Mental Toughness

2Roads-blogs (18)Mental toughness is so important when it come to achieving success. Your grit plays a more important role than anything else for achieving your goals in health, business, and life. Toughness and grit equal consistency.

So, how do you develop mental toughness? Here are some strategies that work well in today’s world.

Define your mental toughness.

This will be different for everyone, and these can be small or big consistencies. Maybe it means working out every day for one month, touching base with old friends every weekend, doing yoga 3 times a week, or showing up to work an hour early each day.

Be clear about what you’re going after. Mental toughness is tied to concrete actions. Take action upon being mentally tough. Prove it to yourself.

Set Boundaries.
Take responsibility for your own situations. Learn to say no to those that are mentally bringing you down or to those who influence your behavior in a negative way.

Build your daily habits.
Mental toughness involves building the daily habits that eventually make up a healthy schedule, one with minimal distractions and challenges. Again, it’s about consistency. Create systems that help you focus on the important things, despite the magnitude of challenges you may face. Your habits will form a foundation for your dedication and mental toughness.

It doesn’t matter what your goal or vision is… Mental toughness will get you through it with courage, determination, and grit. Mental toughness will keep you on schedule.

Self-Improvement and Success

2Roads-blogs (17)Continuous learning and self-improvement will help you succeed, wherever you are in your company. Taking charge of your own development will challenge your skills and push you towards your long term goals.

Here are some skills everyone can work to improve, regardless of where you’re at in your career.

1. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to notice your emotional response to events, without reacting to them. In stressful situations, being mindful will allow you to pause and reevaluate the situation. To start, take an extra breath and try to examine events from an objective point of view.

2. Celebrate uniqueness and difference in everyone

Learning to collaborate across differences in this diverse world is a timeless necessity. Organizations that can collaborate and work effectively across differences like gender, race, religion, politics, and age will be the ones at the front of the pack. Become more aware of your unconscious biases about people who are different than you.

4. Always do your best

Most work involves tasks ranging from simple, monotonous, every day to complex ones that take months or years to complete. You produce the most value by focusing on the more complex tasks, but you can’t do these at the expense of short-term job requirements.

Finding the right balance is challenging because you can easily become consumed. Find a way that you work best and can find time for both.

5. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see how it might feel to be him or her. Working on your emotional intelligence will help you develop trust amongst your co-workers. You will build a connection with them, making them feel seen and heard.

6. Learn how

Be curious and ask questions. You’ll face great challenges and search for answers. Somewhere in your search, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to find your answers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—at work, and of yourself and your career.

Self-improvement is for everyone. Working on these skills is a journey with endless possibilities for growth and insight. Focusing on them will move you forward.

Get Familiar With Company Culture

2Roads-blogs (17)While looking for a job, it’s important to research a company’s values and cultures before you accept the job offer. Company culture can make or break your job experience, so discover what a company is really like and decide whether or not you’ll be a good fit. Pay attention to the company vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits.

Here are some techniques for researching a company’s culture:

1.Show up early to the interview and observe how employees interact with each other. How do the employees act on the job? Are there common behaviors- good or bad?

2.During the interview, ask, “What would a company blog or newspaper article have to include?”

3.Become familiar with the company’s social media platforms to find out what’s important to the employees.

4.Ask the employees about the company’s culture.

5.Speak with customers, suppliers, partners, and so forth.

Besides a paycheck, ask yourself what you’re getting out of this exchange because company culture is every bit as important as a paycheck.

Manage Your Career Path

2Roads-blogs (16)Managing your career path is defined by the decisions you make and the actions you take on a daily basis. Each decision and every action must be focused on the primary areas that will help you gain access to opportunities to advance your career goals. Here are some guidelines that will help you along this journey:

Learn from Mistakes

Always learn from your mistakes in order to make the most of second chance opportunities. Look ahead and don’t dwell on past mistakes.

Manage Difficulties and “Change”

Keep focused on managing difficulties and change. This enables you to quickly adapt to changing conditions and circumstances when they arise. Difficulties and change bring opportunities for growth and progress.

Set Clear Targets

Setting clear and flexible targets will help you manage difficulties and change. Clarity allows you to have a greater capacity to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances that may arise along your journey.

