Think Like A Professional
In Just Starting By davidporter

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If you think like a professional, you are a professional.
You might not have your professional dream job yet.  But you’ll be way ahead of the game if you think like a professional now.  This isn’t about how you act, it’s about how you think, and who you are.
Think Organized – A true professional isn’t a disorganized mess, and that includes how they think.  Professionals are constantly thinking two steps ahead – they think before they speak or send an email to make sure it sounds right.  When problems pop up or tough decisions need to be made, they don’t just sit around to be told what to do.  They are leaders who know what their business goals are and how to reach them.

Think Business – At work, professionals are all about business and what’s best for their company.  They give 100% on whatever task they are handling and realize that every job deserves their best effort.  Professionals are also considerate people who think about their clients and build trusting relationships with them by not letting them down.

Think Long-Term - Professionals think past the day-to-day tasks they deal with at work and see their long-term goals.  Think two steps ahead of whatever project you are performing.  What expected problems might come up and how can you plan for them now?  When decision making is imminent, consider what's best for your department or company in the long run.  Is there a bottom line that needs to be addressed?  Will this achieve all goals for company projections for the month, quarter, year?  Long-term processing will always bring about the practice of professional thought and behavior.

Think Success- Thinking professionally is seeing how both your own success and your company’s are related.  You don’t always have to hog the spotlight; professionalism means knowing when it’s best for you to act as part of a team and/or delegate tasks to others.

Being a business professional is all about how you think.  If you want to excel at work, it won’t happen by accident.  Think smart, think professional, and you will be able to succeed.

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