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5 Skills That Will Help the Professional in You

What you have to do is always in your control!

We’re all looking to becoming a better version of ourselves, professionally, everyday. Once you’re at work, you’re in a rat race where everybody wants to emerge a winner. However, it’s much easier said than done, right! Excelling at work requires effort and sometimes, it becomes difficult to understand where a good place to start is. While many would go for the ‘hard work’ route, where you push yourself everyday and go beyond your limits, others opt for the ‘smart work’ route, where they look at finding easier and more feasible ways to achieve their goals. Amidst all these plans of how to get to the top of the ladder as fast as possible, we very conveniently forget about one advantage that we are all blessed from the very beginning – our personality. In the professional world, your personality is your business card and once you train yourself to adapt, adopt and act in a certain way, there’s no telling what you’re going to achieve. While developing strong personality skills is a crucial part of anyone’s career, at some point, we’ve always asked ourselves ‘what makes a successful professional? To answer this very pertinent question and to ensure that you start on the right track, here are 5 skills that are bound to help the professional in you.

The Ability to Ask

If your inner professional is yearning to shine, then what you need to indulge it with is the ability to ask. When we were told ‘ask and you shall receive’ people were not kidding. Most opportunities are lost because we never feel the necessity to step out of comfort zone and just ask what’s on our mind for the fear of sounding misinformed or worse, not informed enough. However, if you want to up your game as a professional, you’re first prerogative is to muster the courage to clarify the doubts in your mind as and when you proceed. To function based on assumptions is never good, which is why when you ask you give yourself an opportunity to shine.

Decision Making

During the course of your professional career, one of the things that will pose as a challenge is the ability to make decision quickly and correctly. Often, when we are given the choice of choosing between two critical things at work, we get flummoxed and taken in by the consequences of our actions. While it is wise to understand the repercussions, what is more important is the ability to make that decision wisely and in an informed way. Decision making is one of the more important things that you’ll have to do in your professional life and the higher up you go, the more difficult if becomes. Therefore, mastering this skill while you still have the chance is a pretty good place to start.

Building Relationships

The professional environment, anywhere these days is nothing short if cutthroat and competitive. Everyone is looking to do their best and emerge on top. However, no man is an island and the same applies for the workplace. Irrespective of whether you’re a leader or a follower, whether you’re a group manager or an executive, the fact is that you cannot function without the support and cooperation of your colleagues. Which is why, building a strong relationship with the people you work with is a very important skill that every professional must develop because when the nights become long and the presentations come flowing in one after the other, it is your colleagues who will be the only source of sunshine in your life!

Standing Your Ground

We’ve all been in that place where we’ve felt like we’re being bulldozed into accepting something when we really know that it isn’t the right thing to do. Usually, when you’re just starting your professional career, people tend to take advantage of the fact that you’re still new to the system but the idea is to always stand your ground. Right about now, it is important to draw a distinction between being forceful and standing your ground. While the former suggests the use of various degrees of aggression, the latter emulates inner strength and having the integrity to stand up for what you think is right, thereby making it a valuable skill. Strength of personality is a very under-rated professional skill and we would all do well to develop it to the fullest.

Positive Attitude

Last but not the least; whether it’s professional or personal, a positive attitude towards life is definitely a must. Many might be of the opinion that a positive attitude is more of a trait that is inbuilt than a skill that needs to be honed and developed – that, however, is not entirely true. Just like any other skill; positive attitude is something that each and every individual needs to work upon by themselves in order to seamlessly include it in their day to day functioning. If you want to accomplish tasks faster and in a better manner, then a positive attitude is must; if you want to ensure that the negative Nelly’s don’t get to you, then a positive attitude is must and if you want to make achieving you goals easier, then a positive attitude is a must. From overcoming the tallest hurdles to getting through the most turbulent of times, when you have a positive attitude, you have everything you need to emerge victorious at the end of it all.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”- Albert Einstein

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