How to Be Bold at Work: Stop Doing These 9 Things
Are you feeling inspired to act more boldly in business? Great! Let’s do it.
In order to begin living a bolder life professionally-speaking, start by changing these nine things…
1 – Quit using weak words
Particularly as women, we tend to excuse ourselves, apologize for ourselves, and otherwise make ourselves seem small with our words.
Quit using words that diminish the strength of your thoughts!
In fact, I call for an immediate ban on the following words in both your written and spoken communication: just, I’m sorry, I think, kind of, I apologize, I hate to bother you, I’m not sure, I was wondering if, might.
Do you get my drift? Words matter! And you matter! So, clearly articulate your thoughts with words that are as strong as you are. Don’t shrink back
2 – Stop seeking the approval of others
People-pleasing always results in you conforming. People-pleasing always leads to you blending in – not standing out.
Let go of the need to win the approval of others. Let go of the need to be perfect. Take a chance. Take some risks.
3 – Let go of perfectionism
Learn the concept of failing forward. After all, if you’re not failing, you’re probably not moving forward at all either. When you do fail, learn from it. But don’t only learn from it. You also must change your actions going forward. So, if you continually learn and re-evaluate and course correct each time you fail, you will move forward and you will succeed!
4 – Don’t display a negative attitude
Let’s be real… no one wants to be around a negative Nancy. Don’t be that person! There’s nothing more draining on the culture of a company than a negative Nancy or Ned.
Rather, always embrace a “can do” attitude. People naturally tend to rally around positivity. So, be that person that makes people want to band together!
At the very least, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
5 – Pass on being passive
Don’t subjugate your personal power! Speak up. Say what you’re thinking.
Of course, you should always be respectful to your superiors, colleagues, and all who surround you professionally. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be assertive in your speech patterns.
6 – Waive your willingness to accept the status quo
Leapfrogging on point number two, don’t simply accept things as they are. Don’t do things just because they’ve always been done this way.
Rather, examine each situation with a fresh set of eyes. And really ponder your perspective of the situation. Offer up new ideas and solutions.
7 – Eliminate the excuses
Quit blaming others. Quit making excuses. Just get the job done!
In regards to excuses, well-known NFL football coach Bill Parcell has been known to say this…