Is it your time to shine?
How to find out if it is your time to shine?
There is a great saying by Henry Ford that goes along the lines of:
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
For many of us doubt stops us from doing new things, moving forward, or throwing our hat in the ring for an opportunity. At Careerability, we think that giving yourself permission to shine is absolutely imperative. Here are some signs that show you it is time to step out into from the shadows and shine:
You know more than others around you.
When others are told to come and see you about a problem or a process, it is a good sign that your talents are being noticed. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of your expert status. If you are ambitious, ask to lead the next project. Or maybe, ask if there is an opportunity to act in a different or more senior role. Let people know that you want to do something with your expertise.
If ambition is not a driver for you, have a think about how you can capitalise on your knowledge in other ways. Are you interested in taking on a training or mentoring role? A role like an internal trainer is excellent as it adds to your skillset while tangibly demonstrating value to your organisation. When you demonstrate value, you will get rewards. It is time to shine.
You are champing at the bit for more.
It might not be 100% clear on what more is, but you know you want it. You are almost impatient for it. Sometimes you are not going to get a gold etched invitation to step forward and shine; sometimes you have to just go for it. This might look like dealing with an outstanding work issue that everyone has been ignoring (massive pile of filing, anyone?). Or, it might mean stepping out and joining Toastmasters to broaden your public speaking skills. Whatever it is, stop champing and start shining.
The time is genuinely right.
Often in life we have to put others needs in front of our own. If you are a parent or a caregiver, you know all about it. Even if you are not, chances are you often end up meeting others needs in front of your own. Occasionally, and you do need to look out for it, the fog clears and it is a great time to start something new. If you find yourself in a period where you have capacity to ‘go for it’ then it is really time to shine. Look at this time as the gift that it is; step out and show the world who you are.
You feel it in your waters.
When I was little, my mother told me that if I found myself in a situation that didn’t feel right then I was to get myself out of it. In effect, she was telling me to trust my gut. As we age, we tend to put trust in other factors. These might include media, facts of the situation, social norms, work rules and even our colleagues. Sometimes we go against our gut because of one of these factors. When it comes to identifying your time to shine, trust your gut. If it feels right, it probably is right. Go for it.
You are OK if it doesn’t go exactly the way you had planned.
As I am being a bit quotey today, I have another great quote:
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
~ Winston Churchill
It is time to shine if you know that it may not work out the way you want it to, yet you are prepared to persist. Consistency, growth and change are important factors in achievement and so is acceptance from failure. I have spoken here about learning from the failures as well as the successes. There are some really good TED talks regarding the benefits of experiencing failure, click through here and have a look. Your time to shine might have some bumps in the road, but that will make your achievement so much sweeter.
Is it your time to shine? Why not find out?