Coping with Workplace Disappointment

Disappointment is something we all deal with at different times in our lives. When your vision for the future doesn’t seem reachable, it is easy to be disillusioned. Nevertheless, there is a way to create your world and to get your internal reality to manifest outwardly. Be encouraged! Your present reality is not your destiny.

Secrets to Overcome Career Disappointment

  1. See the big picture. Hold to your inward vision despite that which you see going on around you. If you can see it, you can conceive it. Your vision is your ultimate mission. Though your job description may be minuscule and confining, your vision should be magnificent, liberating and invigorating.
  2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t let trivial irritants obscure your vision and thwart your progression toward your future. Sometimes it is the small stuff that can be most aggravating. It’s easier to dodge a rock than if someone were to come up and throw sand in your eyes. Avoid unnecessary conversations and complaining sessions among your coworkers. Be productive and avoid conversations that are corrosive. Focus on the future and stay on track in your journey to get there.
  3. Go where you are celebrated not merely tolerated. The majority of people will not acknowledge or see your gifts, talents and unique abilities. You must be planted in an environment and climate conducive to your personal growth and enrichment.
  4. See problems as opportunities. Contrary to popular belief, a problem is an opportunity. You wouldn’t think so by the way people murmur and complain. Consider problems as opportunities for you to shine. Rise above the mediocrity and manifest your creativity. Problems therefore are a pathway to your next promotion.
  5. Be a peacemaker and an encourager. Workplace strife fills and floods the lives of many. Have no part is such negative counterproductive energy. Be a peacemaker and bridge builder. By doing so you will make friends, feel better and find new ways to overcome organizational obstacles.
  6. Go the extra mile. Don’t be like everyone else. Break the mold. Arrive at work early and leave late. Manage your emotions and martial your energies. In doing so your productivity, creativity and resourcefulness will increase. By going the extra mile and exceeding your job description you will show yourself to be a true asset to the company and someone they can count on.
  7. Replace anxiety with creativity. Don’t be overly anxious. Anxiety drains you of your energy and immobilizes your resourcefulness.
  8. Be a lifelong learner. There are two types of growth, inward and outward. Most look for outward growth, profitability and expansion. Yet inward growth is equally if not more important. For without inner growth outward growth never occurs, neither can it be sustained. Commit to be a lifelong learner. Continually listen, learn and explore new bodies of knowledge.
  9. Serve selflessly. Everybody wants to lead but few want to serve. You can’t always be the top dog. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. When you serve people you show them you care and that you recognize they are important. When you make people feel important, they pour gratitude back into you. Those you honour will assuredly honour you.
  10. Remember the future is in you, not the job. Contrary to popular belief, the future is not in the job. The future is in you. With or without the job you can excel and come into your dreams. Your inner world once acknowledged and embraced can be made to manifest in any place. So should your current employer and coworkers be clueless, you can still come into your destiny. When you are firm and solid in your identity, you can bring about your destiny.
  11. Set your intent and follow your instincts. You don’t always have to know how it is going to happen. Just set your intent as to that which you want to happen.

    Career success is not something that is given on a golden platter. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and determination to achieve success. Don’t let the disappointments get you down. Continue to be positive and work hard to reach your goals.

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Get Out of A Work Slump

Are you in a work slump and need help clawing your way out? Being in any kind of slump is not something enjoyable. But, when it is a work slump this can affect your life much more because it is your livelihood. Here are some ways to try and get yourself out of the dreaded work slump. Reward Yourself
Sometimes the slump is just based on motivation. Working day to day doing the same thing can become exhausting, especially if you are not getting praise from anybody. Well, praise yourself. Make goals for yourself and when they are complete treat yourself to something you really want, but never get. For example, go to the spa and get pampered or have an extra-long weekend with the family or the girls/guys. Sometimes you just need to be told you are doing a good job and that you matter in what you are doing every day. If someone isn’t there to tell you, then just tell yourself. You do not need anybody but you to get through the day.

Take a Vacation
Perhaps you are just so worked that you cannot focus anymore. Work can become a stressful place and take its toll on the brain and your energy. Then you go home and work some more with the family or on the house. Life is just never ending. Work is what you have to do to survive though, so it makes you more miserable. Taking a vacation can clear your head and rejuvenate your mind. We all get stressed with work and home so a little bit of relaxing time could be just what you need. When taking a vacation make sure to go somewhere you have always wanted to go, a place that makes you happy. Once you are done with the vacation you can go back to work and feel ready for the day and work ahead of you. When you get down at work again just think back to the vacation and work for the next one.

