How to survive a promotion

How to survive a promotion

Getting a promotion is an exciting time, it’s recognition for all your hard work, more money and a chance to play at a higher level.

But with that new found responsibility, also comes heightened expectations, increased pressure and a new set of challenges.

So, while it is your chance to grow, for many, it also can push them to the edge, where if they aren’t careful, they can be left overwhelmed, burnt out, feeling like an imposter or not performing at their full potential.

That’s why now more than ever it’s time to take charge and put yourself in a position to succeed.

In this article is share with you the 6-steps I use with clients to keep them performing as their best self, so they don’t just survive that promotion, but they thrive.

Step 1: Clarity

You can’t move forward if you don’t know where you are going, and nothing will sink your ship faster than a lack of direction.

So really take some time to assess where you are, where you are going, what challenges you may face and what changes you need to make.

By taking stock, you can avoid going into the promotion like a headless chicken and instead can put together a plan to get you from where you are, to where you want to be.

Step 2: Mindset

Chances are this promotion has brought on new responsibilities, and if you’re managing a team, needing to lead, deal with conflicts and make big decisions, that can be a lot of pressure, especially if it’s new territory or putting you out of your comfort zone.

These challenges can stack up, as constantly trying to put out fires gets too much, and you land up on an emotional rollercoaster getting set off over things that in isolation wouldn’t matter.

Till eventually you find yourself crying in your car outside Tesco, all because they were sold out of your favourite toilet paper.

This is why the most ESSENTIAL thing we do is get you to move from being in a reactive state of mind, to being proactive.

What does that mean?

Well, there’s a mindset approach I use with all of my clients to level up their way of thinking so they can remain calm, focused and in control of their emotions, regardless of the challenges thrown their way.

Not only that, but we also need to start looking at the big challenges you face and pre-anticipate how you will respond to them. With everything from big meetings, to difficult conversations, issues in your team or how you lead a meeting.

By pre-planning how you will respond, make decisions or deal with setbacks, you will have a far easier time staying on track, leading your team to the desire results, making the right in the moment decisions and remaining in control.

So in your morning routine, look at your day ahead, plan how you will deal with challenges, mentally run through scenarios before you tackle them and assess all outcomes to know how to respond.

Step 3: Self-Belief Reprogramming

Often with promotions, people can get stopped in their tracks by that voice filling them with doubts, fears and negative thoughts.

After all, are you really good enough? What happens if you fail? Was your success all luck?

All of these form mental roadblocks in your head, which can push you into a self-sabotaging spiral where you procrastinate, overthink, make the wrong decisions, become scattered or feel like a fraud.

Almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy, where you subconsciously mess up just to prove that voice right.

That’s why we need to get to the root cause of why you think and feel the way that you do, reversing the thoughts and stories in your head and remove the mental roadblocks that are in your way.

THIS is how you shatter through the doubts and fears, giving you unstoppable confidence and self-belief to consistently show up as your best.

Step 4: Manage your time

With your newfound responsibility, one of the fastest things to get away from you will be time. That’s why planning is essential, scheduling tasks, meetings, projects and everything else in between.

How do you manage your time? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered as I’ve put together a free coaching video where I’m going to show you exactly how to plan and structure your day and week to set yourself up for success.

Get it here

Step 5: Get help

Getting to the top is one thing, but staying there is a different story, which is why now more than ever though, it’s essential to get help.

Yes, it’s scary, and the voice in your head may try to convince you that it’s weakness or you can do it on your own.

But there’s a reason why all top CEO’s, athletes, celebrities and performers have coaches – as they recognise, they need an outside force to bring out there best.

So, find someone to guide you through the next steps, act as a sounding board, bounce ideas off, work out how to deal with challenges and get you to escape the tunnel vision that’s so easy to get caught in.

This will make such a big difference in your thinking, decision making, performance, acceleration and impact.

Step 6: Prioritise other parts of your life

With a new promotion, it can be easy getting caught up in the need to prove yourself, and before long you can find you’re working 60-hour weeks, living on energy drinks, barely sleeping and burnt out, no longer even recognizing what your partner looks like.

It sucks, as it is a constant battle trying to juggle commitments in different areas of your life, as at times, something will have to give.

Now, work life balance is a term that’s thrown around a lot, and it’s usually met with some usually advice. As sure, we all know we should find the time, exercise, take a break or whatever it is, but how?

Personally, that’s why I don’t believe in balance in the traditional sense, but what I do believe in is making decisions based on priorities, learning to say no and deciding what is truly important.

We could fill a whole article with just this, but one piece of advice I’ll give you is make your calendar your best friend.

Everything goes in there, from exercise to date night, time to relax, buy and cook healthy meals or whatever else.

Schedule it in just like you would any important meeting or appointment and make a commitment that no matter what you WILL do it.

What next?

These are just some ideas on what you can do to survive your promotion and if you want to put yourself in the best possible position to succeed, then I want to help.

So, what I want to do is invite you to book a free 15 minute Clarity call where you can speak directly to me about you, where you are going and uncover what challenges may stand in your way.

No sales pitch, just a friendly chat to get to know each other better and work out your first steps.

Book it here


What do you think?

So I’d love to know your biggest takeaways from this article:

What resonated with you?

What challenges have you faced in a promotion?

And what have you done to stay on top?

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