The philosophy of going the “Extra Mile” means delivering more and better service than one is expecting and giving it with a positive mental attitude. Putting in this extra effort is not usually the glamorous or easy part of the job but often times it may be the most important. It allows you to finish the project strong and maximize the ROI on your efforts as well as the maximizing the benefits to the recipient. Because of this dual benefit it is definitely a win-win. The added bonus is that it will allow you to stand out since most people don’t make a habit of consistently putting in the extra effort.
No One is Perfect. So make sure that you are not expecting perfection from your bosses or your colleagues. But most importantly, don’t expect yourself to be perfect. It is good to hold yourself to a high standard, to push yourself but don’t expect the impossible. Instead consistently push yourself to do your best and since you probably have a high bar for your performance, this mindset will take you far!
You will be spending a lot of time at your job so I hope you really like what you are doing. So if you do, be excited about what your opportunities are and how you can make a difference. It is important to not only say you are passionate but to show it. Let your energy and excitement shine through in your interactions and projects. It can be contagious and a positive force. But I would say if you are not energized by what you are doing, if you are not excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead of you on your current path, think about pursing another path. Life is too short to not be jazzed about what you are doing!
There are a number of things in your work day that you can control and many things you can’t. Those that you can’t are the “uncontrollables”. It is important to recognize an uncontrollable, accept that you need to deal with it as it comes and focus on what you can change. This act of focusing your energy on those things you can control will increase both your productivity and the positive tangible impact you have on the outcome.
Some people see asking for help as a sign of weakness. When you encounter problems and don’t ask for help, it can snowball from a tiny issue into a big deal. That is when managers start to be surprised and no one likes to be surprised with bad news. However what I have come to learn is that no one truly completes a project by themselves and actually the sooner you ask for help the better. Asking for help does not mean you are a failure..Oh contraire..it means that you are a realist and understand what you don’t know and that you need to learn a new skill or need more support. So asking for help as soon as you think you need it is one of the best things you can do to aid in your success.
Enjoy what you do and how you do it! Not only should you seriously have fun in your time off but it is just as important that you should also have fun on a daily basis at work. Bring a sense of humor with you. Laugh often. Bring others into the fun too. By helping make it a fun place to work, others will want to join you, time will fly by and you may even have improved outcomes.
When you make a decision, it is good to do your research, weigh the pros and cons and then determine how you will move forward. In some of the decisions that you make, you will not have complete information, but yet you still need to move forward. Making a decision in these conditions may cause discomfort as you could be out of your comfort zone. It is this discomfort that may cause you to question yourself, but don’t. Once you make a decision, it is important to not second guess yourself. Questioning yourself after you have made the decision simply is not productive. Instead trust in yourself and move on.
Precision questioning is a valuable skill. Good questions can strengthen any project before key decisions are made. However if you are constantly questioning the same topic, you may start to look like you are on the doubting side. If the questions persist after key decision points, then you can look like you are not a team player and even potentially a vocal dissenter. Neither of these is a plus for you. So understand what your questions are telegraphing. Questioning and stress testing ideas and positions is critical as they are forming but once a decision has been made and you know it is final, don’t continue to question the decision. Instead move on so you don’t get caught in a place you don’t want to be. So question away before the train leaves the station, but once it does, get on the train.
Sometimes we have a tendency to want to know we will be successful before we start something new. Now the problem with that is if that is the perspective you have, for sure you will limit the opportunities that you will toss your hat in the ring for. And by doing so you may miss a fantastic opportunity. Look around, betting on yourself is a good option. You deliver and have delivered for a long time. There is no reason to question why you won’t again. Remember your career is a collection of events and the outcome of a single event will not make or break you. So why not give it a try?