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The Business Analyst's Motivational Handbook

I decided to mix things up a bit and publish something a bit different.

The goal of this post is to provide you, the business analyst, with some motivation. I know times can be tough and we all need a boost every now and then.

Bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you feel down and need a boost.

The Business Analyst's Motivational Handbook

I'm a business analyst.

I'm a specialist.

I specialize in finding things which are hard to find. I am this companies eyes and ears and serve an important function.

Even though my manager pisses me off sometimes, I recognize that he is under a lot of stress and is human. We all make mistakes.

I think back to 6 months ago and remember how I lacked confidence. I'm now the master of my domain and everyone can see that.

"We need more support; we need more analysts". I feel I've been saying this for a long time and no one is listening. I remind myself that everyone is under pressure and resources are tight. I'm not special in this regard and need to accept the situation as it is and make the best of it.

I'm strong enough to know that at any point I can jump ship and move onto a new challenge.

I'm really proud of my new dashboard. I put my heart into it and I'm proud.

That ungrateful manager doesn't phase me. His cold words go around me like water around a stone in the middle of a river.

I accept that during my career I will interact with all kinds of individuals. Some will be remembered, but most will be forgotten.

I remember that I'm part of a team. I want to help push my team forward. I have a lot I can give and know I can do more.

I remember back to that critical analysis I ran for the CEO. My insights have helped the company close hundreds of thousands of dollars in new deals. That is power.

I'm happy where I am but I need to look forward. I want to learn more. I want to grow. My manager has his hands tied so it is up to me to do what's best for me. I have a game plan.

I'm going to request half a day a week which I can use to learn and grow. I'm going to use this time to teach myself new skills. If my manager can't meet me half way then he needs to know that it's important he find a solution.

"If I'm not moving forward, I'm moving backwards".

I remind myself that when times get tough that this is just a job and I must keep things in perspective. Everyone is in the same boat and my complaints aren't unique. I realize it's best to keep things under control and be a rock. I want to set an example which others can follow.

As a business analyst I live by certain principles.

Some of my favorite are:

  • “In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
  • I serve the company, not one team or individual.
  • I'm a mouthpiece for the data. I won't allow myself to be biased. I'm a scientist.
  • Logic and reason over emotions and feelings.
  • I pick my words carefully since I represent the single source of truth for the organization.

I love what I do. What looks like work to you, is play for me.

I'm a specialist.

I'm a business analyst.

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