Twelve Career-Life Tips for New Grads and Leaders

You’ve just graduated and eager to use your degree to land your first real big job or perhaps that job recently started. What feelings are you experiencing? A little fear? How’s your confidence level, do you feel those butterflies? Are you mentally ready for this position?

The start of a career can be both exciting and concerning. It’s a whole new ballgame than your college days, to say the least. The business world can be challenging and misunderstood if you have self-doubt or worry about all the what-ifs. Meaning, what if I don’t get along with my co-workers, what if I can’t meet companies expectations, what if I fail, what if I don’t know how to be a leader, what if I can’t manage my time and energy, what if I hate my boss…and that’s just to state a few.

I’ve worked with many high-level Executives who have admitted it would have been easier for them to excel and manage their time in a healthy manner if they had the right mindset and interpersonal skills at an earlier stage in their career. Not to say it’s too late for them to turn things around but it’s a smoother ride before the negative and bad habits set in.

With three children, one being a newly Environmental Science grad, it’s important for me to help our younger generation prepare pro-actively for their future. I’ve seen too many in a position where they feel like they’re on a hamster wheel and don’t know how to get off or how they got there in the first place.

When our leaders, businessmen, and women are mindful, confident, positive, can communicate mindfully, build healthy trusting relationships and balance work/life, everyone wins! You’ll enjoy doing what you love, you’ll enjoy being at work and live your fullest without hesitation or regret on your days off. You’ll be aware of your emotions and how to handle tough situations. You’ll hold true to your values and be someone people want to work and learn from.

I feel the most important aspect of business, regardless of industry and expertise, is Communication. As a whole, we have a huge disconnection problem in the business world. Society has lost the human touch and technology hasn’t helped. Most don’t know how to speak to another or listen. I mean truly listen without judgment or an emotional outburst.

The vicious cycle of being over-worked, stressed-out, distracted, negative, on an emotional roller-coaster must Stop. We don’t need to work and live like such; make the choice to do and be better. You have a skill…use it to help others that cross your career path and be who you want to be. Don’t become someone you dislike because of a negative mindset and unhealthy work habits.

Learn how to communicate with others, learn what to do when you feel stuck or frustrated, know how to handle your emotions and what triggers them (by the way… our emotions dictate our reactions.)

To help you get started, below are some suggestions you can implement today:

*Don’t waste your energy and time on things you have No control over.

*Learn to pause/stop and breathe before responding in a negative way.

*Make eye contact when someone is speaking to you, show them they have your attention.

*Everyday, practice and manage distractions. Don’t allow them to take you away from what’s important.

*When fear is holding you back from something, the first step to overcome that is to identify the “Trigger.” You may have to dig deep and be very honest with yourself.

*Block off a period of time for emails and stick to it or you’ll find yourself working emails all day long and not focusing on your main objective for the day.

*Multi-tasking doesn’t allow you to focus and be present 100%. Do one thing at a time and do it well.

*Start with the most important or challenging task in the morning, when your mind is fresh.

*Recall your past success and experiences to help you get back in motivation mode and shake off self-doubt.

*When you have trouble falling asleep because your mind is going 100 miles per hour, start a journal where you can put all your thoughts, ideas, and feelings down on paper to de-clutter your mind.

*Our days are full of choices and sometimes it’s necessary to ask yourselves open-ended questions in order to choose wisely. Don’t blame others for the choices you make.

*All experiences are learning opportunities, whether good or bad embrace them all.

Choose to develop the skills and habits that will last a lifetime no matter where you go.

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