Everybody wants to feel as though they're successful in the workplace. Such feelings lead to more confidence, which in turn leads to even greater levels of productivity and performance.
However, adversity in life - both personally and professionally - is inevitable. Attempting to avoid adversity is a useless endeavor. Instead, what is more practical is to prepare for adversity and then respond to it correctly when it does occur.
Below are five ways to change your perspective so that you can deal more effectively with adversity and become more valuable not only to your current employer, but also to a potential future employer.
#1 - Change how you view failure.
How you view failure is instrumental to how much success you achieve. That's because a certain amount of failure is necessary to achieve success. Like adversity, you can't avoid it. As a result, it is imperative that you're able to handle that certain amount of failure as well as you can. Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." More than likely, you don't consider Thomas Edison to be a failure.
#2 - Emphasize progress and not perfection.
People sometimes fall into the trap of idealizing situations or circumstances, especially when thinking about what their life and/or career should be like. They also sometimes hold themselves to lofty standards of performance that nobody can achieve. Both of these perspectives are bound to end in disappointment. Instead, focus on striving to reach a desired goal on a daily basis, not achieving perfection in an unreasonable amount of time.
#3 - Persistence is an excellent strategy.
The only way that a person can fail for sure is to quit. If you don't quit, then you have not failed. You've only suffered setbacks on the road to success. This point is actually a continuation of #1 on our list. Failure is not failure. It's just an unsuccessful attempt. As the old saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." While that might sound a bit corny, that's exactly what Thomas Edison (and other inventors) did. You should, too.
#4 - Analyze results and make adjustments.
We now introduce the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you're not getting the results you want, then you need to change the things that you're doing. This is why reflection and analysis are so important. Without them, you're at risk for repeating the same behavior, still not getting the desired results, and becoming even more frustrated.
#5 - Focus on what matters the most.
Setting the appropriate priorities is of paramount importance in terms of creating a more healthy perspective. This point can be applied to all of the previous points on our list. In fact, you can look at just about any situation and ask yourself this question: "What's most important?" When you do that, the answer might surprise you. That's because many times, what you think is most important when you're caught up in the moment isn't what is actually most important in terms of your workplace satisfaction or overall happiness with your employment situation.
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