Sometimes though, it's difficult to get there.
Experienced business coach and personal career mentor, Penny Davenport, has amassed a few ideas from her 20 years in the industry.
Here, she shares her big no-no's when reaching for the next rung of the ladder...
Don't run before you can walk
"In our haste to get on in life, we often get too far ahead of ourselves. If you push to get promoted when you are not ready, you will either fail in your attempt or succeed but then fail to do a good job," explains Penny.
Don't let your ego get out of control
"When we are hungry for success, it is easy to assume we can do a better job than the incumbent.
Don't judge or assess those above you or around you. Watch carefully to learn what others do well, and be humble in your observations as to what you might be able to do better."
Don't focus on anyone other than yourself
"In a promotion war, it's tempting to become obsessed or competitive with others. We can become negative and challenging, even vocal in our thoughts," explains Penny.
"'Focus on yourself and how suited you are to the role on offer. Be the best you can be and don't be sidetracked with damaging thinking.
If you do miss out this time, learn from the process and ensure you maintain your reputation."
Don't become a pest
"Have you ever had to manage a "nightmare" team member? Would you like to have someone haranguing you first thing on a Monday morning or as you try to leave the building? In your enthusiasm to win a promotion, put yourself in your boss's shoes.
Be an asset to your boss and someone they enjoy working with so that they are incentivised to put your career at the top of their priority list."
Don't lose the plot
"At all times, we need to actively manage our careers which means being aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and what we need to do to achieve our career goals.
We should all maintain a transferable skill set. By becoming obsessively involved with a promotion situation, we can lose sight of the bigger picture.
Don't forget about your ultimate goals and spend plenty of energy on them."
For more career advice from Penny, visit Penny Davenport
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