In any endeavor that you might venture into, there are always three things that you have to remember.
1) The outcome of any new undertaking is always uncertain. You can never be sure of what will happen in the future, however, you may have a clue as time goes by. As you immerse more in this new project, work, business, etc., you become more certain of the results (whether good or bad) as the date of the evaluation or deadline draws near.
One thing to always remember is to keep your goal in mind and never lose sight of it. In the beginning, you may be afraid to do things, to take the initiative to lead or do something innovative because you are constrained by your new environment, surroundings, new factors in your new project. But in time, you’ll ease into the situation. You become more comfortable. This is where the danger comes in. You become complacent and sometimes, you lose sight of your goal.
Always have your goal in mind. Being goal-driven will often motivate you to give your 110% in anything you do. And this can definitely help boost your image to your superiors.
2) Always keep an open mind. Taking criticism of your work personally is just unethical. Remember, the person doing the critique is being paid just to do that to help you improve on quality. That’s why receiving feedbacks constructively is very essential to any line of work or project/business. Who knows, it might help you in the future.
On the other side of the spectrum, providing good feedback is a challenge to a lot of people. You may be good at receiving them but when it is your turn to critique somebody’s work, you find yourself at a loss for words, tongue-tied and all that. To overcome this hurdle, you can put yourself in the position of the other person. And always remember to keep an open mind when giving feedback. It would not do if you close your mind off from the other person’s comments. Tsk, tsk. =)
Take criticisms constructively and keep an open mind.
3) Last, but certainly not the least, plan ahead. Create contingency plans. At the start of any new endeavor, you should determine strengths and opportunities, pros and cons of the activity and begin having back up plans. During the course of the project, you can modify or upgrade these plans when warranted.
It is always good to have a Plan B and/or C to your Plan A. And it is also good to have Plans D and/or E to your Plan B. Many people stop having back up plans after Plan A. They don’t deign to have alternatives to the back-up plans as well. Planning for the future is always good. Plans D and E may not be as specific or detailed as Plans B and C but at least you have an idea of what to do in case all hell breaks loose and your initial plans go awry.
So remember these three things. They are very important. They’ve helped me many times in the past.