Autonomy, influence, and a sense of meaning are all associated with lower stress. If you need to find more joy, take on a new project that will improve your job, team or workplace.
While you may not have the same degree of freedom that an entrepreneur does, you can find ways to set the agenda and claim ownership of tasks and projects.
This ownership will likely improve your job satisfaction while adding an important accomplishment to your resume.
Crises and special events forces us to find out extra time in our day for crucial tasks. In an ordinary week, however, those hours are buried in unnecessary meetings, interruptions and inefficiency.
Don’t wait for the next emergency. I suggest two ways to regain wasted time.
- Analyze your calender: Look back at the last month. Which meetings were truly needed to advance your goals? Then look forward at the coming month and eliminate ones that you can bypass without any consequence.
- Ask for feedback: Our worst time-wasting activities are often invisible to us. Ask direct reports and peers to identify tasks that you could do less often or stop altogether.
You will accept that when you are particularly good at something, its so easy to rely on that strength. For example, if your forehand is your stronger strike, you will position yourself to use it much more often.
But turning weakness into strength will give you a competitive edge and make you a more effective leader. Focus energy on improving your weak points. Think about your last performance review or ask your peer what one capability you really need to succeed in the current environment.
Believe me! There is no better way to impress than to reveal a killer back-hand stroke when everyone is expecting your solid forehand.
Is it not your wise stretegy?
We spend a lot of time and energy at work trying not to fail. However, most people describe their failures as an important part of learning and growing. Adopt a growth mind-set and accept that failure is the part of the process of skill- development.
People with a growth mind-set feel smart when they are learning, not just when they are succeeding. Don’t limit yourself to doing things that you know you can do- trust me,you won’t grow that way.
Instead, try things that are above your ability and set high goals that you are not sure you can reach. you might surprise yourself and succeed, and if you don’t, you will atleast learn something new.
Is this not exciting?
Someone has truly said: ” Success will come from simplicity”
I would like you to really go deep into his words. They are enormously powerful. Success via simplicity- a great insight, especially when you say to yourself- ‘I can’.
Most people, in business and within their personal lives more towards COMPLEXITY. More-to-dos. More projects. More products. More meetings. More possessions. More goals.
The best, I suggest to you, is to move in the opposite direction.
They try and make their business models leaner and more focussed. They do fewer but smart things. They get wildly focussed and wonderfully lean. And they definitely run from trying to be all things to all people.
WHY- BECAUSE REAL GENIUS LIVES IN SIMPLICITY!!
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When selling yourself in the talent marketplace, focussing on hard-won strengths required for the job in question can be all too easy. These skills are often the one that many other people have too.
But, your most outstanding talent is probably something you do without even thinking. Ask colleagues or friends what strengths you might be undervaluing. Lead with these exceptional skills instead.
Articulate to prospective employers, or to the boss who is considering your raise, your unique value proposition as an employee. Employers don’t just want someone slightly better than everyone else; they are looking for someone with a truly distinctive skill set.
God has given at least one disruptive skill to all of us- an ability that sets us apart from others. You may have been honing yours for years, or you may be so innately at it that you don’t even notice it.
Given below are three ways to identify your unique skills:
- Watch your reflexes: you may instinctively do what you are good at without even noticing. Ask yourself: when I feel most successful or invigorated, What am I doing? It may be when you write your posts for wordpress.com.
- Look for Confluences: A distinct skill may not be one thing, but an unusual intersection of ordinary proficiencies.
- Listen to compliments: Peers, managers, direct reports, and even spouses are often good mirrors of your own inherent strengths.
Don’t habitually dismiss compliments, but mine them to discover your unique skills.