5 habits you must quit in 2018 for professional success

Jan 16, 2018 15:21 IST
5 habits you must quit in 2018

365 new days, 365 new opportunities!

That’s the way New Year should begin, where each day holds a promise of a fresh new beginning. Where you don’t have to look back at your mistakes, but embrace the opportunities to become a better person. The year 2018 can be that opportunity when you make your today so good that your yesterday gets jealous to witness an improved you. Especially when it comes to office life, 2018 can be one of those years where you turned the tide around and started your journey towards excellence and professional success. This can only happen when you put a little effort and quit a few habits that are holding you back from being awesome. As the old adage goes, why walk when you can fly!

So, let’s look at 5 habits that you must quit in 2018 in order to be better in office:

1. Suppressing your ‘Gut Feeling’

When was the last time that you listened to your gut and followed it? Suppressing or ignoring the little voice in your head may lead you into difficult times, especially in office. More often than not, gut feeling is the voice of your sub-conscious which will help you take the right decision, be it in your personal life or professional one. In office, there might be a million reasons for you to supress your gut-feelings, but cold calculated calls don’t always materialize in success. Some dilemmas require you to take calls based upon your gut-feeling as well.

So stop ignoring your gut instincts and let that voice guide you the right path! Muster up the courage to follow it. Your gut knows the right in the wrong and will surely guide you the concrete solutions be it dealing with office politics or meeting that important deadline. Living on your instincts will not only make you stronger but will also help you to believe in yourself.

2. Blaming others for your unhappiness

As per psychologists, blame-shifting is a psychological defect wherein a person finds it convenient to escape from taking the responsibility for an act. Not being responsible for your actions can be disastrous for your career. Therefore, in 2018, promise yourself that you will rise above the vicious cycle of playing the blame game. The next time you are tempted to blame others, stop there and then! Take control of your thoughts and actions. Questions yourself “is it really a right way of tackling the situation?”. Belittling others will never help you fix any problem.

Your unhappiness is not the product of the actions of others. Take responsibility of your own actions and channelize your energy into right direction; it will surely help you impress your colleagues and build a professional image that you are proud of. So, incline your mind to become problem shooter rather than being a fault finder.

3. Being a YES man/woman

There is a common trend in office life, that if you want to succeed in your work-life, you need to be a Yes Man or women and always agree to any and everything that your boss or senior is saying. This is a very wrong practice.

In order to succeed in office; you need not put everyone else before yourself. Rise above the habit of saying ‘yes’ to everyone to get into their good books. It is not necessary that people will appreciate you only if you agree with hem. There are other ways of letting them know your worth. Contribute rightfully in achieving organisational objectives. From this year onwards, start focusing on fulfilling your commitments and priorities rather than pleasing other. Don’t be stressed when you have to say a ‘NO’ to them due to work obligations. Try to be an occasional people pleaser rather than being a chronic Yes man/woman.     

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4. Staying in your comfort zone

In 2018, take a resolution to push boundaries of your comfort zone. In order to stay away from stress and anxiety, office goers often prefer staying in their comfort zone. But the science behind sticking to comfort zone also says that this attitude will stop you from discovering your latent potential. It also restricts possibilities to acquire additional skills and knowledge which might aid in your professional success and career building. So when you are offered a new role or challenging responsibilities, don’t shy away from them. Embrace them whole-heartedly. Explore the unpredictable that is yet to come in your life and enjoy the fruits of the risks you take and the hard work you do.

5. Comparing yourself with others

Comparison is a double-edged sword. On one end it motivates us to become bigger and better than others; on the other end it also acts as fuel to fire for feelings such as envy, jealousy and low self-esteem. This is a major problem when it comes to our everyday office life; where comparing colleagues and tracking performance in comparison to others is a norm. But, while office might have their own policies regarding this, you personally don’t need to compare yourself with your colleagues.

Don’t feel vulnerable by comparison yourself with others. Remember that the grass isn’t greener on the other side; it’s greener where you water it. It is a human nature to compare their worth with the ones by whom they are surrounded. Curb this tendency and take a look at your own strengths. Start working on polishing them. If your weakness restricts you from achieving milestones, start working on them, you’ll find contentment!

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