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Your attitude & personal accountability can combine for success — or failure. Which do you choose?
So, what is the connection between attitude and accountability … have you ever considered the relationship between these two topics?
People with what we might call a “bad” attitude do not take any accountability for their situation or their problems. And without taking accountability, it’s almost impossible to change your attitude. The two are inextricably intertwined.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you are unhappy at your job for any of the following reasons (whether real or perceived):
• You don’t make enough money.
• You are unappreciated.
• The people you work with are inept and irritating.
• The management is uncaring and uncommunicative.
• The work is unsatisfying and meaningless.
Although the ubiquitous New Year’s resolution has become a bit of a joke, if chosen carefully, it can provide a necessary boost to your career.
Here are five suggestions for great, work-related New Year’s resolutions that (if kept), will reap you important career-building rewards.
1. Learn to sell yourself. Uh-oh … Does the word “sell” make you cringe? Are you uncomfortable talking about yourself, your attributes and accomplishments, your shining moments? Going up for a promotion, interviewing for a new job (even in your current firm), or landing new clients requires balancing humility with boldness. Find a way to speak about your strengths and accomplishments without sounding like you are boasting. Practice in the mirror until you develop the perfect wording, body language, and demeanor to shine.
Are you a New Year’s resolution maker?
More importantly, are you a New Year’s resolution breaker?
Perhaps you silently snicker when you make a New Year’s resolution, because you know by mid-January you’ll have forgotten all about it. Perhaps your track record with keeping resolutions has been dismal — up to now.
Well, instead of — or in addition to — the typical “lose weight” and “stop smoking” resolutions, why not focus on some important career- and work-related promises?
Business, career, and work-related resolutions can help you implement important changes that can have dramatic, long-term effects on your career trajectory.
The secret to New Year’s resolution success? Keep them small and specific.
Here are my five easy-to-keep, career-oriented New Year’s resolutions for 2014:
1. I’ll greet coworkers with a smile.