Let’s assume your career is on a steady at the moment. You are doing great, you are doing an amazing job accomplishing your 2019 goals, setting new targets and delivering on your KPI’s. How do you ensure to stay steady in that career rocketing state of mind?
On the contrary, things could be, well… Let’s just say, it seems as though you have hit rock bottom as far as your job is concerned. You’ve made some dire mistakes along the way and for the sake of reviving what was once a great career, you are trying to find out what you should avoid doing at the office in order to make this happen.
Below are some career pitfalls you should stop making for the rest of the year, regardless of whether you belong in the first group or the latter.
1.Stop being Comfortable
Maybe you’ve been at one company for a few number of years and you’re feeling pretty comfortable in your job. Your LinkedIn profile has had one job description for close to three years now. Don’t get me wrong you could be in the same role for years but still manage to grow your skills and expertise. That’s not a bad thing in itself–unless you’ve stopped making an effort.
You may think people don’t notice, but they do. Make sure you do something every day to push yourself. Make an effort and put in the work, and be noticed for that instead.
2.Not believing in yourself.
Quick one, if you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect your boss, colleagues, and clients or customers to believe in you?
Do everything you can to build up your confidence. Start by shutting down any negative self-talk. Remind yourself instead of your strengths, gifts, and abilities.
3.Stop burning bridges.
When things go seriously wrong, it’s always tempting to say, “I’m out of here” and walk away. Leaving may feel better in the moment, but it ends up costing you later.
“Learn to stay and work things out. Far better to have the reputation as someone who’s tenacious than to be seen as a quitter,” advises Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of “Lead from Within”
4.Not trusting your inner gut
In the words of Albert Einstein, every major discovery he made happened when he left his rational mind behind. If you don’t trust your instincts, you’re cutting yourself off from a powerful source of creativity and innovation.
Again, back to the previous question, “ if you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect your boss, colleagues, and clients or customers to believe in you?
5.Stop Wasting your energy on the wrong things.
Once in a while you’ve got to say, you know what, ‘aint nobody got time for that,’
The fact is that, it’s easy to get caught up in being busy but not being productive, working hard but not bringing value. What you start doing is being strategic with what you are working on a daily to a month’s basis.
Once in a while, pause and ask yourself,
’Why am I doing this again?’
‘How is it adding value into the company’s goals and mission?’
In simpler terms….Be strategic. Don’t chase shiny objects–keep your focus on the projects that will drive the most value and move your organization forward.