Seven ways to show ‘em you’re in it for the long haul.
Many older employees don’t believe we Millennials have the same work ethic as previous generations. And, if that’s not bad enough, we also supposedly lack interest in “paying our dues.” Here’s a list of highly effective ways to help you shine brightly for older generations to see.
First, Set Crystal Clear Goals: Define your goals to allow yourself to go beyond your immediate plans, and to see results of your efforts further out. Relish the small rewards for accomplishing tasks and achieving steps in the right direction. Without goals, you won’t be giving it your all, and this will be evident in your work ethic and interactions with co-workers. Map out your professional gains to connect current tasks with future opportunities.
“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.” Henry Ford
Always Take Responsibility: Please, do NOT wait to be told what to do in your workplace. Step up to take a task. This simple act will show you’re responsible and mature. And although it’s difficult, own up to your mistakes. It’s okay! We ALL make them in our jobs, and they become learning opportunities. They’ll help you grow in your career.
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” Jillian Michaels
Use your time wisely: Make a plan, have an agenda, have a task list, and do the thing you loathe the most first to get it out of the way. Prioritize tasks in columns to see what needs to happen today, this week, this month, this quarter. But don’t forget to plan to do a few fun things during the month, like lunch with co-workers, or coffee with the new guy.
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then…find the way.” Abraham Lincoln
Be Determined: When you really see what it is you want, do whatever you can to achieve it! Subconsciously, you’ll spend energy on bringing your vision to life. Strive to do what you can to make this sight a reality.
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” Langston Hughes
Engage Emotional Intelligence: Be self-aware of how your emotions may impede the best results for your company. When you don’t allow your emotions to get in the way of your performance, and you can channel your emotions, you have achieved emotional intelligence.
“Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” Elizabeth Gilbert
Be Curious: Seek new ways of doing the same ol’ same ol’ to keep your career exciting. Can technology help you create new ideas/products/results? Curiosity will help you adapt to change as you seek new ways of doing things. It’ll help your problem solving at work.
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person” Mother Teresa
Persevere: Finally, maintain your course of action even when you don’t feel like giving 100%. The continual action of pressing forward and upward will outshine your competitors. Keep the vision of better things to come within you to drive your persistent attitude.
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never…” Winston Churchill
If you have questions about great goal-setting in the workplace, you can engage the services of a Millennial coach. Just ask about it!