7 Areas of Limitation in Career Development

  1. Limited Self-Belief and Lack of Self-Esteem

As career professionals, we generally underestimate our own abilities and attribute a greater degree of efficiency and aptitude to others. This limiting belief holds career development back from achieving its full potential. Professionals who desire career advancement need to understand that their abilities match up competitively with others in their field. Developing self-belief and self-esteem are the first steps for successful self-representation. Confidence is contagious and easily identified.

  1. Self-Defeating Behaviors

Everyone has habits, some good and some bad. Bad habits interfere with career development. Saying inappropriate things or making improper gestures at the wrong time does not present itself favorably with co-workers, bosses, or gatekeepers. Behaviors develop reputations that precede professional engagements. Judgments are passed based on previous work behaviors and rumors are spread that illuminate this perceived flaw. Stress and fatigue contribute to less than desirable behavior and being aware of other’s reactions is a tell sign that should alert us to keep or replace enacted behaviors.

  1. Uninformed about Steps and Techniques Needed for Progression and Advancement

Most workers find themselves doing repetitive tasks and wonder why they’re not advancing. Some people are satisfied doing the ordinary, but not you (or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading this). Ask questions – how did she move up so fast? What did she do? How did she do it? Who was her contact? Here are 7 steps that can be implemented right away and possibly the missing element needed for your promotion: 1. Create relationships 2. Be early, leave late 3. Do more than asked 4. Tell everyone how great your boss is 5. Support other departments 6. Ask for more work and do it 7. Ask for a promotion. If you don’t accept just getting by then you will advance. Ultimately, the blame for our failure or success rests on our shoulders and we need to identify the sequential steps to meet our needs regardless of how difficult these steps could be.

  1. Misaligned Goals and Values

Goals and values are not the same thing. However, negative effects are felt when they are not in sync. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is that really where you want to be? What do you value most in life? Does that goal align with your most important value? When goals and values are aligned, there is an aura of synergy that is created, jubilance in work follows, new energy is created, positive momentum is created, and a resounding vigor is experienced. Do you feel a weight on your shoulders? Maybe your goals and values are in misalignment. What quick change could you make to have the two roads meet?

  1. Lack of Self-Awareness concerning Strengths, Knowledge, and Abilities (KSAs)

Never underestimate your education and life experience. Most people do. We all have strengths, but not all of us take the time and put in the effort needed to make innate strengths into abilities. Not knowing your strengths can limit your development for the long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do without any effort? Where do you get the most compliments from others? We all have life experiences that shape our behaviors and attitudes. These life lessons are not learned or experienced by everyone. We learn by doing. It is common to underestimate our knowledge. We assume that others know the same things and others have had similar experiences. This is not the case. We share similar experiences within cultures, but the overall picture for each individual is unique. We are all different in our own ways and have something valuable to add to the conversation. Never underestimate your value.

  1. Inability to Communicate Effectively

Did you ever hear of the game “telephone”? A message is whispered from one player to the next and the message heard by the last player is always completely different from the original message. The biggest problem in today’s fast paced, over-worked, and over-informed environment is the inability to communicate effectively. As an author or writer, one learns to write as if the audience does not know anything. On the other hand, when we speak or write, we generally accept that our audience has a basic understanding of the topic. The error in communication lies in not clearly providing the message as it is intended. Critical points are excluded to maximize time, but those points need to be filled in by the audience receiving the message. This misunderstanding leads to crucial errors and ultimately destroys more time than was initially saved. Take the time to communicate your message clearly and effectively in the first place and save yourself the headache of having to clean up the associated errors.

  1. Lack of Leveraging Networks and Relationships

The general belief is that our closest friends and family are the only ones who would help us in times of need. Studies on social networking suggest that this is completely wrong. Your external network is willing to help and you need to leverage the benefits. Loose connections seem to provide greater benefits and they find greater opportunities that your immediate network could never realize. The power of your external network exists in its positioning which is completely outside your immediate network’s reach. Ask for support and probe your distant network to see how they can support your career development. People are willing to help. It’s our nature. Your external network could provide the needed boost that will take your career to the next level. If your distant network is limited then you need to create an action plan for cultivating connections. In today’s globalized and interconnected economy, competition is high, and relationships are gold. Ultimately, this works because of reciprocity and the genuine character of our kind. When you get the opportunity, pay it forward because what goes around comes around.


