We met Sheryl Kline at a Female Founder Happy Hour, and this woman blew us away with her knowledge and wisdom on resilience in the work place. She’s well respected in the Bay Area for her work in Sports Psychology and she specializes in “mental toughness.” A lot of her wisdom can be applied to the workplace and we were lucky enough to have her on The Violet Fog talking about becoming a woman warrior in our careers.
Any questions you have for Sheryl, please leave them in the comment section or visit her website! She is all about helping women in our community and has graciously made herself available to us wanting more insight. <3
3 Ways To Crush In And Maintain Effectiveness In Your (New) Job
By: Sheryl Kline, M.A.
www.SherylKline.com || (925) 285-0526
Congratulations! You’ve been drafted, and that’s no easy task these days. Elite athletes are high performers who know how to develop efficiently and perform to the best of their ability, consistently. There are a couple things you can do to work like a champion, so you can contribute to the best of your ability in the workplace. Here are three traits that can help you move to MVP status:
Sometimes you feel what happens in the workplace is fair, and sometimes you don’t.
That is irrelevant to how you choose to support your co-workers and the amount of
effort you give. Whether you are in the spotlight or in a support role, your attitude
matters, especially when you’re just getting started. Here’s how to check-in with
●Stay positive; encourage co-workers on their successes no matter how small
(This can affect how they support you.).
●Think ‘How can I best contribute to help the goals of the group?
●Know that your ideas are valuable and that you are capable of making an impact. Have a confident, yet respectful attitude, and don’t be afraid to speak up.
(Cynthia to Katey… Katey to Cynthia… “Are we supporting each other enough?” lol! Such a great point. No one likes a negative, self-centered team player. Note to selves: Important to check in with each other!)
Being resilient doesn’t mean to forget about your frustrations and disappointments as if they didn’t happen. If you make an error during a presentation or pitch, aren’t getting the recognition you expected or a co-worker isn’t giving 100%, try these:
●Recognize how it makes you feel, for a second or two. Feel it.
●Get back to one or two things you have control over that will get you back on track.
●Understand that making errors is inevitable and necessary for growth while feeling frustrated sometimes is normal. Elite athletes and highly successful business people feel these same emotions too, and they are not perfect. Learn from it, feel it, address it if necessary, dust off and move on.
(If we had a dollar for every time one of our writers caught an obvious typo, or our photos didn’t turn out right, or an article didn’t do as well as we’d hoped… we wouldn’t need to find sponsors haha. Stay on track- this is great advice ^^)
Losing focus will throw off your productivity, can make errors more likely, and make high-pressure situations difficult to manage. These are a few tips for staying focused:
●Get enough rest. Any less, than 7-8 hours per night, you are compromised.
●Put away your cell phone a minimum of 30 minutes prior to bedtime. I know this
is a tough one, but I cannot emphasize this enough. If you don’t, your sleep will
not be as deep or restorative as it could be, and you will not be able to perform
●Have a ritual in the morning before you arrive or right after you arrive at work.
Have a glass of water and/or take a couple deep breaths, and ask yourself,
“How are my emotions, energy and focus?’ Get present, energized and ready
for game time.
(We are 100% guilty of falling asleep next to our phones and scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. So that’s noted. Also, started a ritual pronto. Gotta get the head right!)
Keep in mind that Michael Jordan missed over 9000 shots in his career, and he said,
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” His
attitude, ability to be resilient and focus was unparalleled, even in the face of defeat.
Start to master these traits and, you can perform at work like a champion.
Thank you to Sheryl Kline! Be sure to check out her website and feel free to ask questions in the comments!