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Are You Stepping Forward in Your Career?

3 Signs You're Ready to Grow

A few weeks ago, I was reminded of Abraham Maslow's quote, "In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or back into safety."

As a life-long learner, I usually choose growth. Don’t get me wrong, there are times to retreat and reset and stay safe. Safety can provide protection. But the reward of what's on the other side is alluring. The question is how to decide if it's time to step forward into growth or step back into safety.

Here are 3 signs that it may be time to step forward to growth:

1. I am no longer comfortable where I used to feel safe.

2. I have been nudged to step forward, but keep stepping back to play it safe.

(Side Note: 3x is a charm)

3. I know what safety looks like, but excited about what's on the other side.

Stepping forward into growth doesn't need to be scary if people lean on their strengths. Gallup® Research shows that when people understand and apply their personal strengths to their goals, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.

When it's time to step forward, I wish you the courage to grow. Only you will know for sure.


Strengths Strategist Petra Krebbs is part of a select team certified to speak & train on behalf of Jon Gordon, international best-selling author of The Energy Bus, Power of Positive Leadership, Power of a Positive Team and many more.

Petra's professional career spans 20+ years in Training, Sales, Leadership and Development. She is an innovative, entrepreneurial thinker and built a thriving direct sales organization. Jon Gordon’s principles have been a guide in her personal and professional journey.

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