Any professional is subject to making career damaging mistakes, or getting into a pattern that is non productive. But it is possible to recover from these errors and rebuild anew. Start a renewed career by following these steps.
Dump the Negative Thoughts About Your Past
All mistakes aren’t bad, especially if you learn from then. But they become bad when they beat us down and end up defining our careers. Mistakes can cause self-doubt, which can lead to additional mistakes. Separate the negative aspects of your past career from the learning opportunities, and toss all the negativity in the dumpster.
Rebuild Burned Bridges
The mistakes you make can negatively impact a relationship. But it does not have to remain broken forever. Find a common ground in which you and the person can stand on and meet with them to find a solution. This is not a quick and fast process. It may take time to convince them to see things through. But by repairing the relationship, you are opening the door for change and return to a cordial and professional relationship.
How can one rebuild if they are not orderly enough to know where to start? Having a cluttered mess on your desk and in your head distracts you from your goal of revamping your career. It gives the impression that you are not seriously or have the capability to control your work like. Spring clean your work space, you work clothes in the closet, your calendar etc. to help jump board your new career.
Let’s say you ruined a very important presentation for a client at a marketing firm, and your supervisor was present. Your presentation lost the client and your supervisor is furious. This is not the end however, as you are still employed and still have the opportunity to prove to your boss that you are capable of completing another presentation. Come prepared with an outline that details your new plan to approach a similar situation with greater levels of success. Then, if given the chance, make sure you put everything you’ve got into it and you’ll have that tear all patched up.
So take the opportunity to reflect on your career, clean up any clutter, mend relationships and start brand new.
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