Bring Your "A" Game to Work Every Day!
It's a sign that spring is coming soon and a reminder that life is always blossoming at some point.
The past two weeks, I have been traveling and been in a position to talk to about 200+ employees.
Most of the conversations with these individuals stemmed around hard times, how to keep a job, how to deal with downsizing, resume writing, job interviewing, and just feeling plain old sluggish.
People are getting tapped out and running out of steam.
The challenge is we still have 10 more months to go! What this is leading to is that every single person needs to bring their "A" game to work each and every day.
No one is in a position to slack off or rest on their laurels.
Even if you feel secure in your position, it is still the idea that star-performing employees are on a life-time journey to excellence.
They continually look for new areas to develop, challenge themselves to take on over-the-edge assignments, learn new skills to prepare for the future and have an attitude of "I'm hungry to be the best I can be on any given day.
" Does this mean you are expected to be perfect every day? Of course not! No one is perfect.
It is an attitude of wanting to give your best on a given day and maybe some days you can't because you are tired or have a physical ailment.
But you display an attitude of "I'm doing everything I can today to make this a good day.
" Just as spring is just around the corner and represents growth, think about yourself.
- Are you growing skills and attitudes that will keep in the game of work?
- What have you been doing to personally invest in yourself?
- How are you going to persuade your manager this year to support your growth and education?
- Do you look at each day with an eagerness to embrace whatever comes your way?
- Who are you including in your success today and this week?
- Why are you not giving your best? (What barriers could be hindering you that are buried in your subconscious?)
- How many times do you tell yourself, "I already know that so I don't have to pay attention" vs.
reinforcing information and ensuring you are doing what you know?
- How many times a day are you absorbed in negative talk or read negative news?
- What resources are you using to maintain a positive attitude every day?
- What are you doing to lighten your load?
- Are you making time during the week to enjoy family and friends?
- Are you making time for yourself? Do you have at least 30 minutes over a week where you do something for you? If not, why not?
This is a time when you can fine tune your great skills; show managers and your employers what you are really made of; bring hidden talents forward; be innovative; look for ways to save your company money and streamlines processes.
Those of you who bring your "A" game to work every day and blossom, will reap the rewards when the economy picks up, if not sooner.