10 Steps to Creating Value on Work
1. Examine why you work. While the purpose of the job is to provide financial stability for the family, the purpose of the work is more than that. It is an expression of your abilities and talents that gives you fulfillment in what you do. It is something that enables you to make a significant contribution to your organization while, at the same time, add value to your own career development.
2. Love your work. Enjoy what you do and know that the work you do allows you to further develop as a person destined for greater things. Write down those benefits, and technical and personal skills.
3. Be effective rather than efficient. Efficiency is doing everything well. Effectiveness is doing well what is really important. Efficient people get bogged down in the dilemma that there simply isn't enough time to do everything well. Effective people make choices. They focus on what needs doing.
4. Maximize your strengths and outsource what you don't do well. Focus on those strengths to derive maximum return on your work and pass on those activities that could be done better by someone else.
5. Create a balance and discard those activities that do not carry a productive value. There is only so much time in a day. Be effective in doing those things that let you grow as a person and those that add value to your time.
6. Build up your network. Know lots of people – different kinds of people. Be interested in people. Value people and value relationships.
7. Believe in your vision. Believe you can and will create value in your work. While it is not easy, it is important to build your self-confidence by daily affirming yourself and visualizing what you want to achieve.
8. Be the best by inculcating a positive mind set. Often physical rewards motivate us and when we do not receive those, we tend to be discouraged and that prevents us from doing our best. Instead, come from a positive position that affirms the process and not just the results. Knowing that you have done your best and will continue to do your best is worth celebrating more than the rewards received.
9. Set high standards. Identify your role models and set your standards to be equal or higher than them. As winners attract winners, the key is to be a winner and attract the right people to add value to your work.
10. Be a lifelong learner. Set aside time and resources to attend training on technical and personal development. Keep abreast of the current news and changes in your profession and plan your strategies towards achieving them.