We all get to that stage in our life where we become complacent in our job. The novelty of working that bit harder to impress the boss has worn off. Then that enthusiastic newcomer swoops in with their fancy degree, creative ideas topped off with their wit and confidence to achieve it all. And you quickly realize that being ’good’ at your job is simply not going to cut it anymore. But don’t give up hope of that promotion just yet...
1. Stay motivated
...Because you were passionate about your job once. It’s easy to lose your enthusiasm after a bad day or if you feel like your hard work is going unnoticed. But it isn’t. Your boss is aware you’re reaching targets and keeping things ticking over. But forget that, you want them to notice that you’re going above and beyond to make a real difference. Get more involved, hit your deadlines and smash your targets. Because if you don’t, someone else will!
2. Study, study, study
...Because you don’t know everything. That’s right, I’ve said it. However much you think you know about your field, there is always going to be new innovative ideas and people with more experience that you can learn from. Be open-minded, look for online courses to improve your already gleaming skill set and use your new found knowledge to your advantage. If you know what you’re talking about, get the qualification and prove it.
3. Communicate with your boss
...Because you need to be aware of your weaknesses. Ask for feedback, but brace yourself first. Don’t mistake your boss’s critical approach as a setback. They just want you to improve, not just for their own benefit, but for yours too. They know what you’re capable of, hence why they hired you. Listen to their advice and set targets to help further your development. Communication is key to getting ahead, so schedule that meeting with your boss today.
4. Think outside the box
...Because you need to develop your ideas, not just repeat them. You know what works well. You do a ’good’ job year after year. Which is all fine and dandy but sometimes you need to think outside the box. Try something different, learn a new approach, and grow on what you’ve already successfully achieved. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. What you do differently this year could be the making of you yet. And you’ll never know until you try.
5. Take a lunch break
…Because you need to refocus. A change of scenery and some fresh air can do you the world of good. Grab a healthy salad, a piece of fruit, and that nutritious berry smoothie. Sit. Relax. Breathe. Believe me, your afternoon’s going to get a whole lot more productive.
6. Plan ahead
...Because where do you see yourself in two years’ time? Five years? Ten? Working out where you want to be in the future will allow you to push yourself into doing the small things now that you didn’t realize would have such an impact. Take on that extra project you were scared to handle before, attend that daunting networking event, and give that presentation you were having nightmares about. Trust me, your future self will thank you for it.
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Being good at your job is one thing. But admitting that times have moved on, methods have changed and there’s that tiny possibility that someone could be better suited to your role is a whole other story. Just being ’good’ at your job isn’t good enough anymore. It’s a competitive world and there are people happy to do whatever it takes to steal your job. It’s up to you to make a change and show your worth. You need to focus, learn and put your ideas into practice. Never settle for being ’good’ when you have the opportunity and determination to be better.