Get your career path straight: Every individual has a unique story; on the other hand, not everyone leverages its power. If properly crafted, your career story helps to differentiate you from your competitors, highlight your value, and to draw others to you.
Brush up on your soft skills: Emotional intelligence is deep-rooted in soft skills; you can always count on them, as they are undoubtedly one of the top traits fueling the future of the workplace. They constantly remain in high demand but the sad truth is soft skills are frequently misunderstood and undervalued skills that power career success. The fundamental truth, the core of any business is about relationships. It doesn't matter your job function or title, to succeed, you must interact with other people. Also, those of us who find a way to combine our hard skills with soft skills create environments that empower and ignite our teams, delight our customers, and fuel sustainable growth.
Master time-management: One’s ability to systematically organize time and focus one’s attention on tackling work projects is crucial. The manner in which you spend your time and with whom during productivity, demonstrate your focus and commitment to what and who matters the most. Once you master time-management, you’ll learn to say no, do, decide, delegate or delete tasks, batch routine tasks, eliminate distractions, embrace mono-tasking, get to know—and work—your rhythms, and build in breaks to recharge.
Become more self-aware: Most of us think of self-awareness as knowing yourself. Self-aware professionals have a clear understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. These set of individuals have an accurate perception of what sets them apart, and can then use their unique talents to magnify their impact in an environment that best suits them. On the contrary, they also understand and acknowledge their blind spots and areas needing improvement.
Get curious: Curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something, but it’s so much more than that. The minute you’re curious, you’re open to exploring new ideas, experiences, and possibilities including open to meeting new people and learning new things. Curiosity nurtures you to be open to leaving behind outdated mindsets and limiting beliefs to make room for your highest and best self. Also, it’s that openness—that curiosity—that fuels growth. Once you embrace curiosity, you transform into a lifelong learner, which is what personal and professional growth is all about.
Get creative: Creativity is the skill to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly disparate things, and to generate innovative solutions. Once you’re creative, you’re able to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality. Successful leaders agree that to cultivate your creativity, you should ask big questions, pay attention, be open-minded, set aside time to let your mind wander, and not be afraid to take risks.
Practice empathy: To practice being more empathetic, shift your mindset to put people first, seeing them as human beings rather than a means to the end of a transaction or task. Try to foster a deeper connection, and listen more and talk less. Once you practice empathy, you’ll better understand your patients, colleagues, and partners, and then be able to use those insights in ways to better serve and communicate with them.
Change your perspective: Your perspective is the lens through which you view yourself, your career, and the world. Perspective affects the story you tell yourself and the story you tell others. It influences your potential, and it’s also the quickest path to success and happiness. The successful leader believes that a positive mindset and perspective are demonstrated in our work ethics, energy, and charisma. “Consequently our life is predicated on how we look at the situations that surround us.”