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52 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Work

- A Week At A Time

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Foreword

Ihopeyouwillfindsomenuggetsofsuggestionsinherethatworks.Butitcanonlyworkifyouworkonit.Idonotbelieveeverythinghereworksforeveryone.Somesuggestionsyoumayevendisagree.Buttheimportantthingis-Ihopeitwillatleastshiftyourmindsetalittleandactuponthehabitthatcanmeanchangingyourworklifeforthebetter.

Youcanspeedthroughthisbookinthirtyminutes.Butthatisnotitspurpose.Toooftenwehearaboutpeoplecomplainingaboutwork,worklife,colleaguesandworkrelatedproblemsandchallenges.Thefactthatwespendalotoftimeatworkmeansithasthepotentialtodictatehowwefeelthroughouttheday,monthsoryear.Howoftendowereflectandactuponwhatwecanchange?

Ifyoucanactuponsomeofthestepsherediligentlythenyouwillbeginaprocessofchangingyourworkenvironmentforthebetter.Realizethatwhenyouchange,yourenvironmentchangestoo.

Youcannotexpectovernightresultswiththingsthatarebehavioralinnature.Itcanonlyworkovertimewithanewmindsetandcontinuousconsciouseffort.

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Itisinterestingthatmostofuswouldthinkaboutourmonetaryinvestmentsandlookforreturnsonthoseinvestmentsbutweneverlookatinvestingtimetobetterourselves.Investtimeinyourselfandchangingyourselfforthebetternow,atthismomentandreapitsreturnintheyeartocome.

Ifnotyouwho?Ifnotnowwhen?

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1. TheToughestPart-KnowWhatYouWantThetoughestpartaboutfindingyourdreamcareerisntaboutfindingthedreamcareer.Itisaboutfindingyourself.Doyouknowwhatyouwant?Thisisthefirstquestionyouneedtoaskyourself.ItisaseeminglyeasyquestionmanyanswerbymentioningwhattheyDONTWANTinsteadofwhattheyWANT.Butthatisnottheanswerthatwillensureyoutofindyourdreamjob.

Knowingwhatyoudontwantdoesnotmeanyoueasilyarriveatwhatyouwant.Unfortunately,theprocessofeliminationdoesnotworkinfindingyourdreamcareer.Youcangothroughathousanddontwantsandstillnothitit.Howtofindyourdreamcareer?Startbyknowingwhatyouwant!

2. KnowYourValuesIfyoufeelalittlelostwithfindingwhatyouwant,startbyknowingyourvalues.Askyourself,whatdoyoureallyvalue?Time?ThatsacommonanswerIgetandagoodonetoo.Weallwantmoretimeforfamilyandourselves.So,ifyouvaluetimethenyouknowthedreamcareeryouarelookingformustoffermoretime.Isthatall?Listasetofvaluesyoutreasure.Thenthingswillbegintofallinplace.Youhavedefinedwhatitisthatwillfitinthesecriteria.

3. KnowHowMuchYouAreWillingToSacrificeDoyouhavetheknowledgeandskillsetthatfittheneedsofyourdreamcareer?Ifyoudonot,howmuchareyouwillingtosacrificeinordertoaddthoseskillssetinyourrepertoire?Howtofindyourdreamcareeriseasy.Howmuchyouarewillingtosacrificeinordertoachieveitistoughtoanswer.

4. MakeLearningAKeyObjectiveIfyouarenewintheworkforceandhavebeenjob-hoppingquiteabit,myadvicetoyouisthis-trulyfindoutwhatyouwant.Onceyouknowthat,findacompanythatiswillingtotrainorhowtheyarewillingtocommittotheiremployeescareerinthelongterm.Iftheyhavestructuredtrainingprograms,jointhem.

Makelearningtherelevantskillsandknowledgeinthatindustryyourkeyobjective.Theskillsandknowledgethatyoulearnwillcontributetoyourcareersuccessinthelongterm.Itissomethingthatyoucanbringwithyoutherestofyourlife.Onceyouseethebenefitsofcommittingtoa

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companywhoiswillingtotrainyouformorethantwoyears,hopefullyyouwontbejob-hoppingoftenanymore.

5. APositiveMentalAttitudeAsboringasitsounds,thisisimportant.Itisprobablythemostimportantofall.Asyouthinksoyouare.Youwantpositivethingstohappentoyou,youmustfirsthaveapositiveattitude.Thatmeanslookingonthebrightsideofthingsregardlessofhowtoughyourdays,monthsandyearis.

Youdreadgoingtoworktomorrow;yourdaywillturnoutadreadjustasyouthoughtitwouldbe.Youareamasterofyourthoughts,notaslavetoit.Youfeelyouhavelostinterest;remindyourselfwhyyoufoundinterestinthefirstplace.Almostalwaysitwillre-igniteyou.

