Another year comes to an end - and it is time to take stock of where you are headed in life really, career-wise. For those who have not had a particularly brilliant year, sans promotion or appraisal, it is all the more important to stay strong this coming year. And these are five things that mentally strong employees avoid.
1. Waste Time In Self-Pity
While introspection is important for everyone, wallowing in self-pity never takes us anywhere. So you did not really achieve the target you set for yourself this year, but if you give in to feeling sorry for yourself, you are only going to be left behind once again in your distracted frame of mind. A mentally strong employee always has a plan - and only forges ahead with time.
2. Give Up After Failure
It can certainly be disheartening to see your project fail or your objectives not met, but these are setbacks that can stall you only for as long as you let it. Mentally strong people do not take failures as failures, but learning lessons which only bring them closer to their ultimate goals.
3. Dwell On The Past
If you want to make 2014 count in your career, be mentally strong and stop dwelling on the past. Whether the past has taught you many lessons or it was your days of glory, the truth is that it is gone. Focused employees know that to get ahead, they have to concentrate all their energies in future tasks and projects.
4. Feel The World Owes Them Anything
Employers do not owe their employees raises and career boosts if they are not working for it. In the current economy, you are lucky to be doing what you love or have a skill-set for. From here on, it is every man for himself. The mentally strong employee knows that, and is willing to work hard and work smart to get ahead.
5. Make The Same Mistakes
Once bitten, twice shy. Being mentally strong does not mean blind tenacity - only a fool does the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. For a productive 2014, recognize the mistakes you have made in this last year - and make sure you do not repeat them again. Not only will it streamline your daily work, it will prevent unnecessary wastage of time and effort.