The rock band Bon Jovi has a song titled "Keep the Faith." I think this song hits the mark when it comes to preparing to become a firefighter or preparing for promotion in the fire service. Faith can mean different things to different people, depending on your religious beliefs. However, this article is not about religion, it is about getting yourself to the rank you desire in the fire service. This article is also about remaining positive and upbeat, staying hopeful, and keeping the faith you will get hired or promoted in the fire service. Let's not stop there though; let's kick it up a notch and actually not just talk the talk, but walk the walk! Too many people keep the faith and expect good things to happen without doing anything to make those happen. Faith is ok, but you have to add some action to those words or thoughts. The badge will not just fall out of the sky and land on your uniform shirt, you must earn it!
In life, we have two options - we can think positively or we can think negatively. We can hope for the best or hope for the worst. We can remain upbeat or we can be depressed. I would rather think positively and hope for the best, but also plan for the worst case scenario. Back up plans or plan b's, plan c's, etc., are worth their weight in gold. If you properly prepare yourself, make plans, make back-up plans, set goals and objectives, work hard, remain focused and motivated, and do not give up, your chances for successfully getting hired or promoted in the fire service will greatly increase.
Too many people rely on faith and luck for good things to happen. I believe faith and luck do play some role in everything good that occurs in our lives. However, I also believe there is more to success than just faith and luck. I didn't get hired in the fire service because of faith or good luck. I got hired because of my hard work, commitment, motivation, persistence, tenacity, and numerous hours of preparation, including education, training and experience (just to name a few items). I didn't get promoted to captain the first time I took the promotional examination because of faith or good luck. I got promoted because of hard work, commitment, motivation, tenacity, persistence and numerous hours of preparation, including education, training, and experience (just to name a few items).
Whether you are preparing to get hired or promoted, I encourage you to do the following things (at the bare minimum), besides just keeping the faith, remaining positive or hoping luck will be on your side, to ensure your success: