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Episode 12: How to expect career success

by Gillian Fox

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We all hope to be successful, but some women don’t expect themselves to be remarkable in their careers. It’s not that they don’t like the idea of it – they just don’t expect it.  

Expecting career success is one of the quickest and most effective ways to make your career remarkable. And this is why today we’re talking about how YOU can expect career success.

You are listening to Your Brilliant Career. I’m your host, Gillian Fox executive coach, women’s career expert, and entrepreneur. The podcast that teaches you how to get the most out of your career.  

We talk tactics, tools, and stories that all help incredible women like you achieve the success you deserve. If you want to learn more about how to create the brilliant career you’ve always wanted, I encourage you to check out the RISE Program.  

It’s my four-month career development program. Through a combination of individual executive coaching sessions and group workshops, you’ll discover how to overcome obstacles, create opportunities and reach new heights in your career.

Well hello everyone, and welcome to the podcast. I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m recording this podcast from Avoca this week – where we are enjoying a mini-break. I have to say it is so enjoyable to be near the surf and beach. A new place to work is very motivating for me so it’s great to here.

Okay let’s dive. Today we are talking how about how to expect career success.

Nearly all the women have something in common and that is, they want career success. They want to achieve, contribute, and feel great about themselves. I love that!

However, this kind of success is hard to pull off if you don’t expect great things to happen.

I meet plenty of women in my work who are dedicated to their jobs, the people around them and their careers. But they don’t necessarily expect success – they hope they’ll be recognised, and that people will support them. But they don’t expect it in the same way that a lot of high performers do. People who have been hugely successful. It’s interesting to reflect on why.

People who expect success know that it will be okay if they get knocked down. It’s not all over for them. They won’t drown in humiliation or sorrow. For them, it’s one incident, it might slow things down for a moment — but it won’t stop them rising and owning that success.

Think about your own experiences at work for a moment. What stops you? Where do you pause and question your success? Where do you need to expect more success?

Let me tell you about Anna, a woman I worked with a few years ago now.

I had no idea who she was. Anna called me one Friday afternoon – all the interesting calls land on a Friday!

So, Anna heard about me from a past participant from a Women in Banking & Finance program we ran.

Let me give you the summarised version of that first conversation with Anna.

So, Anna wanted to be a senior exec and had dreams of going all the way to the c-suite. She was 31 at the time. She was well educated and was leading a small team. She wanted me to be her coach.

I asked her why she wanted to get to the executive level in her career and she said progress was important to her and she wanted to fulfil her potential. It probably wasn’t the most compelling reason for wanting to rise but that was okay for now.

What struck me in the conversation is that even though she knew what she wanted – to be a CEO one day – she didn’t really believe it. I sensed a lot of fear – fear that she wouldn’t be the success she so hoped to be.

We worked together and I realised Anna spent a lot of her time wondering if people were taking her seriously enough? If she was saying the right things in the important meetings? She questioned if she was underdone when it came to influencing in the right circles? She wasn’t even sure if the right people even noticed her.

There was a lot of doubt. A lot of questions.

Anna wanted the recognition and accolades of a senior role – but she didn’t expect that success. While she was hoping for success – the truth is… she didn’t contribute enough, she had low visibility in the right circles. While she was certainly valued, she wasn’t recognised in a way that would see her rise in the company.

Anna hoped for success and worked so hard that it almost hurt, but she didn’t expect to succeed.

There is a major difference between hoping to be successful and expecting to be successful.  

When we hope to be successful, we don’t act with certainty, we are less decisive, and we are left wondering if we will actually ever fulfil our career dreams. We almost operate from a place of lack.

On the flip side, when we expect to be successful, it means we know deep down – regardless of how testing some experiences might be – that we will find a way to achieve. That we will get to where we want to go. …And I want you to know…. it is the most incredible feeling.

The expectations you have about your future reveal what you think and believe is possible for you.

Here’s what is so amazing. When you create an Attitude of Expectancy – your commitment goes through the roof. You know that you expect great things to happen to you despite your flaws, circumstances, and your current situation. You expect success.

Now I do this with my own business. To be honest, I can’t imagine operating any other way because I know… I wouldn’t be as successful if I didn’t do this. And by the way – it’s taken me years to work this out.

At the very end of last year, we launched a new business stream called Your Brilliant Career. So we developed a new website Your Brilliant Career, we launched RISE to the market, our four-month career coaching program. We developed free training tools. We launched a new Blog, we started this podcast, which you’re listening to right now called Your Brilliant Career, and we dialled up our social.

This business is not six months old, yet my goal is to reach one million women. Are we close? Not even a little bit! 😊 Not even remotely close.

But am I 100% committed to this goal? Do I believe we will pull it off? Unquestionably.

I think it’s so important to expect success. I remember when I first started my business, my lofty goal was to generate $150K in revenue. It seemed big – and it was for someone who had no idea what they were doing. It was huge!

I did it. Fast forward several years, the goal become $ 1 million revenue. Another lofty goal – you know we moved from $350K revenue to $1 million in two years. There is power in expecting success.

You need to believe in that goal, in a way that there is no doubt that you will pull it off.  

The best part is you don’t need to know how.

I certainly don’t know everything we need to do – we are learning so much right now. I do know we will work it out. Of course, we don’t have control over a lot of things that influence our success, but I do have full control about how I show up in the business every day.

I also know there will plenty of failures in this journey and that’s okay. In fact, we have already had a few – doesn’t mean we are not going to achieve the goal.

The expectation that one million women will be part of our community here creates the confidence I need to persevere. To deal with those challenges.

So let me ask YOU – Do You Expect Success? Interesting question, right. Think about that today.

Henry Ford once famously said “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t; you’re right.” He knew that your belief in your ability determined what we can or can’t achieve. So, what he was saying is, it’s not your skill, talents, connections, experiences; it’s your expectation to succeed. Expectations are powerful. 

I spent several sessions with Anna and part of our work was exploring what success looked like for her. How did she want to be experienced, who did she want to become? What did that future CEO look like?

It was fascinating because as she did this work, she started evaluating her moves, her decisions, the way she was thinking about things.

She’d frequently ask herself (through her superb coaching of course…😊) – does this action support the way I want to show up at work? Does this thought belong in my future? She was on the case … cultivating an attitude of success.

The most profound part of Anna’s story – it will stay with me forever – is her physical transformation. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. A different woman emerged. It was like one of those incredible before and after pictures.

Anna went from wearing slightly faded black pants and simple business-like shirts to a very elegant, tailored wardrobe. She elevated herself through her clothes – she had her hair cut – even the way she walked and looked at you was elevated. It was a physical and mental transformation. And such a joy to watch.

I put it down to the shift in believing in her future success.

Anna’s story is a great reminder for all of us because we tend to perform according to our own expectations. So, if we think we are going to be taken seriously and succeed, we show up like that.

What you expect of yourself has a profound impact on the end result.  

The bottom line is this: You get what you expect. If you expect little, that is exactly what you are likely to get in your career.

Expecting success is one of the quickest and most effective ways to raise your career success – so why wouldn’t you give it a go? It is certainly accessible to you, regardless of where you are with your career right now.

Success begins in your thinking. Just because you aren’t where you want to be in your career, doesn’t mean you can’t expect success from yourself. Just because you don’t have the resources and the answers at your fingertips, doesn’t mean you can’t expect that you’ll still pull off that success.

So, expect to be great. Expect to be successful. Expect more from yourself and your career… and something remarkable might just happen.

That’s a wrap. Great to have you with me today. Have a fantastic few weeks and I’ll see you soon.

Thank you for listening to today.  

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