Are you a Next Level Professional? When you’re looking to advance in your career, it’s always good practice to look at those people who are already working at higher levels for an example. After all, they are where they are for a reason. More than likely, they embody qualities and characteristics that have helped them flourish in their career. Odds are, if you model yourself after them, you stand a good chance of achieving similar success.

Most higher level professionals possess a set of similar characteristics. These are qualities that work for everybody, regardless of the job. If you’re looking to rise through the ranks, look at the list below and see if you have some work to do in any of these areas.

  • The the truth all the time.
  • Model only what you expect to be mirrored.
  • Own your mistakes and admit your shortcomings.
  • Ask for help when (and even before) you need it.
  • Commit yourself to the 24-Hour Rule.
  • Guard against the comparison trap.
  • Be religious about your self-care, particularly in regards to food choices and sleep rhythms.
  • Schedule important (but not urgent) tasks first, that will produce the best outcomes.
  • Pause often to gauge your mental well-being and emotional temperature.
  • Establish a strong off button when off the clock.
  • Choose after-hour activities that refresh, refuel, and regenerate you.
  • Do not take short cuts that could erode your character and tarnish your reputation.
  • Be 100% at your organization ... until you're not.
  • Take personal ownership for personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Invite constructive criticism and honest feedback from both comrades and critics.

In the next 48 hours, give yourself a grade for each of the fifteen choices, then engage in an honest and open conversation with your friends and/or colleagues about your thoughts, perceptions, feelings, successes, and struggles.

Source: Dr. Michael Brown