Many people toy with the idea of starting their own business because they think it will give them more control over their career. But being an employee doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy similar benefits to being a business owner – you simply need to start being the CEO of ‘You Inc.’…
If you feel as though your career is slipping away from you, the frustration’s setting in, and your stress levels are rising, here are 3 simple ways you can start enjoying some ‘Business Owner’ benefits today in your job: –
#1: Decide What You Want
As a business owner I know that I have the opportunity to decide what I do in my job and career, rather than feeling like my professional destiny is resting in someone else’s hands. But this benefit isn’t reserved only for those who run their own business. If you’re employed it’s important to ask yourself what YOU want out of your job rather than being defined solely by your job description or what someone else considers best for you.
Take a moment to think about the reasons why you initially took the job you have at the moment and whether anything has changed since? Perhaps you have different priorities now? If so, are those priorities being met?
It’s important to think about how you can use your job to achieve what’s important to you so don’t feel confined by your job description. Be creative in your thinking and work out how you can utilise your job to your best advantage, then be smart in the way you approach making any key changes that are required.
#2: Keep Growing
Something I love about running my own company is that I get to choose how I develop myself – and how often – which combined with the natural progression of my business means I’m constantly developing – a great way to combat stress. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case if you’re an employee as you don’t necessarily have control over your training budget. But that’s no excuse to ‘stand still’ when it comes to your own personal development.
Keep your eyes open for new projects or tasks that will help develop your skills and lead to a sense of accomplishment. Be proactive in your personal development by asking to get involved in new things and putting yourself out there so that you’re recognised as someone who wants to learn and grow.
Sitting back and waiting for a course to be thrown your way isn’t a successful strategy to build ‘You Inc.’!
#3: Quit Whinging
One thing I don’t do is sit around moaning – it gets my business nowhere. When you get yourself into a negative frame of mind your stress levels soar and energy levels plummet, which is not a good combination!
So if you find yourself falling into the “ain’t life awful” club it’s time to give yourself a kick up the backside and consider what the CEO of ‘You Inc.’ should do next.
Think about what you can do to change your situation and take personal responsibility for the results you’re getting. Be smart and ask for help when you need it, and surround yourself with positive people – energy and enthusiasm are contagious!
When you are clear on what you want, take proactive steps to develop yourself, and approach your frustrations with a positive mindset, you’ll start to feel a much greater sense of control over your job and your level of career satisfaction.
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