A few years back I and my close friends sat in our office cafeteria sipping coffees and discussing our work life. We remembered the days when we were in college and all we wanted then was a secure job in reputed organizations. One of us started talking about how she was frustrated at the work, be it the pay or colleagues getting better opportunities and perks.
The entire discussion forced me to think deeper about the condition and a few facts that came to mind pointed towards how necessary was it for any individual to empower himself at his workplace and would empowering oneself instead of playing the victim at the workplace could help one achieve what he wants.
What Is Empowerment?
Personal empowerment is all about taking charge of your life and decisions depending on what is meaningful to you. We all can have a unique definition and experience of self-empowerment based on our personality types, priorities, and what we face in our daily life. At your workplace not every factor will be within your control, but it is important to identify and take charge of those factors that can empower you to attain personal and professional success.
How To Empower Yourself At Work?
Following these simple things could help you take ownership of your work and feel empowered at the work even if you’re feeling stuck.
Try Modifying Your Perspective
It is always easy to blame any situation or the way things are done. Criticizing lets you vent out all your anger and frustration. The process may feel self-fulfilling but leaves a very negative impact on you and your surroundings. Possessing a positive attitude and perspective about any situation will help you feel motivated and think of ways in which you could change it.
Accepting the situation and trying to be flexible in your approach will give you more power. The organizations can only help you by providing a work environment and resources which can help you in the process of empowerment but ultimately your actions will give you the power to use your ability to the fullest.
Negative thoughts only hold you back from achieving. So monitor your thoughts and you will be amazed at how much happier and confident you feel.
Create Career Goals Based on Your Needs
A lot of individuals don’t even realize that they don’t have long-term career goals. The first step is to figure out your career goals with no external influence. Your career goals should define your purpose and not what someone else wants or what works best for somebody else. Make sure those goals involve something you are passionate about and love doing.
Also, align your purpose with your professional goals. A powerful motivational tool and also the best way to empower yourself at work is knowing what you want, a roadmap of how to get it, and converting your intention into action to achieve it.
1. Benefits of having a career plan
Your goals allow you to see the bigger picture of what awaits as a result of long hours of hard work. They give a sense of accomplishment instead of weariness when you put in a lot of effort into some work.
If you feel that your job is monotonous and lacks motivation it is time to have a look at what your plans are. These career plans can help you bring back the satisfaction to your job.
2. How to identify your goals?
Focus on the areas that are important for your development and which relate to your values. Use these target areas to form SMART goals and focus on making them achievable through an action plan. You can notice a greater sense of empowerment once you are able to see the positive effects of the changes you make.
Overcome Fear And Discover Real Potential
Fearlessly follow the career plan you make for yourself and take little steps to reach the next stage. Follow your passion and make it your career. One very common reason people stay in jobs even if they are unsatisfied with is fear. Fear of leaving a steady job, fear they won’t find a good compensation, and fear of not succeeding haunts them and stops them from taking their first step.
1. How will this help you?
It takes up a lot of courage to stand up and do something different. But once done, this self-confidence will stay with you till eternity. With these fears controlling you, you will forever stay in the comfort zone of unsatisfying jobs. When you start finding opportunities in the challenges, things will become easier.
There is an equal possibility of you failing, or maybe struggling while you follow your dream. But these minor bumps in your journey will build your character. It will give you the courage to explore your passions. It is important to recognize when it is the right time to bring a change.
Work On Developing Competencies
Continuously improving your skills can change your career trajectory. To feel empowered, it is necessary to refresh your skills at regular time intervals. Revisiting your goals and thinking about the skills that you need will give you a good idea of what things would help you achieve your career goals.
The skills could range from technical knowledge to behavioral competencies. If formal training is not available, don’t use it as an excuse that is preventing you from growing in your professional career. Instead, you can use the free resources.
Ask For Feedback
On your journey towards empowerment, you may need the feedback and guidance of others to achieve your objectives in the form of trust, resources, and time. You should always discuss what the organization expects from you and also what are your career objectives with your superior.
Someone with greater experience can help you as a mentor to assist you in how to achieve your plans. To improve your performance and achieve steady growth, you should always ask for constructive feedback. Most people associate the feedback with poor performance due to the negative stigma in society.
1. How will this feedback guide you?
This constructive feedback can motivate you to make you more confident in what you are doing right at your workplace. Also, feedback about things to improve on will help you identify what areas need a little more work in the correct direction.
This feedback loop will help you notice problems you may have ignored all this time. So asking for feedback can make you better personally as well as professionally by motivating you and also giving an idea of what to work on.
2. Appreciate all kind of feedbacks
The only thing you should remember is to stay open to all kinds of feedback and value them.When you’re open to the guidance, lessons, and support from a wide variety of people like your mentors, friends, and family you get a better overall opportunity for well-rounded growth and development.
As said by Roy T Bennett “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”
Remember the more empowered you feel at your workplace will reflect how satisfied you are with your job.
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