You look across the meeting room.
He has a slight smile on his face.
Why is he always smiling?
He never seems stressed.
What does he know that I don’t know?
You look down at your notes and the only thing you did was title the top of your sheet and that’s it.
How much longer will this meeting be?
Some people have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Most of us, me included, don’t.
That was until I began to practice #1 on my list on a daily basis.
I struggled at every job then I began to keep a gratitude journal. It changed my life.
I found positives where I struggled before. I would be stuck in a meeting and I found ways to enjoy myself and be more engaged.
Now that I work for myself I rely on gratitude even more. Owning your own business is tough. Clients leave. Ideas fail, but my gratitude is how I stay positive.
Once my gratitude for my career improved I then implemented the other 4 tools and now I feel like I have a great career. I’m not a millionaire, far from it, but everyday is a challenge that lights me up inside.
Here are the 5 Free Tools that Top Professionals Use to Get Ahead:
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1. Gratitude Journal
Keeping track of gratitude, fun events, and future plans is a great way to keep your focus on what is going well in your career and how to build upon it. I suggest creating a journal to write in at the end of each work day. The journal doesn’t need to be fancy. Write down 3 things you were grateful. The idea is to pick a time that you write in your Gratitude journal every single day. I write in mine at the end of each day. In less than 7 days you’ll notice a boost in your attitude and energy level at work. You’ll be more productive and happier. It’s my favorite career tool on this list.
2. Jedi Council (Mentors)
Who do you look up to and is willing to help you with your career? It’s these people that you need to connect with and learn from. I call this my Jedi Council. I borrowed the name from Pam Slim. It makes it fun to think of people who I can reach out to, care about me and want me to grow. I have this with individuals as well as a group mastermind. Both work well for me. I try to find two people per year to add to my Jedi Council.
3. Feedback loops
How do you improve your ability to get better results? Great questions lead to great answers. Are you asking for feedback? Are you asking your boss and co-workers how you can improve or what what do you think is my greatest strength? The more you can create structure around your feedback loops the more you will learn about yourself from the people around you the more you can improve your career.
One of the best tools I’ve added to my career toolbox is the idea of “Reframing”. The idea is to try to find the positive in any situation. For example when you are stuck in traffic on your commute to work you don’t think, “Arrrrgh this stinks.” You say to yourself, “Yes, I get to listen to a few more songs before I get to work.” It was tough for me at first, but with a lot of practice this has helped me be more resilient and positive in my work. I’m happier and much less stressed.
5. Passion projects
I believe everyone should have a system for projects that you are passion about and helps you grow your career. That could mean writing a book or volunteering at a local charity. I started Work Happy Now and Domino Connection as a passion projects and now they support my family. Also most of the people in my Jedi Council have come from Work Happy Now and Domino Connection relationships. These projects have changed my life.
What tools do you use to stay happy and motivated? Let me know via contacting me on this site or in the comment section.