Youdontknowhowtobepositive?Startwithasinglethought.Aspatheticasitsounds,saytoyourselfLookatthesuntoday.Suchaniceday.Butthatisalsoaseasyasitgets.Itstough?Thatsbecauseyouthinkitistough.Again,itgoesbacktoyourthought.Makepositivethinkingpartofyourcareerplanningsuccess.

Think,feel,anddo.Thinkhappythoughts,feeltheenergyandacthappy.Whenyoudoitoftenenoughyoubecomeapositiveperson.Thesameenergyneededtothinkworryingandnegativethoughtsisthesamethatisneededtothinkhappyandpositivethoughts.Whywastethatenergy?Thinkahappythoughtnow.

6. ASenseOfPurposeWethinkwhenpeoplesay,whatisyourpurposeinlife?Theanswermustsurelybegrand.Maybe,gotosuchandsuchcountry,startacharity,volunteeratahomeandsoonandsoforth.Sure,ifyouknowthatisyourcalling,sobeit.Goaheadanddoit.Butwhatifyoudonotandarestillmuddlingthroughlife?Islifespurposesoeasilydiscovered?Ifyourlifespurposewererevealedtoyoutoday,wouldyouevenknowit?Areyouwillingtopaythepriceforit?WhileyoudiscoveryourpurposeinlifemayIsuggestthis?

Yourworkisnotahindrancetothatsearchforyourgranderpurposeinlife.Ifitis,youhaveachoice.Ifitisnt,donotblameyourwork.Getangryatit,youwilldriftfurtherfromyouranswer.Infact,yourworknowispartoftheprocessofdiscoveringyourgranderpurposeinlife.Itisfilledwithhints,cluesandchallengesthatpointyoutothatpurpose.

Todothat,findasenseofpurposeinyourworknow.Whatisyourpurposeatwork?Whatroledoyouplay?Whatservicesdoyouoffertoyourfellowcolleaguestothatmakethisabetterplacetoworkandabetterworld,andalsothroughtheservicesandproductsofferedbyyour

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company?Understandthatroleandyouwillunderstandyourgranderpurposebetter,ifnotdiscoverit.Thisisanimportantpartofyourcareerplanningsuccessandafactorforcareersuccess.

7. JoyfulEffortToomanytimes,youhearpeopletalkabouteffort.Abouthavingtoworkhardandhowyouneedacombinationofworkinghardandsmart.Youwanttomakeyourcareersuccessjourneyahappyone.Rememberthesetwowords.Joyfuleffort.Effortitselfisnotenough.Youmustdoitjoyfully.Workwillbecomeadreadwhetherthroughmonotonyorconstantchallengesthatcomesyourway.Ifitwasjustplaineffort,yougettiredeasily.

Joyfuleffortgivesyouenergyandenduranceinpursuitofyourgoals.Itkeepsyoufrombeingsidetrackedbylazinessandchallenges.Itkeepsyoufrombecomingdisillusionedbychallengesandadversity.

Howdoyouputjoyintoeffort?Onewayistohaveastrongandhealthymind.Howdoyouhaveastrongandhealthymind?Thinkpositive.Howdoyouthinkpositive?Seedapositivethought.Theotherwayistoseesetbacksaslessonsthatincreasechancesofsuccessandadversityasatestofmentalstrength.Whenyouseehowtheseeffortscontributetoyoursuccessanddiscoveryofyourpurpose,youwilldothingsjoyfully.

8. FocusYoucanbedoingmanythingswithjoyouseffortandyetfailbecauseyoudonotfocus.Beingfocusedmeanstotrainyourmindnottowander.Donotfocusononegoalnowonlytoswitchgoalsbeforeyouevendoenoughforthepreviousone.

Bemindfulandawareofeverythingthatyoudoisalsobeingfocused.Detachfromyourego.Thereisnoneedtoberightallthetimeandargueforthesakeofwantingtoberight.Concentrateonthetaskathandandsingle-mindedlypursueit.Whenyoufocus,yougainclaritytosituationsthatareconfusingandinsightsintomisconceptionsthatfeednegativethoughtstoyourmind.Thenyourcareerplanningsuccesshasahigherchanceofcomingtofruition.

Whatdoesthismean?Forexample,ifyouhaveaprojectthateveryonehasagreedtopursuebuthalfwaysomeoneoutsidethegroupcriticizesit.Focus.Thosecommentsonlybringconfusiontoyouifyoudonotfocusandallowyouregotogetintothatsituation.Youwillbecomeconfusedanddistracted.Gainclaritybyfocusingandyouwillknowthosecommentsarentimportanttothepursuitofyourgoals.Focusisanimportantfactorforcareersuccess.

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9. RightEthicsBigwordsbutitreallyjustmeansinthethingsthatwesayordoweabstainfromlying,abstainfromusingharshwords,abstainfromgossiping,abstainfromusingdivisivespeechandabstainfrombeingmalicious.

