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3 Major Keys to Having a Great Work Ethic

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We are in the age of “instant gratification” and, thanks to the internet, countless forms of ways to “get rich” or become a “millionaire” by doing these things.  With the addition of social media and other platforms that allow the delivery of content to you at your fingertips, it is easier than ever before to become very lackadaisical throughout your day. 

From consuming content, scrolling through social media, and even creating content for different platforms, can simply turn a “work” day into a “busy” day.  At the same time, some would describe this as being distracted, unmotivated, and even lazy.  I believe that it is the question of work ethic that is taking a hard hit right now and something that we need to address moving forward.  

Based on my google search of “the definition of work ethic”, it is defined as the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.  If you take the literal definition of what work ethic means, you work hard at what you’re doing and you get rewarded for that hard work.  There is no magic trick to it other than simply working hard.  

I believe that there are three important keys to having a great work ethic and if you choose to take these and implement them, you can continue to improve in your life, profession, and/or business.  

1. Have Passion For What You’re Doing

You hear this all the time.  “Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life”.  Well of course that is true and, for the majority of people out there, they are learning to love what they’re doing because it is what pays the bills and helps them survive.  With that being said, you have to have passion for what you are doing.  

By getting up everyday because of your desire to want to be the best at what you are doing in life is going to help ensure that you are raising the level of your work ethic.  There are always things you are doing that you don’t like; however, when it comes to your job, profession, business, etc. having that burning desire to be great will help you move the needle in your life and business.

Bottom line here, it comes down to having a great attitude and carrying a positive mentality in what you are doing.

2. Continue Educating Yourself In Your Craft

Whether you are a plumber, nurse, doctor, sales person, or even a business owner, education is crucial to keeping you ahead of the competition or, in some instances, keeps you in line with the requirements of what your profession asks of you.  

By keeping yourself immersed in continuous education, it helps to raise not only your level of education but it also helps to raise your confidence in what you are doing.  It’s your willingness to keep educating yourself and doing it even when you’re not asked to, that is a reflection of the work ethic that you are putting into your profession.  

It will require a level of sacrifice in your personal life or personal time; however, it is one thing that will also breed opportunities in the future to increase your personal time and improve your personal life as well.  Not to mention, it will also grow opportunities for you to enhance your position in your own profession.

“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

3. Create Profitable Organization

If you ask people what is the one thing that you can’t get back or is the most valuable thing that you have, most will tell you that it is time.  That is why I believe that if you want to improve your work ethic then you have to address your time and how that time is being spent every single day.  If you opened up your calendar online, or even looked at your calendar on your phone, what would it look like?  

Do any of you have a daily scheduler?  Do you write things down that you have to get accomplished every day?  No matter what level of importance you think that it has, by writing down what you have to do each day, or what is on your agenda of things you want to accomplish each day, can eliminate so much wasted time you give away to things that aren’t profitable for you.  

Whether it is monetarily or personally profitable, your time has to be of value to you.  By creating profitable organization you are fine tuning your work ethic and assigning every activity to your day a value.

This is so crucial to having a great work ethic because you aren’t allowing things that don’t enhance your life either professionally or personally to get in the way and take from you or those things you have assigned a value to inside each day.  What you are also doing is allowing yourself to create an audit of what a day looks like, so you can either add better things to it and you can take away those things that aren’t helping you achieve what you need to during that day.

Just take one day and fill your calendar up each hour with what you have planned to achieve that day and you will be amazed at what you really get to see what a “normal” day for you looks like.

I believe that the most successful people have a work ethic that is misunderstood because it looks and/or sounds crazy when you break it down.  From the time they wake up to the time they go to bed it is a flurry of activity that many of us just don’t “see how they have time to do all those things.” 

However, what they have is a work ethic that was, in some part, instilled in them through examples at an early age, but is one they possess now through their daily habits and routines.  At the same time, people that have terrible work ethics you can say the very same things about just in reverse.   

I believe that these three ways outlined here can help improve a work ethic you already possess and can enhance the opportunities in your life and profession that having a great work ethic will generate. 

Matt Crane is a former NCAA & Professional athlete turned sales and marketing entrepreneur.  In 2014 Matt launched his company Matt Crane Enterprises and now helps companies grow their sales and marketing presence. Matt is a professional blogger and ghostwriter featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Influencive, and Prsuit.  He launched the Power Of Great Podcast in July of this year where he has interviewed successful entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Grant Cardone, Shawn Thomas, Jeffery Gitomer, and John Lee Dumas to name a few. Matt believes that your current situation is not your defining moment and that is why he is addicted to success.

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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