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6 Phrases to Help You Get Ahead at Work

When we look at our own lives and careers it’s important to always think about what’s next. Avoiding that dreaded idea of boredom or complacency is so key to keeping things interesting. Sometimes we get stuck in jobs for a while where we become rather comfortable – and in some cases – too comfortable. Meaning, we don’t actually continue to strive for more. So rather than simply accepting the current state of what is, how about finding ways to incorporate ways of getting ahead into your day to day.

How about learning how to keep yourself on your toes? No matter where you’re at in your career, you can always learn more, be more and even push yourself to strive more. And, sometimes it’s as simple as changing your mindset with a few phrases to help you get ahead. Ready to change up your vocab just a bit? Here are six ideas for both how to position yourself for growth and how to showcase your role as a team player.

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6 Phrases to Help You Get Ahead at Work

#1. Career-Centric: A career oriented person who values their career as an important piece of their person. They prioritize their career and job over other parts of their life. This does not mean that they cannot live "balanced" but simply that they might be more of a "workaholic" than others. (via Quora)

#2. How can I help you achieve your goals?: “These words are music to a boss’s ears,” says career coach and author Aaron McDaniels. Asking the boss about his goals and offering assistance is never a bad idea. It shows you’re focusing on more than just yourself, your goals and your duties. (via

#3. No apologies: How many times do you say “I’m sorry” throughout the day? I’m going to need you to stop apologizing. Things happen, work goes on and most of what you find yourself apologizing for isn’t even your fault. Stop being apologetic, because apologizing is a sign of weakness. Save the “I’m sorry” for your family members who will actually appreciate it. (via

#4. Optimistic: An optimistic person expects all the best things to happen. Optimistic people see the best in the world. Here's an optimistic quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” (via

#5. I Recommend: Women are already stereotyped as being the softer sex. So starting a sentence with “I feel,” “I believe” or “I think” is really not the best way to go. It qualifies what you’re saying and devalues the worth of anything that comes afterwards. “I feel” is an emotion, not a fact. For example, “I think we should take this course of action” is weak. Back it up with something: “Based upon the market research, we should take this course of action.” (via

#6. That’s Brilliant: “Brilliant” is much more powerful than “great,” “awesome,” or any of the other adjectives we typically call on to praise someone’s work or concept. Be careful to only use this word when the situation merits it, you don’t want to seem inauthentic. (via

What do you think? Are these phrases you can incorporate into your day-to-day at the office with the ultimate goal of getting ahead in mind?