Don't Let These 5 Assumptions Sabotage Your Career Growth

Do you feel like you've hit a wall in your career and aren't sure how to move forward? It's possible that certain assumptions are holding you back. Many people make assumptions about their own abilities and potential that can be limiting. These assumptions are often so ingrained in our thinking that we don't even realize they're there.

Many of these assumptions come from your upbringing and your past experiences. By recognizing and challenging these assumptions, you can open up new possibilities and begin to move forward with your career.

When you’re unaware of them, they can keep you from taking risks and exploring new opportunities that could take you to the next level in your career.

You may be afraid to challenge your assumptions because you  don't want to admit that you were wrong or because you don't want to risk failure. But by examining your assumptions, you can gain clarity and insight, identify areas of growth, and create a plan for making progress.

Taking the time to evaluate your assumptions allows you to be more intentional and make more informed decisions that can lead to greater success.

Here's the top 5 assumptions that people make about career advancement, the consequences of holding onto them, and how to challenge them.

The Falsehood of Being Unready for Advancement

Many people assume they're not ready for a promotion or new position, even if they've been doing great work for years. Keeping this assumption can lead to missed opportunities and stagnation in your career. This often stems from fear or lack of confidence. This fear can be rooted in a lack of self-awareness or an inability to recognize their own strengths and achievements. It can also be due to a fear of failure or a fear of the unknown, or even a fear of success.

If you challenge this assumption, you can open yourself up to new experiences, greater job satisfaction, and a sense of achievement.

The Belief That There's a "Right Time" to Advance 

Another common assumption is that there's a specific time in your career when it's appropriate to seek advancement. However, holding onto this assumption can limit your opportunities and lead to missed chances for growth and development. This assumption is false as the right time to advance depends on individual goals and circumstances.

For example, some people may feel ready to take on a new job or promotion at the same time others feel unprepared. Aside from that, external factors like the job market or economic conditions can also impact when it's best to advance.

Through challenging this assumption, you can take control of your career path and seek out opportunities that align with your goals and aspirations.

The Excuse of Being Too Busy to Advance

Many people think that they're too busy to pursue advancement in their careers. The problem is, holding on to that can lead to burnout, frustration, and a lack of job satisfaction. You may also miss out on opportunities for growth and development.

The truth is that while they may be busy, they often lack clear goals and objectives in their career paths. If they had a better understanding of what they wanted to achieve and a plan to get there, they could find ways to make time for advancement.

When you challenge this assumption, you can prioritize your time and energy and focus on tasks that align with your goals. This can lead to greater productivity, job satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment.

The Fear of Failure

The fear of failure can be paralyzing and prevent us from taking risks in our careers. All of these fears can lead to a person not taking risks and not pushing themselves to reach their full potential. However, holding onto this assumption can limit our potential and prevent us from reaching our goals.

You may also feel a lack of confidence and self-doubt. This fear can be a result of a few different things, such as a fear of not living up to expectations, a fear of not being good enough, or a fear of not being able to handle the consequences of failure.

By challenging this assumption, you can develop a growth mindset and view failure as a natural part of the learning process. This can lead to greater resilience, confidence, and success in your career.

Advancement Requires Perfect Qualifications

Many people assume that they need to have perfect qualifications before seeking advancement in their careers. However, holding onto this assumption can prevent you from taking risks and pursuing new opportunities.

You may also feel stuck in your current role and limited in your potential. By challenging this assumption, you can develop a growth mindset and recognize that skills and experience can be developed over time. However, many employers are looking for more than just perfect qualifications; they are also looking for potential and demonstrated ability to grow and learn.

So, even if someone doesn't have perfect qualifications, they can still demonstrate their potential and be considered for advancement.

Challenging assumptions is key to achieving success in your career. By recognizing and challenging these assumptions, you can take control of your career and achieve your goals. Challenging assumptions helps you to think differently and innovatively. It also helps you to identify potential problems and develop solutions.

Remember to have confidence in yourself, prioritize your time and energy, take risks, and invest in your own development. By doing so, you'll be on your way to a successful career, free from the limitations of false assumptions.


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Alicia Perkins

Career & Professional Development Educator | Speaker | Trainer | Podcast Host

Alicia Perkins is a former Recruiting & HR leader who is now helping professionals take control of their careers & land careers they love. Alicia has helped over 2k professionals gain career clarity, regain their voice & go after what they deserve unapologetically.

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