotional and physical—by the attitude you develop. Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought…and habits can be changed. We are either the master or the victim of our attitude. It’s a matter of personal choice-..It can be a blessing or a curse. Every change in human attitude must come through internal understanding and acceptance.  Human beings are the only known creatures who can reshape and remold themselves by altering their attitudes.
  2. Personal Motivation: self-motivation is the power that raises you to any level you seek.
  3. Goals: if we are not making the progress that we want and know that we are capable of, It is simple because our goals are not clearly defined.  When you set goals for yourself, they work in two ways: you work on them and they work on you. Goal setting should never be confused with wishing and daydreaming. One who sets a realistic goal is taking the first step in positive, overt action.
  4. Work: Know what you want, work for it, and life will return its richest rewards.
  5. Leadership: The most successful leader is one who recognizes the creative potential of every member of the team and makes productive use of that potential.
  6. Habits: We first form habits, and then habits form us.  In the individual drive toward a successful future, if one does not consciously form good habits one will unconsciously form bad ones.  It’s just as easy to form the habit of succeeding, as it is to succumb to the habit of failure.
  7. Change: Not every person can change the world, but a generous creator has richly endowed everyone.  We do have the power to change. If we stubbornly resist change we will live but a single life, uneventful no matter how serene it may be. But if we welcome change, we will live many lives all equally rewarding.
  8. Enthusiasm: This is emotion management, the ability to control the emotional       temperature of any personal or professional situation.
  9. Desire: This makes winners in every walk of life.  The degree of success we achieve depends on the amount of sincere desire we have.
  10. Self-Image: Personality consists of numerous ideas, which are more or less consistent. At the center of all these ideas is the concept we have of ourselves.
  11. Self-Confidence: This can be gained only through practical know-how: know-how comes from knowledge and experience.  Experience can be gleaned only through a willingness to confront obstacles and situations that others ordinarily fear.
  12. Success: We can never truly succeed solely by accident or luck.  Real success depends upon how much of your potential you develop and use.

A great philosopher said:

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. - Goethe

Each of us has one life to live.  At the end of that life, do you want to say, “if only I had, if only I had…?” Here is how some of us might finish that statement—become a lawyer, instead of a paralegal; gone to medical school instead of majoring in liberal arts; choosing that career as opposed to marriage; bought one house when I really wanted another; moved to another area of the country or traveled extensively.

To this end, I leave you with this thought:

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass! —Paul Myers

About The Author: 

Aretha S. Frizzell - I have lived in Washington, DC all my life though I am not a native Washingtonian.  I went to elementary school, high school and college here.  I married and raised three wonderful children here and I am blessed to have them nearby.  I now have four grandchildren. These are additional blessings that I am so grateful for.  I am a federal retiree who has truly enjoyed retirement.  But now I have a new norm and I have a positive attitude about my new normal.  What is that new normal?  I am a widow who was married for 55 years to the love of my life.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 2011 and died January 28, 2012.  What a shock!  He was still coaching high school baseball and looked like a picture of health. But, Life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain! I really appreciate the reality of that statement having been a widow for over two years now.  Also, C. S. Lewis said “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”