How Do I Bring Out My Best Potential at Work
It’s easy to stay stagnant with our lives and be comfortable with where we are, especially when it comes to work. Of course, it is not a bad thing if you have found your niche and you are good at what you do; but being stagnant without having the drive to become better can be a dangerous place to stay in as you are subconsciously stopping yourself from growing.
If you find yourself stagnating at work and have your mindset on changing that, here are some simple tips you can follow to bring out your full potential.:
1. Know what you’re good at and what you’re not
Knowing yourself is the key to bringing out your best potential.
As you feel more open and confident about taking in more constructive criticism, you can go ahead and ask your managers and bosses. This requires patience, humility, and your willingness to work on your weaknesses. Of course, it is never fun to hear negative feedback but once it’s over, I assure you it will be useful in helping you soar to greater heights. It will be a humbling experience and it is something that’s needed every now and then.
2. Be open to learn new things
The willingness to learn is always a good attribute to have. One thing that companies always appreciate is when someone is willing to learn despite not knowing much about the subject. When you are willing to learn, you not only open yourself up to more opportunities but also showcase your eager attitude and work ethic. Sure, it might be difficult and uncomfortable at first but our brain is smarter than we think.
You’d be surprised at how quickly you can adapt to a new situation if you give yourself a chance to do so. If you need more proof on how smart your brain is, feel free to read this article. I remember having to learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as a fresh graduate then the phrase SEO seemed so intimidating. I had to learn the term and how I can use it effectively and the whole process is just nerve-wracking. However, with a bit of time and some helpful guidance from my ex-colleagues, I was able to give what was asked from me and I learnt something new. I’m still no SEO expert, but to me, it’s better to know something partially than it is to not know anything at all. So, be open to new challenges and don’t be afraid of unfamiliarity! Be courageous in the face of daunting tasks and I promise you will see how they can propel you in the future.
3. Find out what is stopping you
Identifying your problems is always the first step in solving and achieving anything. Sometimes, without even realising, the problems that hinder us from achieving our own great potential are the little issues that go unnoticed. For example, I used to struggle to cultivate my writing habit. Ideally, I would like to block one hour in a day for my writing, but I struggled at first as I got easily distracted by emails, my Spotify playlists, and etc. As I realized this, the first thing I did upon opening my laptop to write is to close every application in there.
Ask yourself, ‘What are the little habits that seem harmless but are actually obstructing my growth?’. When you have an answer, work around that habit to your advantage.
4. Be proactive and take charge
For a more practical approach on how to bring out your potential to the next level, I highly recommend you to read this article written by Robert Steven Kaplan. Last but not least, remember that there is no better time to start than now; so all excuses aside, work on improving yourself today!