Moving the Target
If you are looking for a way to get ahead at your workplace, but you feel like you are in a rut, don’t despair. Wanting to achieve more is a great position to be in and can become your fuel to success. The concept of work often lands on the list of things we have to do instead of the list of things we want to do, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Everyone has heard the saying that if do what you love and then you’ll never work another day in your life. Well, that’s sounds simple in theory, but rather fictional in practice. We all have had a bad day at work, even if we are currently in our dream job. This makes the perfect job feel like a target we just can't seem to hit. It’s important to embrace your occupation for what it is, a complex and engaging challenge.
We tend to not realize that many of our internal feelings are formed by how we choose to perceive and frame things in our minds. Approaching challenges from a positive approach is a great way to make the most of your day and turn your work into something you’re longing to do instead of something you’re longing to leave. Here are three quick tips to not only to shine for that next promotion but also make your days at the workplace all the better.
1) Come to work seeking the challenge. Stop looking at the clock in hopes that it is time to head out the door. If you focus on wanting to make an exit, you might find that you are quickly shown the door. Get excited about being able to get more done in the time you have at work. When you check the time, you should feel like you wish you had more left to get even more done. A positive mindset is a snowball effect. It may start off small and compelled, but can quickly grow into an immense unstoppable force.
2) Look for things to do that you enjoy. Stop doing only what you are told. We all have loads of work to accomplish, but if you’re honest with yourself, you'll probably find that you have a bit of free time to take on other tasks. This is a perfect opportunity to focus on a project you are interested in that brings value to your organization. You will be more invested in accomplishing this task and doing it the right way when it is propelled by your interest. Taking on a task you want to do will be motivating and will show through in your attitude to your superiors. On top of that, taking on a project shows great initiative and makes you stand out amongst your peers.
3) Put away the measuring stick. Stop comparing your accomplishments and/or productivity level to others around you. While you may feel that you are more productive than someone else, their tasks may vary enough from yours that you are comparing apples to oranges. Even if you and colleagues have the exact same position, it is likely that you both have different strengths. Instead of focusing on what someone is doing well, or poorly, look at ways that you can help them out. Ask for help from others when so you can improve an area that you are weak on. The best team players look at ways to maximize team efficiency and morale.
Long story short, shift how you view things toward a positive approach. Maintaining a strong motivation to make your organization better is rewarding in multiple ways. It shows leadership, fast tracks raises and promotions, and brings you a sense of accomplishment. When you get bogged down, take some time off. We all need a break now and then. It’s a much quicker endeavor to love the job you have rather than searching for the job you love. If you can adopt a passion for what you currently do, it will shorten the path to what you think you want to do.