04 Apr What YOU Want
For most of us, asking for what we want is the hardest thing that we can ever do in our professional lives. I hate to disappoint one of the most followed bands of all times, The Rolling Stones, but I don’t believe the song lyrics You Can’t Always Get What You Want, because I believe I can get exactly what I want. Yes, it may take time, hard work and sacrifice, but I can get it.
It seems that in our personal lives we have no problem at all asking for what we want, most of us know what we want our birthday and Christmas presents to look like, we know we want to go on a holiday and we know we want a new car and we generally know what we want in our professional lives, but do you verbalise this in the same way that you verbalise your personal wants?
How often do we say “I wish the boss noticed all the overtime I do?”, “I wish I had more time.”, “I wish I had more responsibility at work.”, “I wish I could get my team to do what I ask them to do” “More, More, More”…. yet without making any real changes to the present structures of our professional lives.
With Easter fast approaching, my mailbox (both the one on my computer and on my street) are filling up with letters from organisations and individuals wanting me to help them out over the Easter period… all with their very glossy images of happy families and people or confronting images of what poverty, disability, or homelessness does to an individual and a family. These letters have been thought about very carefully, every detail – the style of font, the content of the letter and even the part where you fill out your credit card details. A very clever thing that most letters have is the highest amount as their first tick box, indicating to me that I really should be giving them $1000 instead of $20; an Easter basket with all the trimmings instead of just the small bag of home brand chocolate eggs; or buying a teacher for a village instead of just the chicken.
So after looking through the multitude of letters and emails, I started to think…..we as individuals could really learn a thing from these organisations that fill up our inbox and our letterboxes. “WHY?” I hear you ask in a ‘here we go again’ tone….well, because the organisation has thought about what they needed, thought about how this could change the person’s life, thought about the increase to their bottom line and thought about who they should target to get to their goal.
In essence, we can really learn alot from these letters and emails – after all, they have the fine art down pat of really thinking about what they want and then putting an action plan in place of achieving their goal. So instead of putting all of your energy into wondering when you are going to get that promotion or when you are going to schedule that team building strategy meeting, why not simply just think about what you want to achieve, start to put an action plan together and start asking those you need to help you achieve your ‘I want’ list.
At Amovita, we have a range of services that can assist you to ask what you want, from Executive Management Coaching and Team Development to learning positive ways to participate in professional supervision in your workplace, our team of positive professionals can work with you, so you can get exactly what you want.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs