How to Maintain Professionalism; “Focus On Yourself!”

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

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.

How to Maintain Professionalism;

How to Maintain Professionalism; “Leave Your Baggage at the Door!”

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

Maintain – To keep in existence or continuance; preserve

Baggage – Things that encumber one’s freedom; impediments

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

In my previous post entitled “Professionalism in the Workplace”, we discussed the importance of maintaining professionalism at one’s place of employment.

This week, we’ll begin discussing ways though which to maintain professionalism.  Specifically, we’ll focus on the first major step towards committing professionalism to habit.

Though we acknowledge the importance of maintaining professionalism in the workplace, it can be extremely difficult to implement such a mentality to daily practice.  We understand what is expected of us, though we occasionally struggle to convert on our ends.

However, it is never too late to make positive changes to one’s workplace attitude and habits.  There is hope for everyone.

Even through our most troubling times and lowest of emotional low’s, we possess the power to find and maintain professionalism.  As indicated by the above definition of maintain, this process will require one to push him or herself and to truly persevere.

The following is the first of several methods which will help to ensure workplace professionalism and yield favorable workplace results:

“Leave your baggage at the door!”

We hear this phrase constantly.  Life contains an unlimited amount of peaks and valleys.  We all fall on difficult times, some of which can drain us emotionally.  However, in spite of the proverbial curve balls thrown our way, we must remain focused on the tasks at hand.

We understand the importance of keeping personal issues away from the workplace.  However, how often do we honestly practice this preaching?  Do we always leave our emotional baggage at the door?

During your next trip to work, take time to reflect.  Whether you’re driving your own vehicle, riding the subway, sharing a taxi cab, or even walking from home, be sure to let your thoughts productively flow in a positive direction while maintaining awareness of your ultimate destination.

Remind yourself that you are stronger than you give yourself credit for.  Acknowledge that you are too strong of a person to let your issues interfere with your workplace attitude or focus.  Concede that your issues cannot be address at work, though they will certainly be taken care of in due time.  Take a deep breath and tell yourself that everything is going to be okay.

Once you’ve arrived near your work destination, prepare yourself for a stoic “grand entrance” via foot.

Hold your head high and acknowledge your importance to your company.  Give yourself credit for your professional accomplishments thus far.  It’s okay to be proud of yourself for individual contributions.

Upon entrance to your place of employment, say aloud or to yourself “My baggage stays outside here, where it belongs”.  Feel yourself leaving an emotional burden behind, while making sure you’ve held onto your actual suitcase and personal belongings!

Concentrate on making this baggage check a daily routine, with the attitude that each day’s “grand entrance” will be better than that of the previous day.

In my next post, we will discuss the power of a smile while maintaining professionalism.

How to Maintain Professionalism;

What is Professionalism?

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

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

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

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.

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