Thursday, October 16, 2008

Embrace the Right Attitude

Work pressure can be overpowering at times. But holding the right attitude will eventually sail you through this overwhelming phase

Success is getting what you like and happiness is liking what you get. This can clearly reflect what you actually want and need. There are so many things that you might want to achieve or possess. But they all cannot be converted in to your demands, as you might not be able to get everything that you long for. You have to be satisfied with what you get. Moreover, there is a unique and a more satisfying feeling when you have tried to achieve what you want, even if you fail to get it. However, you will at least not regret that you did not try. That is what matters after all.

But, when it comes to your work, you cannot just sit back and be happy and satisfied with what you do and achieve. At the work front, whatever you achieve should be built as a climbing ladder to step up to one more achievement. Of course, this upward graph will give you more than one reason to get that grin on your face, but you should always make an effort not to slip. These can be counted as your success quotient and you should always be raring to rise on that ladder step after step.

However, the real essence lies in the manner you relish your success. It is very important to acknowledge the efforts of everyone who has played a part in your success. After all, you cannot call it an individual strategy that worked. Similarly, if you fail to maintain the upward graph, you cannot put the blame on anyone in particular. Here also, it is teamwork and a team’s failure. Success / achievements are always counted as celebrations. However, it should also be kept in mind that it is like a bubble that does not last for long in the air.

Failure must be taken in your stride more sportingly and must be cherished, though it might taste as bitter as a pill. These sour memories will always help you remember your past mistakes and make you more cautious while handling any project at work. This realization will also help you analyse your thinking, working and executing methodology. This will definitely affect future work projects in a positive way. You will be amazed with your own performance and should also compliment yourself for the good work. You can help your colleagues as well to make a retrospect to identify their own weak points and come out of the fear factor of failure. This becomes very essential, as once the fear is removed from the mind, it leaves no room for doubts.
Whenever handling any project, it is a common reality that most of us fear the possibilities of any unwanted blunders. Most of us are prone to nervousness and start feeling weak in the stomach. It is quite natural, but you have to overcome this fear as soon as you can to excel in your work. Otherwise, you will become vulnerable to such notions that can prove to hinder your path of success. At such point of time at your work front, you need to be more alert and not let the mind game overpower your capabilities. This mind game is very powerful and can dilute your thinking abilities. So whenever you feel nervous, race your thoughts in the opposite direction until you sight no signs of negative feelings. You should always carry a positive attitude and work towards your goal. The results will be equally fruitful if you religiously follow the run away path from your fears and chase your goal.

Embracing the right attitude plays a very important role when things go wrong. There starts a mind battle when a mistake is committed and everything seems to be going against you. This is the time when you really run out of patience and literally stop thinking. However, when you scan your method of working, you will yourself want to change it a bit. But mind you, it must be a non-biased analysis. Work progress must be given foremost importance and worked out accordingly.

You should be able to blend your abilities and attitude well in order to achieve your goal / target that should be your motivational factor. It can be aptly said that ‘Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do and Attitude determines how well you do it’. So shed that demodulating fear factor and accept whatever challenge you face on your way. Achieving your targets will make you happy and this will lure you to keep pace with success. Make happiness your needs and success your want. In the process to fulfill your needs, you are sure to be rewarded with your wants that will be satisfied.

Juggling For Time

The alarm rings and there you go, trying to set it after five minutes. Again a beep, and now you just can’t delay any further. Take a glimpse of your own life when it comes to reaching office in time

Waking up early to get ready for school was what we practiced for years. But then mom was there to take care of our timings. Most of us must have been in a stage where we start taking care of ourselves. But then, came the college days when we were somehow (consciously / unconsciously) moulded into a carefree attitude. Does it happen co-incidentally that we are occupied with lot of work, be it studies, gatherings, competitions or some other important work (?) that leaves us with no time? These were the best possible reasons’ that came to our rescue. And, because we have been tired due to such overwhelming tasks, it was sometimes understood at home and were granted permission for an off for a lecture or may be a day’s off. Remember the grin you expressed after that? However, those were days when we could somehow manage things according to how we wanted.

Now, when we are working professionals, we get back to our school days. Wake up early, get ready in time and reach office in time. And, we cannot manage this according to our wish, as we were accustomed to during our college days. The only thing we have to manage is, reach office in time. Though we manage to be on time for work, it is quite a task to achieve this. When you get some free time in between your work, make a retrospect. Do not go much in to past, but only going back to that morning would do. Because, it is almost the same every morning. Isn’t it? Read on to get a glimpse of our daily schedule.

We all share the same hassles. Most of us are sailing in the same boat everyday. And this goes for all our colleagues, right from the one with whom you share a bay in office to even the manager. You set the alarm for every morning, but do not wake up at the first beep. You keep postponing the alarm until a time when you just cannot delay further. Now, finally when you make an attempt to rise from the bed, you have no time to spare than to hurry for office. Every move is fast-forwarded. Brushing, bathing, donning that perfectly ironed office wear and sometimes you have to iron it because you returned home late the last night, breakfast (which we have to skip most of the times) and then finally, heading towards our workstation.
And this does not end here. On our way, we are bound to get a red signal and cannot help but await the green signal. Though it is a matter of waiting for a mere minute, this is the time when we ponder over the urgency of reaching in time and decide to start early the next day. Some are successful in putting it in practice on the next day itself, some a few days later and most of us are still struggling to see the dawn of the next day when we will reach office in time and in no hurry.. Once you park your vehicle near office, you heave a sigh of relief and rush to reach your desk. It adds to your frustration when there is no current and you have to take the steps.

And then, finally you land in your chair after all the morning juggles. Shouldn’t it be called an achievement to battle against time to land up for work? However, if you manage to shift gears and be able to be part of those few who work against the juggles from the very next day itself, which will be the real achievement. It should however not matter until you are in time and doing well at work. Talk to your colleagues today and have a laugh at your shared experiences. It will be very relaxing, at the same time, an eye-opener. Reaching office in time will let you keep yourself actively involved in the office chores and you will not feel left out. You will also save the embarrassment you might face at the hands of your boss. Your office arrival time is recorded and plays an important role when appraisals are due.

Time… we all keep cribbing that there is so little time. Most of the times when we take up a job, it is almost an instant reaction that we think of less time in hand. This cribbing gives way to further dissatisfaction and we think that we are working with so many constraints. Even 24 hours a day might not suffice in that case. Sometimes it is imperative to hurry and cope with the available time. But this should not become part of our habit that is bound to create nuisance some day.

Next time when you postpone your alarm for the next five minutes, think whether you are doing justice to your work. So much of hard work goes in a day and reaching late at office might make your efforts void. Mere five minutes can decide your success.