How taking initiative can increase ambition and expectations

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Taking initiative is having the self-confidence and the willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. In the workplace, it can be the drive and motivation for achieving great success. Showing a strong desire and determination to succeed and continually enhancing professional credentials can increase financial compensation and access to promotions.

To desire achievement or distinction, whether that be power, fame or wealth can be perceived negatively, but it is essentially the focus and pursuit of an individual's goal. The willingness to strive and work hard for its attainment is what turns hope and ambition into action and achievement.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are willing to take the initiative, driven, eager and motivated, likely aiming for, and achieving, a great success. You are highly conscientious and continually raise the bar for those around you, exceeding expectations in the workplace.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not necessarily driven by achieving awards and recognition. You are more relaxed and do not feel pressure to exceed expectations.

To nurture your Initiative:

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Step forward when challenges arise and take charge, take initiative to solve them. Take responsibility and commit yourself and the hard work required to achieve success. Accept that some sacrifice and hard work is necessary to achieve those goals, and is the key to exceeding expectations. Set up regular check-ins with your manager to ensure you continue to expand your skills and stretch your role responsibilities.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you able to keep perspective and focus when at work?
  • Are you willing to take action now and not defer action to the future?
  • Are you curious and eager to overcome challenges?
  • Do you embrace personal growth and career success?
  • Do you exhibit self-sufficiency and responsibility in your role?
  • Are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goals?

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