You may not think you have what it takes to succeed in a career. You may be intimidated by the thought of competing with so many other talented people. You have the best career path to ensure your success. I’m sure you want to make a good living and many of you want to support a family.
There is one skill you can develop and employ to ensure success in any career.
Get this one point, and you will start rising to the top.
Focus on One Thing – Yourself
I worked in the military for twenty years and I can tell you I wasted a lot of time worrying about what other people thought of me. I had an image to protect! A reputation!
“I wonder what my supervisor thinks of me? He could give me a bad evaluation next time, etc. etc.”
“Why didn’t that group invite me out to lunch? They must not like me, etc. etc.”
“I hate the way she talks to me. That guy has no respect for me. I never get acknowledged for a good job done, etc. etc.”
If you can identify with any of these conversations within your own head, please read on….
Your ability to focus on the task at hand will determine your success for the rest of your life. This includes whatever career you are in right now.
If you step back and observe yourself, you will notice that you are very distracted throughout the work day with the above mental chatter, which has nothing to do with the work task presently at hand.
Can you train yourself to start blocking out worries enough to just focus on the present task and get it done?
If you can, you will rise above a lot of your work peers for the next promotion, raise, etc.
If You Build Yourself, They Will Come
Another way of viewing this, is considering the old saying, “if you build it, they will come”. In our case, “if you build yourself, they will come”.
What does this mean exactly? Well, remember that people are watching you. Not in a paranoid or delusional, self-centered way, but people at work always “notice” who is doing a good job and who isn’t.
Therefore, what I’m trying to drive home is the fact that if you can learn to concentrate on getting your task done and then moving onto the next ask while most other people are worrying about a million different distractions, you are going to get attention as an incredibly productive worker.
Just like cream rising to the top, the best workers slowly rise to the top and those people are offered promotions, better jobs, etc.
So yes, if you build yourself into an above-average, productive worker, “they will come” in the form of: praise from management, recognition, promotions, raises, etc.
The wonderful thing about this reality is the fact that it takes a lot less energy if we can just learn to focus more on ourselves and the task at hand instead of the usual distractions and fears that occupy our mind. It is exhausting, as you probably know.
Consequently, it is actually easier to succeed than fail!
The Pull of Distraction
To finish this topic, I want to emphasize growing your capacity to be aware. Can you become more aware of your patterns, tendencies, and actions?
Start to seek out the times and places, which cause distractions from the task at hand.
Do you normally start surfing the Internet at a certain time of day. Do you get an urge to make a phone call during work or read about sports, or the news?
It’s o.k. You don’t need to beat yourself up, just become aware of these patterns and start making present-moment decisions to work on the task instead.
You have the power of choice. Next time one of your favorite distractions appears during the day, remember this blog post, and make a decision in the moment to ignore the temptation of distraction and instead work on your present task.
At the end of your day, try to start logging your daily accomplishments and monitor the increase in your daily productivity. You will be amazed how far you have come so quickly.