How To Make Yourself Invaluable

How To Make Yourself Invaluable

The Secret to Making Yourself Invaluable

“Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you're not feelin' real well, does anyone ever say to you, 'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays'? - Memorable quote from the 1999 movie, “Office Space” Peter Gibbons, a disgruntled programmer at Initech.

Do you wake up excited on Monday morning? Are you fired up to start a new work week? Do you find yourself working late not because you intended to, but because you were so consumed with a project that you simply lost track of time? Does the day seem to fly by because you are engaged in your work? Is this who you want to be?

Or are you a clock watcher? Do you muddle through busy work, just waiting for the clock hands to strike break, lunch and quitting time? These people dread coming to work, they hate Monday and are fired up on Friday, but not for their work. Is this who you want to be?

Which worker has a better chance for a promotion or raise? Which worker has a bright future ahead of them and which one is likely to be in the same position (or laid off) five years from now?

The most sure-fire way to advance your career is to make yourself more valuable to the company. Improving your skills, working with new technology tools, and obtaining certifications can help you do your job better and give you the knowledge you need to advance, but the key question is: How do you reignite your passion?

Passion and motivation are closely entwined.

Passion is an emotion; a state of mind. Reigniting your passion for work starts with finding your motivation. Motivation can also be derived from a variety of emotions – here are a few suggestions to finding your motivation:

1.    Get Angry. Whether you are mad at yourself, your boss, or just the situation that you’re in – convert that anger into motivation. Make up your mind to do whatever it takes to improve your situation.

2.    Take Pride. Reflect on how far you’ve come, and on the things you have accomplished – regardless of how small or insignificant they may seem. Draw inspiration from your accomplishments rather than feeling overwhelmed by how far you have left to go.

3.    Find Inspiration. Connect with people who have achieved what you want to achieve, or who are currently doing what you want to be doing.  Read, listen, meet, engage, explore.

Once you have the motivation you can apply the passion. Remember, it is not about how you feel about your job. It is about putting passion into your work. Maybe you need to learn new skills or maybe you just need to fully commit yourself to your work.

Passion brings energy and life to your work. When people discover the work that they love, work becomes more than a job -- it becomes a unique calling, a life's mission. People with passion for their work engage each other and their clients. Instead of getting the work done just before the deadline, challenge yourself by turning it up and delivering it ahead of schedule. Instead of watching the clock, work a little later and use that energy to drive yourself to do more.

Commit to your goal by writing it down and posting it at work or at home. Vocalize your goal to your friends and family. Realize that a change won’t happen overnight; there is an ebb and flow. Think of your goal as a long journey, and even if you aren’t feeling motivated today, or this week; don’t give up. Build on small successes and your motivation will come back.

Avoid Complacency. Don’t just sit there and wait for opportunity to come knocking at your door and be handed to you. Instead, show that you have the desire and the passion to improve yourself and do more. Be open to exploring and trying new things.  Companies want to hire talented people, and talent requires desire, skill and passion. Show you have the desire to improve and a passion for your work.

Attitude is everything. You may have heard if you change your mind you can change your life. Our work is a perfect example. To be passionate about anything you have to care about it.

To be passionate about your work you must be motivated to be the best that you can be. The qualities that result from this passion will make you an invaluable asset to your clients and your current or future employer.

Over time, people will notice and your attitude towards your job will change. Who knows -  you might even start to look forward to Mondays again!

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