We hope you’ve had a restful long weekend this Lunar New Year! For most of us, the daily grind resumes tomorrow. Now that you’ve had the time to recharge, carry over the good spirits of the festivities into the professional sphere – work towards building up these useful habits to harvest a fulfilling and successful career.
Respect, And You’ll Be Respected
The workplace is a sea of varying personalities. It’s unlikely that you’ll like everyone you have to work with. That being said, your personal biases shouldn’t be an obstacle to productivity in a place where you go to work. Understand that your coworkers are also human beings with thoughts, feelings, strengths, and weaknesses. Avoid overt and malicious displays of hostility towards your colleagues, or even worse, constant poisonous gossip sessions behind their backs! Mutual respect creates a positive environment in the workplace and fosters a collaborative spirit – people who’re busy getting work done together won’t have the time to indulge themselves with shallow and petty behaviour.
If you’re experiencing such treatment from your colleagues, avoid retaliating in the same manner – maintain your composure and make a report in line with your company’s policy, so that your managers can handle the situation in a timely and appropriate manner.
Protect Your Energy
The pursuit of your ambitions and career goals might result in long hours, a never-ending stream of demanding projects, and the onslaught of high stress levels. These can result in a dark and dangerous spiral into physical and mental issues if you aren’t giving enough attention to yourself. Protect yourself by putting aside time for self-care and exercise, no matter how big or small. Take half an hour off in the day to go for a jog, or wake up slightly earlier in the morning to read a novel that’s been lying on your bookshelf – the list is endless when it comes to self-care activities that require only a small pocket of time. Most importantly, make sure that whatever activity you choose is actually helping you to preserve or improve your physical and mental health, and maintain your sense of self.
Being able to walk into the office with a spring in your step everyday is a valuable tool in a high-pressure environment – you’re creating value by manifesting a positive environment that others will look forward to joining.
Grow By Taking Risks, Or Risk Becoming Stagnant
“What a great opportunity, but I don’t think I can handle it with my level of experience.” Your brain’s flight response might just be the biggest obstacle to the things you’d like to accomplish in your career. Treat career goals the same way you’d treat learning a new sport – things will be tough at the beginning, but excellence and growth will come once you’re conditioned to the challenges. Avoid turning down opportunities because you feel like you lack the experience, and remember that you started on your career path without any experience too. Learn to embrace the possibility of great success and failure simultaneously – success might feel good temporarily, but failure is a great engine for long-term growth if you take the time to carefully unpack its lessons.
Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.