How To Take Initiative
To take initiative is very difficult, and the reason for that is simple – this is not something that is taught in school or by our parents. So let me try to fill that gap:
1) Be an optimist. Before taking any action, you must first have a positive attitude. If you think of yourself as a failure, don’t expect any positive results. Tips:
a) Visualize success. Picture in your mind how great you will feel once you’ve completed the task.
b) Don’t ever give up. You will succeed, the only question is when.
2) Defeat procrastination. Read this article for more info:
- How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done
3) Make good decisions. A problem can be approached from multiple angles, but many people stick with the first “good enough” solution that pops into their heads. Be wiser than that!
Tip: Use the Six Thinking Hats method.
4) Be a life-long learner. Competence = having knowledge + experience. If you look at almost any successful person, you will notice a pattern: they were all willing to spend their time on education. Follow their footsteps and read a lot of books!
Tip: Don’t know what to read? Check out these resources:
a) Listen To AudioBooks For Free
b) What To Read Next?
5) Learn how to work in a team. If you’ve ever studied in college, then you know how annoying it can be to work in a group. Trust me, this won’t change even after you get a job – you will still have to work with hard-working- and incompetent people.
6) Set big goals. Don’t work for the sake of working. See every job as an opportunity to become more competent and knowledgeable.
7) Don’t be afraid to fail. I mentioned this many times in my previous articles, but the more you screw up in the beginning, the fewer mistakes you will make in the future. That’s what learning is!
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