Our Corporate Life
November 16, 2010   •   Volume 1, Issue 23   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Up Your Performance
Ask Amanda: I get a sick feeling in my stomach every Sunday night because my job is so stressful. What should I do?
♦  Practical Tips: Invest in Yourself
Up Your Performance

Successful people motivate themselves in order to continuously improve their performance. One way they do so is identifying role models for specific skills they want to master to bring their game to a new level.

Create “performance” goals for yourself—which may be separate from those you’ve discussed in your official performance review. Perhaps you want to be a more compelling presenter. Or maybe you want to close more sales. Or are interested in using influence to get an important project you’re invested in through your internal system.   
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Thought to Ponder Itís not the big failures you mind so much. Itís the pitter-patter of little defeats.
Practical Tips: Invest in Yourself

The last thing most people want to do after working long hours is to think about learning new skills. But your career is your responsibility and you run the risk of becoming less relevant to your employer and missing out on new opportunities if you don’t consciously seek to improve your skills.

Look for ways to leverage what is available to you in your current job.
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 ask Amanda

I get a sick feeling in my stomach every Sunday night. I like my job but the stress level is so high it's making me sick. I don't want to change jobs but I can't go on like this much longer. Thoughts? T.C., Austin, TX

Amanda Mitchell

Be careful how you characterize your situation to yourself. Saying, “I can’t go on like this much longer” may reflect the intensity of your feelings but it probably isn’t factually true. What it does is ramp up the drama you’re feeling and it focuses your attention on the negatives—what isn’t working in your current situation.
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