Career-limiting habits that might be getting in your way!

It’s a known fact that your attitude at work can dramatically make or break your career. While having a positive attitude is not easily achievable for the majority of employees as many of them are stuck with career limiting habits that keeps them from reaching their full potential at work. Some examples on those habits include but not limited to: unreliability, “it’s not my job” attitude, procrastination and resistance to change. Many people have a misconception that positive attitude is a genetic behavioral pattern that we inherit and have no control over. That’s not actually true as it is a state of mind that you can achieve by inner drive and conscious reinforcement. This doesn’t mean that you have to take on everything people throw at you; you need to set appropriate boundaries when needed but without falling victim to the most common career limiting behaviors. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the most common negative attitude habits to avoid in order to achieve your true professional potential.

Unreliability

Being unreliable is all about not doing what you say you will do. If your coworkers can’t depend on you, why do you go to work anyway? Unreliable employees can jeopardize the success of the entire team and are on their way to career failure. Instead of agreeing to projects you can’t commit to, set the bar at a reasonable level, and then try to exceed expectations. If you can’t follow through, for whatever might be the reason, be outspoken about it and attempt to fix the situation right away. Never hide or make excuses or shift blame when things go wrong.

“It’s Not My Job”

Working with someone who has this attitude can be so frustrating, so make sure it’s not you. This is not the mindset of a team player; this is someone who just wants to make an appearance at work while doing the bare minimum to collect a paycheck at the end of each month. This doesn’t mean that you should say yes to whatever comes your way. However, if you have to say no for a valid reason, show genuine desire to resolve the issue and come up with alternatives to help find solutions. If you find that you’re constantly being approached to help with a task that truly isn’t in your job description, discuss this matter with the management. Maybe it should be included in your job!

Procrastination

We all procrastinate at some point, but what exactly is behind this is that we often struggle with self-control especially when faced with a difficult task. Procrastinators may also say that they perform better under pressure, but more often that’s just their way of justifying putting things off. While it’s sometimes perfectly okay to procrastinate as a prioritization tool, if you allow it to become a way of life, that’s when you need to tackle the underlying problems behind it. Whether you have problems with self-regulation, lack of motivation, poor self-confidence or other emotional issues, dealing with this habit usually means dealing with what makes you put things off.

Resistance to Change

The only constant in today’s workplace is change. But whether the company is large, small, not-for-profit or even a family business, people tend to fear change, resist it and try to sabotage it either consciously or subconsciously. From missed meetings and deadlines to forgotten agreements and undelivered messages – these are all signs of unconscious resistance. If you believe you might have an issue adapting to change, try to recognize how you react when change is happening. It could be just fear. If that’s the case, try to bring those feelings and thoughts out into the open where they can be addressed.

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