In every office I’ve worked in, it’s been easy to tell who are at the top of the totem pole…and who are squashed at the bottom.
A typical boss is very different than a regular 9-to-5er. They usually have better clothes, stronger handshakes, corner offices, and commanding presences.
Feeling uninspired at work? Ask yourself these questions:
- Where are you in your office’s hierarchy?
- Do you want to be taken more seriously?
- Do you dream about being promoted or finally having your opinions count?
Stop dreaming—all of that is totally possible for you. You just have to think like a boss! Or a badass boss, as I prefer.
Really, take some time to imagine how your higher-ups think.
- How do they feel about themselves? The best managers I know are super confident and take pride in their appearance.
- How do they prioritize their to-do items? Front loading the day with the most important tasks is the key.
- What do they eat for lunch? You know it’s not sad ramen noodles at their desks.
- How often do they check their email? Once or twice a day, tops. They’ve got more important projects.
- Where do they shop? You won’t find a CEO shopping at the dollar store.
- What do they do for fun? Self-care is non-negotiable if you want to be a leader.
There’s an old saying that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Now it’s time to think for the job you want.
Let’s say you want to be the marketing manager. Well, “market” yourself to the senior staff members by volunteering for projects, sharing ideas during meetings, and keeping yourself at the top of their minds.
Let’s say you want to be your own boss. Then you should act like how you would run your personal business. Be proud of your work, dress up every day, be happy when you do even the most mundane tasks.
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If you want to reach your dreams, no matter what they are, you must break out of your familiar way of thinking.
Even if you don’t want to climb the corporate ladder, you’re still the boss of your life—so act like it!
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This post focuses on Step 3 of the Life Editing Process, Add Good Habits and Routines. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.