5 Ways to Overcome Professional Challenges

(DGIwire) – If football’s “big game” between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on February 5, 2017 taught viewers anything, it’s that things are not really over until they’re over. Not only did the Patriots win a game that, by halftime, many were sure was already lost, but they set a record by coming back from a more than 20-point deficit. Careers, like sports, are not without their ups and downs, but luckily professional comebacks exist as well.

Here are five tips—courtesy of the blog of Atrium Staffing, a New York City-based talent solutions firm—to help employees stay in the game like a pro when they are feeling challenged in the professional arena:

Acknowledge that occasional defeat is inevitable. Whether a small setback or a major defeat, accepting disappointment is step number one in being able to move on from it. Employees still have to remain focused and keep their head in the game. For many, acceptance doesn’t come quickly and resentment grows. Let it go and move on so that the next big challenge that comes along can be successfully tackled. 

Play every point like it matters. Great opponents look for mental weakness in their competitors. In the workplace, an employee’s greatest opponent in their inner voice—that nagging internal dialogue telling someone they’ll never get a better job or make more money than they already do. Getting overwhelmed by the possible results is guaranteed to cloud a person’s ability to think and react clearly.

Don’t become isolated. Disappointments tend to make people turn inward, sometimes to the point of isolating themselves from others. Hopefully, an employee has a good support system at the office with coworkers who help make their days more enjoyable. All it takes is one or two friends at work who make a person laugh to help them get out of their own way.

Exercise that mental muscle. Athletes work tirelessly to perfect not only their skills but also their mental toughness. Employees should use their professional wins and losses to learn more about their own personal strengths and weaknesses so that they are in better shape to stand up to their next professional challenge.

Don’t forget that anything is possible. Just as everyone was ready to turn their backs on the Patriots and blame them for losing the biggest game of the year, they surprised everyone. Employees who dig deep enough will find they’ve got plenty of fight within them as well.

“Help employers and their employees understand the unique challenges of the modern workplace is part and parcel of what a good staffing agency can do,” says Rebecca Cenni, Founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing. “Employees that are better able to navigate the specific hurdles of company life make better team members and can ultimately contribute more to a company’s victories.”

Atrium is focused on providing contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Compliance and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.

“We’ve all heard the dictum, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.’ We believe that when employees know how to handle both winning and losing, they are playing the game as well as possible,” adds Cenni.

 

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