How to Turn a Lack of Knowledge Into Success
We are on the cusp of a new year. New dreams, new goals, new hopes. This is a time when many start to contemplate what they'll do next. They pick and choose different goals based on what they know or what they don't know, but have you ever noticed that some of your greatest achievements started off with very little knowledge on your part? Think about it. When you decided on your current career path, did you know every bit of information required to achieve that goal? Likely the answer is: No, you didn't. The truth is none of us ever fully know what any goal entails. Now think about a current career goal. What is one thing that might be stopping you from going for it? Probably a lack of knowledge. A lack of knowledge puts many a people's goals on hold. I know this because I've been there.
I Don't Know
I've been guilty of saying:
- I don't know what to do
- I don't know how to do it
- I don't know when to do it
- I don't know anything!
So what do I do? I let that lack of knowledge stop me from achieving my goals.
I remember many years ago, more than a few people encouraged me to write a book about a major transition in my life. I'm a person of faith and at the beginning of my faith walk, I started a spiritual growth journey. These people knew my story and thought a book about my transition would help others. I knew they were right and I agreed with them but I kept saying "I don't know how to write a book". For 10 years I refused and kept saying, "I didn't know how!"
One day I had an aha moment; an epiphany. Really for me, it was a God wink. An idea came to me. The idea was to take one thing and do research. One thing about writing a book, research it and take action. That's what I did, I started with one thing... one step. After I did that one thing, the next thing became apparent and then the next and then the next until finally I finished the book and published it. I like to compare it to a road trip. You won't really know what's over the hill or around the corner unless you move forward. You surely won't reach your destination unless you keep moving. In my master class on the Foundations of Career Growth, we talk about how this "lack of knowledge" stifles people and we also talk about why it doesn't have to be so. It's important because a lack of knowledge tends to be one of the major things that stops people from moving forward and achieving their goals. I want you to achieve your goals.
Your Goals Are Reachable
I know your goals may seem massive, unreachable or even impossible but I promise you if you do one thing, you'll get closer. Maybe your goal is to begin presenting key business results to the leaders in your organization. Your one thing might be learn how to create dashboards. If your goal is to move into upper level management, your one thing might be to find a leadership development program. Maybe your one thing is to learn a new skill, you get the picture. The key is to do one thing. I promise you if you take that one step. Just that one step and do one thing, the next thing will be made apparent and then the next and then the next until you realize that a lack of knowledge is not a limitation for you to reach your goals.
So what's my challenge for you for this week? I think you probably guessed it. Think about your career goals. What is your next move? Find a class, look for a book or even consider the career development program I'm starting back up on January 19th. Whatever you do, don't stop moving. Do one thing, take that one step until you achieve your goal and turn your lack of knowledge into success.