Career Success Tip #1: Remove Your Emotions

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Some things have been changing at my workplace. We’re shifting strategies, changing priorities, and the original job I was hired for nine months ago has been omitted. Without going into too much detail, it’s a big transition for our team.

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This new transition made me start thinking about my career as a whole and how I let my emotions control my behavior. I take things personally and it can cloud my judgement. This is a bad thing in the workplace.

Remove your emotions.

You often hear the saying, “It’s not personal. It’s just business.” This can be a hard pill to swallow, but in my experience, I’ve found it to be true. Most people are not out to get you, even if they do not like you. All businesses come back to money, and without it, they cannot operate successfully.

If your boss or supervisor jumps on your case about an issue, remember that it is not personal. She/he wants you to do the best you can in the position you were hired for. If you fail in that position, consequences or criticisms will come your way. Do not react in anger. Do not cry (at least until you know you’re in private). Take it with a cool head and use it to better yourself.

On the other side, do not let your emotions affect the way you treat your peers or boss. Even the worst scenarios call for composure. No matter how annoying a person is, remember that you are a professional and all of your reactions reflect who you are at the core. You do not want to be known as the hothead or whiner.

Keeping your feelings in check can be tough, but it’s worth working on. Even when the situation is unfair and you feel justified, it is better to stay silent before spouting words you will later regret.

In terms of my own career growth, I am much better than when I started my first “real” job, but I still have a long way to go. It is difficult, but I continue to challenge myself to be level-headed and calm in less-than-desirable situations so I am seen as a young, yet mature woman in the workplace.

Have you ever let your emotions get the best of you at work? Was it worth it in the end?

2 thoughts on “Career Success Tip #1: Remove Your Emotions

  1. You make a great point here Liz. Removing your emotions is one of the best ways to stay professional and focus on the task at hand while I work. I think I do a pretty good job at this at my job and that fact that I’m really not sensitive and don’t get offended easily really helps. I’m the only girl at the small company I work at and sometimes the guys get on my nerves a bit but I never really take anything to heart and that’s what my headphones are for lol. It’s good to appreciate the feedback you get from your boss and coworkers good or bad because at the end of the day, it teaches you something.

    1. Hi Chonce,

      Thanks for stopping by! The feedback is definitely good, even when you don’t want to hear it. I try to take it all with a grain of salt, and I’m getting better at disconnecting emotionally. I can imagine how irritating it would be working in an all-male environment. Kudos to you!

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