If you wish to be set apart from the crowd and get noticed for what you do, then it is almost an axiom that you should be disciplined and be able to make the most of what you currently have.
As a worker, your most valuable asset is yourself, and how you manage yourself will determine whether you will be in the next wave of promotions or the next wave of firings.
Here are some of good work habits that will set you apart:
Think positively. In business, there will always be people who only see the difficulties involved in any undertaking. In contrast, there are those people who only see the possibilities and potential of any given venture.
If you had to choose between the two, choose the latter attitude – it will bring you greater results. While you should not turn a blind eye to potential problems – indeed, you should plan to either avoid them or deal with them – you should not hold a pessimistic view of the world either.
This will only lessen your productivity and possibly spread an unwanted attitude among the people with whom you work with.
Plan your day ahead of time. When one is not aware of what needs to be done during the day, the day tends to be wasted in non-productive tasks.
But if one has a plan of action to follow, it becomes easier to mobilize the energy that is needed to make the day a success. Each evening before you go to bed, list down the five most important things that you must accomplish the following day.
Then, work on (and finish) the most important item before moving on to the second one. This will ensure that you will work on the most significant of your tasks and get a high-value return on your time.
Remember the 80/20 Principle. The 80/20 principle (also known as Pareto’s rule), was first formulated by the Italian thinker Vilfredo Pareto.
As applied to personal productivity, it postulates that 80% of your results come from only 20% of your efforts, and that 20% of your results are the product of 80% of your effort.
Basically, the 80/20 principle states that we are usually inefficient. We do not devote as much time and energy as we should to our most important tasks.
Instead, we try to do everything ourselves, even though we may not be very competent in some tasks. If you wish to improve your productivity at work, analyze what it is you do that can make a dramatic impact on the growth of your company, and propose to your superiors that you be allowed to do that one thing.
If you chose an area wherein you can make a real contribution, your boss will not mind your level of specialization.
Changing our day-to-day behaviors may be easier than previously imagined. By meditating on and repeating motivational and inspirational quotes, we are better prepared to change our thought patterns, behaviors and in turn, change our lives.
3 Steps To Daily Success
Here’s how it’s done.
If we believe something to be easy, we find little, if any struggle in accomplishing it. However, if we imagine something to be difficult to accomplish, then our struggle becomes more apparent. In fact, if we imagine that it is difficult to change a specific behavior, then we will always find experiences that will justify that belief.
Take this for example. We wake up one morning and decide that:
“This is the day I start losing weight. When things get difficult, I will not reach for junk food, but instead I will focus on something else to keep my mind occupied. It’ll be tough at first, but I’m going to give it a try.”
If you continue with this thought pattern and belief, don’t be surprised to find yourself struggling more often than not. Why?
If we look at this example closely we find a couple of thought patterns and beliefs already in place. We have determined to do something good for ourselves, but we do ourselves a disservice by choosing certain negative thought patterns, beliefs and words that go along with it.
We have said,
“When things get difficult….”
(This is already assuming that there will be difficult moments! Strike one!)
“It’ll be tough at first…”
(This is already assuming it will be difficult at first! Strike two!)
“…but I’m going to give it a try.”
(Remember the movie “The Karate Kid”…”There is no “try”, there is only “do”. Strike three!)
Now there are hundreds of products out there that will assist people. Some, if not all of them, may work for various people at various stages of their goal.
These are all signs of a quote that held power for me. I “focused” in on the following quotes.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” Buddha
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them into them impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke
“It’s not what you achieve in the end that matters, it’s who you become in the process.” Author Unknown
In fact, I found dozens of quotes that I resorted to from time to time, but these three I always came back to. They spoke of who I was, what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to become as I worked towards my goal.
I wrote them down. I carried these quotes with me constantly. I read them and meditated on them whenever I had the opportunity to. At work, home or at the gym (yup, I finally got myself to exercise, primarily by focusing on Arthur C. Clarke’s quote!), I focused on these three powerful quotes to help me FOCUS on what I wanted.
Because I changed my thought patterns, over time, I can honestly say I was a whole lot happier. Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that accomplishing the goal involved more than just thinking but it all began with my thoughts. The thoughts then permeated into my actions.
Here are the three steps again:
1. Decided to change your way of thinking about a behavior, making it easier for you to think about it. Phrase it in a simple way.
2. Choose a word to focus on to change that behavior for a period of time.
3. Find a minimum of three motivational or inspirational quotes related to that specific word that are powerful enough to change your current thought patterns the moment you read them. Meditate on them and repeat them, silently or out loud, every chance you get.
Be patient. Stick with it. Give it some time.