An Uphill Climb

DavidThe other day, while riding my hand-cycle, I discovered a great way to peddle/crank up a steep hill… Increase your speed going down the hill prior to gain momentum that will help you go part of the way up the next hill. Although most of you are giving me a silent “duh…” I thought that little nugget of wisdom was brilliant, so I tucked it away in my brain for later use.

Here’s where I’m going with this… If you are in a good place in your life where things are “coasting,” what are you doing to prepare for the next up-hill climb?

Consider Taking on More Tasks at Work
This may be a great way to show upper management that you are not only a team player but can foresee challenges that might be right around the corner; and of course be ready when a new project is thrown your way. Taking on more tasks allows you to see the bigger picture in how your department is related to other departments.

And when I say “project” I don’t mean a big project that requires a large chunk of the budget for the coming year. Any project, large or small from cleaning the filing cabinets to creating a new menu item at McDonald’s can qualify as taking on more tasks at work.

A great way to start is by joining your department’s Social Committee (if available).

Try Learning New Skills Related to Your Current Position
Learning new skills related to your current position naturally expands your role and prepares you for the next “big thing” in your career. You might even become the resident expert in a certain skill, which will undoubtedly improve efficiency within your department – for which you can take the kudos.

You know, logging on to online tutorials at home can teach you how to use a personal computer perhaps more efficiently or see new ways a task can be streamlined. Here are a few examples of free online tools: Houston Public Library, Goodwill Community Foundation, Microsoft.

Take Care of Yourself
In this “rush-rush” world that we live in, maintaining your health is of utmost importance. Staying healthy is directly linked to being happy. Healthy employees that are happy (for the most part) bring about a healthy business bottom line. Happy employees also create a better environment in which to work.

One way to live a healthy life is to inquire about any possible gym discounts offered by your employer.

These are just a few methods of getting ready for the next uphill climb. If you have any other examples, please post them in the comments section below.

David Spears is a member of the Workforce Solutions Navigator team for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Combining training and education to real world examples, David brings personal and professional experience with disabilities to the table in order to help job seekers with disabilities realize their potential. David has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with over 20 years of experience in the business world.

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