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52 Incredibly Easy Ways to Be Your Best Self Every Single Day

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Don’t let your knowledge and skills become outdated.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.

30. Respect

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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