It Starts With Us
Do you have a calm persona in your workplace, then you get home and yell at your kids?
Do you ever read a really inspirational quote or blog and think, “Yes! I’m going to think that way!” Then life gets busy and it never quite happens?
Do you ever feel like you’re two different people living in the same body? Wanting to be one way, but acting as another?
Everyone wants to become the best version of themselves, but few actually do. We’re our own worst enemies when it comes to achieving success, chasing our dreams, and living a life that’s filled with life’s goals and ambitions.
Some of us create barriers without realising it. No matter who you are, becoming a better version of ourselves starts with us. Here are five changes you can make to be your best self in the workplace -changes you can start using today to advance your career.
Self-awareness is knowing what makes you tick. It’s understanding your own needs and desires, knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, and being able to assess your emotions.
The workplace can be a spectrum of emotions and we all have triggers that drive us mad. For example, it drives me crazy when I spend two-out-of-three weeks waiting for other people to do their jobs, so that I can get on with mine….but my self-awareness allows me to consider, my colleagues are equally as busy as me but with different pressures and what is important to me, may be less important to them.
The key is building self-awareness to understand how you function. You can recognise where your thoughts and emotions are leading you and make changes. Once you are aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behavior, you will be able to make changes in the direction of your future.
Afterall, being aware of the person you are, helps you see the person you want to become.
It’s one thing to set goals but accomplishing them takes energy and hard work. When we don’t see results fast enough, it is easy to fall into thinking ‘I can’t do this’.
Studies have shown that when you share your goals with others, you are twice as likely to achieve them than if you keep the goals to yourself. For the same reason exercise buddies can help you to follow through on your workout goals. Accountability when goal setting is one of the most crucial elements in your success.
Consider this scenario: Your alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. It is your intention to go to the gym for an early morning workout, but it’s raining outside, and your bed is extremely cozy. In which of the following situations are you more likely to make it to the gym?
- a) You have told your gym buddy that you meet them at the gym by 6am.
- b)You didn’t tell anyone you were planning on working out this morning, and only you will know if you hit snooze button three more times.
It’s a no-brainer. Obviously, you chose scenario (a) because someone is holding you accountable to your actions. So, the next time it comes to goal setting, share it, you are communicating to the universe that the goal is a priority.
Re frame your thinking
Oscar Wilde once said the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the optimist sees the donut, the pessimist the hole.
We’ve all had those days where being at work seems like the worst thing in the world. Even though we know we are lucky to be employed.
Being in a bad mood is not just unpleasant, but it’s bad for our health and even detrimental to our productivity. Although you may think a little complaining is harmless, a bad attitude can begin to affect your work performance.
Instead, try focusing on solutions, not on problems. One of my biggest challenges when writing and attempting to get into my creative zone is the background noise in my family home. My solution is to wear noise-cancelling headphones and play my favorite playlist.
So, the next time you think encounter an obstacle at work ask yourself: ‘What’s one thing I could do differently that might make this situation better?’
Embracing change in work and life is essential to growing as an individual and being a better person than who you were yesterday.
Whilst change can seem daunting or uncomfortable it can also be an opportunity to explore a new career pathway. Change is about closing one chapter in your life and opening another. New beginnings arise and life becomes more exciting and without change, your work life would be so, routine and boring.
So be the optimist, embrace change it has a funny way of bringing new and exciting opportunities our way.
Commitment to your own growth
When it comes to self-growth, we often think of learning something new. But sometimes you might want to consider improving something you’re already good at, rather than addressing one of your weaknesses.
If you can strengthen something, you’re already good at, you could become extraordinary at it. This is on my goals list every year, even though I rarely feel like I’ve succeeded.
My current goal is to research and learn new marketing tools. Accessibility has made everything possible when it comes to my professional development on the go. I aim to invest 30 minutes of my day online, instead of scrolling my Instagram feed.
Gone are the days where you need to sit in a conference all day learning how best to develop your skills. You can approach learning on your own terms and in your own time.
In case you need a little help to get your month off to a positive start, here are seven self-improvement apps to try out.