Saturday, January 1, 2011

Be Happy - Happy New Year 2011……………..!

The New Year is a perfect time to say “hello” to happiness and “good-bye” to the bad habits that have made you miserable and hinder your professional success so far. You must now resolve that the year 2010 came to an end and New Year has started and you will not repeat your wrongs this year. You must take an account of the incidents and achievements of the year 2010 and the decade ending on the same date., what you had targeted for the decade and the year ending on 31st Dec.,2010 and what you achieved. Where were the shortcomings? And how would you meet in the year 2011 and the decade starting from today?

However, it is definite that if you decide in positive terms, you’ll enjoy your time at your work place a little more and improve your professional reputation if you make it your New Year’s resolution to cut down on the following counterproductive behaviors:

1. Excessive Complaining

Constant whining about insignificant things (“It’s horribly unfair that Department X got a casual day and we didn’t!”) doesn’t serve a purpose and keeps you in a perpetually bad mood. Plus, happy people will avoid you. You must control excessive complaining. Rather, you may present solution to the problems coming up day to day. You will be welcomed.

2. Gossiping

You must give up gossiping at your work place. If the next time a colleague tries to engage you in the work place, you should offer a one-word response, like “interesting” or “wow,” and follow it with, “I’ve got to go. See you later.” Repeat as necessary.

3. Heartlessly Criticizing Others

Sometimes you must criticize a colleague’s or subordinate’s performance. But have a heart when doing so. If possible, mention a few positives for every negative, and try to be constructive rather than cruel.

4. Beating Yourself Up

So you made a mistake, or your brilliant idea actually turned out to be a bad one. No one is perfect. Own up to your mistake, or take responsibility for your failure. Then move on.

5. Taking Yourself Too Seriously

You must lighten up. Admittedly, this may be tough for overworked employees in a difficult labor market. But that is precisely the reason to flash those pearly whites and crack a joke now and then (even of the “gallows humor” variety): Everyone benefits when the tension is brought down a notch, even for just a minute.

6. Stagnating

Are you content to be bored at work? Do you want your boss to consider you uninspired? Probably not. So make it a resolution to learn something new or try something different in 2011.

7. Isolating Yourself

In today’s topsy-turvy job market, professional networking is more important than ever. So this year, don’t hole up in your cubicle. Get out there and meet some new folks -- both inside and outside the company -- who share your profession or work in your field.

8. Blending into the Woodwork

Even if you’ve always had a hard time speaking up in meetings or expressing your opinion to your boss, it’s never too late to start putting in your two cents. Pick one work-related issue that is close to your heart and that you’re knowledgeable about. Contribute a few comments on this issue during a meeting - you may be surprised at how seriously people take the input of someone who speaks sparingly!

9. Blabbing Unnecessarily

Stating your mind is important, but don’t just talk to hear your own voice in meetings, either. Speak up only if you’re adding something of value to the discussion.

10. Burning Bridges

Don’t assume that colleagues, customers and others who cross your professional path will forgive and forget when you do them wrong. So make it one of your resolutions in 2011 to stay on good terms with your professional acquaintances. Yes, it’s sometimes hard, but oh-so-worth-it in the long run.

Happy New Year 2011……………..!

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