3 Power Moves to Step Up Your Game

by Doreen Rainey

Has someone ever told you they were getting ready to step up their game? Or maybe you've said it yourself. But what does this really mean? Well, UrbanDictionary.com defines it as "improving your skills or talents".

And in this day and age, it's absolutely necessary for those who want to achieve big goals to take it up a notch.

The inspiration to step up your game typically happens when you get encouraged, motivated or even provoked (that happens when someone tells you that you can't do something or someone is getting better results than you and you know you can do better). When one these things happens, it gets you 100% committed to accelerating your success in a particular area of your life.

It could be time to step up your game as it relates to your look, your career, your business or getting your money on point. One of my friends told me she was stepping up her shoe game!

Whatever area it is - stepping it up comes with a strong sense of urgency. You're ready to get moving and get moving NOW. You fully understand that time is passing you by and you need to create change.

If that's you - I want to share three essential moves to help you step up you your game:

Move #1: Clarity
When it's time to elevate your game, you have to be clear on the end goal.

Stepping up your career? Does that mean a new job, a promotion or positioning yourself for a raise.

Stepping up your business? Does that mean better marketing, more networking or adding more sales calls.

Stepping up your shoe game? Does that mean brighter colors, higher heels or fancier flats?

To get the clarity you need, complete this sentence:
I know I would have stepped up my game in this area when I ____________________.

Move #2: Clearing
If you're going to "step it up", you probably have some things you'll need to "set aside".

People who are "stepping it up" become highly focused. They have clearly identified their goal and have made it a priority. As such, they know they have to manage their time - which usually means clearing some things out of the way to make time to invest in getting the results they want.

Maybe you need to clear away TV and internet surfing time so you can study or attend a class.

Maybe you need to clear away some social events that are costing you money you don't really have so you can step up your debt reduction and your savings.

Maybe you need to clear that closet out to make room for your new shoes - giving them to charity or having a sale on Ebay.

To position yourself for clearing, you need to ask yourself this question:
What are the top 3 things I need to clear out of my life to make this happen?

Move #3: Confidence
I had something going with the "C" thing, so I decided to stick with it!

But what is confidence? Well, if we go back to UrbanDictionary.com, it's swagger - which is defined as "to move with confidence, sophistication and to be cool"!

When you are stepping up your game, you should begin to talk, walk and act like it.

Building confidence is about identifying your strengths and playing them up.
Building confidence is about taking action. When you are procrastinating, doubt seeps in.
Building confidence is about preparation. Spend time learning and developing your skills.
Building confidence is about knowing what you want. Identify your own definition of success.

To build your swagger, do the following exercise:
Write down 50 things that are absolutely fabulous about you. Yes - 50! Then, be sure to read them a couple of times a week to remind yourself of how amazing your are.

Adding these three moves will help you get to your goals faster - and get there with confidence!

"RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL - by defining success for themselves and getting the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at www.doreenrainey.com."

© 2012 Doreen Rainey


Procurement Books said...

I think confidence is the best power mover. If you have this, you can do anything! With the right amount of confidence, skills, and knowledge, you'll definitely go far. Great post!

Deb Bailey said...

Yes,confidence helps even when you may not have other resources lined up. When you believe in what you're doing, and in yourself, it is a powerful combination. Thanks for your comments!

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