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When you’re career is on the fast track, there’s bound to be bumps along the way. You can take precautions, and map out your route, but you may still get stuck from time to time. That’s when you need AAA – Assistance, Attentiveness, and Action.

First, you need to seek out assistance. This can be anything from asking for advice from an expert to appealing to a higher power by praying to God. Then, you have to pay attention so you know when the answer is being revealed. This may take some detective work. And lastly, take action to get back on course. It won’t do you any good to have the answer if you don’t put it to good use.

Assistance

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” – 2 Cor 10:4

Sometimes we forget that we don’t have to do it all on our own. Have confidence in God. If you ask for anything according to his will, he hears you. Prayer is powerful, and makes miracles possible. Numerous studies support this; some simply state that prayer helped people cope enough to get through the difficulty and others are amazing accounts. If you are really at an impasse, the hope and clarity that comes from prayer can be helpful. There is also value in guidance from someone who has done it before. But, be careful whom you get advice from; there are a lot of politics in the corporate world. Thankfully, you have access to a vast network of experts on the Internet and should consider finding a mentor; they are a rich source of information.

Attentiveness

“Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.” – George Bernanos

Once you ask for guidance, you need to be watchful for when you receive it. It may not be obvious, and actually seldom is. Your boss isn’t going to hold your hand either, the reason you are chosen for the fast track is you can be trusted to get the job done. This is why you have to become a detective. Even the best detectives start out as beat officers, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It takes time to have a trained eye. A good place to start is learning to be an excellent observer. How do you take in information? When do you have difficulty remembering things? You can create habits that help improve your ability to pay attention, and interpret the things you notice.

Action

“Do nothing which is of no use.” – Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese Martial Arts Master

There are so many people who fail simply by getting the timing wrong. Taking action isn’t enough – you need to become an expert on timing. Part of timing something is balancing the right group of activities. Choose carefully which things you will take action on and when. Master the art of prioritization. Learn when to not do things, too.

Avoiding the problem in the first place by anticipating it and planning ahead is the best tactic. Like in project management, take a strategic approach to achieving objectives. But, if you ever find yourself having a breakdown, you can always count on the AAA technique to get you through it.

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