One of the best parts of building a career you love is being able to become the master of your own destiny and learning how to take control of your own success. Here are three tips to ensure that you stay in control and empowered at work – regardless of where you are in your career. Stop waiting and become the master of your own destiny.
Think about whether your last meeting or group conversation met the goals that were originally intended. Not so much? This could be because our natural instinct is to avoid talking about difficult or potentially controversial topics. However, a group meeting is actually the best place to talk about those very things. Being direct in these situations means being honest and genuine, while staying appropriate, considerate, and respectful to those around you. Being passive (ahem, a doormat!), passive-aggressive (for example, not returning emails and hoping your less-than-favorite co-worker gets the hint) or aggressive (plain old rude) are not the ways to being a direct person. Being direct takes courage, and if done properly, will make you appear honest and real to those around you.
First, do you know what you want? Take a moment to write down all the things you want to accomplish, no matter how impossible they seem right now. Then, write down your motivations. When you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll have the heart to keep going, even when things get difficult. Next, map out how you’re going to achieve what you want. This might include some researching and planning to figure out what you need to do.
Keep focused on your goals and the actions you will need to take to reach them. Engage your support team – coworkers, managers, and mentors – to help you get to your goals. Make sure they are giving you constructive feedback and channeling good vibes your way!
On the road to empowering yourself, stay positive! If you feel like you have missed opportunities or been shut out of a project you’ve been dreaming of, the last thing you want is to become resentful or even disgruntled — a negative attitude could block out other great opportunities that come your way.
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