• Your mind’s default setting is negatively biased
  • Stop and recognize specific positives in your career
  • Believe it or not, your career is pretty damn successful 
It’s the same robotic routine every day. Wake up. Get ready for work. Commute to the office. Do your thing. Drive back home. Rinse and repeat. It’s mostly the same pattern with a few exceptions here and there.

Every day can seem like a fucking slog at work. Some days are better than others - for sure. However, all your days are filled with grunt work peppered with stupid meetings and boring calls. It’s a constant churn of fixing problems while still trying to get ahead.

It’s common to feel like you’re just a tiny cog in the huge machine, doing your part to keep the entire corporate engine running. While your small part is important, you sometimes feel like others higher up in the organization (aka the much bigger cogs) are more successful.

And a lot of times, this kind of sentiment can lead you to expand your comparison to others outside your company, particularly your network of friends and colleagues. What ultimately happens is that you start to get down on yourself about not being as successful as others in the organization or outside the company in your cohort network. Or, at the very least, you can sometimes feel like your contributions just aren’t that meaningful.

But, we’re here to tell you that’s absolutely a crock of shit.

Signs That Your Career Is Pretty Damn Successful

The human mind can sometimes be like an alter ego that is always stirring shit up, mostly to piss you off. It’s the proverbial asshole in your head that knows you better than you and has the tactical advantage of knowing what buttons to press to trigger negativity.

More specifically, it can make you think that your career isn’t all that great. It’s just average at best and at worst, it’s downright shitty. And this is because of the mind’s powerful default negativity bias.

The good thing is that there are ways to offset and neutralize this negative bias and see the truer reality of things by spotting and recognizing the good stuff you’ve been overlooking all the time.

Here are just a few positive signs that your career is way more successful than you realize. 

You’re A Go-To Person

When you’re constantly being asked for a particular piece of information or dataset, it can easily feel like you’re being nagged by annoying coworkers all the time. But if you look at it from the opposite side, you’ll see it differently. In this alternate perspective, you are the “go to” person on your projects.

This is the equivalent of being the star player on the field. You are the quarterback on the team that is leading the efforts.

Co-workers Always Collaborate With You

If, for the most part, everyone in your group and the company as a whole supports and collaborates with you, it’s a clear sign that you’re well liked or at the very least, not hated.

When others in your company work with you on your projects or ask you to join theirs, it’s a good thing - a really good thing. They view your contributions as significant and required for their success. This also means that you’re able to form kick-ass alliances with those key groups.

Others Seek Your Feedback & Input

When others in the organization, particularly newbies and clueless executives, come to you for your advice, feedback and input, you’re considered as a person who can provide meaningful insight. You are one of the veterans on the team.

When your coworkers automatically come to you for answers, direction and/or recommendations, you are considered an in-house expert. You and your knowledge and expertise are valued by others in the organization.

You’ve Developed Specialized Skills

Think back to when you first started working at the company. You didn’t have a clue as to what internal systems, processes and procedures you needed to do to get shit done.

Look at yourself now. Today, you know everything inside and out. You know all the cryptic internal codes, forms and programs like the back of your hand. While others are totally lost, you know your way around blindfolded.

You Don’t Have To Work A Second Job

If you’re able to earn enough money to have the choice of being able to relax in the evenings and weekends, you’ve made it. There are countless people who don’t have the luxury of this choice. They have to work extra jobs just to pay the bills.

When you don’t have to work extra jobs and have the ability to disconnect from work and leave all the bullshit behind, this means that your career is supporting you well.

Mondays Don’t Suck (As Much)

Nobody loves Mondays. However, for some folks, maybe even for you, Mondays aren’t a death knell. It’s just the first day of the work week. When Mondays don’t devastate you, this is a positive indicator that your career and your job are a success.

There are millions of people out there who get the Sunday night scaries because they fear Mondays. This is why it’s important to make Mondays suck less. If Mondays don’t send you into a tailspin, you’re better off than the majority of people in the working world who can’t handle it.

Time Flies While You’re Working

While this may not happen every single day, if you do have at least a couple of days where it seems like the day flew by, then it’s a good sign that you’re doing well or at least you’re busy and productive.

This happens most often when you get in the zone at work. You’re heads down in your analysis and making tons of progress. And when you’re making progress, it feels so good. You feel unstoppable.

You Have Purpose & Meaning

Not everyone can be an ultra-wealthy humanitarian helping to solve the global climate crisis, world hunger, curing cancer, etc. However, this doesn’t mean that your career is meaningless. You can make your job more fulfilling.

The way to do this is to think in more practical terms. When your career has given you the ability to put food on the table, roof over your head and clothing your back, you are a success. There’s nothing more noble than being able to support yourself and your family. Take pride in that.

See The Positive Things & Keep At It

It’s way too easy and very common to fall into a perspective of negativity about your career. Your mind is always comparing your current career status with that of others, particularly those with supposedly more successful careers. In this default mode, you’ll always be down on yourself.

It’s time to stop that bullshit and reset your perspective.

Most of us are all in the same boat - we’re all working level grunts just trying to get by. And we all lose perspective of how good we really are.

It’s time to give yourself the recognition you fucking deserve.

Take an honest look around at all the good things that are in your life as a result of what you’ve accomplished in your career. No matter how small or large your career accomplishments are, everything counts and it all helps. It’s all about practicing gratitude - a simple little trick to trigger happiness.

So, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re way more successful than you give yourself credit for.

Feel Better,

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