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4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

The rate at which the global career market is shifting and establishing new opportunities is faster than it ever has been. Strangely enough, the majority of people still remain dissatisfied with their jobs.

You may be a mid-level corporate employee who feels your career path has struck a stubborn dead-end. Maybe you’re a single mom and you’re fighting your hardest to provide for your children with two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps you’re a recent college graduate and you have visions of grandeur for your future, but haven’t the faintest clue where to start.

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The good news in all of these situations is that there are always steps you can take to induce growth. Staying motivated at your current job and continuing to reap benefits is not exclusive to those who live their dream jobs. Check out the tips below to squeeze maximum potential out of your present job.

1. Establish meaningful connections

To some it may be a no-brainer, but getting to know the people you work with on more meaningful levels is an ideal way to remain motivated. Handling an entire workday with people you despise or simply don’t know very well can make it feel like forever. Take a few minutes, two or three times during the day, to ask your coworkers some genuine questions. You’ll likely be surprised by the amount of information you come across. Who knows – perhaps you’ll make a lasting connection through simple, straightforward conversation!

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What’s more, establishing meaningful connections throughout your place of work is likely to open doors faster, if that’s something you’re hopeful for. Someone wise once said, “There’s always one more spot for a person in any career who delivers quality exceptionally well.” Don’t mentally impede yourself from progress before you’ve even given it a chance!

2. Clearly outline a handful of goals

Across the incredibly wide spectrum of available jobs, any workplace can feel more like a prison without relevant, significant goals. Setting clear goals for yourself in your job is guaranteed to make your work feel more meaningful. First, think of the position you want to move into or excel at. You can’t move forward until you’ve established at least a handful of pertinent checkpoints.

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Second, outline your goal on paper and keep it easily accessible. The number one reason people fail to reach their goals is because they are not physically written down and periodically reviewed. Break this nasty cycle by reviewing your written goals frequently!

3. Pour out your full effort

This may seem like another “Duh!” moment, but it is far and away worth mentioning. You are only hampering your own growth if you aren’t pouring out your full effort every day. Success knocks on the door of those who are committed to excellence (even in the small things), not those who are looking for a shortcut at every turn.

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In addition to this, you may subsequently impress your supervisor or boss when you start kicking butt on the clock. If you were previously someone who lagged behind and now there’s a spring in your step, people will take notice. Everyone likes someone who works hard, and this virtue alone is likely to work in your favor.

4. Ask questions

Fostering a genuine curiosity about your workplace and taking moments to ask questions is one of the magic doors you can open of your own accord. The reason questions are so powerful is because they provide a way to discover new information. And new information – of any kind – can be used for your benefit. “Knowledge is power” has rung true for decades, but it has never been truer than in the Information Age. Harnessing the discoveries that arise from your questions can establish the difference between the mediocre execution of a job and authentic fulfillment.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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