Business professionals make it look easyWritten by Tom Richard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the presence of a talented musical performer, you feel as if you are a part of the production. It sucks you in; it flows through you. Watching a talented business performer has this same awe-inspiring effect.
Yes, if you’re fortunate enough to candidly observe an impressive business professional do his work, you are left speechless, feeling jealous, or genuinely inspired. As he moves through his day, it is like he is using his tasks as pegs in a climbing wall.
Each task this professional completes serves as a peg in the wall, giving him the needed grip to pull himself upward. His seamless transition between the completion of one task and the starting of another appears to be effortless; the look on his face indicates he seems unaware of how fluidly he moves between items.
One minute he is answering his phone with a casual, confident tone, and the next minute he is finishing a report, clicking the print button, and swiftly dealing with his incoming emails. He never dwells on any one item; he just glides through the items in his path. Like a skilled climber, he does not dread the next step, he eagerly anticipates and reaches for the next peg in the wall.
Watching him work, you see no separation between the motion of his body and the agile awareness of his mind; you see only a calm, confident motion. The focus in the eyes of this true professional and the calm steadiness seen in his face makes it seem more like dancing than working. His genuine enjoyment of work leaves you wanting whatever it is he has.
The truth is we all can perform like a professional performer in our workplace, but only if we are willing to practice, self-evaluate, and commit ourselves to the requisite work.
Please note, nobody is going to carry you, and it is not the responsibility of your employer to motivate you. You have to want it for yourself; you have to want to become the best — a true professional.
Developing professional excellence requires you to notice that everything boils down to a cause and effect relationship. Yes, every effect you experience started with some sequence of causes. Therefore, changing your experiences requires understanding (and changing) its causes.
So, look at your worthy goal, then break it down into its tasks. If you are going to double your sales, you will need to either find twice as many customers, or you will need to have your existing customers buy twice as much stuff. Therefore, you need to get more efficient with your time, more effective with your presentations, or a combination of the two.
How do you do get better at these things? The answer should hit you with a resounding, “duh.” You become a professional the same way anybody in the world becomes a professional — through repetition, practice, and self-evaluation.
Stop looking for some mystical chant that you can recite while waving a magic wand, and start critiquing your skills, your ability to move through your tasks, and your effectiveness in your workplace. Evaluate yourself, make adjustments, and keep practicing, practicing, and practicing.
It amazes me how few people actually plan out their day in advance. How can you start a day without a specific plan? How can you expect to get better at something if you do not practice? How can you know how to achieve a goal if you do not first break it down into a list of accomplishable tasks? How can you know if you’re doing your best if you are not evaluating your own performance?
Yes, the answers you seek are sitting in plain sight. They are simple, and require good, old-fashioned hard work. With proper repetition and practice, you’ll stop stressing out about the length of your to-do list. Completing the items on your to-do list will become, with repetition, practice, and self-evaluation, mere stepping stones you glide over as you progressively climb towards your goal.
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