Removing personal roadblocks at work

This post discusses removing personal roadblocks at work. So not policies or practices but your own mental blocks that prevent you from making change that sticks. A top global Executive coach gives you 3 tips to drive through positive change.

Another more recent post that may help you is : Building Leadership Confidence – what it takes (opens in a new tab for your convenience).

Tips on removing personal roadblocks at work

Coming back from holiday is typically a time for change. You spend time on your break thinking and contemplating about how you are doing and what they want to do differently this year. “I want to be fitter, I’m going to the gym”, “I want to lose weight”, “I’m not going to look at my i-phone until 9 o’clock in the morning”. New Year resolutions rarely stick.

It’s also a time we want to reflect on our career. What’s my ambition? Do I have a plan? What can I do differently to get to the next level? We come away with best intentions and put some plans in place, and we walk into the office and are received by a tsunami of emails, the calendar starts to fill up and before you know we are back to doing the same routine the same habits.

I know a lot of you want to move on, make the next step. So, I’m going to give you a few hints and tips on how to make change stick. It’s so hard these days because life can be 24/7 madness. On top of that, we really just struggle with change. Turns out, only 25% of us humans are naturally effective to change, most of us normal mortals struggle with it.

3 hints and tips :

  1. Don’t do it alone. We often put things on ourselves and hope people will notice. But, instead pull in those around you. Do this because a) People will give you a wider awareness of who you are and why you behave and how you come across. We’ve all got a good understanding of what we are like on the inside – but not so much one the outside. It’s often very interesting how people often see you very differently. So, people will often give you insight on your strengths, your development areas and also some of your blind spots b) Telling people can often help you to drive forward. Also, think about how it might benefit others if you change and do things differently. We, weirdly, are not so motivated by our own outcomes but by those of others. How is my change going to help my boss, my family, my kids, my friends? That actually motivates us more. So, think about other centered motivation for your development c) because it feels good when someone you know and love or respect says ‘well done’. And then just the anticipation that someone like that might reward us makes us feel good.
  2. Try to find the root cause that has stopped us making changes in the past. What’s holding you back? Typically something has happened, or there is an insecurity or there’s something you are worried about, right? Don’t try to do quick fixes, instead try to work out the root cause. Why don’t I speak up in meetings? Why do I talk too much? Why am I afraid to present? What is the block?
  3. Now, once you have understood the block you need to find the triggers that engage that insecurity that ultimately stop you moving forward. That ultimately stop you from excepting change is necessary and testing the new behaviours. So really understand that feeling you get just before you are about to do something different and you stop. They are really the habits that have been ingrained in our brain over the years. 50% of what you do day in and day out is habitual. And you have to break the bonds in your brain and start with new ones. So, uncover the triggers and then find a new trigger. The old trigger may be I was laughed at at school when I did a presentation. The new trigger could be – This presentation could change my opportunities within the workplace. Let other things drive you.

Good luck and I would love to hear your views on this subject by commenting below!


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