It’s rare to find someone who can stay consistently fresh and fired up about his or her work. No matter how interesting or important a role you may have, complacency tends to creep in, turning novelty into routine—it’s human nature. Yet with a small, conscious effort you can turn off the autopilot any day. Start that day by recognizing that what you do and how you do it make a difference, and therefore to work wholeheartedly and be at your best. Such daily renewal is a simple and powerful leadership practice for anyone looking to make their A-game more consistent and reliable. If you’re dissatisfied with your work, or it’s become routine, don’t you owe it to yourself and your colleagues to renew your own level of engagement every day?
- Notice what you’re telling yourself—or not telling yourself—about your job, workplace, boss, or colleagues at the start of each workday.
- Is that helping, neutral to, or hindering your level of engagement?
- If it’s neutral or negative, what would be simple and repeatable declaration you can make to yourself that will provide a daily commitment to bring your A-game, just for that day?
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