How to Get Promoted

“Positioned for Promotion” was the message last YP Night. Wanted to recap and add a little more to what I said to The Young Professionals. The message took me forever to codify, but the underlying point was burning in my heart. Too many people see work as a necessary evil. A lot of us have plenty of negative experiences we can pull from when it comes to our jobs. According to a Gallup poll released a couple a years ago, 70% of Americans don’t enjoy work. Sad and quite surprising that this statistic reflects the attitude of the American workforce; the workforce of the most industrious and ingenuous nation in the world. Here are a couple of ways you can get out of that 70% and get to the promotion you want.


One of the chief causes of the statistic above is that people lack vision. I think people get caught in the cycle of getting tasks done, paying the bills, and counting down the hours to their next vacation. What do you want the next five years to look like? What steps are you taking to get to that desired outlook? We have to look ahead and incorporate our vision into the context of our work week. It’s like a 1000 piece puzzle. If you emptied the box of puzzle pieces over your floor and then threw away the box you’d have no idea where to start. However, if you kept the box with the picture on it and put in the midst of the puzzle pieces you’d have a solid reference on where things go.

I wanted to get into the best graduate school in the country for my particular academic discipline after my undergraduate studies were complete. In order to do that I had to stay inspired and be excellent in my studies. In the beginning of my junior year, I called five of the best schools in the country and asked them to mail me a media guide of their respective program I sought admission to. Once I received the media guides, I displayed them in front of me every day while I studied and wrote papers. I did this for the last two years of my undergraduate studies. I would constantly stare at Harvard’s Kennedy School, The University of Texas’ Lyndon B Johnson School, Texas A&M’s George Bush School, Cambridge University, etc. Seeing these media guides inspired me to to bring a high level of excellence to my academic studies. I was constantly optimistic. Vision involves optimism and hope. It can change your attitude during the day and if you take care of the day the years will take care of themselves. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

What does this have to do with you getting promoted? Employers look for workers with a good attitude. They want to see an employee that is forward thinking. Employers are watching to see what attitude you bring to work. Are you willing to work overtime when necessary? Does you volunteer to help others? Are you positive toward peers, clients and end-users, and a good influence on the department’s environment? Having vision influences your attitude.


You have to realize that your job is significant because YOU are significant. You do the work, you sit in the cubicle, you copy papers, and guess what? You are significant. You are a child of God. For 40-60 hours a week that job becomes sacred because you are sacred. We have to realize that our jobs are meaningful because we work them. God calls us a royal priesthood. When are we going to wake up and realize it? When you adopt this view point it brings a whole new level purpose.


Employers want to see it. There are times in everyone’s life here being enthusiastic is not your first choice on a Monday morning with no latte. It’s hard to be enthusiastic when you are facing a bad report or a challenge that intimidates you. Enthusiasm is a decision you make. Ask God to help you be enthusiastic. Determine that the fire is going to burn in you, no matter what happens. A lot of times we base our enthusiasm on the good things that are happening in our life. You have to be enthusiastic no matter the circumstance. It shouldn’t be based on how you feel, but on the precious promises of God. This is why it is important to meditate on his word in the morning before work. Zeal is attractive to employers. Passion moves the world. When is the last time you remember being passionate about work? Your boss and fellow co-workers can sense your attitude. If you show day in and day out without a sense of expectancy don’t expect a promotion any time soon.


Definition: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Cannot begin to stress the importance of this. Without integrity your gift will ultimately be your demise. God wants his people to show a transparent character, open and innocent of guile. When you are a person of integrity, people want you on their team.They trust you.They will vouch for you and even refer you for other opportunities.

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.

Proverbs 10:9

You must walk in integrity in your respective profession. Choose to do the right thing whether someone is watching you or not. Remember that your heavenly Father is always watching. Hope these couple of points help.

I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.


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