If you look around, you’d be amazed to see the number of people happily living a mediocre life. If you dare to look within, you might see yourself doing the same.
Far too many businesses merely survive rather than to thrive. Far too many managers are hiring ‘good enough’ candidates. And far too many employees are happy doing an okay job when they can easily push themselves and do a kickass job.
At ProofHub, we constantly encourage employees to keep trying new things - whether it’s about doing something in another department or taking up a new approach to work. We think that failing is better than complacency.Manage work and time effectively and standout at the workplace.
If you want to shine and accomplish new things both professionally and personally, the following tips might help. Let’s take a look at them:
1. Tell Your Manager about your Aspirations
When you have a supportive team manager, putting across your point and sharing your life goals is easier with him. Having a mentor who gives you the right advice and constantly challenges you is no less than a blessing especially in times when people are too self-invested and greedy.
Try to build a connection with him and share your vision and ambitions so that he gets an idea of opportunities he can help you with.
2. Show Excitement for New Projects
Doing the same type of work often leads to complacency. Whenever there’s a new opportunity, be sure to show your interest and willingness for it. You wouldn’t just learn something new, but also earn brownie points from seniors for such enthusiasm and initiative.
That said, be smart to choose opportunities that seem to have some potential and can help you climb the corporate ladder faster. Take risks but do your homework first so that you don’t end up making a fool of yourself.
3. Make a Schedule and Stick to it
There are so many of us who just start working mindlessly the moment they step in their cubicles without having an actual plan. It’s not surprising why they don’t end up achieving much as being busy is not always being productive.
Make a schedule every morning and pen down your important tasks for the day. This will help you to put your focus on the right things so that you can concentrate on improving your craft and boost productivity. It’s important to be in control of your time in order to know what you’re capable of. Track time smartly and never miss a deadline.
4. Keep Learning about New Things
Successful people never stop learning. They like to be the smartest person in the room. You can only be the smartest one if you’ve equipped yourself with the up-to-date knowledge of your craft and with everything happening on the professional front. If that means reading new books or taking up a certification, do it.
5. Surround Yourself with High-Achievers
Mediocrity is pretty much like a disease. It spreads from one person to another. If people around you are happy with where they are, you’ll imbibe the same emotion from them. Whereas if you’re always surrounded by people who like to push the envelope, take risks, and take an innovative approach to things, you’ll start thinking and acting like them - which is not a bad thing at all.
On an Ending Note
My only question to you is why to accept mediocrity when excellence is an option? Give your two hundred percent and don’t settle for ‘good enough’ when you can be the best.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. Follow her on Linkedin.