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Get Your Head in the (Career) Game.

When you watch the winter games, do you sometimes wish you had more motivation to chase your dreams? The truth is those competitors don’t have any superpowers that you don’t have. They’ve simply learned to overcome certain obstacles that tend to trip other people up. You can learn to overcome those obstacles in your career, too. Here are a few ideas to help reignite your motivation and get your head in the game.

Become a time-management medalist

It’s a common misconception that all the athletes competing in the winter games benefit from endorsement contracts and sponsorships. Some do, but many more juggle training and competing with full-time careers, a handful of part-time jobs or schooling. How do they do it? By scheduling everything from training and appearances to family time and sleep.

Without a schedule, you may find yourself spending too much time on unimportant tasks or even wasting hours on social media. But when you create a detailed plan for your week, you’re almost forced to prioritize crucial tasks and say no to things that don’t get you closer to your goals.

Creating a physical schedule can also help you feel less overwhelmed because instead of wasting mental energy on remembering to-do list items, appointments and reminders, you can focus that effort on completing tasks.

Get competition confident

Of the thousands of athletes that make it to the games every four years, only a handful become household names and receive million-dollar endorsement deals. Many have almost no real shot at the gold, but they stay motivated and confident. They don’t let competitiveness affect their performance. When they see someone better in their event, they don’t give in to jealousy. Instead, they ask what they can learn from it.

Whether you’re an athlete or an accounting and finance professional, comparing yourself to other people’s success affects your performance and holds you back. It’s ok to be competitive, as long as you turn that competitiveness inward – letting it propel you to being your best self rather than trying to be better than someone else.

Go for the delegation gold

Athletes have an extensive support team of nutritionists, coaches, trainers, doctors and physical therapists who help them prepare and perform their best at big competitions. They know they can’t reach the heights of success trying to do it all on their own. That ability to delegate and rely on their team is essential to their success.

Do you work long hours and feel as if the world would fall apart if you take a day off? Make an effort to pass on work to people who have the necessary skills and are motivated to get the job done right. If you’re used to hoarding work, delegation may take some practice. However, it will free up your time to focus on the truly important aspects of your job and lead you to higher levels of success.

Most of us will never become world-renowned athletes, but achieving our career goals is still a cause for celebration. Managing your time, staying confident and learning to embrace teamwork takes some effort, but it’s possible and absolutely worth it.

If you need more help planning your career in accounting and finance, check out our Accounting and Finance Career Guide for tips from professionals that can help you size up the job market before you take it on.


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