It’s easy to skate by, do the clock-in clock-out, and fulfill your job description. But walking with Mr. Bare Minimum down Easy Street isn’t going to make you happy in the long run. Without challenges, your career can quickly become just a ‘job’ and be a drag to go to day in and day out.
So how do you make sure you don’t fall into a rut of mediocrity and keep growing and learning in your career?
Some of the most valuable employees and colleagues are the ones who are proactive. Also, proactive people open doors to new opportunities and create career growth (instead of waiting around for the next big thing to fall into their laps).
Being proactive is more than just working hard. One can work hard, yet stay stagnant within the status quo. It’s what you do beyond the boundaries of what constitutes hard work in your industry.
Here are 6 ways to up your game and be more proactive at work:
1. Be a problem solver.
Focus on finding solutions. If you think something’s a problem and can be done better, easier, or faster then create a solution. Don’t wait for someone else to do it and definitely don’t just do it the same way, just because that’s how it’s always been done. People and companies grow by taking risks and solving problems.
2. Stay organized.
Being organized with your tasks, your mind, and your physical space will allow you to be more efficient and keep you open to new opportunities. In order to be proactive you have to be available to accept new opportunities, so keeping on top of things is important.
3. Set clear goals.
Be specific. Don’t just say “I will get in shape.” Instead, make it more specific. For example, “I will run 2 miles every day.” Proactive people have goals and knock them out one by one. Being clear about your goals will help you achieve them with clarity and purpose.
4. Develop some foresight.
By being observant, listening, and following patterns, you can start to predict future actions or trends. Work on knowing the ins and outs of your industry. Be ahead of the game so you can be proactive and not have to only react to issues, problems, and change.
5. Connect with and surround yourself with the RIGHT people.
Spend time with people who inspire you, motivate you, and are also proactive. Be around people that drive you and not people who bring negative vibes or drag you down. Watch out for lazy people. They will slowly drag you down without you even knowing it.
Get involved. Proactive people find opportunities to be proactive by taking action. Don’t let your ‘job description and duties’ keep you in a box. Get out there and find ways (or create ways) to get involved in new initiatives and projects.
The great thing about these 6 ways to be more proactive is that they are applicable outside of work and your career. You can use these tips to be more proactive in your personal life, at home, at church, and in your community.
Get in the conversation. In the comments below tell us your favorite way(s) to be more proactive in or outside of work.