5 Keys to Unlock Success In The Workplace

Career Woman | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Trish Lewis

Whether you work at a fast food restaurant or a Fortune 500 company, we are always on a journey to advance in life and career. Many dislike their job and have created a norm of "clock watching" (counting the seconds until they can leave)  Some love the field they are in but feel trapped in the current position Whatever your situation an optimistic outlook can make a world of a difference. Having past and current experience in human resource, here are some key solutions in advancing your career.

     1.  Set specific goals
Goals are more than just a starting point; they are the anchor for the vision. Goal setting is the first step toward successful goal achievement. It marks your first point toward success. It is what put your life into real action mode. Without this step, the other steps of goal achievement cannot take place. Make your goals attainable and realistic. Setting your goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It makes you develop and articulate the desires floating in your mind. It ensures that you are channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter to you. It makes you live more consciously.

2. Abstain from drama & gossip
Image is everything, your reputation precedes you. When being considered for promotion or raise, not only your work ethic will be taken into consideration, but your “workplace” image. Are you known for being polite, respectful and hardworking, or a drama-filled gossiper? While you may be popular among your colleagues because you have all the juicy information and stories, you are one of your boss’ biggest problems. Pay close attention to how many people come to you to either talk about someone or ask you for the inside scoop on something. If it’s often, then you’re gossiping too much. To improve this behavior, start sharing positive solutions instead of problems with everyone.

3. Have a mindset of Excellence
Your quality of work should be the best you can possibly produce. Weather anyone is watching or not, everything that is done should be done with exceptional quality. Mediocrity will get you nowhere! Excellence is the path to our success at work, at home, and in life in general. It’s about developing a winning mindset that says “I want to be great at what I do. I want my personal life and my work to be spectacular.” Developing excellence is a deliberate process and takes time, yet it can be developed by creating a personal strategy that will put you on the road to success in life and in the workplace.

4. Volunteer often
Volunteering for tasks and projects outside your job description shows your boss that you are motivated, reliable and can work outside your job scope. It will take you outside the box allowing you learn new and transferable skills.

5. Educate yourself
It doesn't hurt to go above and beyond to equip yourself with the tools you need to advance in the workplace. Now more than ever, it’s important for employees and professionals to keep up with all the latest skills and relevant knowledge necessary to compete in today’s workforce. Education is also a cornerstone upon which one can build a better future through continuing education. Become proficient where you are while studying the position you are going for. Although cliché, knowledge is truly power.
-Good luck!


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