Have you ever lost a job, role on a team, or a starting spot? How did you react to and handle the situation? Many times we often look to place the blame when we have suffered such a setback. This week we’re going to discuss this very mindset, what the proper mindset should be, and how to avoid someone taking your job.

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The common and improper mindset usually held when we lose a job, position, or title is one of resentment. We get mad that someone took our spot. We get upset that “they” had the audacity to work hard and move up the ranks. How dare they?! Don’t they know that spot was ours to keep?! This is obviously a detrimental mindset. In fact, it is having an excuse mindset when we should have a growth mindset. Instead of thinking of and making excuses why this person beat us out, we should think of ways we can learn, grow, and improve from the situation.

Instead of getting bitter, we should decide to get better. As we get older and have held a position or title for a period of time a sense of contentment often creeps in. Contentment will lead to resentment. We resent the young bloods and the up-and-comers. Oftentimes there becomes a young versus old mentality within sports teams and business organizations when positions are up for grabs. The young are motivated and hungry, while those who have established themselves will often ride the coat tails of previous achievements.

Let’s discuss ways for both players and those in business to keep their jobs.

For players, are we the first one to practice and the last one to leave? Don’t be the athlete who shows up a few minutes before practice starts and leaves as soon as the final whistle sounds. As a player we need to be able to ask ourselves the following questions and answer yes: did I put in purposeful work in the gym or just play “Pig?” Did I watch my diet and eat healthy or eat fast food? Did I study the game or just watch it? Did I go above and beyond or just the bare minimum? Did I ask coach questions or just sit there silently? All of these things are within our control. If someone is challenging us for our spot, can we look in the mirror and say yes to the questions above. If so, we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. If not, we honestly don’t deserve the starting spot.

For those in business, be sure to put in work before starting time and after quitting time. Make it a habit to study, prepare, and learn on a daily basis. In order to stay in the position we have or move up to the next level we must not be afraid to fail. We must be fearless and take risks. As a business person we need to be able to ask ourselves the following questions and answer yes: Am I a problem solver? Those that succeed ask “how” and seek to understand rather than always asking “why” and looking for an easy way out. Do I bring energy every day or is it a struggle to find it? Do I study the greats who came before me or watch too much reality TV? Again, all of these things are under our control. No one determines the attitude, effort, energy, and mindset that we bring to the office except ourselves.

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What type of player or employee will you be? If you can answer yes to the questions above, you should never have to look over your shoulder. Every day we have a choice to either be the best we can be or just go through the motions. Every day in Africa the gazelle must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every day in Africa the lion must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve. The moral of the story is no matter what we are, when the sun comes up we better be running. Get up and get after it!

Let’s quit making excuses, stop being bitter, work harder, and get what we deserve. Don’t take no for an answer and never settle for contentment.

Sound off: Have you ever had to battle for your job? What approach did you take in order to keep it and what advice do you have for others?

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!