IF 90% of your success in life is determined by your attitude, and only 10% by your aptitude, then if you find ways to positively manage, develop and improve your attitude you are 90% of the way to personal success.
Port Elizabeth personal development consultant Deirdre Elphick-Moore from The Office Coach advises taking full advantage of the opportunities that surround you every day.
She said there were certain behaviours all managers wished every employee knew, and when used were the key to earning more and getting promoted faster:
- Take responsibility for your role as a part of the organisation:
Write your own career script rather than waiting for someone to write it for you. Go the extra mile and work well beyond your job description. Build your skill level and continually look forward to make yourself more valuable. Identify and focus on your strengths; actively look for opportunities to apply and showcase them.
- Focus on your career goals:
Without goals you have no direction. You must decide what you want to achieve and why. Your goals should have a clear result and purpose, backed up with an action plan. Write your career goals in a journal and ensure that you do something each and every day that moves you towards these goals.
- Ask for what you want:
The future belongs to people who ask for what they want. Don’t sit back, hoping things will improve. Ask in a courteous and polite manner, but persistently ask. This will effectively communicate your ambition, intent and leadership potential to your boss.
- Develop the ability to communicate in a powerful and persuasive manner:
Can you effectively and quickly capture your listener’s attention and get your message across? Can you write clearly, persuasively and with impact? Get books on these subjects and improve these stand-out skills.
- Commit to continuous learning:
Take courses, read books, and continuously learn and develop new skills. The quest for never-ending improvement will give you motivation, energy and drive. This learning attitude will always show in your performance.
- Guard your reputation:
All successful business and personal relationships are based on trust. Your character and reputation are your most valuable assets – guard them.
- Stay abreast of business trends:
Regularly read the business section of your newspaper or business magazines. Be able to identify trends that will have an impact on your industry over the next two years, and any potential threats to your industry or profession. The ability to anticipate trends is a superb business skill.
ýDevelop a positive attitude:
Your attitude at work will always determine your level of eventual success. People who are cheerful and optimistic will always be liked more than the moaners and groaners. The best team players are those who display a supportive and positive demeanour.
- Create a successful image:
People do and will always judge you on what you look like. Make every effort to look like the winner you are at work.
ýAlways treat people well:
Treat all people in the manner that you would wish to be treated. The more people like and respect you, the bigger your chance of success.