Competitiveness is the key to earn the respect of your co-workers and superiors today. However, with many competitors that rank high above you in terms of skill or ability, you might be discouraged. The true secret to climbing the career ladder is not in doing well, but actually in doing everything that is expected of you. Maintaining your professional discipline and ethics will help you gain respect for your skills better than the most skilled professional in the same field as you. However, professionalism is a difficult discipline to practice and maintain. But if you’re up to the task, these tips should help you maintain your aura of determinism and professional demeanor.
1. Know Yourself
To build a professional demeanor, you must always understand who you are, what is your standing, your limitations and your tendencies. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you build and develop your character. Character is very important in any field, especially in business. Earning the respect of colleagues not because you treat them out of dinner all the time but because when given a task you accomplish it perfectly is a form of character.
It may sound crazy, but talking to yourself is a great way to build your charisma. If you do not respect yourself, nobody will respect you and your abilities. Only the fulfillment of the first tip can enable you to build your charisma. The more you know how to handle yourself in front of co-workers and superiors, the better they see the determinism in your character. The more they see your character, the better your charisma
3. Avoid Procrastination
Each person works with a set of etiquette and discipline. In reality, one cannot have everything that he or she wants. There are tasks that you most enjoyably fulfill and there are those that you just hate to do. Avoid procrastinating on those tasks that you hate to do, even when outside the office. For example, you wanted to fly kites with your son on a Saturday. However, you still feel weak from your overtime during Friday. Force yourself to fulfill this promise to your son. Doing so will earn you not just the respect of the other person, but also respect for yourself as a person who can accomplish things.
It’s easy to get distracted nowadays. Various forms of entertainment are available with just one mouse click or a few words inserted into search engines. Distractions can get you nowhere. Professionals know when to focus and when to enjoy things. Compartmentalization is the key to concentration. Line up the tasks you wish to accomplish during one such day then concentrate on their accomplishment. Do not let petty distractions get to you. If something goes wrong that disables you from accomplishing your goal, do not get disheartened. Bad things can always happen and it was not because distractions or your procrastination disabled you from accomplishing your task. Try again the next day.