Every now and then, even the most hardest working professionals among us need a pep talk — something to help them realign their goals and reignite their inner flame. It’s okay to feel discouraged sometimes. After all, we’re humans, not robots. We do get tired and weary, but at the end of the day, it’s how you bounce back that will yield into your greatest triumphs.
1. “The only thing standing between you and success is yourself.” – Georges Chebli
A telling tale especially if you tend to see the glass as half empty over half full. No matter where you are in your career right now, there’s a reason why someone chose you for the role you’re currently in at this moment. Someone believed in you. Now it’s up to you to believe in yourself. Take calculated risks. Don’t sell yourself short in interviews. Stand up for the opportunities you think you deserve, but be conscientious when applicable and never be over zealous. Have a close friend or mentor check and balance your ambitions.
2. “Never assume defeat.” – Rachael Summers
This is one the of most dangerous things you can do to yourself professionally. If you had an interview that didn’t sit well with you, a meeting with a client that went shakier than expected, or a pitch that didn’t go a fluid as you would have hoped — don’t automatically put a period where someone else placed a comma. You have no idea what potential opportunities may be around the corner that you may have unintentionally shut down based on your perception. Haven’t you ever heard the saying, “one bad chapter doesn’t mean the end of the book” ?
3. “Pick your battles.” – Philip Johannessen
Do you have co-workers that know exactly what to say or do to get under your skin? Supervisors who seem to smile a little brighter or gloat a little longer when you’re at your lowest? As difficult as it may be, you need to walk away. Take a breath. Go outside — do something other than give into their bate. Some battles truly aren’t worth pursuing. Don’t waste your time or energy on someone who is insecure about something internally and have chosen to take it out on you. Sometimes it’s just best to stay quiet and let your success do the talking.
4. “Don’t compare your chapter one to someone’s chapter 30.” – Kent Ava
Everyone is guilty of comparing themselves to someone else in some area of life. Clothes, cars, condos, you name it. Even careers. When it comes to career placement and progressions, it’s critical to not only stay in your lane, but appreciate being in it too. There are no two identical paths to achieve a certain level of success. It’s okay to admire someone who’s currently at a place you wish to be someday, but when you start trying to compare apples to oranges, you’re truly only doing a disservice to yourself.
5. “Persistence beats resistance.” – Raoul van der Berg
Keep yourself motivated. Create a vision board if you need to, read inspiring quotes on your morning commute. Do whatever you need to, to keep going. Professionals have trudge through the valley to reach their mountain top moment — you’re no exception. When things get hard, don’t cave under pressure. Use your struggles as an opportunity to learn and grow professionally. Try not to complain. It will only bring down both your morale as well as the other members of your team.
6. “Diversify your skill set.” – Stephanie Gentry
It’s good to master your usual set of skills, but don’t get stagnant. Continue to develop your love of learning. If your job has tuition reimbursement perks, take advantage of it! Set out to learn a new skill. If you’re worried about time, it’s not about becoming a full-time student all over again. Take a couple courses at a time, earn some new certifications — become a wearer of many hats. It will set yourself apart professionally and who knows? It may help place you on the fast-track to your next promotion.
7. “Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.” – Alex Los
Money. We all need it to survive. However, there’s a fine line between needing money and becoming obsessive over it. The more passionate you are about what you do, the faster success will follow you. It may not happen in the time frame you expect it to, but the more you focus on strengthening and edifying yourself as a leader in your specialty, the more likely the success of your work will follow. And as a bonus, you’ll enjoy waking up for work everyday!