5 Ways to CRUSH it at Work!
There will always be challenges in your job - there are in every job. Being successful at work is dependent on many things, some in your control and others outside your control. So what are the things you can do to give you the best chance of success and absolutely CRUSH it at work?
The term CRUSH it comes from an inspirational book by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Garry Vee as you may know him). Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. There are many learnings from this book, and if you are a budding digital entrepreneur then it is a MUST read.
I love the term CRUSH it and have used a couple of concepts for the inspiration of this post. My copy of the book is a few years old and has sticky notes highlighting chapters and passages from the book that I still like to go back and reference today.
Now, let's talk about you and how you can CRUSH it at work. This post is about working with the tools and skills you have today and not about investing in courses, training or buying reference books. CRUSHing it at work is all about the little things you can do that make a big difference, and the people oriented things as you will see.
We have compiled our recommended "5 Ways to CRUSH it at Work" to help you maximise your chance at success. We hope you find it valuable and you start CRUSHing it at work!!!
1. Be Goal Oriented
One thing I have been surprised by as both a leader and business coach, is the number of people who are unclear about their goals.
Setting yourself clearly defined goals can boost your performance by motivating you to increase your effort, accept and complete tasks whilst minimising the risk of "job fatigue".
Creating goals for yourself is an ideal way to provide you with direction so you can ensure you stay on track towards your goals.
Goals also have a great way of pushing you forward and motivating you to be more productive. By creating small, easy to accomplish tasks you are able to constantly work towards your goals and career happiness.
Without goals, you have no focus. And as the Cheshire Cat said to Alice: when she asked which path to take.
"Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Goals give you focus and purpose, so you know exactly which path to take.
2. Be a Team Player
Being ambitious and motivated can sometimes result in you becoming a little self-centred. You can sometimes be so focused on your personal goals, that you fail to recognise those of the people around you.
While being committed to your goals is not a bad thing; it is also important to be a team player.
Being a team player builds character and teaches you empathy. Don't forget, it's almost impossible to be successful by yourself, and when the team wins, you win.
Doing the team things by supporting your colleagues and sometimes taking on tasks that you don't want to do, but will benefit the team, will show that you value your team. And when the time comes that you need support from the team, they will be there.
People value and respect your ability to work well with others. Remember that your actions have an impact on others, but if you're reluctant to do something to help your team, your team mates will notice and your contribution will be less appreciated.
Having a genuine interest in your team helps you as well as those you're working with.
And team players are valued by colleagues, employers and recruiters.
3. Be Positive
Attitude is everything, not only in work, but in life also.
A positive "can-do" attitude is highly valued by colleagues and employers. Let's be honest, do you like working with people that see the bad in everything and seem to enjoy raining on someone else's parade?
New projects, new jobs and opportunities are normally shared with those that show enthusiasm and positivity over those who complain or who are negative.
Similarly, your colleagues will value and feed off your positivity, wanting to be around you, and in your team.
There is a lot to be said about the power of positive thinking. When you are experiencing positive emotions, you are more likely to see possibilities. Problems become opportunities and tasks become stepping stones to a solution.
Focus on the things you can control and don't let those things out of your control bring you down or change your focus.
In Gary Vee's book "Crush It: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In On Your Passion", there is a chapter titled "The Best Marketing Strategy Ever". It has one word in big letters that fill the page "CARE".
It's great advice. The same goes for CRUSHing it at work.
If you genuinely care (not just pretend you care) about your customers, your colleagues and your business you will find your performance and connection with those that matter, will be very positive.
Why? One word - Empathy.
Caring shows in the things you say, and the things you do. When people know you care, they will trust you and confide in you, and they will also look out for you.
And caring about others and making an effort to help, creates good Karma.
5. Never Give Up
The road can be long and challenging, so resilience and commitment are important.
Now although I run marathons and ultra marathons, I'm not going to tout old cliches like "your career is like a marathon, not a sprint". What I am going to say is that being able to ride out the bad with the good is an important skill.
Resilience is recognised as a great characteristic of employees who deal well with the stresses and strains of the modern workplace.
Resilience is a your capacity to respond to pressure and the demands of daily life and your ability to ‘bounce back’.
Being able to "stay the course" shows you have staying power and resilience. This means you are better able to deal with demands placed on you, especially when those demands might require you to be dealing with changing priorities and a heavy workload.
Resilience and endurance skills are qualities that will get you noticed and offers for new projects and opportunities.
So there you have it. Our "5 Ways to CRUSH it at Work".
There are many other ways to lift your standing at work and help you CRUSH it. But we think these are obvious skills that don't require special training, expensive courses or need you to develop new skills.
Everything you need to CRUSH it at work you already have - it's just a matter of being aware and then applying yourself.
So don't wait! There's no time like the present to start making those little changes in attitude and practices to lift your profile and enable you to CRUSH it at work.
If you get stuck, or need advice, drop us a note and we'll help you on your way!