There are things in life that you cannot control. As much as we want to stay in control with all that is happening around us, there are events that can try to stop us from achieving our goals.

Perhaps, our best example is the Covid19 pandemic. We have no control with how the virus quickly spread around the globe, but we can still restrain ourselves from going to crowded places and limit the instances of our travel. At the same time, we can also choose to wear a facemask and face shield so we don’t get infected ourselves.

When you carry out to do the things that you are in control of, you will become lot happier and more productive because you simply do not yourself be stopped by events happening around you.

Unfortunately, there are people who tend to think that others are to blame if they are not able to pursue what they want to do. In order to avoid falling in the same trap, let’s take a look at the signs that we are not effectively using our ability to stay in control:

  1. Blaming others. This is the first sign that we are starting to lose control. When you find yourself pointing the finger when a project is not accomplished, but you might be part of the reason why it was not completed.
  2. No sense of gratitude. Not appreciating the good things that are happening with you and around you. There are numerous things that you can be thankful for, value even the smallest things and tokens that are given to you.
  3. Inability to move on. This is another strong indicator that you are not in control. An example is being unable toforget a co-worker’s past faults especially if you continue to bring it up when it’s no longer relevant.

To overcome and prevent lost of control, we need to stop thinking that we are a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Accept the responsibility. Do our part in every project and extend a helping hand to others if needed.

Here the four things that YOU CAN DO TO stay in control at work:

  1. Be aware of how you treat other people and the way you react. Your attitude towards others tells a lot. Maintain your enthusiasm to work well with others in order to gain positive influence over them.
  2. Maintain high standards on how you do your job. Never accept a lousy performance. Do your best every time. The easiest way to do is by staying in control of your attendance at work. Come in early and avoid being late. Show up and be ready to carry out your tasks.
  3. Filter what you say and do at work. Never curse about what you do and what you see from people at work. Be more professional while talking to your colleagues.
  4. Manage your time wisely. Do more and allot your extra time to learn new skills and knowledge that can help you do a better job.
  5. Be proactive. Do what needs to be done even if you are not told. This becomes a habit when you do it reguarly. Do it on a regular basis not just once but all the time.
Choose to empower yourself to do what is necessary.  Accept that you are the only one who is accountable for your job and your actions in the workplace. Remember that whatever you do right now will be credited to you. Always own your mistakes, apologize for commiting it and do what is necessary to make things right.
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