If the first step is to climb above your obstacles, the next is to capture the new opportunities that become visible.
As a real-world example of this process, a recent coaching situation involved a senior marketer’s approach to a new CMO opportunity.
At face value, many potential challenges could have led them to walk away, including a long commute to another city, a new team to build and the technical aspects of a new sector.
Rather than dismiss the idea, they decided that the longer-term positives could outweigh any short-term inconvenience and – where a negative view could have seen them not even give themselves a chance – they forged ahead: the role become remote, the scope expanded, and their deepest areas of expertise became relevant as the company expanded into new business lines.
As a Forbes contributor notes (“Finding Positivity in the New Way of Work”), this ability to shift mindsets in order to pursue new work and life experiences can, quite literally, unlock the world.
Drawing on developments in the executive search sector, the article paints a dramatic picture that echoes our coaching experiences. With shifts toward more virtual organizations, people are actively – and successfully – exploring new roles far beyond their local markets.
Want to work five time zones away, rather than just five subway stops?
All it could take is creativity, and the power of a positive outlook.