4 ways envy can make a better professional out of you

Don’t let envy get the better of you, make it work for you. (Rawpixel pic)

Have you ever felt envious of someone at work? But immediately felt bad and tried to move past the unnecessary feeling?

Yup, we’ve all been through that stage at some point while busy climbing up our career ladder.

Although you should never let feelings of envy consume you and affect how you treat another person, it’s important to note that some degree of envy can be good for your career development.

Envy is often deemed shameful and unnecessary, but it is also a type of superpower that leads to impactful decision-making and helps you make better choices.

Thus whenever you feel envy slowly kicking in, think of it as a sign that you need to improve on the things that you are lacking.

1. It’s okay to admit it

Once you can identify where the bitter pangs of envy are coming from, admitting it will likely decrease your stress and help you choose how to respond to those feelings in the first place.

As you’re working to come to terms with it, it is best to try to make sense of the situation, rather than dwell on the negative feelings.

Use your envy to think about how you can be better or as good as the other person. (Rawpixel pic)

2. Seek the truth

You tend to compare yourself to others. Hence, seeking the truth by identifying the cause of your envy is one way you can use those feelings to thrive at work.

What does your colleague have that you wish you had? Did your colleague just receive the promotion you were silently hoping for? Is he well-respected in the company? Is his salary higher than yours when both of you have the same job responsibilities?

3. Execute a plan

Once you’ve identified the root cause of your envy, devise a plan and start taking action. How you ask?

Think of taking extra classes to enhance your skills even further, or ask the person you’re envious of to be your mentor instead.

Whatever it is, go and make it happen.

4. Practise gratitude

After doing everything you possibly can, it may be time for a quick “pick me up” session.

If you feel like envy is consuming your entire positive being, do some self-reflecting and find at least three things that you’re grateful for.

Remember that someone else would kill for all the opportunities and the good things that you have.

So take a breather, do some self-credit and turn unnecessary envy into something worthy for you to thrive at work.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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