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How Can Fear Be Your Career’s Best Friend?

If you are not playing it safe while doing anything that is worth doing in your career, you are definitely going to experience some sort of fear. And the good news is that experiencing this kind of fear is not altogether bad. Jobseekers, career changers and fresh career starters should be happy to know that fear can actually be their career’s best friend.

Fear can be classified into ‘productive fear’ and ‘limiting fear’. Productive fear helps you figure out how you can avoid a potential pain and achieve you goal. On the other hand, limiting fear refers to a feeling of fear which asks you to turn around and move in the other direction. Limiting fear may also stop you dead in your track.

Most of the time it is not feeling that differentiates productive fear from limiting fear. Instead, it is actually what you do or how you handle a situation when you feel it. The feeling of this fear can surround or overwhelm you at multiple points in your career. For instance, a career change situation can bring fears of getting failed or falling on your face. Now if you decide that it is best not to take the risk of making a career change and continue with your dissatisfying job, it becomes a limiting fear.

On the other hand, you can also turn this limiting fear into productive fear. Instead of not taking the risk of making a career change at all, you can also figure out how to minimize the potential of that actually happening.

To turn fear into productive fear, you can ask yourself the following questions –

How can I prevent the outcome?
What do I need to be aware of to reduce the risk of the outcome?
How do I need to prepare myself to reduce the risk of the outcome?

Fear can really be a rich source of insight, if used positively. What can fear actually do for your career benefit? Well, it can be an eye-opener to potential trouble that might arise during a particular course of action. At the same time, it can be used to energize your action to reduce the risk of the outcome. In this way, fear can really be your career’s best friend.

There is a very fine line between productive and limiting fear. On the one hand, productive fear can be used to prepare yourself to prevent some unnecessary pain. On the other, limiting fear can just stop you from taking any action at all. Therefore, the next time you experience a feeling of fear, be ready to use it as an effective tool to pave your path and move towards your career goals.

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Career Success Tip: Track Your Accomplishments

When you achieve a target or accomplish something that brings profit to your company, you can not just give yourself a pat on the back. For instance, you acquired a new client through your inspired speech. Or you created spreadsheets that helped a lot in boosting the bottom line. Will you only give yourself a pat on the back and then forget these achievements. Not at all! To achieve career success, you need to record every single accomplishment or every small goal that you achieved. 

By keeping a record of your achievements, you can let others in the workplace know what difference you can make to the organization. Your co-workers will identify you through your work and achievements. This will be a part of your self promotion campaign. In today’s tough workplace, it has become utmost essential that you document your value to your boss or the employer.

Given below are some important tips to help you track your accomplishments –

Record it immediately
One of the most important things to remember while you start tracking your accomplishments is that you record them immediately as they occur. By recording the achievements immediately, you can easily record all the details while they are fresh in your memory.

Get it in writing
If you can gather some evidence about what you accomplished, there can be nothing better than that. Though verbal praise makes you feel nice, a written email or a written note would serve as an evidence of what you accomplished or achieved.

Quantify your achievements
It is also advisable to record your accomplishments in concrete terms. Try to get the figures and quantifiable terms that speak of your achievements louder. For instance, recording ‘landed a new client’ would carry no weight as compared to ‘landed new client bringing $48,000 to the company in the year 2010’. Therefore, always try to record your achievements in quantifiable terms.

Create a career portfolio
You must have heard artists creating their portfolio of best artwork. What about creating your own career portfolio to present it to organizations and employers? You can use the career portfolio for multiple benefits. For example, a career portfolio can help your negotiate the best salary and can be presented at interviews to set you apart from other candidates.

Tracking you achievements is essential to getting career success. Whether it is an interview, your resume, salary negotiation or a performance review, a record of your accomplishments can be effectively used for many career benefits.

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