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Why should you put in the extra effort? How?

by American Management Association 15. November 2010 09:37

It’s easy to become too comfortable with your job—to produce just enough to meet minimum expectations while not ruffling any feathers in the process. And why should you change? Why should you strive to go the extra mile? Is the extra effort really worth it? Is mediocrity good enough?

No. It’s not. Surprised? Didn’t think so. Here are some ways to get out of that rut and spark initiative:

  • Redefine your goals. Setting the bar too low is the main cause of over-complacency. Raise the bar…raise expectations…raise initiative.
  • Pursue learning. Books, articles, classes, seminars: by staying sharp and increasing your intelligence you will want to do more. In turn, you will gain a new perspective on your current work situation.
  • Take the plunge. Volunteer for a new or challenging assignment. This will increase your visibility within the organization and earn you recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The bottom line is that while you may not be willing to put in the extra effort, someone out there is. And to be completely honest, “meeting expectations” may be good enough for now...but eventually you will fall behind. Expectations change, and you need the drive and initiative to change with them.

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