Whether it’s in our personal lives or professional careers, it’s always important to take a balanced approach to the positives and negatives that either help us flourish or hold us back. It’s common for us to overcome adversity and be faced with both difficulties and successes.
In our careers, it’s imperative to maintain a steady course to balance the negative and positives. By doing this, you can achieve career success: raises, promotions, new jobs and other objectives you wish to accomplish during your 30-plus-year working life. By not balancing the positives and negatives, you risk facing additional challenges that can become a burden to your goals.
No matter what industry or field you are in, you’re going to be met with hard situations to solve as well as potential successes that you have to take advantage of. Life, both personal and professional, isn’t all about sunshine and lollipops - as the song goes - it’s about learning to pick ourselves up once we fall down.
Here are five positive and negative things to balance to achieve career success:
1. Stringent Schedule vs. Flexible Time
Sometimes you feel as if you’re spending all of your time at the office. Instead, you wish you could be given more flexible time, such as telecommuting once a week, leaving the office an hour early once a month or arriving to work 20 minutes later. A flexible arrangement is possible once you work at your firm for a few years and show you’re dependable. By simply requesting this and highlighting your case then it’s likely you can achieve this.
2. Negative Criticism vs. Constructive Feedback
We’ve all had argumentative supervisors and hard-to-deal-with managers, which consists of detailed criticisms without any suggestions on how to improve upon your work. At the same time, there were superiors that offered constructive feedback. To balance this out, you should make a request with your superiors for recommendations and perhaps additional training to help you perform your job at a higher level.
3. Dismissal vs. Motivation
The economy is tough and workers are overstretched. This can lead to various mistakes and a loss of clients. Instead of motivating staff members, managers can often dismiss the workforce as insignificant because they believe junior clerks don’t really need to know what senior-level managers know. This can be solved by taking matters into your hands and attempt to motivate your colleagues to do a better job or maintain high morale. Be a leader not a complainer.
4. Stagnation vs. Promotion
In today’s economic landscape, employment stagnation is rather common because office budgets are tight and the labor market remains highly competitive. A 15-year senior may not have received a raise or a promotion in nearly a decade. Although asking for a raise or a promotion can help, adjusting your personal finances and perhaps seeking out better opportunities could be the better option. Life is short so why waste your time completing remedial and redundant tasks for low pay?
5. Difficult Colleagues vs. Helpful Co-Workers
Finally, our fellow workers can be just as difficult as our superiors. In other words, colleagues can make the job a lot more difficult than management. In order to make the workplace seem a lot happier and to balance out the good from the bad, remain a neutral party and do not take sides. Instead, air grievances to those you find annoying or a bad apple because they could sometimes be the most important asset to you to achieve career success.
There is good and bad in every facet of our lives. It should never let it get you down or give you a defeatist attitude. Rather than giving up and focusing on the negative, maintain a positive and upbeat viewpoint towards everything. Remember, a glass is always full because of oxygen - or perhaps someone malinvested in too large of a glass.