Those things we can’t physically see or touch but know are present and often what sets successful people apart from everyone else. They are traits that generally can’t be taught but are learned through action and/or observing the actions of others.
Studies show that while technical skill is incredibly important, employers tend to hire based on the presence of intangible traits:
1. Reliability-can you be counted upon in all ways, from showing up to work on time to upholding company regulations to simply doing what they say they will do.
2. Flexibility-are you flexible? can you easily adapt to ever-changing circumstances? This includes the ability to do multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, often on the spur of the moment.
3. Motivation-how pro-active are you? do you just complete assigned tasks associated or do you go above and do it better? The status quo is not accepted.
4. Communication-Every organization suffers from a lack of communication at one time or another. That’s what makes people with a penchant for effective communication so valuable.
5. Trustworthiness-people who exhibit reliability over an extended period of time are eventually viewed as being trustworthy.
6. Sense of humor-people with a sense of humor generally are able to meet challenges and overcome obstacles more easily. It also allows them to bounce back more quickly from setbacks and maintain high levels of productivity in the face of adversity.
7. Leadership-This is the “brass ring,” so to speak, in terms of intangible traits; inspire and motivate others to greater levels of achievement.
The tough part is none of these traits can be purchased or gained by simply reading a book or taking a college class…hence intangible. You have to put yourself in situations and environments that force and test these skills repeatedly. It’s just like perfecting a kick or an armbar…PRACTICE and REPITITION.
Til next time!
“It is one of life’s greatest joys to wake up in the morning…every morning, With a clear sense of why that day matters, why every day matters. This is what it means to find your WHY. This is the start of an inspiring journey… your inspiring journey.”— Simon Sinek
Are You Stressed?
We’ve all been there…or are there right now. Work, family, life piles up, never enough time in the day, too much on your plate. There’s nothing worse than stress getting the better of you. The endless list of things to do always seems to leave your own needs last and evokes a war zone between your mind and body.
Sadly, stress doesn’t affect only adults. Ours kids experience stress as well. Signs may include, lack of appetite, not wanting to go to school, lack of interest in things they used to like, or even just frustration with homework.
We know we shouldn’t allow stress to become a regular occurrence in our daily life but it happens to the best of us. So what to do? First, take a deep breath. You’re alive! That alone is cause to be thankful and happy! Hug your kids, remind them you love them and you are there for them no matter what.
Next, go do something. Anything. Take a break and do something active. Get the blood flowing and muscles moving. Biologically speaking, by releasing your “feel-good” endorphins, physical activity works to ease your stress load. Almost any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever, but it’s activities like yoga and martial arts that encourage the mind and body to work together tend to be the most effective.