You can be great or you can be average, you choose

When you look around, it's easy to see that professionalism has dropped significantly.

Think of when you walk into a store and the staff are busy chatting among themselves or too busy to assist you.

Think of when you call a service center and the level of support is way below standard.

Think of who you deal with on a daily basis that has poor customer service. It can be someone at third party vendor your company uses or it could be the person sat next to you.

How often do you see your peers sitting having coffee for what seems like hours on end rather than do their work?

It's so easy to think: "I see them slacking off so maybe I should too". DON'T! This is the collective unprofessionalisation of business.

This becomes an amazing opportunity for you. In a world where unprofessionalism is rife, where people just attend work rather than contribute, this becomes an opportunity for you to be a professional, for you to be great.

Read and learn about your industry. Over prepare for meetings. Become an expert in your field. When you work on a project, be thorough (without letting perfectionism prevent you from completing!).

Get a mentor if you are serious about being the best you can be.

This applies EVERYWHERE.

If you are an employee or an entrepreneur, this applies. Look at what is missing. What would you do? How would you do it better? How would you do it differently?

Do not resign yourself to average because you aren't the boss or you perceive yourself to not be a leader in your field. That is victim mentality. Words such as I can't, it's impossible, I hate.... Those are words from people who are victims of negativity. And I bet those are the words from the people around you who are busy doing nothing.

I have no doubt that some people reading this will be thinking: "Yeah, but what does she know". My response: you have victim mentality if you are thinking that (controversial maybe). Some people may recognise it and some will just get even more annoyed by reading this. It takes courage to step out of the negative mindset, it takes work to let go of the negative. And that big step, scares a lot of people so they will stay in their comfort zone of negativity. They are in that zone because, more than likely, they are living in the past. Something has went wrong, there was a failure along the way or they were told that they aren't deserving of their goals and desires. Or they live in fear. Fear of the future and of the unknown. So they play small. They remain average.

But, for those that do take that step, those who do not let past bad experiences or fear of the unknown dictate their future - you will be one of the few and you will step into a world of opportunities. The hard part is when the people who don't like this change in you, try to bring you back into the negativity.

You need to develop a strong sense of self. A strong mindset. Ideally distance yourself from the people that try to hold you back. Seek out people who are aligned to who you are and who you want to be. As Jim Rohn says, you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.

Every person who has went on to do something great, has faced a form of ridicule or resentment. The people who are the 'firsts', the people who remain positive....all face resentment.

It comes down to your inner strength as to how you tackle this. You can rise above or be dragged back down.

I'm a lover of quotes. Quotes can be powerful, especially when you are having a moment that requires you to recollect your thoughts. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Your attitude determines your altitude - Denis Waitley
  • They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds. - Mexican Proverb
  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. - Steve Jobs

The best piece of advice I have ever been given was: Bring your A-Game to what you do. No matter what level you currently are or where you are in your business, bring your A-Game in everything you do and you will be guaranteed success.

You can chose to be average or you can chose to be great.

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Dee is the Career Transformation Expert for women and the founder of The Female Mogul. With 14+ years HR and Recruitment experience working for Global Multi-National Companies, she has a wealth of experience in Talent Management and her career has taken her around the world.

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