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Quote Of The Day

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.”

~ ―Stephen Covey
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Quote Of The Day

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

~ Helen Keller
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Quote Of The Day

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

Mahatma Gandhi
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Quote Of The Day

“Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

Zig Ziglar
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What Does It Take To Be Successful? Where Do You See Yourself In The Future?

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“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”

— Anthony Robbins

So you want to be successful. What does it take to get you from where you are now to where you see yourself in the future?

Being successful takes hard work, and it usually does not happen overnight. You have to take on the daily grind of putting forth your best effort, day in and day out. How long it takes will depend on you. Where are you now? What is your skill set, and what can you do better?

Here are four qualities you will need to move forward on your path to success.

Perseverance

Having perseverance means you will put forth a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. When you stick things out even when you face some setbacks, or you become discouraged, you show your strength of character and your persistence.

You will need a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Your vision will help you stay focused and organized.

Work Ethic

What is work ethic? According to Merriam-Webster, work ethic is a belief in work as a moral gooda set of values that are centered on the importance of doing work and reflected primarily in a desire or determination to work hard.

If you have a great work ethic, it will shine through your work performance. An essential part of that is your integrity. It is your ability to work hard and do the right thing while working within a group for the benefit of everyone.

You will be disciplined to follow through, have great focus and dedication to complete the job, and do it well.

Growth Mindset

If you have a growth mindset, you believe that you can develop and strengthen your abilities through dedication and hard work. There is no limit to learning. Hard work, a sustained effort, and persistence are all important, but believing you can continue to learn and become better will add layers to your skillset.

Believing that you can continue to learn and improve is essential and will allow you to become more successful. You do not set roadblocks for yourself, but instead, look for ways to do better the next time. Ask your self what you did that worked, then take it one step further, and ask what can I do next time to do even better.

Never Stop Learning

We are never too old to learn something new. There are new things discovered every day, new technology, new products, better strategies, and ways to do things. To keep our minds sharp, embrace change; do not be afraid to try something new.

Learning changes our brain chemistry, which in turn increases our ability to learn faster. It has been proven it helps prevent dementia. Being active mentally will also give us a positive attitude, increase confidence, and make us happier.

Learning something new makes us more interesting to be around. Our increased knowledge makes us more productive and more valuable as an employee or as an entrepreneur.

Embrace Failure

No one likes to fail, but if we think about it, we realize we learn more from our failures than anything else we do. We can read, attend seminars, watch webinars, and participate in a multitude of learning practices, but what do we gain? Yes, we learn, and we gain from all those experiences, but do we grasp real understanding? Is it ingrained into our brains?

What we gain from failure is a conscious choice. We can choose to view failure as a negative, be fearful, and to avoid failure at all costs because we do not like the way it feels. The better reaction is accepting that we did fail and using it as a learning tool. What did we do wrong, and how do we change it so that it will work in the future?

Where you see yourself in the future and whether you will be successful is up to you. It will depend on your strength of character, your willingness to work hard, and to learn from failure. It requires a strong work ethic and your ability to keep learning and always striving to do better.

Being successful requires being proactive and not waiting for life to come to you. It means you’re on offense, not defense. You’re active, not passive.”

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Quote Of The Day

“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.” #Integrity #Character #Quote

Jim Rohn
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How To Be Authentic At Work

Being authentic will radiate more pure energy than trying to be an ideal you Christina Lonsdale

Being authentic. That can be difficult. It is sometimes a delicate dance and one we want to be really good at. Can we be truly authentic at work? Let’s take a look.

According to the Merriam-Webster being authentic is: being true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, is sincere and authentic with no pretensions

Are we ever truly authentic? Probably not. People have an automatic self-protection mode and it is common for us to hold portions of ourselves back.

We all want to fit in. Sometimes we just don’t. There is a specific culture within an organization and there is a certain need to follow it. I have experienced that myself and it can be darn uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, when you do not fit in you may be passed over for promotions or not be asked to participate in certain projects. BUT, it is possible to do really well with hard work and determination. I did.

My success did come with a level of stress. Reality was that I could have advanced farther. The culture was not a good fit. I chose to stay because at the time it was the best option for myself and my family.

So, is it necessary to be authentic at work? No, it is never 100% necessary. It is also not always realistic; I wish it were. Let me clarify. I do think it is better to be authentic. Authenticity will create a healthier person and a better workplace which is a win-win situation.

You may have skills to contribute or a different way of doing something that is more efficient. Trying to fit in and not offering a different viewpoint does not help you or the company you work for.

Having worked in Banking for 20+ years I realize that there are certain organizations where you cannot be 100% authentic. There will always be professions where it is necessary to project a certain image.

In some organizations it will be taboo to wear face jewelry or have visible tattoos. You will have strict dress codes. Your ability to speak in a professional manner will determine your eligibility for employment and certainly for promotion.

However, being authentic is much more than your appearance and the way you talk. Being authentic is sharing your personality and your beliefs. We are all different and we can each bring something to work that will make our workplace better. Diversity.

There will be things you really should not share such as strong political and religious beliefs. Those can cause friction between employees that could impact productivity. You need to be able to talk to and work with everyone.

You need to be able to create and maintain a balance between who you are and what you are required to be at work.

The question of rather you will fit in and have the opportunity to be authentic should start before you even are employed. You should have an idea of what field you want to work in and in what location or area. You do a search and start picking out possibilities. You should be able to find in depth information about the organizations you are interested in.

When you are being interviewed the organization will ask many questions. You fill out an application and you are asked to come in for an interview. You will talk to Human Resources and they will assess your appearance and verbal skills. You may have to take some tests. If all goes well you will be asked to come back for another interview. Depending on the position it may be with just one person, usually the direct supervisor. If it is a management position you will probably be interviewed by a panel. Then maybe the CEO.

Go in prepared and be honest. At some point you will be asked if you have any questions. If they do not offer that opportunity then I would be concerned about the organization. What is their culture? Politely ask for the opportunity to ask questions. They should be happy and impressed that you did.

Ask good questions. To be happy where you work it is not only about the money. It is most certainly about the culture and how you will fit in.

If you are already employed somewhere and not happy you have a few choices and a few decisions to make. Again you have to be willing to ask questions. Nothing will change unless you step up and address the issue.

You can decide you have done everything you are willing to do already and you cannot stay. Answer: quit and move on.

First, and foremost, it is important to determine if there is anything that can be done. For whatever reason you may not want to quit. You either slug it out and be unhappy or you will have to do something about it.

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” – William James

Have you been presenting yourself as someone that is not the authentic you? You can change that. This may be a slow process because you just can’t leave work on a Friday and come back on Monday and be totally different.

It will be scary. You might receive negative feedback and some rejection. You have to be willing to accept those possibilities. You might be pleasantly surprised and find that the problems you saw can be fixed.

You may even find that your perception was incorrect. You may have made assumptions about how certain things had to be done and, more importantly, that there was no flexibility. It is worth the risk to find out.

Ask and you may receive. If you do not question how things are done and offer a different solution nothing will change. You have to take a chance, ask questions and make suggestions.

One thing I learned after working years for someone else is the importance of communication and it is a two way street. Employers need to ask questions and be transparent in their directive and their expectations. Employees have to be able to ask questions and be given the opportunity to participate on all levels. Employees have to be recognized and appreciated.

In today’s world it is so important to be authentic at all levels. The hope is that it will start at the very top. and that there is a culture of diversity where authenticity is encouraged and rewarded.

Let’s all work on being Authentic. What are you going to do today?

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