How Foot Pain Can Be a Distraction from Your Goals, and What to Do About It

How Foot Pain Can Be a Distraction from Your Goals, and What to Do About It

The following article is a guest post.

When you are trying to reach your goals you are probably super focused on that task at hand, as well as what else you may need to do to achieve your desired outcome. While you are focused on all of this the last thing you want to have to deal with is a distraction. Something that hinders your ability to continue down the path you have likely mapped out yourself to be successful is something that needs to be addressed.

One thing you probably do not want to happen is for something like pain in your feet to prevent you from reaching a meeting on time or causing you to be late to work, or give you any other grief.

If you start to notice a slight pain in your foot or heel, you may want to go ahead and have your doctor look at it. The sooner the better, before it turns into something worse.

In case you are dealing with some pain in your feet or heels, the good news is that there are ways to reduce that pain and possibly eliminate it altogether with time. Here are some tips:

What does success mean to you?

Success could mean numerous things. so make sure that you have your own idea of what success means to you and strive for it. It can be a deeply personal thing and often is.

Once you have your own meaning of success, set some goals and then make a plan to reach those goals and execute it.

One thing that is often paired with success is being happy. So when you are determining what you what to succeed in, you might want to be sure that it is something that is fulfilling to you and makes you happy.

You will likely come across some roadblocks and speed bumps along the way. It can be important not to let these deter you from continuing to strive for whatever goal you are attempting to reach.

Pain could be a common speed bump for people on their way to becoming successful. And it can be crucial not to let pain become a full-on roadblock and stop you dead in your tracks.

Foot Pain Can Be a Distraction

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In business, pain in your feet can often slow you down, or maybe cause you to run a little late on your way to a meeting. It also has the potential to become a major distraction because the pain you are experiencing could cause you to not be as focused as you would like to be or need to be.

Many of the common reasons for pain in your heel and feet can be more intense when you first wake up. Which can slow you down in the morning and might cause you to be late getting to your job.

When you are pushing yourself to be as successful as you can possibly be, the last thing you probably want to have to deal with is pain in general, but the pain in your feet can become especially irritating.

What to Do About The Pain

There are a few things that you can do to avoid allowing that pain in your feet from becoming a full-fledged roadblock on your personal road to success. For instance, shoe inserts that relieve pain which you may want to try using in your shoes. If you wear high heels there are also inserts specifically for high heels that you might want to try, since high heels can be painful enough as it is.

Another thing you could do is stretch your feet each morning when some foot pain can be at its peak.

Doing stretches right after you wake up can help get the blood flowing in your feet. In addition, it can release some of the tension and stiffness that might have built up overnight while you were asleep.

One more thing that could help with your foot pain is making sure that your shoes fit properly.

Shoes that are too small can be overly tight on your feet and cause decreased blood flow and irritation to your feet. If your shoes are slightly too large your feet may be sliding back and forth in your shoes each time you take a step which could cause pain.

Succeed Pain-Free

Success doesn’t have to include pain. If you are enduring pain in your feet, there are options to decrease the level of that pain.

It is also possible that after enough time has passed and whatever was causing the pain has healed that you may no longer experience that annoying pain in your foot. You could then be free of that affliction and at that point, it is possible for you to succeed in reaching your goals pain-free!

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career