I'll bet that you'd find the
new pattern almost impossible to follow. Within a day or two,
you'd probably take your socks and throw them on the chair, just
as you did before! The same is true of the way you approach your
work. You either make the commitment to do an excellent job, or
you develop a pattern of doing just enough to get by.
That's why, if you're looking for security in
a job, you're
looking in the wrong place. There is no security in any job.
security lies within you. The key to developing your
security is by becoming excellent at what you do, and by
continuing to improve your skills. Add to that a very positive
attitude and an ability to work well with others. . . and, voila,
you have job security!
Now, I didn't say that you are guaranteed to work for
the same company for the rest of your life, or even that you will
remain in your current position. But, by always giving your very
best, you'll assure yourself of having a decisive edge in any
future situation. Think about it. If your company was acquired by
another, which employees would have the best chance of sticking
around - those who enthusiastically gave their best, or those who
dragged their feet, complained, and had little interest in
learning new skills?
And, even if the excellent performer does not get a position in
the new company, that person, because of his or her commitment to
excellence and positive attitude is going to have an advantage in
the marketplace when securing a new position.
When you put forth 100% effort, people notice.
You may not be
rewarded immediately but you are building a reputation that will
serve you well in your current organization, and in any other
place you may work In the future.
The bottom line is this:
giving less than your best effort
in your current position can only hurt you.
So, if you want to obtain real security, ask yourself these
questions: Do I enthusiastically give my very best at work
every day? Do I cooperate with others and support their efforts?
Do I maintain a positive attitude? Am I learning to be better at
what I do and am I developing the skills that will be important in
my field in the future?
Answer these questions and re-evaluate yourself on a regular
basis. When you can finally reply with a resounding,
"YES!," you'll have the type of job security that no one
can ever take away from you.
works with organizations that want to develop achievers
and with managers who want their people to be more
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