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What are the underlying qualities that lead to success? How does one ‘werk’ one’s work? Here’s what I’ve figured out, when it comes to your job, werking it is less about the style and ALL about the swag.
Here are 6 B.A.D.A.S.S. steps to elevate your career and shine in the work place.
What do you believe? What are your core values? Are you consistent with these values in and out of the work place? Do you believe in YOURSELF?
Our deeper values and beliefs can direct us as we navigate our careers. Loyalty, kindness, serving others, integrity – these are leadership qualities that can empower you with conviction and focus. When you are planted in beliefs that enrich your life there is zero room for haters and less chance of giving up. *Finger snap*
‘When nobody celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.’ Joel Osteen
Remember: attitude determines altitude. Life is hard enough, so don’t make it harder by walking around with a face like you’ve been slapped. Having a good attitude – even when you don’t feel like it – will set you apart and will improve your work relationships.
A recent study by Harvard University revealed that 85% of advancements in the work place were down to strong relationships as opposed to skill. Whether you call it ‘emotional intelligence’ or ‘soft skills’, in order to werk your work you need to invest in your relationships and this all starts with your attitude.
More specifically ONE DIRECTION. Not four directions. Not a multitude of directions. I’m talkin’ Harry Styles in ripped jeans, tats and shaggy hair – with product in it!
What I’m trying to say is that it’s important to self-assess and ponder the direction you are taking in your career from time to time. If you are progressing at something that takes you away from your goal – you’ve gone off course.
When I make a plan I like to stick to it, damn it! But rigid planning doesn’t always lead to great results. Humans are adaptable creatures, but all too often we get stuck in habits that hold us back. The realty is, being adaptable is key to werking it.
‘Successful thinking is based on flexible and adaptable thinking.’ Professor Steve Peters
I have this amazing book that tells me what to do with my life. It’s called my Filofax. (Retro, I know.) Creating a working schedule and writing it down, provides structure to your days and helps you be more efficient with your time. Sounds simple right? But without a working schedule it’s so easy to procrastinate. Setting aside time each day or week that contribute to long term goals helps you get shit done.
Are you a work-junkie? They say you should never leave your laptop on constant charge. Why? Because it burns the battery. Similarly, when you are constantly wired to your work and don’t take time to disconnect – guess what? You are burning YOUR battery. This can contribute to chronic-stress and lead to serious physical and emotional health problems in the long term. Don’t do it, man!
Werking it is not really about how you choose to work but rather how you choose to live. The life choices that give you the edge and open the doors of opportunity.
Yazmin Joy Vigus | @yazminjoyvigus | www.alljoy.com