If you’ve ever experienced kindness in the workplace or met kind leaders like the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, you know the kind of positive impact this trait alone can have on you and your organization.
As a former people pleaser, I spent many years making (or should I say trying to make) my bosses and teams happy. But after a while, I realized that nothing good comes from repeatedly sacrificing myself for what someone else wants or needs. If anything, it’s the very thing that keeps me and everyone else from moving forward.
If you think the best time to look for your next job is when you’re unhappy and feeling stuck with your current one, then think again. Because the truth is, the best time to test the market and look for your next job is ACTUALLY when you’re happy and content in your current role.
For me, empathy is all about removing barriers to understand where someone else is coming from (even if I don’t always agree with them) by choosing to see THEIR feelings, thoughts, and experiences from THEIR perspective versus my own. Similarly, it’s also being understood on the same level by my colleagues, friends, and family members.
4 Key Ingredients to Achieve Success (a.k.a. my secret sauce)
Remember to use fear as fuel – did you know that F.E.A.R. stands for ‘false evidence appearing real’? So next time you’ve got negative thoughts posing as evidence, lean into the fear and replace every “I can’t” with “How can I?”
Be patient but know your worth – no matter how tempting it may be, don’t let others be the judge of your worth and what you’re capable of.