Achieve Excellence: Going Beyond The Mediocre At Work

Why do some people seem to enjoy their work and achieve excellence more at work? Have you ever wondered why your bosses question you more than they question your colleagues? Why do some people complete more at work than you do?

In order to achieve excellence at work and go beyond the mediocre, there are some often overlooked work ethics. To be fair, these work ethics are not only ignored by newbies at work, some who has been in the job world for longer tend to overlook these too. If you have caught asking yourself why you have been passed over for that promotion, why you get a lot more dissatisfaction from fellow colleagues, perhaps it is time for you to consider these.

1. You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
I have always maintained there are no easy answers and there are no shortcuts to success. That’s just the way it is. But one of the most often asked questions I get tend to lean towards wanting a quick answer. Questions to how do I know if this job or work is for me? Truth is no one knows. Not even you.

The more you think about questions like these the more it will affect your work. You see, you spend time thinking too much when you are supposed to be DOING. To achieve excellence at work, you need to do. The great thing about doing is that it allows you to discover.

You just need patience. You don’t know what you don’t know; you must DO your way into knowing.

2.Urgency
How do you become excellent at work? Learn to put some urgency into your work. I bet you will immediately see yourself complete more.

Before you shoot off and say quality will suffer, let me remind you this isn’t about completing for the sake of completing a task. It just means sticking to your time lines. It means not sitting on work that is supposed to be completed today. Do today’s work today.

Realize that time is limited. What needs to be done now has to be done NOW. There is no waiting and saying that I can still make it. There is no saying I have too much on my plate now. Everyone has too much on their plate! Those are excuses for mediocre workers. In the work world, when you work on the concept of “payback” as in I will payback what I missed today, it also means you are inefficient. It means a delay in your own achievements.

3. Daily Goals
Too much has been talked about long-term goals these days. We forget that long-term goals depend on you achieving medium-term goals and medium-term goals depend on you achieving your daily goals. How many of you have daily goals and how many actively go about completing the tasks to be done for the day? How many are willing to sacrifice leisure time, a longer break or less chat in order to complete these tasks and not say, “Ah, well that and that and this can wait till tomorrow?” If you consistently complete your daily goals, you will achieve excellence at work.

You want to achieve satisfaction and excellence at work? Try some urgency, completing your daily goals by understanding that the concept of payback does not work (well, not without a price) and you must DO in order to understand.



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