The December 2009 edition of Management Today highlights 10 key ways to toughen up.
The first, and very wise, tip is not to take it personally. It is all too easy to fall into this trap if things are not going well.
The second dimension is about self-belief and the importance of believing in yourself. Seeing this did not surprise me as people may give the perception of being confident externally when they feel just the opposite.
Next on the list was accepting that it is okay to make mistakes. Truth is we learn much more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. When was the last time you stopped and reflected when things went well?
Fourth on the list was the importance of not making too many mistakes. Ultimately, your successes need to outnumber your mistakes.
Next on the list was the importance of focus. With all of the advances of technology, it is vital to retain focus and avoid getting distracted.
Sixth was all about holding your nerve. Sometimes, if you are a manager, you need to stand strong, even where your natural tendency would be to do the opposite.
Number seven was all about avoiding comparing yourself with others. There will always be people who are better than you at something. It does not mean that you are not a competent individual overall.
At number eight, they suggest letting go of anger. It is difficult to move forward if all of your energies are channelled into resentment rather than results.
The ninth tip was to take a few risks. This is something, especially amongst professional people, which is a challenge. When faced with a risk, ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen? In few situations is it life or death.
Finally, the importance of switching off was highlighted. It is easy for our work and career to become all consuming, so learn to switch off. Remember too that how you do it is personal preference; there is no right or wrong way.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to become highly effective leaders and managers. For more information click here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.