Entering week 5 of my internship seems surreal, the time has completely flown by! As I have progressed through this journey over the last few weeks I have become aware of some very important things. I have developed a “morning mantra” of sorts. I like to call it being “FAMEous.” Now, before you think I’m telling you how to become an overnight YouTube sensation, let me explain what I mean.
I will admit, I have always struggled with being flexible. I am the type of person who plans things far in advance and very rarely deviates from that plan. But, as I’ve learned time and time again, being flexible is one of the most important traits any successful person can posses. Change is inevitable, and not everything will always go according to plan- especially in the retail industry! You have to be willing to think creatively, try plan A, B, C and sometimes even Z! So, I try and start every day with a plan, but also an understanding that if I need to adjust as I go through the day, that is okay.
Ever heard that saying, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”? Well, it’s 100% true. Be yourself, whoever that may be, and be proud to be you. This summer has helped me be more self-aware and has proved to be a great opportunity for personal and professional development. For example, my fellow intern, Omar, said to me the other day on one of our car rides to work, “You talk too much.” And he’s right, I could talk incessantly about anything, it’s just part of who I am; but it was a great reminder to be more self-aware. This summer has taught me some very valuable (and sometimes hard) lessons, but it’s also reminded me of how important it is to be 100% confident and happy with who I am.
Nobody wants to work for or with someone who constantly has to be told what to do. A key to being a great manager is to be self-motivated and motivational. People will work much harder for someone who can inspire them to be better employees and people. I’ll admit, sometimes staying motivated can be hard for me; I’ll have a million ideas in my head and seemingly no energy to start them. This is where my knack for list making comes in handy. I’ll write down all of my “to-do’s” and check them off as I achieve them. I’ve found that as long as I can check things off my list, I stay motivated to complete them. Motivation means different things to different people, but at its core it’s just finding the strength within yourself to accomplish something without being told to do so. So find what motivates you and start checking off your to-do list!
Work can definitely be stressful, but starting the day on a positive and upbeat note helps set the stage for my entire day. I truly enjoy coming to work each day at Macy’s, so it isn’t hard for me to smile and have fun all day. At a recent work meeting, one of my coworkers shared that he takes time each day to write down what he is thankful for. He expressed that this helps him start his day with a grateful and positive attitude. I’ve started doing this too and have found that it truly does start the day off on an awesome note! A personal goal for me is to work on always being an energy giver instead of taker. It’s easy to let negative thoughts cloud our minds, but spreading positive energy and thoughts accomplishes so much more!
I have found these four factors to be very important for me as I’ve gone through my internship so far. I think it’s important to start each day on a positive and hardworking note, because I believe that this affects the performance of the entire team. I created the acronym “FAMEous” to remind myself of these when I start to feel a little overwhelmed. I think it has set the tone for my internship and has allowed me to face each day ready to tackle anything!
Please note: the views expressed in this blog are that of my own and do not reflect those of my internship sponsor.
I am a senior at The University of Arizona studying Retailing and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. I am also a coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Peer Mentor program. This summer I am a store management intern with Macy’s at the Biltmore Fashion Park in sunny Phoenix. When I’m not at home with my dachshunds, you can find me daydreaming about the beach or waiting in line at the nearest Starbucks for a trenta peach green tea.