Doing a little extra can benefit you in two different ways, both of them inviting opportunities, an increase in understanding and in building a positive reputation. By paying attention to what is going on around you, many opportunities are so plain everyone else skips right over them without giving a second thought. Paying attention to small intricacies in methods or equipment can save the company you work for money hand-over-fist, and you can believe that others will notice. In understanding the equipment and functions better than the other members of your team, you’ll be in the know of the functionality and processes.
Good leaders pay attention and make notes of those who will benefit them, so they will first think of those who do a job effectively. When others respect you for the work you put out in quality and quantity, the others who are not as valuable will go by the wayside when the going gets tough. By putting yourself and your ideas out there, you will discover more than adequate compensation for yourself, as well as opportunities most can only dream of securing.
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
The emotions you have can be strange and sometimes unpredictable, even unresponsive to reason and logic. When emotions of confusion set in, the best way to disbar them is to remove them by something you know how to do well–release the energy with tasks to occupy your mind of which you are comfortable. (This does not include driving.) This is a way of “greasing the cogs,” so to speak, as your brain is familiar with this process but is still encouraged to think.
What are some ways to accomplish this? While some people choose to go for walks, because this can clear the mind, what this does is increase the blood flow but allow the mind to absorb the issue. In other words, if there is a solution available, this is the appropriate action. However, when the issue is something out of your hands, and we all have this at times, you can drive yourself crazy with all of the “would be or could be” solutions while you await the other party’s verdict. This is when walking won’t work as well.
Energy builds, and if you are unable or unwilling to rid yourself of it, your mind will rid you of energy. Either you will become so depressed, lonely and discouraged that your negative thoughts will evolve into destructive manifestations, or you can immerse yourself in projects of your choosing which require the use of energy. This energy requires release in a physically exhausting way in order to clear your mind, whether you enjoy a run, skate around the park, a climb on a high peak, or even sex.
The next time you feel the walls closing in on you, you can either allow them to do so and cause despair, or you can take charge and do something for yourself in the meantime–exercise.
In order to be an achiever you can leave no room for procrastination. Like any habit, good or bad, the more repetition, the easier the act becomes. Redundancy can range from being tardy or dishonest to volunteering or donating. Every act shows a benefit, as well as a price, but the easier the task is the quicker the results typically are.
How many people have you heard state at one time, “Somebody should think of a way to…”? Consider that sentence word for word; who are they suggesting, and why aren’t they the prime considered applicants? While it is unmistakable of where the idea seems to have originated, what is the reason for its abandonment so soon in the game? The conversation seldom leaves the room. In all actuality, the purpose for considering and sharing is frequently someone fishing for acceptance. The idea was dead before even being given a chance.
Stop and think for a moment how many ideas you have, and how many you mention? In office meetings is the prime area to contemplate this issue. You have an idea which is actually plausible, but can’t think of the miraculous ending, so you throw the idea to the wayside instead of giving someone else a chance to easily come up with a solution. Instantaneous failure.
The next time you have an idea, share your thoughts with someone who can validate your ability to consider concerns not previously taken into account. Your office just might be running more smoothly, and you might be the one your supervisor comes to the next time the company needs ideas. By being proactive and dealing with the issues instead of shoving them to the back, don’t be surprised when your supervisor begins coming to you for your opinions or advice.