Your parents likely tossed around cliches and their “words of wisdom” which, chances are, you didn’t pay much heed to. When I think back though, my parents were the first teachers I ever had and as I get older I realize that some of their words ring true in both my business and my personal life.
Here are a few of the old adages I remember:
- If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. There is no denying that this should be true in your dealings with clients and people with whom you interact
- You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Surround yourself with positive people and be positive yourself. Even when you’re having a bad day, try not to “share” it with others.
- Everyone has something to contribute. While not every person in your organization is a good fit for every task that needs to be completed, chances are, every person on your team brings his or her own unique take to a project — tap into his unique talent.
Do you have any mottos or words of wisdom that you live by on a daily basis?
Are you a reader of self-help books? Do you find they truly help you or once you’re done reading them do you think, “I already knew that!”? Here are some thoughts I have had about my reading of self help books, so much of it is common sense and this is what I have gleaned in my years of reading:
- Set realistic goals. If you’ve had a “bad” habit for years, you won’t be able to change it overnight. Not achieving a goal may make you get disenchanted and stop your forward momentum.
- Commit to your goal for at least 21 days — that’s the length of time that the experts tell us it takes to make a new habit stick.
- Believe in yourself and the goal you’ve set. If you’re simply setting a goal because you feel you need to, your heart isn’t in it.
- Find a friend or trusted colleague in whom you can confide your goal and help keep you accountable.
- Break your goal down into manageable chunks. If you have more than one goal to reach, take baby steps to get there.
What is your next goal and how will you achieve it?
You’ve heard the adage that if you love your job you’ll never truly work a day in your life, right? Do you love your job? Do you have a passion for what you do? If so, chances are you look forward to getting up in the morning and pursuing your career or entrepreneurial path of your dreams.
Here are five tips for finding your passion for the job that you’re in:
- Be an expert at what you do. The more you know about your job, the better you will perform it and the better you will feel about what you do. Be an expert in your field.
- Incorporate your hobbies into your career, if possible. If you can’t, then make certain you pursue your hobbies and passions outside of the office as a way to make the rest of your life more enjoyable.
- If you’re not in the career of your dreams, then make the time you spend there about the journey. For example if you want to be an editor or business coach, learn what you can from your current position and surround yourself with people who can help you realize your dream.
- Uncover what you do enjoy about your current position and work that into more hours of your work day. See if you can offload or trade work duties with a fellow co-worker and maybe both of you can balance out the tasks you love with the tasks you don’t.
- Change careers if necessary. In some cases, you will simply find a job that isn’t a good fit for you and vice versa. If this is the case, you need to look into changing career paths until you find a job that lets you follow your passion.
Do you love what you do?
The power of positive thinking can’t be denied, but then neither can the power of surrounding yourself with positive people! I believe that positivity not only brings inner peace, but it leads you toward a path of success, enhances your health and happiness and helps you improve relationships with friends, family and business associates.
Here are some of my thoughts on the benefits of surrounding yourself (both personally and professionally) with positive people:
- Just as bad moods are contagious, so too, are good moods! If you exude positive energy, those around you will pick up on that and it will surround you like a ray of sunshine. Project the attitude you would like to surround yourself with.
- Positive thinking can also impact project outcomes. If you’re in the midst of a difficult task, but are thinking positively, the project will likely move along more smoothly and you’ll see a better outcome to your efforts!
- Your inner dialogue affects your actions. When you’re working on a project tell yourself, “I can do this,” or “Even though this is trying, it is possible!” These words will help you power through your projects whether it’s writing a blog post, working on an accounting issue or preparing for a speech.
Here are some steps I take to boost my positivity every day:
- I surround myself with people who feed me positive energy and I offer mine right back to them!
- I read scripture or a passage of an inspirational (to me) book every day
- I watch movies or listen to music that moves me toward happiness
What do you do to be positive for both yourself and those around you?