Alwaysthinkwin-winatwork(andinlife).Youhavetobelievethatthereissuchathingaswin-win.Donotschemeandplotyourcareersuccess.Therearenosuchthings.Evenifithappensbysuchmeans,itwouldntlast.Ifyouputintherighteffort,goodthingswillhappentoyourcareersoonenough.Yourcareerplanningsuccessisreallyassimpleasthat.

Ofcourseitistoughpracticingthisprinciple,butthemoreyouareabletodoitthemorefreedomyouwillfeel.Themoreself-disciplineyouhaveindoingit,thelessyouwillbecaughtupinconfusingsituationsanditfreesyoufrommaliceandwrongviews.Beingniceisreallyjustthateasy.Practicetherightethics.

10.EmbraceSetbacksTherearenofailuresinlife.Onlysetbacks.Inyourcareerplanningsuccessdonoteverbelieveinfailures.Andyoutrulyonlyfailwhenyougiveup.Solongasyoucontinuetotryanddoandfocusonyourgoals,youwillstillbeintherunningforsuccess.Learntoembracesetbacks.Theyteachyouwhatnotdothenexttimeandtheytestyourpatience.Itisalsoatestofyourresolve.

Youarenotborntoknowhowtodosuchandsuch.Hence,everythingisalearningprocess.Aswithalllearningprocess,thereareboundtobesetbacks.Evenifyouknowhowtodosomethingthereisnoguaranteeofsuccess,aswearepronetoforget.Setbackscanbejustthat.Areminderofwhatwehaveforgotten.Includethisfactorinyourcareerplanningsuccess.

Whenfacedwithsetbacks,knowthattheyarejustthatsetbacks.Youcanstillspringforward.Learnfromit,planandactivatewhatyouhavelearned.Youneednotbeatyourselfoverit.Cutyourselfsomeslack,sotospeak.Minimizetheangerandsadnessandmoveon.

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11.TeamworkAndSupportGroupNoonecanteachyoueverything.Noonecanknoweverything.Noonecandoeverything.Youneedtoknowthevalueofteamworkandtheprocesstoforgeteamwork.Youincreaseyourownsuccesswhenyouhelptheteamsucceed.Theteamsgoalsareintrinsicallyweavedintoyourowngoals.Justasyourgoalsatworkareweavedintoyourpersonalgoals.Themorepeopleyouhelpsucceed,thefasteryousucceed.Includeothersinyourcareerplanningsuccessandyouwillsucceedfasterandeasier.

Createasupportgroupofpositivepeopleintheofficeandoutsidetomotivate,encourageorjusttoslapsomesensesintoyouwhenyouneedit.Thissupportgroupcanbemadeupofindividualswhoareyourfriendswhomyoumeetoften.Itneednotandisnotmeanttobeaformalmeeting.TheimportantthingtorememberistohavePOSITIVEpeople.Whenyouaredownandnegativeyoudonotneedmorenegativeenergyinfusedintoyou.

Youneedtoremembernottobeapositiveenergydraineraswellinsuchsituations.Donotgotoyourfriendsandexpecttobeconvincedtobepositive.Youmustallowotherstomakeyoupositive.Positivepeoplehaveatendencytoavoidnegativepeoplewhodrainthemtoooften.

12.ThereIsNothingPositiveAboutAngerAcceptthefactthatthereisnothingpositiveaboutanger.Thereisalsonothingpositiveaboutexpressinganger.Aslongasyoufeelangerasanemotionispositiveandbringsbenefit,thenyouwouldnotfeelaneedtochange.Afterall,whywouldsomeonewanttochangesomethingthatbringsbenefit?

Somepeoplefeelthatangerisconstructive.Theyfeelthatwhensomeoneirritates,offends,orinconveniencesthem,theyhavetherighttobeangry.Somehow,theyfeelangerisjustified.Well,itdoesn't.

Acceptthefactthatangerisnegative.Doesangerbringanypositiveemotions?Areyouhappywhenyouareangry?Doyoufeeljoywhenyouareangry?Whenweareangryweendupsayingthingswedonotmean,weactirrationally.Weendupregrettingitlater.Themostimportantcomponentinthisangermanagementtipisacceptingthefactthatangerisnegative.Thenyoubeginajourneytocorrectthatbadhabit.

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13.MakeADecisionThatControlIsPossibleAllbehavioralchangesstartfromonething.Thedecision,acceptanceandcommitmentinyourmindthatyouwanttomakethatchange.Inthiscase,self-controlispossiblealbeitalongandgradualprocess.Onlyyoucanmakethedecisiononhowtocontrolyouremotions.

RememberthatYOUholdthekeytoyourownsuccessasyourbehaviorcanthreatenyourcareersuccess.Theideaisthatyouwanttoavoidextremeemotionalresponsesforexampleinthecaseofangerrageandhate.

14.IdentifyTheEmotionsYouNeedToControlChancesareyoualreadyknowwhichemotionsyouneedtocontrol.Thefirststepistoidentifywhichemotion.Basedonpersonalexperienceandobservationintheoffice,thesearethefewIcanidentifyanger,anxiety,fearandenthusiasm.

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