Find Something New
Maybe it is simply time to try and find another job. When you have done everything there is to do and climbed your way to the top already, go achieve something else. If you are not inspired anymore work can become a chore that is dreaded every day. You may not even want to get up in the morning to go. That is a sure sign you are unhappy with what you do and a change needs to be made. Ask yourself what you care about and what you want to achieve in your life. Maybe you were headed down the wrong road all along. If you are financially stable already, then simply look for what you want and what makes you happy. Not everyone can be in a financial place in their life to do this, but if you are, than it is what you should do.

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Improve Your Memory and Your Career

Multitasking is a skill that many women possess. It is a talent that women are proud of, that they learned through their experience running a household and managing a career. Multitasking may also be a skill that was passed on from their own mothers. Unfortunately a multitasker can’t maintain a high level of efficiency for long. At some point they will become overworked and overstressed which can lead to forgetfulness.

In many occupations the skills you use to develop your career depend heavily upon your memory. Memory could make or break the chance for you to get that long-awaited promotion. One little absent-minded blunder and everything you’ve worked hard to earn could be gone.

Knowing how to spend some time for yourself by giving yourself a few minutes of peace and relaxation each day might be all you need to enhance your memory. Companies have discovered that by giving employees regular breaks their staff is ultimately more productive. Another way that a corporation can improve their staff’s performance is by adding some conveniences to the workplace to make the staffs’ lives less hectic. To achieve this some businesses have included health clubs, daycares, saunas, and cafeterias. These additions to the workplace can give employees extra time for themselves or their families and even reduce stress levels. Whatever the reason for including these employee benefits, companies are creating an environment for their employees which allows them to focus more on work and in turn improve their concentration and memory.

As you move up the corporate ladder you’ll find yourself attending more meetings, lunch dates and evening events which will require you to recall more people’s names. Forgetting a name is not only embarrassing but also can be detrimental to your career. Remembering a name is a great tool for customer service jobs. Some banks have even tried rewarding customers with money if the teller does not greet them by name. A friendly greeting including the customer’s name is an excellent and easy way to make the customer feel more valued and appreciated.

Any job you select will suffer if you do not make the effort to remember crucial aspects of the tasks involved. Even if you are able to take shortcuts in the short term, they will eventually catch up with you and could lead to your termination. Forgetting courtesy, forgetting to clean up a mess you made, forgetting to return things to their appropriate places, forgetting to clean your uniform, forgetting to bring the right devices for the task, forgetting the due date of a project… will be noticed by your superiors and could lead to poor efficiency scores and reduced job security. Your boss and your co-workers need to know they can count on you.

If you’re able to reduce your stress and the amount of work, at home or at the office, that you do, you will be able to retain information better than if you were overstressed. This extra brain capacity can be used to improve your relationships with your superiors and co-workers. Remembering a colleagues birthday, or details about their family or hobbies outside of work will help form stronger bonds at work. In turn those colleagues will stand up for you and could potentially assist in your career development.

It’s so important to keep you workload and stress levels in check so that you are able to prioritize your tasks, become more efficient in your job and improve your memory to make you a better worker and better colleague.

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Doctor? Lawyer? Electrician

Helping teens plan their future and decide what they want to be

It’s the question we all get asked when we are a child- “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While we may have had an immediate answer back then- astronaut, police officer, doctor, pilot- as we start to choose subjects in high school, we find ourselves giving more serious thought to what we want to be in the future. But how do you decide what you want to do? In planning your future career path, you might like to consider the following.

  1. What do you love?
    A job is more than making money. Somebody once said “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” The idea behind this is that you will be having so much fun that it won’t feel like work! While every job does have its ups and downs, be guided by what you love to do when planning your career. This doesn’t even have to be very specific. For example, you might love being social and talking to people; you then might be happiest in a job that involves a lot of personal interaction such as sales. Whether you love reading, animals or maths, you can always find a job that fits with what it is that you enjoy doing.

  2. Get some feedback from the front line
    If you have some idea of what career path you would like to choose, it can often be a great help to talk someone who actually works in that job . They can give you a realistic picture of what it is really like to work in this field. Sometimes we have an idealistic view of a particular job. Talking to someone with experience in this job can clear things up and help you to decide whether this career path is really something you would like to pursue.

  3. Talk to your teacher or school counsellor
    The subjects you choose in high school can play a large and important role in the shaping of your career options further down the track. Your home group teacher or school counsellor will be able to provide some guidance as to the career paths that your subject choices open up. You can also find e-guides online about the subjects you choose at school and how they will affect any future applications for a particular job or college course.

  4. What are you good at?
    While this does often fit in with number 1 above, your career can get off to a great start if you choose a job that uses skills that you already excel in. For example if you are really good at making quick and accurate mathematical calculations, a career in accounting or financial services might be something you would consider. Being good at something from the start can be great for your confidence and less frustrating then trying to do something that is really ‘not your thing’.

Remember: Your career is something that will develop and change. Just because you decide to pursue a particular job, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with it forever if you realize that you would like to do something different.

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