Most of us want to continue growing in our careers — whether it be learning a new skill, taking a new position, collaborating with a referral partner, or improving our marketing efforts. When the opportunities for these types of things come along, we need to seize them. It can be challenging to focus on growth when you’re focused on the demanding day-to-day work that many loan officers face, but taking advantage of the opportunities that come your way is a must if you want to accelerate your growth. So, what are some strategies loan officers can use to encounter more of these opportunities? Here are a few ideas to get started:
Stay open minded
Don’t create such a rigid vision of how your growth will happen that you miss unexpected opportunities that come along. We can’t always predict our path to success, and staying open minded will allow you to forge the best path as you go. While it’s important to have goals, plans, and a vision, don’t reject something right away just because it wasn’t on your radar. If a chance to learn a new skill or meet a new person comes along, don’t immediately turn it down. Sometimes it’s those chance experiences and encounters that can give you a powerful burst of forward momentum.
Your network can be a major source of opportunities, but not without some effort. You need to put in the work to build, strengthen, and maintain relationships. You need to put yourself in the minds of others so that when they have an opportunity, they think of you. You need to have productive conversations so that when someone mentions something that interests you, you can learn more. You need to be generous with your connections. When you share opportunities with others, they’re more likely to reciprocate.
Not every opportunity is going to come in a package labeled opportunity. Sometimes we need to throw ourselves into new things to encounter them. When you stay put in your regular routine, you’re likely to experience more of the same. If you want an opportunity for something new, you might have to take the first step. Meet some new people, check out a new event, experiment with a new idea. When you’re open minded and willing to experiment, you set yourself up to encounter more opportunities.
Seek them out
If we’re passive, we’ll miss out on countless opportunities for growth. Reflect on areas you’d like to improve and strategies ways you can do so. Choose a skill to build and find a class. Try to connect with a mentor. Identify what kinds of opportunities you’re looking for, and start asking for them. When you put that interest and motivation out there, it’s usually rewarded. Whether it’s a connection through a conversation you have with someone or the actions you take on your own, putting that intentional energy into seeking out opportunities can supercharge your growth.
What kind of opportunities would you like to see more of in your professional life? Whatever they are, you have the power to make that happen. Set yourself up with the foundation to receive them, and be willing to go out and hunt them down. When you do both of these things, opportunities will flow your way. Do you have any other suggestions for loan officers to create more opportunities for themselves? I’d love to hear your thoughts.