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Overcoming challenges, obstacles and hurdles at work isn't easy.

By Barbara May

Here's the scoop

Workplaces are full of potential stumbling blocks: difficult people, awkward situations, conflict with co-workers, and even staying in a job you don't like.

You can overcome these issues. Consider these practical tips for getting past the top 5 stumbling blocks at work.

Stumbling Block No. 1: Letting setbacks break your stride

Everyone stumbles and falls. To pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on, you must:

• Don't beat yourself up if you stumble or fall.

• Take a realistic view of the situation.

• Remember that the mistake is yours to fix and fix it.

Stumbling Block No. 2: Living life in the rearview mirror

Don't get stuck living in the rearview mirror. To learn from your mistakes, regroup, and then get going again with renewed speed, conviction and confidence, you must:

• Remember that others may see the situation differently.

• Let go of what you don't control.

• Talk about your concerns with someone you trust.

Stumbling Block No. 3: Minding other people's business

It's good to care about and respect people around you. But don't let it interfere with your work. To avoid this stumbling block:

• Set boundaries and respect other people's privacy.

• Speak positively about others and your organization.

• Don't blame others when things go wrong.

Stumbling Block No. 4: Going head to head with your boss

It's a fight you can't win, and it's an approach that kills your career options. To avoid falling into a career death spiral:

• Listen carefully without becoming defensive.

• Disagree without being disagreeable.

• Be willing to explore new options and approaches.

Stumbling Block No. 5: Staying in a job you don't like

Every job has bad days or rough periods, and you may spend time working mainly to make ends meet. But in the best job scenario, you'll love at least something about the work, if not the whole job.

• Focus on the tasks you enjoy.

• Spend time with customers and co-workers.

• Attend a workshop and practice your newly aquired skills.


About Barbara May

Barbara May has spent a life-time knowing how to get up after a fall. But she figures doing that and getting a laugh at the same time is a lot more fun. She has been a national-level gymnast, won awards as an athletic coach, hosted ACCESS Television's "May We Talk?" and joked her way into the Guinness World Records.

If you're looking for a fun, informative and highly interactive team building seminar for your upcoming meeting, conference or special event call Barbara May. She'll help your team work together, steadily improve your performance, be motivated, stay with the company, and grow as leaders. And, most importantly, get past your stumbling blocks.

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