Wake up. Hit the alarm. Get up. Get ready. Get out the door. Go to work. Leave when the day’s done. Go to bed. Repeat.
Does this sound like your daily routine? If so, you’re not alone. So many of us just go through the motions every day. We coast through life, never really engaging ourselves with what’s in front of us (except maybe our smartphones), all the while missing out on the medley of flavors in our meals, the small kindnesses of a coworker, and the vibrant, splatter-painted sunsets in our rearview windows.
While staying on cruise control can sure make life easier, it certainly won’t bring you any joy or success. If you want to progress in your career, you need to have passion for what you do, MSPs! That’s why I’ve put together these 4 handy tips to help you absolutely own your career:
Be Prepared to Work – Want to get results and further yourself in your career? You’d better wake up and come prepared to work every single day. Make to-do lists at the beginning of the day, and stay focused on the tasks at hand. And of course, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s never a sign of weakness – in fact, it shows that you’re invested and want to do the best job possible!
Have the Right Attitude – It’s so easy to slide into a negative mood and stay there, especially if your situation is far from ideal. Even when you’re having a bad day, try to smile and be grateful for what you have. A positive attitude is infectious!
Learn When to Say No – MSPs, I know that you’re capable of anything, but you just can’t do it all. While I encourage you to take steps to better yourself (such as signing up for the Executive MSP Program), don’t feel obligated to say “yes” to everything that comes your way. Knowing your limits and when to push beyond your comfort zone is what professionals do, and this critical thinking skill is crucial for success.
Be True to Yourself – Authenticity is valuable both at work and in life outside the office. Don’t let anyone pressure you into changing, whether it’s your own unique style, your interests, or anything else. Take to heart the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you inferior without your consent.”
Just these 4 little tips can help propel you in your career and give you a positive reputation among your peers. Follow them the best you can, and I bet you’ll get wonderful results. Keep up the good work, MSPs – SMILE!