Realize you’re not alone in trying to overcome challenges in getting a promotion or a better job. If it were so easy, then every woman would do it.

There can be several reasons for your struggle to break through the glass ceiling.

Reasons might include having an inability to negotiate. There’s male bias. Then again, you might be confronted by the queen bee syndrome – a female boss who relates better to men than women.

So how can you take charge of your career improve your chances for success? Change your mind set.

Here are five ways to break through the glass ceiling:

1. Evaluate your attitude

Fearful people unknowingly create hurdles that stand in their doorway to success. They are afraid to fail.

Their fear provides an excuse not to persevere. Consider the word, fear, as an acronym: FEAR equals frantic effort to avoid responsibility.

You have a responsibility to be true to yourself – your dreams and goals.
Don’t think and act like a victim.  So use the Nike slogan to your advantage – “Just do it.”

You don’t have to be alone in making career decisions. No matter what you do for a living, there’s one free investment on which you can count to improve your career – get a mentor.

2. Stiffen your resolve

There’s a tendency for people to be discouraged when facing adversity. You must develop a tenacious attitude. Be relentless.

Study the careers of successful people. The vast majority has a story to tell about developing confidence and courage.

Focus on the solutions to the obstacles. Start by preparing a list of ideas. Implement them one by one.

3. Trust your instincts 

Everybody has had ups and downs. Many persons have endured tragic circumstances. Perhaps you have, too.

Remember what you’ve done to overcome such obstacles. Apply the same principles to your career goals.

If a seed for an idea is planted in your brain, don’t let anyone dissuade you.

4. Strive to keep learning

Start each day with preparation. Do what it takes to sustain your passion. That includes learning to keep growing.

When you fail at something, learn from it. It’s valuable lesson. So continue to develop for ultimate success.

Learn to be a great communicator. One common trait of successful people is to be a great speaker.

Many people get nervous because they fear criticism, embarrassment, failure and/or rejection. Learn to manage your nervousness.

5. Push the envelope

Avoid ruts by expand your comfort zone. When you hesitate, analyze your situations and move forward.

Accept all challenges to grow professionally. Become the go-to person in your organization. If someone doubts your capabilities, develop an attitude of “I’ll show you!”

Look for untapped opportunities. Seek new roles at work – convince your boss to give you a different job.

It doesn’t matter if you’re knocked down in life. What does matter is your positive response.

All obstacles are opportunities to shine and succeed. Never give up.

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3 Best Interview Strategies for a Promotion in Your Company — So your company has an opening that would mean a promotion for you. Great. But make sure you prepare properly to avoid disappointment. To get the job you must interview well.

If you naturally feel uncomfortable and awkward while trying something new out of your comfort zone, that may be taken as a positive development towards growth.


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.