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Challenge the challenge

8 May, 2022

Times are extremely challenging with no support coming from any party. It’s a bitter soup with no apparent solution in the foreseeable future. We have a choice to make; do we depend on others or ourselves. Only way out is to get the best out of us and weather the storm with full courage and determination.

While we all expect some relief sooner than later, the way to survive is building our own capacity and increasing our own value to create more value delivery for others. You have to be fully responsible for your own actions and consequences. It’s a choice, a mindset and an expression of integrity that makes you an accountable individual. To be so you need to challenge yourself for inner stimulation.

Most employees in business organisations are answerable to someone else. From the head of the organisation in the organisation chart to the bottom, nearly every manager and employee must look to a leader to set the expectations and dictate deadlines, review the progress and measure results. Whoever gives this direction is called the boss.

The boss decides how employees should perform their jobs. How well an employee meets requirements set by the boss determines whether that employee succeeds or fails, receives rewards or penalties, and earns praise or criticism.

Internal boss

However, the judgment of an external boss isn’t enough to make a job personally fulfilling and rewarding. That’s something an employee decides for him or herself.

Everyone who works must also answer to an inner boss, a personal, internal power that provides guidance on whether a job is worth doing and whether it is done well. Accepting personal accountability for your work means your inner boss sets demanding goals.

After all there is no one else who understands your own capacity better than anyone else. Employees of business organisations who want to increase their effectiveness at work while exercising more control over their own day-to-day activities should develop a sense for their own inner goal setting and performing against those for self satisfaction. More optimistic employees would go beyond the employer set goals to fully tap into the inner capacity for greater output and faster growth.

You might argue; what if the employer sets unrealistic or near impossible targets? Yes, I hear you. It’s a huge de-motivating factor which wouldn’t help either party. Yet, don’t give up hope. Try hard to see if you can convert the impossible into possible with your creativity, innovation and mind power.

Find different ways of doing the same thing for better results. Look for creative and innovative strategy and smarter execution, not always incremental effort to deliver extra. Employees need a self challenge for optimum stimulation. Own goal with self-stimulus is the best winning combination which will naturally get the best out of you.  

Conscious decision

If you are dissatisfied with your current circumstances, workplace or your boss, admit that no one can fix them except you.

While you have all the right to blame the external factors and rightly so,  It doesn›t do any good to blame the economy, your boss, your spouse or your family. Change can only occur when you make a conscious decision to make it happen.