So you are pissed. You feel betrayed. You’ve worked hard, and this is how the company you work for rewards you.
It’s a difficult situation when you have been passed up for a promotion at work. Or you have been downsized, rightsized, reorganized to serve better the company’s new goals. And when you ask why, you're informed because it’s a permanent, temporary move with a lateral component that will help us help you better service the boss. Huh?
Yes, it is your fault
But guess what, don’t be mad at them be mad at yourself because it’s all your fault. You got comfortable. Complacent. Outdated. While the world around you progressed at the speed of the Internet, you did not.
Listen, I understand your struggle. Being intentional about your personal growth does not come automatically. It requires hard work, and life gets in the way.
You need a growth plan
But guess what you are in charge of your personal growth, not them. Not the company you work for. And you must take action, to be better today than the day before. How? You have first to understand where you are and think about where you want to be.
Go ahead take a minute to make a list:
- On one side of the page write - Where am I?
- On the other side of the page write - Where do I want to be?
In the space between your two lists is the gap you need to bridge. You bridge this gap by developing a growth plan.
A good place to start is to read. Study those authority figures that are where you want to be. For example, if you want to be a better leader, you should read John C. Maxwell. You can start with any of his books but I recommend buying and studying The 15 Laws Of Invaluable Growth.
If you work so hard, so you are never at the mercy of someone else’ decisions, then you will never be at their mercy, and you will be living your life on purpose.