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Simple Ways to Be a Better You

Mar 14, 2008
We all have goals in life. We have something beyond us to look forward to or to work for every time we do a task or we begin the day.

Very few of us have achieved what we wanted. At times, some can get it simply by having lady luck on your side. However, most people get what they want when they work hard to achieve it.

Still, there are times that working too hard can't get you what you want. This applies when there are many people who work just as hard as you do to get what you are aiming for. In these cases, you have to stand out from the rest.

Let take for example an employee who wants to be promoted to a supervisory position since his current supervisor will be elevated to be a manager in a different department. Almost everyone in the team will work hard to make the management choose them for the vacant position. Since everyone will be doing his or her own job excellently, what will give a person the edge to be chosen?

Therefore, simply doing your job well is not enough proof that you are capable of handling a leadership post. One has to strive to be a better person.

Improving oneself cannot be compared with the progress one's co-workers are making. Unlike the performance statistics that can be compared among the workers, you can only determine how much you have improved by only gauging what new skills have you learned or can you perform. In short, you compare your "present self" with your "old self," and not with your co-workers.

Consequently, how far you go or how much you improve depends on you, too. Usually, nobody tells you what you should do to make yourself better. You have to assess what new skills you needed to improve yourself or to make yourself qualified for your dream job.

Making yourself better is not a difficult task. You may choose to enroll in a course. If you don't have that much time and resources, just attending seminars, reading books and learning new skills or methods to do things will do. Just make sure that you practice it everyday. In fact, if you get used to doing it everyday, you will not notice the effort that you are making. Or, it will not take that much time and effort anymore. Here are some simple ways to give you several ideas on how to start.

* Be creative

When you start doing creative things, you release stress. Being creative may be practiced at work where you can experiment on other methods to do your job, or by having a hobby that you enjoy doing or that has just caught your interest.

Practicing your hobby may not directly mean your professional growth. However, just keeping your creative juices flowing means that you are prepared in case your work requires variations that need your creative skills.

* Keep on reading

Reading shouldn't stop when you graduate from school. In fact you should read more when you're no longer attending a school to refresh your knowledge and gain more information. Moreover, do not confine your reading in your work-related materials. Read anything - newspapers, books, advertisements, flyers, and even street signs. You don't know when the information will be handy.

* Meet people.

Apart from being sources of information or from having a mutually beneficial professional relationship, the people you meet and associate with help you know yourself better. When you meet different types of people in various situations, you learn what skills you may need to develop in yourself, what is really important for you and what direction you are taking.

* Prepare yourself.

While many people rely on fate or are dependent on the company's outlined contingency plans, you can also prepare yourself by checking what other areas have been overlooked in the contingency plans. When you get the opportunity, you may present your suggestions to the administration or implement the plan yourself.

Also, managers prefer that their employees can look at the situation from outside the box. They value people who are observant, creative, and well organized to know what they needed to do when things are not as they should be.

These are just the basics. From these you can devise your own ways to improve yourself. Just don't forget to share what you have learned especially those who are just at the beginning of their careers.
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