March 6, 2013

3 Ways To Position Yourself For New Career Opportunities

How are you this morning? I want you to take a look around you and think about where you’re at today. Are you working the job or in the career […]

How are you this morning? I want you to take a look around you and think about where you’re at today. Are you working the job or in the career path you want? Do you make the paycheck of your dreams?

In today’s world, you find a lot of people who are unhappy with their job, boss, or current situation. Do you ever hear them complaining and spitting negativity about it all over the place? Is that person you?

Here’s what happens: You manage to get a new job. And whether it is your dream job or you just grabbed the most convenient thing because of the crazy unemployment rates, you were excited. A job means income, and you’ve got mouths to feed and hopefully dreams to fulfill. But then you start the job and within six months, you are dreading Monday. You hate your boss. And whatever is wrong with your life would somehow be magically fixed if you just had a better job at a better company with a perfect boss and great co-workers.

You already know where I am going with this. Because let’s be honest – if you did get a new job, the likelihood is you would have the same exact dang problems! Or more than likely, the perfect opportunity will not just come find you. Perfect opportunity is not a knight in shining armor that is going to storm the castle and save you.

You have to POSITION yourself for an opportunity. If Cinderella had never gone to the ball, would the Prince have ever scoured the countryside looking for her? No, he wouldn’t have known she existed. The best part is that you don’t need the fairy godmother. There is no magic.

It’s simple. If you want the bigger bonus check, if you’re tired of being passed by for promotions, or don’t understand why opportunity hasn’t slapped you in the face yet, you need to start working on your skills! So here’s a few tips to position yourself for promotion:

  1. Ditch the negativity. If your friends and family know you don’t like your job, chances are most people know. Chances are your boss can tell, which could have an effect on your paycheck, promotions, and future referrals.

    While you’re busy talking up your co-workers or boss to be some evil witch (or another word), you may have missed that you’re the dragon! And those new connections you could’ve built got burned by negativity. Don’t talk negatively about your company or job. Breathe life into it, not death.
  2. Find someone who has what you want, and do what they do. Look at your co-workers that are getting promotions… What are they doing that you aren’t doing? Are they taking initiative on projects or are they being negative and surfing Facebook all day?

    Look at some of your habits and really discern if they are helping or hurting you. Aside from negativity, you may find you have some other bad habits. Many employers list their pet peeve bad habits as sarcasm, constant tardiness, antisocial behavior, and mistaking a casual workplace for unprofessionalism.
  3. Prosper where you are planted. ALWAYS! Be faithful with what you are given in your current job and continue to invest in GROWTH.

    What extra skills or tools can you learn that would help you grow? Would taking a class in social media or computer skills help increase your value at the company? Notice what your current workplace is lacking and try to fill it. I have seen this single skill get people 6-figure bonus checks.

    If you aren’t prospering where you are planted, your opportunities to grow or be promoted are slim to none. In your current job, if you aren’t expanding your network and increasing your skill sets – I can promise, your life will stay exactly the same.

And the thing is, I give you opportunities to increase your skill sets every day. I hand-deliver skills sets to you to help you increase your income and live the life of your dream – have you stepped up yet? Have you been applying some of The Daily Fix wisdom in your life? Have you been listening to the strategy calls or joined us at a live event? Hundreds of thousands of people are changing their lives and seizing the opportunities every day.

When you’re ready, there is a welcoming and growing community here for you. If you are a member of this community already, make sure you are allowing your friends and local community in! You can start by sharing this message! Don’t forget to leave your comments for me to read.

In great faith,


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  1. Isabel Soltero March 6, 2013

    Thanks so much for writing this!

  2. Michael Hicks March 6, 2013

    We are our own best friend and worst enemy.
    Personal success depends on which one we choose.

    Your words really ring true, Dani. I used to work as a
    nursing assistant in a hospital. I won’t bore you with the
    details, but the bottom line is that I wasn’t happy there…
    and everyone knew it. I was also in nursing school at the time,
    but I got sick and missed so much time at work that the hospital
    had to let me go. I was a “flex time” employee and exhausted all
    of my sick leave. The hospital had no choice but to cut me loose.

    But in hindsight, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    Now I’m a copywriter. I never thought writing the way you talk would
    lead to anything substantial. I know differently now. In fact, I made a
    commitment to earn 6 figures in 6 months. That’s a far cry from less
    than $10 an hour in the hospital…

    So you’re right, Dani. The skills we need to enjoy the success we deserve
    are all around us. In my case, I had been carrying them around inside me.

    It’s one thing to see what’s right in front of you. It’s quite another to get off
    your buns and do something about it.

    Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed today’s post, Dani. Have a great Wednesday!

    • Garland Guion March 8, 2013

      I want to create enough wealth, so i can help others to acheive their goals.

  3. Lucinda Coblentz March 6, 2013

    This is so good! I have struggled at my job because of constant negativity especially when our independant practice became affiliated with a local hospital because of where our company was headed financially. I heard a lot of gossip and got so sick of it so in order to avoid it all I went to my desk and just worked all day not talking to anyone because I didn’t care for the negativity. I didn’t care for all the changes either but did my best to see the positive side. When I tried to say something possitive I was criticized. So, I shut up and minded my own business. I got a lot done every day but wasn’t building relationships and I started to resent my co-workers and my boss for being so negative and I am sure my non-verbal was communicating that very well. Through First Steps to Success and Creating a Dynasty I learned a skill set that I daily apply at work, even if it is to just one person. There is still a long way to go in getting rid of gossip in my dept of all women but I keep encouraging each of them individually even if it is just sending an email to compliment or thank them and now they actually come over to my desk to talk when they have the chance. I am not in a management position and work pretty independantly with what I do (which I like:)) but I know that I can still make a difference for as long as I am here until my baby arrives in May. I found what I wanted at First Steps to Success and am so glad that I went. It is changing my life litterally on a daily/weekly basis. Thank you so much Dani for giving and sharing your wisdom so that I can live a better, more fulfilling and successful life! I appreciate you!!!!!!

  4. Jvern Debrees March 7, 2013

    Does Dani actually personally read all these comments under these articles?