Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Yourself – A reflexive form of you
Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary
From time to time, we find ourselves fixated on other peoples’ situations. We become overly concerned with their mistakes, failures, and negative attitudes. We become especially consumed by their actions which negatively impact ourselves.
It is human nature to fixate on others.
It is easy for people to distract us and negatively affect our moods. In regards to the workplace, it can be extremely difficult to concentrate on tasks and maintain professionalism while dealing with such coworkers.
There is essentially one strategy you can use to deal with difficult people in the workplace. It is some of the most important advice you will receive, and perhaps the most productive method through which to save yourself from others:
“Focus on yourself!”
“Focus on myself? But, I’m a team player! People come to me with issues and concerns, which makes me feel like an integral component of this company. I have always wanted and continue to want for people to like me. I can’t simply focus on myself and tune everything else out!”
The notion of focusing on yourself has nothing to do with stubborn pride nor inconsiderate selfishness. It does not indicate a lack of teamwork or an inability to work well with others.
This advice is designed to help you concentrate on your daily objectives. After all, you will maximize productivity if you tune out what you cannot control.
People are responsible for their own actions. At the end of the day, they will say and do as they please. We ultimately have no control over others.
As you enter your place of employment, remind yourself that you cannot dictate the behavior of your peers. Know that you do, however, have control over the way you respond to their actions.
Make a conscious effort to implement this action on a daily basis and commit it to practice. Once engrained in your routine, you will feel extremely refreshed, with the baggage of others having been removed from your back.
While it is counterproductive to fixate on the behaviors of others, it is more than okay to focus on yourself.