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10 Ways You Can Make an Impressive Impact at Work

Have a Positive Mindset

People gravitate toward those who have a positive attitude. The person who takes on even the most tedious task enthusiastically stands out.

Living things through a negative lens often leads to a negative mindset, but cultivating a positive attitude will take you far.

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10 Ways You Can Make an Impressive Impact at Work

10 Ways You Can Make an Impressive Impact at Work

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Take The Lead

Many back off from taking the lead out of fear of not being leadership material. But if you take it upon yourself to lead with the idea of serving others, you will not only stand out but will also leave a strong and lasting impression.

Have a Positive Mindset

People gravitate toward those who have a positive attitude. The person who takes on even the most tedious task enthusiastically stands out.

Living things through a negative lens often leads to a negative mindset, but cultivating a positive attitude will take you far.

Go The Extra Mile

Don’t just do your job. You can make an impact by going further and being more helpful, more supportive, more valuable. 

Be a Great Listener

Pay attention to what people say. Listen to understand and focus on the speaker instead of thinking ahead to your reply.

Do Things Without Being Asked

Don’t ask what you can do, look around and find something useful to do. 

Try to do something every day that no one asked you to.

Making an impact means seeing what needs to get done and taking the initiative to make sure it happens. 

Have Confidence To Speak Up

Be willing to speak up and out. Share what you know and let others know how you can be supportive and helpful.

Become a Forecaster

Keep your thinking a step ahead of the rest. Don't be reactive, be responsive to issues and trends before there's a problem.

Pay attention to the people and problems you're dealing with, notice patterns or potential pitfalls, then develop a plan and set it in motion.

Be The Go-To Person

Don't work to become a person of success but a person of value. Become the person other people count on.

Keep People Informed

Update people often so they don’t have to chase you for information and can have some peace of mind.

Letting people know what's happening--even if it means saying you don't know--you're saving them from speculation, distraction, and rumors.

Become a Trailblazer

One of the best ways to make an impact is by breaking ground with new ideas, spearheading new concepts, and originating new proposals.

Be a trailblazer, offer creative solutions or a solid Plan B and be resourceful enough to do a lot with a little.

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Trim the fat

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Measure your results

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Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work and ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself.

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First impressions

In less than one-tenth of a second of seeing someone for the first time, our brain processes information about the person’s face—which leads to quick conclusions about a new acquaintance’s quali...

Know your context

It’s important to first consider where you are trying to make a good impression—whether it’s a formal job interview or a dinner date. 

Context matters. It gives you cues as to how you should dress, speak, look and behave, in a way that matches the setting you are entering to. That is a key aspects of making a good impression. 

Adjust your attitude

Try not to look bored, rude or hostile.

A useful attitude is welcoming, curious and enthusiastic: smile, make eye contact long enough to notice the color of that person’s eyes, sit without crossing your arms or legs. This project a positive, open warm impression.

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Use assertive communication

Assertive communication allows us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions without judging or blaming other people.

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Respond instead of reacting

The emotionally intelligent person knows how to stay calm during stressful situations. 

They don't make impulsive decisions and understand that in times of conflict the goal is a resolution.

Utilize active listening skills

Emotionally intelligent people make sure they understand what is being said before responding. 

They also pay attention to the nonverbal details of a conversation. This prevents misunderstandings, allows the listener to respond properly and shows respect for the person they are speaking to.

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Happiness

Happiness and satisfaction are subjective concepts – while for some of us monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction, some might strive for recognition of their hard-work and los...

Workplace Happiness defined

In a fundamental sense, workplace happiness comes when:

  • We enjoy doing the tasks assigned to us
  • We feel right about the people we are working with
  • We are happy with the financial benefits we get from the job
  • We have the scope of improving our existing skills
  • We feel respected and acknowledged at work
Importance Of Happiness At Work

Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.

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How well you “fit in”

These days, having the right skill set isn’t enough to succeed in a job. 

Employers are looking for people that not only have the right credentials, but also who have the right culture f...

Assess the situation

Consider whether your feelings have more to do with how you perceive yourself than how others perceive you. 

Ask yourself if you need to adjust your own self-esteem, or if you are truly experiencing a problem of not being the right fit for the team.

Seek one-on-one connections

Find a coworker that you have some common ground or shared interests with. It could even be a work-related interest.

Fitting in at the workplace is about your ability to build strong, meaningful relationships. And this could be hard to achieve in a large group.

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Components Of Mental Toughness
  • Challenge: Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.
  • Control: Believing that you are in control of your life and destiny.
  • Commitment:
Believe In Your Ability To Succeed

Mentally tough people truly believe they can succeed. That extends to encompass even mundane things in their life.

Whatever you challenge yourself with, believing in yourself is essential. Avoid negative self-talk and instead focus your energy on staying positive and self-encouraging.

Seek Intrinsic Rewards

Intrinsic motivations are those that come from within an individual and involve doing things for their own sake. They drive them to do better, push harder, be stronger, and persevere.

Mentally tough people don't focus on the possible rewards that may await them at the end of a challenge. Instead, they see participating and overcoming challenges as rewarding in and of themselves.

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People's impression of you

If the people you know had to describe you and your deal, what would they say? What do you want them to say?

Clarifying people’s impressions of you doesn’t mean being fake, it actually means being yourself —being the person you want to think of yourself as

Describing your work

Think about the best definition of your work, your status, and your goals. Practice it a bit, to have something to say when people ask you what you’re up to. Everyone would prefer hearing a little bit of a pitch than hearing “eh, kind of nothing, except a little of this, but it’s not important, and I don’t really know...” Give them something to hook onto, to remember, and when they next hear about a relevant idea or opportunity, to “think of you.”

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Keep the conversation going

If you are planning your first date with somebody, make sure to pay a special attention to the topics you want to engage in throughout the date. Keep the conversation smart and the exchange of experiences alive.

Shape your mindset

When going on a first date, make sure your mindset is a positive one, no matter what your previous dating experiences felt like. Embrace the fear of a possible failure while hoping for a pleasant outcome.

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Mindfulness at work
Mindfulness at work

Means being consciously present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as well as managing your mental and emotional state. 

If you’re writing a report, mindfulness requires...

1 min/session

That’s the minimum required for a mini-mediation.

Just focus on your sense. You don’t need to close your eyes. You don’t even need to be sitting down.

Use Mindful Reminders

You can use interruptions as hooks to make you more mindful.

Every time your phone rings, take a mindful breath. Every time you hear the ping of a text message, pause to be mindful of your surroundings rather than immediately reacting by checking the message. 

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Personal Or Core Values

They are what you consider most important in your life, literally what you “value. ” They are broad concepts that can be applied across a wide range of circumstances, as opposed to narrow answers t...

The Benefits Of Having a Core Value
  • Having a core values list helps you make better decisions. The decisions you make come more quickly and efficiently than they would without it.
  • Being unconscious of your core values makes you likely to keep repeating the same mistakes.
Creating a List Of Personal Values

The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.

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