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Professional Coaching Explained

We briefly discuss the difference between coaching and consulting, difference between non-certified coaching and certified coaching, the importance of having a professional coach, why coaching is essential for client development, what a client should bring to the coaching engagement, what the concept of professional coaching is all about, coaching and action learning, and lastly, the beauty of awareness and clear communication derived from professional coaching.

Coaching is not Consulting

Coaching doesn’t provide answers.

Coaching enables you to develop the answer that is right for you.

Industry knowledge is not mandatory for coaching.

However, it allows for clear dialogue, more comfort, and faster progress.


Information doubles every forty-eight hours.

There are choices for choices!

What you do today shapes your future.


Making the correct choices has a huge impact on your life.

A career needs to be crafted correctly.

A wrong choice can cause lost years, reduced income, and a lower quality of living standard.


Coaching is a badge of honor that shows you are ready to take action for more achievement.

All high achievers employ professional coaches to guide them to be their very best.

Coaching is about taking action, understanding the moment, and leveraging strengths for improved success.


Coaching does not dwell on past problems, but rather, takes the positives and learned experience and uses it to create new perceptions.

Not everyone can benefit from coaching.

A client has to bring traits with them to the coaching engagement.

A few traits for optimum results are as follows:

  1. Motivated to get better
  2. Interested in learning about themselves
  3. Open to taking measured chances
  4. Ready to change negative behaviors
  5. Ready to create goals and commit to them

Professional coaching is an investment in yourself and if you feel that you are better than your performance says then acquiring a certified professional coach is exactly what you need to get to the next level.

Not all coaching is created equal

There are many practicing coaches that are not formally trained in the art of coaching.

Anyone who has had experience with a certified coach and a non-certified coach could tell you the difference.

The difference concerns the approach to the relationship, the structure of engagement, the non-judgmental behavior of the coach, and more production from the client because of the high regard a certified coach has for their clients.

There is a certain type of education that enhances the coaching ability in regards to mental acuity, expert listening, and perspective shifting, understanding the power of questions, and respecting the expertise of the client.

Non-certified coaches bring a different self-created practice to the coaching engagement that incorporates a little bit of consultant and therapist which creates discomfort and increasingly contributes to the lack of attaining goals.

Coaching and Action Learning

Action learning is a fairly new concept in organizations that has been developed through sensitive research on Adult Learning and Leadership. Visualizing the action inoculates us to the experience – studies have shown that performance is elevated similarly when physically doing and visualizing the experience.

Coaching creates a comfortable confidential space where the client taps into this world with a trusted guide and operates subconsciously to get better at their specific craft. The client has already accomplished their objective in their mind when the time comes to physically perform and will succeed to the best of their ability because of the coaching engagement.

Coaching is Revolutionary

Professional coaching is a revolutionary way of communicating and the evolution of our development has created a medium to advance our performance. Positive psychology is tapping into the art of coaching and adapting it further for additional benefits. Professional coaching is here to stay and currently a multi-billion dollar industry. Our clients leave our engagement with new found awareness and amazement of the beauty of seeing clearly. Our way of life goes so fast that we fail to absorb its beauty and forget the basics that make life worth living.  This is a common theme in most of our lives because we are only human and only able to take in on average seven bits of information per second.  Being thankful for what we have is challenging when we see all the things we don’t have. The vividness of your life is very beautiful when you realize what is really there in front of you.

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Powerful Influence of Positive Words

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me – Wrong!

Yeah sticks and stones break bones but words can definitely hurt.

Perception is the key, and our bodies react to positive and negative words – seriously!

Our body is made up of between 55% and 78% water.

Dr. Masuru Emoto conducted a scientific study which showed that negative words disfigured the structure of water molecules, and positive words transformed water molecules into beautiful shapes (i.e. snow crystals).

Words affect our behavior and we have control over the words that we use and allow into our lives – we have the ability to shape our environment and ultimately we have control over how we want our bodies to feel.

Bottom Line

Increase your body’s positive interaction with your environment by putting more positive words around you – this will transform 55-78% of your body into beautiful molecules which will positively affect your overall mood.

What are a few positive words that make you feel great?

Try it – it works!

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