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July 2012

Get Promoted Today!

You can have a promotion today!  Would you like to move from the position you currently hold to a new one with greater authority, responsibility and respect?  And with that promotion comes greater benefits, rewards, and a pay raise!  I know this is going to sound like a fantasy, but you can do it without having to talk to anyone to get their permission.  There is no need to process an official request.  Just give yourself a promotion today!

Here is how you do it - promote yourself.  Make the decision that you are going to do the job you have now, better than you have ever done it before.  You are going to exceed the expectations  and do a fantastic job.  The result?  Promotion potential!

How do you promote yourself?

-- Do more than what is expected.

-- Tell your customers what you can do and deliver!  Don’t tell them what you used to do or how things used to be managed.  Just get to it and do it!

-- If you have a good suggestion, make the suggestion.  Don’t reference that idea to any prior experience or your previous employment.  If the idea is worthy of merit, it will be recognized for its value.

-- If you want the opportunity to advance -- take the initiative.

Do these things and you are going to be noticed by those who make the decisions and can give the official promotion.  

Now you may not get the official promotion today, but your actions will produce a winners attitude in your habits and those habits will begin to create positive results.  Here are three quick ideas that will help you sustain a performance worthy of notice:

  1. Work all morning as if tomorrow is the first day of your vacation.
  2. Give yourself a reward each time you accomplish a task ahead of schedule.
  3. Keep this quote in mind:  “Promote yourself but do not demote another.”  Israel Salanter

~ Steven Iwersen


What You and Olympic Athletes Have In Common

The Olympic athletes inspire us with their remarkable accomplishments. They push themselves to the very edge of their talents and training, hoping to be on the winners podium.  And what inspires me most is not that the winners are better than the rest, but that every athlete won the right to be in the International competition because of one common denominator.  And this common factor is evident among winners and successful people in every arena of life.  However, it is not always obvious to the spectators.

When I ask people to describe the reasons for a person’s success, the words that are most often mentioned are:  integrity, consistency, self disciplined, character, and hard worker.  All are good qualities and important; but one word is often missing from the list.  That word is - commitment.  

Commitment is the hidden element of success that comes disguised in the more obvious of admirable character qualities.   

When you observe a person that exemplifies integrity, they are that way because of a commitment to do the right thing.  A consistent person has made a commitment to be dependable and trustworthy.  Self discipline is the evidence of prior commitments.  This is the nature of those we call winners.  This is the common denominator among those who succeed.

The athletes we admire and celebrate have followed through on their personal commitments.  The leaders we trust are those who keep their commitments.  The co-workers you respect are most likely the ones who are committed to performing at the leading edge of their talents and training.  

What commitments are you making today that will make you a winner?  Do you have any commitments that need to be strengthened? You can unlock your potential for success in every area of your life when you take your commitments seriously.


Steven Iwersen is a Leadership Development Expert and Keynote Speaker.