Career Essentials Newsletter June 2006 - Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Career

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Hello, loyal readers and new subscribers!

Summer has arrived in New York City! Balmy, warm days, empty streets and tourists in Central Park amused by friendly squirrels. We’ve spent relaxing hours by a small waterfall in the park watching birds splash. It yields the tranquility of fishing but without the rods and worms.

Recently, we enjoyed a fabulous weekend in Palm Beach at our wonderful friends’ Meryl and Gerry’s gorgeous condo. It was a mini-reunion of our rowdies group from Italy and we spent a great few days together. Here is a photo of us at the airport in Florida.

If you’ve ever wondered if you were self-sabotaging your career, this month’s feature article is for you.

Also, my friend Lorraine Cohen’s new product — helping you make rock-solid decisions — is a winner. Check it out in the recommended resources section.

Wishing you sunshiny days!

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Stopping Self-Sabotage

Are you your own worst enemy when trying to do your job?

Is your career on shaky ground and you’re wondering if it’s your fault?

Do you find yourself wondering, once again, if you’ll be fired?

If you’re asking these questions, then you might be sabotaging yourself and not even know it!

Do yourself a favor and probe deeper to discover how you might be adding to your lack of success.

Here is a sampling of the markers of self-sabotage:

  • Exhaustion
  • Missed deadlines
  • Weight gain, no self-care
  • Health issues
  • Fractured friendships and relationships
  • No time for networking
  • Working harder and longer hours but never getting caught up
  • Reluctance to talk to, or trust, your boss

What can you do if you feel that you might be self-sabotaging your career?

Here are tips:

  • Schedule time to step back and look at the bigger picture. You say you have no time to do that? That’s self-sabotage! It’s only by getting a 50,000 foot view of your situation that you can see what can be done differently. The goal is to work smarter, not harder.

  • Organize your thoughts. Separate tasks into those that only you can do. Be realistic and accept that you don’t have to do everything yourself. Micromanaging will de-motivate your staff and doesn’t allow them to own their projects.

  • What resources would you need to perform your job better? You might need to ask for more staff, delegate assignments or telecommute one day a week.

  • Once you have identified what you need, ask for a meeting with your boss. Insure that you are rested, calm and able to state the facts clearly while making your case. Your boss might even help you prioritize the most critical tasks.

  • If you discover exhaustion and anger are a pattern that has occurred more than once in your recent career, reach out to a therapist or counselor to learn how to overcome that pattern.

We often have times in our career that frustrate us and stall our ability to perform at peak levels. These periods are usually temporary and associated with particularly stressful events. However, if manic, disorganized and dysfunctional describes your daily job experience, this warrants a closer look.

Recommended Resource

Finally! I couldn’t wait to tell you about Lorraine Cohen’s long-awaited new e-Book — How Do I Choose? This groundbreaking e-Book outlines a powerful (and simple) 5 -step blueprint for making rock solid decisions. Packed with worksheets, exercises, useful tips, and real-life examples, “How Do I Choose?” is a must-read practical business and life tool. The e-Book will help you make decisions that feel right — in your heart and in your bones. Grab your copy today.

About Dale:

Dale Kurow, M.S. is an author and a career and executive coach in NYC. She works with clients across the U.S. and internationally, helping them to become better managers, figure out their next career moves and thrive despite office politics. Click here for more information about her services.

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