#1 Use every job as an opportunity to learn something new
In today’s workplace where technologies, processes and how we interact change constantly, it’s safe to say it’s not enough to just keep your skills up to date. Make the most of neuroplasticity (by learning new things so that your brain can continue to grow, heal and form new connections).
#2 Don’t take yourself so seriously
Choosing to not take yourself so seriously is a positive step to help deal with negative situations you can’t always control. Life will throw a good number of curve balls your way and finding humour in less than ideal situations can be very useful indeed.
#3 Network, network, network
That old adage is really true: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Remember that every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity. Experts agree that the most connected people are often the most successful. When you invest in your relationships — professional and personal — it can pay you back in dividends throughout the course of your career.
#4 There are always a number of right choices
It is easy to get hung up waiting for the right choice, when in actual fact there are always a number of right choices. There is more than one bus that gets you to your destination – it might just take a different route! So, keep your mind open and don’t become so blinkered you’re left standing at the bus stop!
#5 Act and look like a professional, no matter how you feel
We all have good days and bad days and days when we just want to hide under the duvet. A measure of emotional maturity is the ability to put your own personal emotions to one side whilst you do the job you are being paid to do. That is the definition of professionalism.
#6 Grow your comfort zone
Constantly push yourself to be better than you are – take a public speaking course if you feel inadequate at presentations, take a counselling course if you find it hard to relate to others. The more we stay in our comfort zones, the more likely we will be left behind.
#7 Dress for the career you want, not the one you’ve got
Dressing for the career you want (and not the one you have) isn’t a matter of just putting on new clothes. It is in fact a much deeper matter of internalizing your goals and dreams (because when you internalize something, it means that you believe in it absolutely and pursue it relentlessly).
#8 Have a great work ethic; stand out
Employers want to work with people who have a strong work ethic because they know that these employees will get the job done, no matter what. So, stand out from the crowd and impress with your absolute focus and devotion to the tasks at hand.
#9 Find a mentor; emulate them
A career mentor can help you to achieve your professional goals and give you objective advice and support. It is much easier to stick to your career path if you have someone other than yourself who is also holding those goals with you.
#10 Don’t let perfect get in the way of really, really good
Many of us are perfectionists and we become so obsessed with being perfect that nothing changes or actually gets done. Being too much of a perfectionist gets in the way of productivity and creativity (as well as well-being). Aim for really, really good and let yourself off the perfection hook.
#11 Say yes to things
The more we welcome new opportunities, the more opportunities will come our way. Think of it as a flow of energy – if your door is open more than closed, you will be getting way more visits than the person who is likely to say no to things.
#12 Do what you say you’re going to do
Nothing annoys employers or colleagues more than being let down. Always do what you say you’re going to do and if you can’t do it, make sure you communicate why not. Expectations are there to be met, not broken.
#13 Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition
Those around you may not agree with your career choice, or your decision to leave one employer for another. This is not about what others think; it is about what is right for you. Don’t waver from what you know is right for you, no matter what the opposing forces are.
#14 Don’t beat yourself up when things don’t work out
Things don’t always work out. We often fall flat on our faces. When this happens, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, be compassionate with yourself and try again. The energy that we can put into self-criticism is much better directed towards positive steps.
#15 Work smarter, not harder
Instead of putting in those extra hours, you can become more effective at work by focusing on what really matters. Make sure you measure your results, not your time. And make sure you look after your greatest resource: you!
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