Creating opportunities for professional growth

Recently, I read a wonderful article entitled “More Companies Embrace Diversity While Battle over Talent Begins”, HispanicBusiness.Com. As companies move towards embracing diversity and the benefits that this shall bring, the competition for Latino talent makes us a “hot” commodity. The question readers should be asking is “how do I maximize my opportunities and take advantage of the market’s growing interest in Latinos?”

Preparation is the key in leveraging and creating opportunities for professional growth. As a youth I remember listening to my father’s motivational “”refranes” “y parábolas” (sayings and parables) and hearing him say “Make a mental image of what you want mi hijo and let that be your motivation to go out and get it”.

The process of Conceiving, Believing and Achieving (CBA’s) is not merely motivational; it grounds you by requiring you to ask and answer a series of questions that will serve as your blueprint as you embark on your journey for professional fulfillment.. They are:

Conceive:

  • What is it I want to do?
  • Where do I see myself in 3 to 5 years?
  • What actions have I taken to accomplish my goal or goals?
  • Am I setting realistic goals?

Believe:

  • Am I making positive and proactive efforts to achieve my goals?
  • Am I on track?
  • Am I measuring progress on the steps I’ve crafted to reach my goals?
  • Have I chosen to learn from the experiences of others or from my own past experiences?

Achieve:

  • I have achieved my goal!
  • As I navigate my opportunities; how do I continue my growth and share my successes?

Each of the above sections is by no means exhaustive. They are generically speaking broadly defined intuitive sets tied to a series of functional elements; educational, academic, technical proficiencies’, professional competencies’, experience, cultural values, beliefs, morals, etc. Over time, you will be able to master each of these levels.

Achieving your goals requires discipline and organization. As my father used to tell me, “¡usted siempre consigue lo que usted siempre conseguía si usted siempre hace lo que usted siempre hacía!” In other words, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten if you always do what you’ve always done!

So go out and create opportunities for your professional growth!

Literature to peak the brain cells:

  • Latino Talent, by Robert Rodriguez, PhD
  • High Performance Goal Setting, by Beverly A. Potter
  • Seeing Yourself As Others Do, by Keers and Mungavan
  • The Powell Principles, by Oren Harari

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