Act As If
Take a tip from the New Agers: visualize yourself as you
want to be, and youll find yourself moving closer to
your goal. By acting as if youre already
there, you train yourself--and others--to see you in a new
This doesnt mean ordering coworkers around as if theyre
your minions. It does, however, entail behaving like the professional
youd like to be.
- Dress for success: Its trite but true. The
image you present delivers a message of what youre
capable of and determined to achieve. Its therefore
worth following the old advice of dressing for the level
youd like to reach.
- Project the right attitude: Are you known for being
someone whos always up for an after work drink? Do
coworkers run to you to find out the latest company gossip?
If so, its time to rethink your behavior. Choose between
building a reputation for partying or for handling any assignment
with professionalism. If youre serious about wanting
a promotion, then act serious.
Take on more work. By assuming more than your share
of the workload, you demonstrate your ambition, commitment,
and work ethic. If possible, take on projects that challenge
and teach you new skills rather than accepting more drudge
jobs. Even routine tasks, however, need to be done and done
well, and bosses appreciate workers willing to do whatevers