3) Staying focused on work.
The difference between good workers and great ones is often that the great ones are able to stay productive even when they don’t feel like it. When the good worker’s eyes begin to glaze over and they’re taking a break to go chat at the water cooler, the great workers stay on task. A lot of that comes from the different messages they’re giving themselves. Is it “I’m tired” or “I’m really leaving it all on the table”? Is it “I could really use a break” or is it “All right, now it’s really time to push”? Is it “I wish I could do something else” or “I love pushing myself to the limit”? Saying those things once or twice probably won’t have much of an impact, but when they become your habitual responses, it’ll turn you into a work horse who can keep trotting long after everyone else has been “rode hard and put away wet.”