Millions of people go to work every day, but they don’t bring the best parts of themselves to the job—often because they don’t know how. They may be stuck in a rut, never quite able to feel they’re doing truly excellent work.
If you like what you do and you want to take it to the next level, concentrate on these 52 simple, effective ways that you can excel at work every single week.
1. Make People Feel Special
Encourage and empower people at every chance.
2. Find Work You Love and Put Your Heart and Soul Into It
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.
3. Focus on the Task at Hand
Do the best you can where you are with what you have.
4. Treat Every Task as Important
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.
5. Always Do the Right Thing, Even When It’s Hard
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can.
6. Delegate Whenever You Can
You get the best out of people when you believe in their talent.
7. Take Initiative
Even if you’re already very good at your job, do whatever you can to push your limits.
8. Be Part of the Solution
Don’t be known as someone who is always complaining about something.
9. Tell the Truth
Let people know they can count on you to be honest even when it creates difficulties.
10. Help as Many People as You Can Along the Way
Become someone people seek out for assistance.
11. Avoid Gossip Always
It should go without saying, but turn a deaf ear to gossip and rumors.
12. Maintain a Positive Attitude
A positive attitude is always contagious.
13. Double Your Income by Tripling Your Knowledge
Don’t let your knowledge and skills become outdated.
14. Mind Your Emotions
When you’re angry, count to 10; before you speak, count to 100.
15. Make Small Daily Improvements for Stunning Results
Most of the time, success consists of a series of little daily efforts.
16. Sharpen Your Skills and Focus on Mastering Your Talents
Avoid boredom—and learn a new skill to keep you on top of your game.
17. Be Masterful at What You Do Despite the Obstacles
No person fails who does his or her best.
18. Don’t Feed Your Fears
Have faith that you will make it through.
19. Always Be Prepared
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.
20. Ask for Help When You Need It
There is no such thing as a self-made person; you will reach your goals only with the help of others.
21. Set Goals and Get Results
It’s important to know where you are going, how you will get there, and what the outcome will be.
22. Be All That You Can Be
Don’t settle for less than your highest potential.
23. Don’t Worry About Getting Credit for Getting Things Done
You can accomplish almost anything if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.
24. Preserve Your Integrity
Make daily choices that are consistent with your values.
25. Be a Good Role Model
Live by your values and walk your talk.
26. Don’t Accept “Good Enough”
Do everything with excellence.
27. Persevere With Persistence
Success is largely a matter of hanging on long after others have let go.
28. Consider Leadership Something That Exists Wherever You Are
Make the most of yourself in every situation.
29. Say Please and Thank You
It really does matter.
The more you give, the more you receive.
31. Accept Responsibility
Take full responsibility with full confidence to get the job done well.
32. Be Determined to Be Your Best
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in your determination.
33. Remember You Are What You Think
It is important to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
34. Erase Your Limitations
When you can conquer your fears, it’s like lifting a hundred pounds of cement off your shoulders.
35. Treat Failure as a Step Toward Success
Failure is never fatal, but not trying is.
36. Be Trustworthy
Make promises and keep your word.
37. Become an Expert
Make the most of your knowledge.
38. Respect People’s Time
Everyone is busy. When you have someone’s attention, be quick and succinct.
39. Be an Active Listener
Make sure you listen at least as much as you speak.
40. Honor Your Commitments
When you make a promise, keep it.
41. Be a Great Team Player
Maximize your contribution.
42. Let Go of Restrictions
Don’t be limited by the scope of your thinking. Think big and succeed big.
43. Deliver Results
When you are given a directive, get it done well and on time.
44. Be Transparent
The more transparent you are with information, the more people will understand why you do what you do.
45. Be Kind
Be unfailingly kind, polite, and gracious with everyone you come into contact with—no matter what his or her role, and no matter how you’re feeling.
46. Manage Your Stress
Take every action to minimize stress at work because you don’t want it to get the best of you.
47. Be Dependable
Be consistent in yourself and reliable in your performance.
48. Communicate With Heart
Sincerity helps you avoid many blunders and misunderstandings.
49. Work With Purpose
Bring meaning to everything you do.
50. Be True to Yourself
Everything you do should represent who you are.
51. Make Every Moment Count
We do not count years until there is nothing else to count.
52. Lead From Within
Everything you need for a successful life is within you now.
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