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?