5 ways to unlock your potential in the workplace

American Conservative Union Chairwoman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina Sat. Aug. 23, during the free “Unlocking Potential All-Star Workshop with Carly Fiorina and Hugh Hewitt”, will have more to say about maximizing your talents but, for now, we at American Majority Action have a few of our own tips for you.

1. Build a strong network of friends and supporters 

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That happy hour on your calendar you’d rather not go to ”” go! You might be surprised by the people you meet and the friendships you forge regardless of whether you aspire to political office. And, if you’re really motivated, invite fellow professionals out for coffee for a chance to talk shop and the latest industry initiatives.

2. The early bird gets the worm

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We all know the old aphorism “the early bird gets the worm.” So, instead of hitting the snooze button on your alarm or iPhone, consider jumping out of bed early. Getting to work 10 minutes ahead of schedule can help build much-needed momentum going into a busy workday. And, after all, what’s better than the look on your boss’s face when he or she realizes you beat him into the office? #winning #itsthesmallthings

3. You are your biggest advocate

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American Majority Action board member Matt Robbins says it himself: Never sell yourself short. Instead, quantify every project you’ve worked on and add it to your professional repertoire. Whether you manage a social-media account, have developed various business leads or spearheaded a major event, measure the success of the project(s) and pitch those experiences to prospective clients or employers when the opportunity arises.

4. Take some time for self-reflection

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What are your strengths and weaknesses? How effectively are you using your time at work? Are you prioritizing your to-do list? Actively seeking to strengthen your weaker skill sets may free up time to focus more on the tasks you excel at as you’ll spend less time worrying about the chink in your chain mail.

5. Don’t climb into those PJs right after work

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There are few things more tempting than kicking back and uncorking a bottle of wine or opening a beer after a stressful day at work. But, don’t climb into those pajamas right away. Instead, blow off some steam with a 30-minute run or return that phone call from your long-lost friend ”” or read a chapter in that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months. Taking time after work to complete recreational and personal tasks gives more work-life separation and reconnects you with the people that matter most.