Often times we can fall in a rut at work. We start accepting unhappiness as our destiny and quit fighting it like we did in our twenties. Make it a point today to identify some of the hindrances you’re facing with your company or position and take a step to get past them.
Personal growth should be something you’re looking to accomplish each and every day. No one likes change, but how many of these 25 things can you stop doing at work today?
- Stop bottling up your talent. The 21st century is perhaps the most exciting time in history to possess unique knowledge and talent. There are so many outlets for you to showcase your talent. Whether it’s a blog, eBook, podcast or other form of expression, get your knowledge out there – it’s one of the 7 ways to be seen as an expert in your industry.
- Stop being afraid to fail. I know it’s become a cliche, but failure can be extremely valuable. Do you really think that successful people never fail? Of course this is not the case, they’ve just worked through failure and ended with success. No one should strive for failure, but I’d rather swing and miss than never be in the game.
- Stop being unorganized. Start making lists and setting goals for yourself. It’s easy to lose sight of what you want to accomplish if you don’t keep in front of you. Try to organize the tasks you must complete today as well as those which are not priorities – your day will be more efficient and less stressful, guaranteed!
- Stop shrugging responsibility. You should be the first to volunteer for a new project. Not only will you probably learn something new, you’ll gain the respect of those around you.
- Stop being afraid to socialize with upper management. Manager’s want to promote and hire well rounded, likable people. While it’s always important to be respectful, don’t wait around for executives to notice you, put yourself out there to be noticed. Take the initiative to setup a happy hour or group lunch – it will be noticed.
- Stop thinking small. It’s easy to get lost in the details. Successful entrepreneurs and executives don’t obsess over the details (they can hire people for that), they focus on sustaining their larger goals of grow and innovation. Details can be important, but don’t let them deter you from advancing. An on point NY Times Best-Seller: Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS
- Stop thinking only long term. Don’t get bogged down with where you or your business is going to be in 15 years. Long terms goals are important, but don’t let them discourage you from the tasks of today. Work hard today and tomorrow will take care of itself.
- Stop never meeting your clients. Make it a point to meet your clients face to face. It’s relationships that fuel your business. Email is not enough – solidify the relationship by meeting them for a lunch or happy hour.
- Stop existing in your comfort zone. We all enjoy the comfort of familiarity – it’s easy, relaxing and stress free. It’s hard to do something new like start a business, write a book or run for office – but aren’t those the things you’re wanting to achieve? Remember, there’s no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. You’re not them and they’re not you. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and ways to accomplish goals. Don’t focus on how the person did it before you, concentrate how you’re going to utilize your uniqueness to get things done.
- Stop working toward someone else’s dream. It’s great to be a part of a team and lead by a visionary, but eventually smart people break free and follow their own dreams. Learn and refine your skills, then move on. It’s your life after-all.
- Stop being content with average. It can be comforting to look around and see others in the same (underachieving) position that you’re in – it’s a trap. Don’t you think you’re meant for greater things than this?
- Stop taking “No’s” from someone who can’t give you a “Yes”. Bureaucracy can be a nightmare and extremely demotivating – try not to get caught up in it. In a negotiation or business setting try to first determine if you’re working with someone who can only deliver a “No” and not a “Yes”. In short, cut through the crap and work with someone who can give you a yes if that’s what you’re looking or.
- Stop fighting innovation. Just because your company’s been doing things a certain way for years doesn’t mean its a best practice. Don’t be afraid to suggest or create a new way of doing something. Innovation drives business in america – those who fight it won’t survive.
- Stop blaming others. Excuses are convenient and easy. It’s easy to tell yourself that your boss is holding you back or the economy is too bad to go into business for yourself. Successful people don’t blame others (or themselves), they realize that their future is in their own hands – get out there and be somebody.
- Stop burning bridges. Relationships are the backbone of the business world. Whether you’re self employed or working your way up the corporate ladder, working well with others is essential to success. Get a reputation as a team player and opportunities will follow you wherever you go.
- Stop second guessing yourself. You’ve started down this path for a reason – don’t forget what motivated you in the first place. Stay diligent, keep the course and you’ll achieve the success you desire.
- Stop trading hours for dollars. There’s nothing wrong with starting off trading your hours to a company for their dollars – using that as a time to learn, grow and make contacts. Successful people learn to minimize this and break free to utilize their time to build something for themselves.
- Stop micromanaging others. No one is more productive being micromanaged, period. Hire qualified people, set clear processes and maintain effective communication. You’re the only one to blame if you’re employees or co-workers need to be constantly supervised.
- Stop surrounding yourself with a lack of inspiration. Don’t stay cooped up in office today. Even if you can only get out on your lunch hour, see something new. Most great business ideas or product breakthroughs come from a change in environment. Get out there and experience how life can inspire you.
- Stop rejecting criticism. It can be hard to hear when others don’t like your idea as much as you do – especially when you put yourself out there creatively. You need to get past this. I love hearing when something didn’t work, it gives me a chance to correct it or not go that route again. Keep in mind that after you hear someone’s critique you’ll be able to improve your product or idea – and that’s what matters most.
- Stop living in the past. Any previous failures, mistakes or conflicts are done and gone. Learn from your past mistakes. Instead of being defined by yesterday’s missteps, use them as fuel to accomplish your successes tomorrow.
- Stop avoiding challenges. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. You’ll never achieve the satisfaction you desire if you keep turning down challenging things. What’s something challenging you could take on today?
- Stop thinking you know it all. There’s always a bigger/smarter/stronger fish out there. If you think you already know it all, you’re not going to be open to learning something new – and no one will like you.
- Stop reading blog articles and get back to work! Just kidding.
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