by Svetlana Saitsky
Time and time again, I realize the best way to achieve a goal is to write it down. Words carry tremendous power. Your energy crafts them, and then suddenly -- once they manifest into concrete words on paper -- they become real.
Writing in the Workplace
In the workplace, a time will come when you have a desire, an idea, or an innovation. You might be in a position of authority, and this can dictate the direction your team will head. As the captain of the ship, you can steer it left or right.
If you're not in an authoritative position and want to approach your manager with an idea, try writing it down first. Remember, you can absolutely be a leader without a specific title, and in fact, the best leaders lead regardless of their specific title. Your manager will appreciate your initiative, if you present it in the right way.
Come up with legitimate objections (there will always be plenty) and then solutions to those issues before you even pitch the idea. A true innovator focuses not only on the invention, but also on all the obstacles in the way- and what to do to move past them.
Write Your Goals
This world needs more people who truly and deeply care enough about their goals to find ways to make them reality. Start by writing them down. Be your own harshest critic; find all the flaws. Once you know the weaknesses, turn them into strengths- then present your idea.
When presenting, remember to be confident (you've done the research to back it up, after all) and try to remain detached from the outcome. Your manager might love it, or not. They might give you a green light or a red one, but that's not the point. The point is that you did it- you manifested an abstract idea into a concrete plan of action. Though you may come to a red light this time, next time you'll get the green one, and be that much better prepared to maneuver gracefully into the next chapter of your career and your life.
Svetlana is a Creative Iconoclast who strives to inspire through her work as a photographer and writer. With her entrepreneurial spirit, business school education, corporate experience and artistic savvy, Svetlana combines left-brain intellect with right-brain creativity and resides in San Francisco, CA while working on her first book on Inspiration. A modern day Renaissance woman, she believes in exploring a variety of passions daily and when she is not taking photographs or writing, you might find her salsa dancing, singing, eating avocados and hanging out in coffee shops all over town. To explore Svetlana's work, please visit her here!