Self-Evaluation

As you manage your career, it’s your job to learn about yourself and evaluate your experiences on a consistent basis. Take the time to evaluate the progress you are making along your journey, both internally and externally. Internally, this means that you must recognize your emotional tendencies, skills, decisions and behaviors regularly. Keep track of the growing process, as it will help you stray from stagnation.

Career-Boosting Resolutions

2Roads-blogs (15)For the new year, focus on a few totally attainable resolutions that are work-related. Your best chances for keeping this promise to yourself depend on your having the capability, the opportunity, and the motivation to see it through. Here are a few career-boosting resolutions that are easily attainable.

Have One Experience That Stretches You

If you’re hoping to move up in your career, look for an experience this year that will help you do just that. Even if that’s not the end result of you trying your hand at something outside your career comfort zone, it’s likely to introduce you to new people, offer you a memorable learning experience, and lead you to self-discovery. You never know where this stretch could lead you or what career-path door it might open.

Learn One Tech Skill

Pick one tech skill you’d like to learn, and find out how to do it. As one of the biggest in-demand skills today, learning the basics can hardly do harm. There are many beginning and intermediate classes available online.

Read Books That’ll Push Your Career Forward

Reading is a hobby that we may not make time for in our busy schedules. Challenge yourself to read three books this year. Choose books that will make you think, that’ll inspire you on whatever path you’re on. Pick up books that’ll help you advance, and not just give you an escape.

Choose a good resolution that will have a positive and generative impact on your life, your career and your frame of mind.

Embrace the Changes at Work

2Roads-blogs (14)When it comes to work, we often look at the positives of our friends’ jobs and the negatives of our own. However, every position has its pros and cons. Embracing a few of these ideas will help you gain a little perspective.

Practice Having Gratitude

Being grateful for the challenges you face at work is a reminder that each opportunity will provide you with an outcome, good or bad. Regardless of the results, those challenges become lessons learned, and can strengthen your skills. That’s something to be thankful for!

Have Perspective

Instead of looking at your job as a “clock-in, clock-out” arrangement, choose to look at it as your art, and you’re there to constantly look at it in a new way. Consider your role in the company— you direct decisions and strategies of a company, or you protect the company’s cash flow. Instead of looking at what you’re doing, consider the impact.

Take Action

If you’re unhappy with a situation at work, like how your team operates, look for opportunities to make positive, optimistic, practical recommendations to management on how things can improve. You’ll gain a reputation as an innovator and someone who is solution-focused. If your suggestions are adopted, you’ll know you inspired change—and even if they aren’t, you’ll know you’re someone who works toward creating a positive work environment.

These are simple concepts that can make a big difference. Choosing to be grateful, taking action when things aren’t great, and transforming your perspective are all things you can start today.

Ambitious Career Goals You Can Accomplish

2Roads-blogs (13)By working towards a career goal, you end up getting much more than your desired outcome. Setting and achieving meaningful career goals provides increased job satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and improved quality of life.

Here are a few tips on how to form a goal that’s ambitious but not overwhelming.

Clarity

You’re more likely to succeed when your career goals are specific. Peer into the future and creating a vision for your ideal self. Ask yourself: What’s your job like? What kind of skills and responsibilities do you have? Who is your employer, and what is your job like? What kind of team do you work with? When you clearly visualize your desired outcome, you begin to see the possibility of achieving it and you can start taking steps to build your plan.

Challenge Yourself But Be Realistic

Acquire more knowledge and additional skills on top of what you already know. Do the research, speak with people in similar jobs, and realize that you may need to take a few additional steps in acquiring the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal.

Be Committed

Take action upon the changes that you need to make. If you believe your goal is important and attainable, you stand a much higher chance of succeeding. Sometimes willingness to share your goal with others holds you accountable to make progress along the way.

Feedback Is Essential

Identified a couple of key mentors and coaches to share your goals with and commit to provide them with regular updates. Each time you make some progress and share your insights with with mentors, they will help you make tweaks to your other action steps based on what you’re learning. Having a feedback keeps you to motivated, helps you stay on track, and allows for a sense of accomplishments throughout the entire process.

Create the Right Conditions for Success

Successfully achieving your goal requires two conditions: time and practice. To avoid burning out and quitting on unrealistic goals, create intermediate objectives that you have enough time to complete, given your real-life commitments. This gives you time to experiment, learn and fail in a safe environment, while you continue to push your career plan forward.