Learning to let go in the workplace

September 2, 2014 2 mins read
Learning to let go in the workplace

Starting from the day on which you enter the workplace, work will become a permanent, unavoidable fixture in your life.

By working, you are not only earning the means for survival—you are also constantly honing your skills, making yourself a more mature person, and furthering your self-actualisation.

However, if you truly want your work to be both successful and pleasant, you must inevitably learn to let go of certain things. You need to let go of stress. Stress is an inevitable component of both our professional and personal lives, but, while we can’t avoid it altogether, we can change the way we deal with it. When there are many tasks at hand, when procedures are complicated or when you encounter certain communication gaps, don’t work yourself into a frenzy. Stress will only make you more confused—if you can’t calm down, you won’t be able to resolve the problems that are stressing you out in the first place. Remind yourself that, regardless of what happens, the sun will never stop shining. Learn to remain calm; all you need to do is to take deep breaths, organize your thoughts and feelings, and then do your best to find the solution to your problems.

Let go of pessimism. It is incredibly important to maintain an optimistic outlook—this goes for all aspects of life, but is especially pertinent where our work is concerned. While life can't always be smooth sailing, know that all storms will eventually roll out. If you stay cool, knuckle down, and believe in yourself and your abilities, your efforts will invariably be rewarded. Learn to be optimistic. An optimistic attitude will give you the energy and the courage necessary to face life's troubles head-on.

Let go of laziness. I am a firm believer in the idea that we are rewarded for our hard work. Laziness will not only damage your willpower—it will also make you lose ambition. Diligent people can manipulate time to suit their needs, whereas lazy people are inevitably slaves to their own schedules. We reap what we sow. Pull yourself together and get the job done!

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Alan Li
Operations Director, Greater China