Although this blog is about sharing my advice and experiences with young and seasoned pros; I love it when readers share advice with me once in a while.
One of my readers sent me an excerpt from a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. After reading what the four agreements were, I thought in addition to life insights, they could also serve as good career advice. Below are the four agreements from the book, each followed by my personal take on how to apply this advice in the workplace.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or gossip.
Then you’re at work; be direct. Communicate what you want or need in the workplace without any ambiguity or dancing around what you’re really trying to say. And don’t talk bad about coworkers or yourself, either way it makes you seem insecure.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. When you are immune to opinions and actions of others, you will not be a victim of needless suffering.
We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” Although many people have fragile egos, all professionals need to realize that some hard or unfair business decisions that affect them, usually have nothing to do them. Stop creating problems that don’t really exist by taking things so personally at work.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions-Find courage to ask questions. Communicate to avoid misunderstandings and drama.
We all like to assume things in the workplace that sway in our favor, but that can get you into trouble. When in doubt, ask; and even when you know, confirm. It will save you a lot of mistakes and headaches.
4. Always Do Your Best -Your best is going to change moment to moment. Under any circumstance, do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
You always hear this saying, but also realize that your best evolves as you grow in your career. Your best now should continue to get better as you do.
Do you have a fifth agreement to add?