From haunted houses to candy-high children, there are plenty of things to be afraid of during the Halloween season. But while sitting through a spine-tingling horror film can be amusing, internal fear – the kind that keeps you from achieving what you want – is anything but fun. Learn to overcome fear and you may accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.
You probably think you do everything you can to succeed professionally. You work hard, invest time and energy into learning new skills and volunteer for important and challenging projects. But yet at the same time, you may be doing things that are stalling or sabotaging your career without even realizing it.
Just as the holidays have a way of sneaking up so do year-end performance reviews. If you haven’t thought much about this annual evaluation since last year, it may be time to find your copy of management’s appraisal in order to start preparing for a new assessment.
When you are stressed and overworked, you lose your capacity to do your best work. “No matter how great a person’s work ethic is, at some point the pace can become unsustainable, unless they find their own sense of satisfaction and have a personal mission to believe in—a passion to keep them going,” says motivation consultant and author Mohan Nair.
What action would you take in each of the following situations?
1.An important lunch meeting is scheduled for your boss and the vice president she reports to. On the day of the meeting, your boss is tied up all morning in a client conference. A call comes from the catering service responsible for handling the luncheon. The caterer cannot provide the entrée originally requested but suggests an alternative. Do you get your boss out of her conference call or do you take on the responsibility yourself?
Having an inspirational quote that speaks to you personally can help in a variety of situations, from guiding your career decisions to surviving the daily grind. Here’s a look at some of the messages that fellow workers have on their screen savers, letterheads, bulletin boards, or simply in their minds:
Like most of us, you probably strive for professional success and advancement. But yet when some of us do reach some level of career success, we often find ourselves unable to appreciate it because we are plagued by self-doubts and anxiety. Deep down—even if we don’t consciously realize it—we may fear that we don’t really deserve our success, and that it’s only a matter of time before someone exposes us as a pretender. This is a common phenomenon that this article dubs “imposter syndrome.”
If you were among the workers fortunate to have off yesterday for Columbus Day, we hope you enjoyed your long weekend. While some holidays lend themselves to reflection, such as thinking about gratitude at Thanksgiving or freedom on Fourth of July, Columbus Day often passes without much more than being happy to sleep in or catching a few celebratory sales at the local mall.