How to Maintain Professionalism; “Don’t Ever Give Up!”

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Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Giving Up – A verbal act of admitting defeat

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Life is a journey of incredible challenge.

Failure, frustration, and stress are very natural components of the journey.  We are expected to experience these types of emotions along the way.  After all, nothing worth having ever comes easy.

Self-doubt will uncontrollably creep into our minds, yielding a negative domino affect.  We will begin to view life with a negative mindset.

  • Opportunities will feel bleak
  • Goals will appear unattainable
  • Situations will seem hopeless

In the face of challenges, it is perfectly normal to develop this type of defeatist attitude.  However, in spite of such a mindset, it is imperative to heed some very important advice:

“Don’t ever give up!”

It is important to remain aware of self-doubt once it creeps through.  We must consciously decide to not allow such negative thinking to infiltrate and infest our psychological makeups.  We simply cannot allow ourselves to hold us back.

Imagine yourself running a marathon.  You’ve just reached the marker indicating that only two miles remain in your conquest.  You have somehow pushed your body through 24.2 miles and are extremely close to the finish line.  Your ultimate goal is nearly completed.

At this point, you’re exhausted, sore, and gasping for breath.  You’re not quite sure how you’ve come as far as you have, nor are you confident you’ll see it through to the end.  You feel as though your body will collapse at any second.

However, the most challenging portion of the race is where you will ultimately prove yourself.  After all the time and effort you’ve put towards preparing for the run, followed by the 24.2 miles you’ve logged thus far, there’s no chance you’re giving up now!

This marathon analogy shares parallels with the journey of life.

As noted in my previous post entitled “How to Maintain Professionalism; “Get Up and Try!”, the effort you put forth will carry the most weight with anything you set out to do.  After all, we cannot guarantee end results, though we can do everything in our power to put ourselves in favorable positions.

Considering the effort you’ve offered and the dedication you’ve shown, you owe it to yourself to see your conquests through to the very end.  The most challenging portions of your conquests will test your true strength, determination, and will.  Those final two miles will determine who you are and what you’re made of.

When you most want to quit is when you most need to push.  When you feel you’ve got nothing left, dig a little deeper.  When you fall, pick yourself up and keep moving.  You’re so very, very close.

Good luck.

This completes the “How to Maintain Professionalism” series of Positivity and Professionalism.

How to Maintain Professionalism;

What is Professionalism?

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Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary

The term professionalism is commonly used when referring to work settings.

We often hear people discuss the importance of maintaining a professional attitude in the workplace.  After all, your workplace attitude reflects your company, position, and self.

Regardless of your company rank, daily responsibilities, salary, or any other external circumstance, your attitude will define your character.

However, professionalism is not limited to your attitude in the workplace.

Professionalism, or a lack thereof, will determine your attitude on life, in general.  Your attitude carries the most weight and speaks louder than all other outside factors.

Your reputation is what others perceive you to be, while your character represents who you truly are and what you stand for.  That being said, your attitude is what ultimately defines your character.

Though others can judge or label you based on your attitude, the opinions of others do not dictate what is there or who you are.  Your attitude can not be negotiated nor compromised.  It belongs to you and only you.

You define your attitude, just as your attitude defines you.

In my next post, we’ll explore this subject on a deeper level.  Specifically, we’ll concentrate on the importance of professionalism in the workplace.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

-John Wooden

Professionalism in the Workplace

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Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Workplace – The place where one is employed or customarily does one’s work; one’s office, laboratory, etc.

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Every company possess its share of imperfections.  No business can boast of 100% employee satisfaction.  No company can avoid employee disgruntling and turnover.

All positions entail their share of unpleasant duties.

While some employees enjoy their jobs and are passionate about them, others hold significant distaste for their professions.

Regardless of whether you love your occupation, can barely tolerate it, or somewhere in between, one thing is for certain.

You are guaranteed to fall on troubling times and endure difficult days.

One should refrain from setting the unrealistic goal of enjoying a flawless work presence.  It is simply not possible to completely avoid bad days at one’s place of employment.

As the old saying goes, “You take the good with the bad.”

Instead, it is how one handles a difficult workday that defines his or her character.

As noted in previous posts, it is important to halt and manage negative thoughts before they accumulate and, ultimately, consume your mind.

If unable to control negative thoughts once they’ve sneaked in, your infected mood will be revealed in your work.

Your submitted results will indicate a lack of professionalism, thus diminishing your character and damaging your reputation.

It is a very dangerous domino affect that must be avoided.

Regardless of what is thrown your way over the course of your workday, it is imperative to maintain a positive attitude.

Your attitude will be reflected in your work.  A positive attitude will promote a professional mindset, which is essential while handling projects and working with people.

The goal is not to be perfect.  Nobody is perfect.

The goal is to remain aware of your attitude.  Attitude dictates character and, ultimately, impacts performance.

Your best performance will yield quality work.  Quality work reflects professionalism.

Positivity and Professionalism: Professionalism in the Workplace