I remember when I was shopping for my first car...my heart was set on a silver VW beetle with a sunroof, automatic and fully loaded. As I spent several weeks, car shopping, it seemed like everywhere I looked, there were silver VW beetles on the road...it was like they were following me. If you have ever shopped for a new car, especially a red car or anything major ticket item you really wanted, you can relate to what I am talking about.
So what does buying a new car have to do with your executive career? Well, pay close attention to the pattern I was pointing out, when my mind was really focused on buying a new car, more importantly, when I was crystal clear about the goal/end result/desired product, it seemed to manifest everywhere I looked. Of course, the number of silver VW beetles did not multiply overnight, nor do red cars magically take over the roads because you are looking to buy one - however, because your mind is focused on red cars (your goals), you are more intuned with them and open to the potential possibilities...consequently, the opportunities come in your focus more directly.
Alright - enough talk about cars. So I challenge you today - what are you focused on in your career right now?
-- have you given up on ever having a successful career?
-- are you still focused on your long-term career goals despite the economic downturn?
-- are you taking advantage of ALL options to enhance learning opportunities to enhance your career growth?
-- are you comitted to being a valuable contributor despite what appears to be a lack of internal opportunities?
Are you seeing "red-cars" success or are you simply re-playing visions of career failure over and over again? Remember that more often than not, what you "see" is what you will get.
Time to think outside of the box - break up the routine in your career, by accepting a lateral move to be in a different environment, taking on new responsibilities (provided you are not already stretched thin) to diversify your skills, offer to mentor a younger employee to improve your leadership/people development skills...you get my point right?