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

Positivity and Professionalism

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.

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How to Maintain Professionalism; “Get Up and Try!”

Positivity and Professionalism

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

Try – To endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Nothing in this world is a guarantee.  We do everything in our power to ensure positive results.  However, we only have so much control over personal and external circumstances.

Though we can only move a select number of pieces in the game of life, there are precautions we take to put ourselves in favorable positions.  We essentially play the percentage on a daily basis.

Though we cannot guarantee ideal futures for ourselves, there is an important approach we all must practice:

“Get up and try!”

It seems like common sense, though many people are actually afraid to do this.  There are various reasons why some may be unable to try:

  • Fear of mistakes or failure
  • Fear of fatigue or exhaustion
  • Difficulties multi-tasking or managing time

One must certainly possess self-confidence in order to avoid or overcome the aforementioned obstacles.  However, this type of self-confidence is not developed overnight.  It is something that must be worked at over time.  We sometimes need to try to believe in ourselves.

There is a major difference between trying and simply going through the motions.  The latter requires completion of minimal required objectives through slim effort.  Trying requires looking inward and offering all one has to offer a particular situation.

Trying leads to a positive domino effect.  Trying yields a sense of satisfaction, even if immediate results are not prevalent.  At the end of the day, you should sleep soundly knowing you held nothing back.

In the workplace, it is unhealthy to carry unrealistic expectations for yourself.  It is unnecessary to be your own worst enemy.  It is impossible to produce flawless results.  Instead:

  • Force yourself to embrace fresh opportunities
  • Push yourself to always put forth your best effort
  • Challenge yourself improve each and every day

Your effort is a significant factor in determining your level of professionalism.

As discussed in a previous post entitled “Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes!”, it is perfectly acceptable to fail on occasion.  There is no success without failure.  There is no failure without effort.  There is no effort without trying.

How to Maintain Professionalism;

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
-Mike Ditka