Winning isn’t everything; but making an effort to win is. -Vince Lombardi
Let your work do the talking:
There is a reason why ice cream cakes are popular. No matter how much effort has been put into making the cake, people love it only when it’s iced.
You get the point, right?
So, completing the work isn’t just enough. Give it that extra touch; put the icing on the cake. Make your mark in every task you take’
Your work speaks for you in the rooms you are not in.
Be a strategic person instead of someone who does just what has been told. Go the extra mile instead of just stopping at what you are asked to do.
Be a person who gives results rather than excuses. Create your signature. Leave your mark in every single thing you do.
Always be updated in your field much so that you are not threatened but feel confident with the ever changing tides of technology. Also, you will not feel insecure when new people come up in your office/team.
So, be updated; be awesome.
When you look good you feel good!
Its impeccably true. Dress smartly. Your outfit says a lot about you and plays a major role in deciding how the day is gonna be. The thing with sharp looking people is that they are often confident. When you look good, you feel good and that good feeling improves your attitude toward your actions and even brightens up your entire day.
Do not dress up to impress others. Do it to present yourself smartly. It is not about the opinion of others and if it is, then you will constantly brood over what the other person thinks about your outfit instead of carrying yourself with confidence. So dress up sharp and comfortable; believe you are awesome, even if you think otherwise. You become what you think!
Take Responsibility and Be Accountable
People either tend to take credit for success or hide behind others when things go awry. Do not be a hider. We are grown-ups and should act the part. Take responsibilities for your actions. Admit to your mistakes.
That’s what successful people do because they know there is no growth without sowing and no success without failures. Behind every successful step up the ladder, there are a lot of falls that go unnoticed. Understand the way things work; don’t be afraid to fall or to raise your hand at your faults.
When you start taking responsibility for your actions, you become more reliable and trust worthy. People will believe you more because they know that you are the best at what you do and you are not going to cover up when things get messy.
Don’t take sides
Be kind and fair to your colleagues. Avoid being in a situations that demand ill gossiping. Don’t take sides. Take a stand for what you believe is right. Try not to be involved in office politics because it can do more harm than good. Take action when there is a need for it. Be the one to do something about a problem instead of complaining/whining about it.
Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People – Eleanor Roosevelt
Delete “Comfort Zone” from your lifestyle
Be ready to push the borders and poke the boundaries to get things done. Don’t fear failure. Do not stumble and hesitate while accepting a task that you have less knowledge of. Be confident while accepting it; Let them know that you don’t have expertise in that area, but you will acquire it when needed. There is a famous quote from the movie Batman.
I am whatever Gotham needs me to be.
Your workplace is Gotham and you are the BATMAN! Feels good to even say it, doesn’t it? 🙂
Don’t fake it
Don’t fake it. It’s okay to be imperfect. The key is to be original. Then, you don’t have to act every day.
Faking it at work is a very big mistake. Work is gonna fill a big part of your life. If you start acting so that people will like or respect you more, you have to keep doing it all day long and every single day of your career. Trust me, nothing is as tiring as living someone else’s life every day.
Be original. People respect you for who you are. At the same time, be careful to keep your work life and personal life separate.
Don’t change your personality. Laugh it out when you feel like or when the situation demands it. Just because your boss is around doesn’t mean that you should control your laughter or reduce your tone to mute. Be yourself. Actually, peers like the ones who are real rather than the ones who act based on the situations or the persons around.
Be open to new ideas. Never turn down an opportunity to learn. A new thing learned gives your brain much better pleasure than many known things done. Admire people for their work. Compliment when it’s needed and make your presence a pleasant experience to the ones you work with.
Ask for help when you think you are stuck. Its completely okay to admit that you don’t know something but willing to learn it. Offer help to the ones who need it. While thanking or congratulating someone, do it heartily with a personal note. A small act of kindness goes a long way. A team with good bonding will perform so much better than the normal ones.
Don’t be Busy; Be Productive
You read that right. There’s a widespread disbelief that successful people are always busy. They are productive, not busy.
Successful people manage their time in such a way that they make the most out of the day. Busy people keep doing things in hurry and seldom finish.
Productive people prioritize their work, plan better and cross the finish line in time. My CEO once said,
it is not about selecting the important ones to do, it’s unselecting the insignificant ones.
So don’t be busy, be productive.
Handle difficult situations wisely
Know when to argue and when to brush it off. Understand that people have different perspectives. Don’t get personal when things get hot.
Lose your temper and you lose.
Be mature enough to smile and let go when things get rough with someone. It is a pure sign of maturity and character. You are better than whatever it is that triggers you to do wrong. Anger subsides with time; but spilled words can never be taken back. So handle things wisely.
Learn to surf
Look at the things that scare you with fiery eyes. The things that you afraid are the ones that will help you achieve greatness. For instance let’s take performance reviews that happen in every workplace.
Do you get all nervous and shaky in those performance reviews? Stop looking at it as a place where you are getting evaluated, because you are evaluated for the everyday work you do, not for what you say/do in that review room. So be confident.
Take it as a chance to express the things that you’ve always wanted to ask your reviewer about your work career. People don’t always get opportunities to speak about their career to their managers.
So stop fearing the tides and start surfing!
These are some of the motivational and winning techniques that I favor at work. So, which is your favorite? Share them in the comments below.