Episode #130 Progression Series Part 3: More Confidence

Welcome to the Progression Series: 4 podcasts in which I challenge the myth that career progression is only about promotions and pay rises. I introduce you to the 4 pillars of career progression that provide the best motivation for solving your Imposter Syndrome and are the key to making your experience as a lawyer so much easier and more fulfilling.

In this episode:

The 4 Pillars of Career Progression

Progressing your career is about more than a new position, a new job title and the accompanying pay rise. These have their value. But unless they are accompanied by progression in other areas, their impact on your day-to-day experience and performance as a lawyer will be limited. You just find yourself facing the same challenges and problems you did before, only now at a level where the stakes are higher and you have less support.

How is this progress?

Real career progression goes deeper and it lasts SO much longer. It’s not just about your career. It’s about progressing who you are in a way that improves your day to day experience of life as a lawyer.

Enter the 4 Pillars of Career Progression.

The 4 pillars of Career Progression are the 4 principal areas of lawyer life that determine how happy and successful you are in your work. They are:

  • Recognition
  • Confidence
  • Balance
  • Fun

These pillars are an essential feature of career progression. It only counts as progress if one or more of these areas is in a more advanced state than it was previously. Specifically, if you achieve one or more of the following:

  • More recognition
  • More confidence
  • Better balance
  • More fun

You don’t have to advance all 4 pillars in order for it to count as career progression. But the more pillars you progress, the more impactful and sustainable your career progression is. In the last 2 episodes we looked at more recognition and better balance. The pillar we are focusing on this week is more confidence.

More Confidence.

When you think progressing your career is only about getting a promotion and a better job title, it’s natural to think about all the things you need to do to get promoted (growing your network, being more visible, showcasing your value, seizing opportunities etc.) and think your lack of confidence is a barrier to achieving it.

So instead of getting started on progressing your career, either you wait and hope for the magical day when you’ll suddenly feel more confident, or, you put off the idea of progressing your career altogether, believing that you will never be confident enough.

Here’s what we cover:

  • Confidence as one of the 4 pillars of career progression
  • What can happen to your career if you wait to feel more confident
  • The dangers of relying on external validation to build confidence
  • How confidence is built and how to measure your progress towards it
  • The importance of who you become along the way

In Imposter Syndrome Coaching you pick one of the 4 pillars of career progression as your main goal and we work through the 4-step process for solving your Imposter Syndrome to help you achieve it. Enrolment for the next class is coming soon. Don’t miss the announcement. Click here to join the waitlist now.

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