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by Randall Craig on December 12, 2006

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Have you ever had an athletic injury, and found yourself on the sidelines? This happens off the field too: we let a career “injury” shunt us to the sidelines as well. Athletes quickly learn that a leg injury just means a renewed focus on the upper body. So should we when it comes to our careers: our focus must be on ability – not disability:

* Uncomfortable giving presentations? Focus on improving your written communication skills.
* Don’t have a particular degree or professional designation? Surround yourself with those who do – and use their skills.
* Turned down for a special project? Focus on distinguishing yourself on the projects you currently have.
* Hate doing “sales”? Spend time learning about your customer’s needs.

This week’s action item: Have you unwittingly been focusing on your injury? Catch yourself if you have, and use this energy more productively to achieve an important goal. Focusing on your career injury defines your boundaries; focusing on your abilities defines your potential.

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