I have been recently evaluating my work related skill level and trying to assess how many things I can attach the word “Proficient” in my Resume. It is a funny word to me as I think it has many boundaries that are defined personally by each person who uses it. Defined by Webster, it means well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge. Synonyms include: accomplished, ace, adept, complete, crackerjack, educated, experienced, expert, good, great, master, practiced, professed, skilled, versed…..which kind of adds to more confusion of how to determine the measurement of someone’s skills that has included the word. It seems if I say I am proficient in typing that I could be anywhere from just a good typist to a master typist….pretty big gap I think.
What I realized in trying to determine my own skill level as well as determine its meaning is that when it is used, it is really about someone trying to feel and project confidence about what they do. Let’s talk about what we can do to feel “Proficient” in all the things we do and also helps others feel the same.
Monday Gets Confident
I think our confidence level rules so many things about us. Our feelings can be elevated to new heights of accomplishment or we can sink to such pits that we don’t feel we are competent at anything. Sometimes, it even fluctuates in a matter of moments. We can be feeling really good about a job we completed at work; and suddenly, a co-worker or manager comes in and points out all the negative points and our confidence goes flying out the window! Words are powerful tools and can sometimes be harmful. I guess it is one of those human nature things that we sometimes open our mouths without thinking through what we allow to pour out. I know that constructive criticism is needed at times, but it is important to give an unbiased judgment by indicating all the good stuff too. It will go a long way in helping a person feel really great about what they contributed to the task at hand. It also encourages us to make improvements and increase our level of “Proficiency”.
This not only applies in the workplace, but also in our personal lives as well. Children need lots of guidance in their lives to do things correctly; but they also need to know that they are not doing everything wrong. Spouses, friends, even our parents need that little bit of applause from time to time for daily routine tasks that might become mundane and also resented if they are not from time to time given at least a few moments of appreciation.
When was the last time you told your child how beautiful they were or maybe how proud you were of them that they could now make their own breakfast or even that you liked the friends they had chosen? Does your mate make coffee every morning and you stagger to the kitchen to get your caffeine jolt without even acknowledging how delicious it might taste or that it helps you start each day a lot easier? What about when you go to the grocery store, do you thank the person who bags your groceries? Many people every day make our lives a little easier and we just become so accustomed to the tasks being done for us that we forget to even thank them. Wouldn’t it be nice to boost their confidence level and let them know how “proficient” they are at what they do. It only takes a moment and so little effort to do that!!
Are you ready to make a difference today?
Here’s what you do.
Each person that you come in contact, take a moment to find something about them that you can bestow some praise on them.
It doesn’t have to be anything profound…..and EVERYONE has a special thing about them that deserves some applause.
You will know that you have completed your mission when you see a smile come to their face. You might even notice a slight change in their posture as the feeling of confidence straightens their spine.
And Hey! Don’t stop with Monday, do it tomorrow and the next day and every day of the rest of your life.
How better to help people during a time of a struggling economy where we are feeling we have somehow done something horrible to be in such difficult times. We can blame it on the Republicans or the Democrats….whichever party preference you might lean…..but it doesn’t mean we can’t do something to make some changes.
Have a great day!
Let me know what your tally of smiles was today.
Here’s one to start you off.
Thank you for reading my Blog. It puts a smile on my face every time someone leaves a comment or decides to be added to the list of followers. I truly appreciate your support. You Matter!…..and I Matter too!!