10 Things That Require Zero Talent…
But Will Change Your Life
1. Going the Extra Mile: When you’re asked to complete a task, do you complain, procrastinate, and eventually just do the least amount of work possible to get the job done? Try being known as a person who goes above and beyond when it comes to work, your personal life, and your relationships. Think of ways that you can add value to someone’s life, not simply check a task off of your list.
2. Being on Time: Showing up on time, or even a few minutes early, is one of the quickest ways to build trust and gain the respect of others. When you are late, what you’re really saying is that your time is more important than the person (or people) you were scheduled to meet.
3. Having a Strong Work Ethic: The difference between showing up to work and actually working is huge. Exercising professionalism, honesty, integrity, and self-respect on the job is what sets the hard workers apart from the people who skid by, only there to collect a paycheck. Which one are you?
4. Dreaming Big (and backing it up with action): I know the Coronavirus has everyone trapped at home and going a bit stir-crazy. But it won’t last forever. So in the meantime, dream big, make a written action plan, and try to plan for a solid, successful future when all of this is over. Take an online class, learn a foreign language, workout, build relationships via Skype or FaceTime. Don’t use the pandemic as an excuse to get lax on your goal setting.
5. Honesty: I’ve heard it said that a single lie discovered, is enough to create doubt in every truth exposed. Think about that before you lie again. Be a person of your word. Make it so that if someone ever says you’re a liar, that no one in their right mind would believe him or her.
6. Integrity: Be a person who tries to do your best, even when no one is watching. That is integrity, defined. It’s an easier way to live, too, because you don’t have to adjust your speech, your actions, or your behavior depending on whose company you’re keeping. You’re just you. People will know what to expect when they’re with you because your words and actions are consistent.
7. Having a Positive Attitude: We all know two types of people: complainers and those with good attitudes. We’ve all been both types. When you try (and you have to TRY) to have a good attitude more often than not, you become someone that others want to be around, want to promote, and want to love. There are going to be times anyone in their right mind would complain or take issue with something. The goal isn’t perfection, but rather to not take up residence in a negative state of mind.
8. Being Willing to Accept Constructive Criticism: People who want to better themselves, are always up for constructive criticism. They want to hear how they can improve. They want to get better. If you want “Yes” men (and women) around you, you’re not the type that will ever truly succeed. Man up and take the hits when necessary so you can elevate to the top of your game.
9. Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen: There is a time to sit back and listen. That’s how we learn from, empathize with, and grow in relationship with others. Conversation is awesome, but just make sure you’re taking enough time to stay silent and allow the other person to be heard and understood. Otherwise, you’re giving a speech, not building effective communication.
10.Not Keeping Score: It’s easy (too easy) to tally up every bad thing a person has ever done to you. But in the end, that’s not very helpful for your own personal growth and success, let alone peace of mind. The best thing to do is to determine whether that person made an honest mistake, or if they are actually toxic to your personal development. If it was a simple misunderstanding or even a lapse in judgment, try cutting them some slack. If they hurt you time and again, rather than sitting around dwelling on the offenses, try stepping away from the relationship. Either way, you have to stop keeping score in order to devote all of your time to being the best “you” you can be in this life.