July 20, 2017 By Jen Mathews
March 8, 2017
Four Habits To Make You A Better Worker
Here we are friends, first week of March 2017 has arrived! Sixty(ish) days have passed since you wrote down your New Year’s resolution list with your heart full of hope and your mind full of enthusiasm. If you are anything like other human beings, you probably made resolutions like:
By now – hopefully – you have realized that your resolution list is #1 pretty general and #2 based on final goals and not daily habits that would help you to actually achieve the final results you are looking for.
Before you give up completely let me give you 4 habits that will get you to cross all of your resolution items off that list this year!
#1 Know your strengths and your weaknesses
It’s important to know what sets you apart from everyone else and makes you great at your job, but sometimes we have to face the other side too. Take a good look at what makes you give up in the process of achieving your goals, be honest but gentle with yourself. Dig deep and find those areas you can improve in so that you can figure out ways to overcome obstacles. You can’t tackle something until you know what you are up against.
#2 Make peace with your mistakes
Mistakes are not a bad thing! The only way we can learn and grow is by making mistakes and learning from them. Kind of cliché but my point is, don’t obsess over and live with guilt, fear and shaming yourself for past mistakes. Analyze why you made that mistake in the first place, take away what you can learn from it, and make peace with it. You are only who you are today because of your past- both good and bad!
#3 Ask for Help
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is thinking you can do everything yourself. We need collaboration in our lives, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Chances are you work and surround your self with some pretty smart people who have interesting ideas. By asking for their opinion or help you will open yourself up to many more possibilities about how to solve a problem, ultimately reaching the best solution.
#4 Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself to learn something new in any of the areas in your resolution list. Need to lose weight? Learn a new sport or try a different workout class. Want to achieve professional success? Take a course, learn a new language, start shadowing a colleague or – my favorite – read a book on the subject. Learning new things will expose you to new people, and ideas that will help you grow personally and professionally.
Final – Give yourself a prize
Reward yourself for being honest and courageous to face your mistakes, weaknesses and challenging yourself to new daily habits. If following these habits mean you become even a little more productive, I’d call it a total success! So reward yourself for the hard work, it could be a weekend getaway, a massage, a gadget you really wanted to buy, or anything else that floats your boat. Just remember that when it comes to goals, the real secret is setting daily habits. What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
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