7 Easy Ways to Make Your Work Pay Off
By Sandy Schroeder
Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
I think he was reminding all of us to keep on pedaling to make our dreams and schemes a reality. If we stop pedaling, falls are more likely than payoffs. Whatever inspires you can make you more effective on the job. That blend of imagination, ingenuity and sheer determination can be the force you need every morning on the job.
Ask yourself where you are happiest. What are your best skills? What projects have pleased you the most? Build on those successes with qualities of life like these from the Huffington Post.
Know where you are going – Don’t waste time. Clarify your goals and start with that focus every morning. Post little reminders and celebrate when you make a goal happen.
Finalize projects every day – It’s good to have ongoing projects, but make sure you are completing projects that please you on a daily basis to create an ongoing feeling of satisfaction.
Build a circle of support – Get to know your co-workers and reach out to people who think like you do. Bounce ideas off of them, and expect honest answers. When things go wrong they will be there to help. When things go right they will be there to cheer.
Expect a few falls – Don’t be surprised if you fall. Just pick yourself up and keep going. Some of the best work that I have seen people do came after they had a major fall. Those people were determined to make it and they did. They learned from their mistakes, and worked harder. Others took note and helped them move ahead.
Hang in there to win – Most of us know someone who is right there working as long as everything is fine. But the minute problems come up they quickly fade. Those people will never be on the winning team. They will be off looking for another situation that lets them coast. If you really want to win, know what it takes and hang in there to make it happen.
Learn as you go –If you look back at work that you did a year or two ago, you may be amazed at how much you have learned. Inevitably our work improves with repetition, feedback and sheer effort. Give yourself credit for what you have learned and keep it in mind every time you tackle a new project.
Believe in the effort – The people who do well on the job do not demand perfection. They show up and work hard to make progress.
Being satisfied with your work and your job takes effort, but the rewards are usually worth it. Stay focused on your dreams and keep pedaling!
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