Did you know that there are certain habits you are engaging in that have the propensity to end your career?
You could be assuming that it’s not a big deal or you know what you are doing when in hindsight, you are sabotaging your own career.
It’s the reason why sometimes you can stagnate in your career, get stuck doing the wrong job or simply go for months/years without ever getting promoted.
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Let’s look at 4 habits that you are engaged in which could be sabotaging your career
Habit No. 1: Office gossip and negativity
It’s actually unlawful to engage in petty office gossip because you negatively impact on someone else’s reputation and standing in the company.
Engaging in gossip, rumors and any other kinds of negativity against your colleagues can cause you to face immediate dismissal.
At the end of the day, nobody wants to work with someone who is determined to be thorn in everyone’s flesh.
No boss or manager is going to promote someone negative and who thrives in making others look bad. Your boss wants to promote someone who is team oriented and endeavors to boost productivity and morale in others.
And getting another job once you are fired can be hard especially when the reason why left is questionable to employers.
If you are unhappy about something in your job or career, learn how to express your thoughts in a logical and objective manner without necessarily making the other person look bad.
Habit No. 2: Having a low level of emotional intelligence
If you don’t know how to effectively manage your emotions, the time to start learning is now.
Career success depends on your level of emotional intelligence. The higher it is the more successful you become and the converse is true.
You can’t throw temper tantrums or have emotional outbursts whenever things go wrong otherwise you won’t get leadership roles and you won’t perform well as a leader.
At the same time, not being empathetic and having the right social skills with interact with others in different emotional states will not to anything to advance your career.
You have to find a way of increasing your emotional intelligence in order to attract more opportunities for your career to grow.
Habit No. 3: The boss’s pet
Please note that there is a very thin line between respect and merely being a boot licker.
Your career should not suffer at the expense of you wanting to simply be a people pleaser especially where your boss is concerned.
You don’t always have to agree with everything your boss says especially when you are of a contrary opinion.
This is how you end up being taken advantage of in your career and sabotaging the relationship you have with your colleagues because they can’t trust you enough to have your own mind.
And being the boss’s pet can seem trivial at first, but in the long run, it severely hurts your job and your career.
Learn from your boss, submit to his/her authority, but also know when to stand your ground.
Habit No. 4: Procrastination
True what they say, “Time waits for no man”! And indeed it doesn’t.
Let’s say you’ve been wanting to change careers for some time now, what is stopping you?
Excuses! That is what is stopping you. You tell yourself you don’t have time now, you’re too busy or you lie to yourself that you have time.
You think up every possible reason not to finally get things done or start taking the right steps for your career.
Because procrastination happens over a wide space of time so by the time you realize that your career is not moving, it’s a little too late.
Habits become a way of life…
It is said that a habit is formed in 3 weeks (21 days) and broken in another 3 weeks.
So you have the power and ability to break bad habits in your career especially if you don’t want to see yourself in the same unfulfilling position for years.