What Got You Here Isn’t Going to Get You to the Next Level

What got you here isn’t going to get you to the next level.

Whether you arrived thanks to relationships or a reputation, you will need to forge a distinct path leveraging new tools, resources and relationships to get wherever you want to go.

Maybe it’s a job or a promotion. Maybe it’s a relationship – the attraction that got you in it won’t keep the love alive. Whatever it is, you have to determine what greatness or success looks like and carve out a roadmap to get there.

Don’t get me wrong – you’ll learn plenty from where you’ve come from and your previous efforts matter. But you’ll have to match or surpass your efforts and contributions if you want to continue leveling up.

In my experience, I’m constantly looking for new ways to love my wife and kids. What made me a great sales rep don’t by default make me a great leader, but knowing and empowering my teams can.

Think about the outcome you want, and develop the process that will lead you there – relationships you need to get where you want to go. Think about the skills or knowledge or controllable variables so you can lay the foundation and set off on the right path.

Even deciding you want to or think you’re ready for the next level doesn’t make it so. You’ll have to adjust and adapt along the way, as roadblocks present themselves or variables change. Be mindful, address the present moment and adjust the sails based on the new parameters.

The next level is out there. What are you willing to do differently to get there?


About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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