Years ago, most professionals would pursue a single career path for the majority of their lives, but in today’s ever-changing world this notion has become something of a rarity. Statistics suggest that before we retire, we may have as many as 10 jobs. That’s a scary thought because making a career change can be a traumatic experience, especially when we get older. But the great thing about the job market today is that it’s never too late to make that change. It’s never too late to follow your dreams.
How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day. Getting off on the right foot isn’t just important with relationships. It’s important with the start of any workday, as well — particularly busy ones. The first few minutes at the office can be the most stressful because there’s a level of anxiety about what you may face. It takes greater self-awareness, a positive mindset, and self-discipline each workday morning to counter what feels like negative gravity pulling you down as you face overwhelming demands.
Things not going well at work? Does it seem like the boss is always riding you, making your life difficult? Your relationship with your direct superior can be one of the most stressful aspects of any job. Especially when you just can’t seem to get along. You often find yourself wondering what you can do, or change about yourself, to make things better. But Don’t worry; sometimes it’s not your fault. Some people just make a horrible boss.
You go to a meeting and your boss humiliates you in front of your colleagues. Members of your team are talking negatively behind your back and spreading gossip. You’re about to start a new management role in the organization and you’re already hearing that people would prefer their old boss. Other people are ‘difficult’. Do any of these scenarios ring a bell for you? Healthy work relationships are fundamental to performance. Yet, many people spend their days fire-fighting and endless hours dealing with toxic work relationships.
Many successful people share a dirty little secret: Deep down they feel like complete frauds–their accomplishments the result of serendipitous luck. This psychological phenomenon, known as imposter syndrome, reflects a belief that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure, despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and quite successful. Does this sound familiar?