5 Tactics to Toughen You Up

Wouldn’t you agree that where you end up professionally is largely based on what you feel you can control, accomplish, and contribute? Said differently, doesn’t your personal belief system help to establish (or demolish) your career path?

A great article by Geoffrey James of inc.com perfectly illustrates 8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient. As we read that article, we started thinking that even though Geoffrey’s thoughts are spot on, they do not address an area we feel is critically important.

Let’s face it, the workplace can be brutal and if you have set any type of career objectives for yourself, wouldn’t it be helpful to know how to leverage your belief system in order to create tactics to toughen up so you can work towards achieving your targets?

First: Create a daily success / failure list. Not only should you celebrate your successes, but you should evaluate what you did to accomplish them. Were your daily successes accidents or the results of method and discipline? Additionally, truly analyze your failures so you can learn from them. Ask what you could have done differently to affect a different outcome and put action plans into place to ensure you don’t repeat those same mistakes.

Second: Set goals. Real goals. Goals which are measurable and have due dates. Goals that will stretch you and give you a feeling of accomplishment once you obtain them. “Almost” achieving your goals is a failure so write these goals down in a way that indicates you absolutely will obtain them, using phrases like “I will…” Then read those goals daily in order to stay focused.

Third: Create a plan to obtain your goals. I agree with Geoffrey in his statement that “…if I don’t take action, I will fail by default…” ¹. So build an action plan which will identify steps to be taken for you to obtain your goals. And then, simply execute!

Fourth: Always focus on doing the right thing. Napoleon Hill stated: “I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.” ²

Fifth: Be afraid but do it anyway.

John Wayne said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

Winston Churchill stated “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Theodore Roosevelt declared “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

And our company believes: “Success is just a result. Failure is just a result. Fail as fast as possible so you can learn what not to do.”