Do you take notice of the markers in your work? Markers are events or major insights that stand out in your career. Examples of markers may be: a change in the management you report to, reaching a milestone goal in your work, an outstanding achievement, a failure that has impact, a turning point in your thinking or an important change.
Why take notice of markers? They focus you on what is happening and keep you conscious of your path forward. They also allow you to celebrate accomplishments, to be aware of the impacts of change and to learn from disappointments.
Are any markers visible to you now, or visible ahead?
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Sometimes, staying right where you are is the best thing to do. Life and work can keep you moving, extending your reach and setting new goals – endlessly. However, there are times when staying in motion can create problems and, actually, keep you from where you want to go.
Here are some times when staying in place may be to your advantage:
- Your energy is low and you are not functioning at high capacity. You need a rest.
- There are obstacles in the way of getting where you want to be and you are not clear how to overcome them.
- You have other priorities that take precedence.
- You need a strategy to get there successfully and do not have one.
- There are benefits to derive from staying where you are.
Always “going” is not a balanced circumstance. Staying in place, when the time is right, can help get you where you want to be.
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Always, there are multiple ways to view things. Keep this in mind, when you get into a difficult situation. Take a moment and step away. Identify the lens you are looking through and try out other ways of looking at the situation. Stepping back and identifying multiple ways to view a situation allows you to breathe, to innovate and to find your best path forward.
Some see chance and risk as the same thing. However, there can be differences between them. Both chance and risk involve uncertainty and possibility. In the business world today, risk is often calculable, whereas chance is less so. There are concrete and in-depth ways to measure risk before deciding on a course of action. With chance, you measure based on assumptions, with a bit less calculation and certainty.
You can use these concepts of chance and risk to take a look at how you make decisions. When uncertainty exists or all the information you need is not available, do you think things out, consider all factors and calculate risk or do you make assumptions and generally calculate the chances of various outcomes?
The next time you have a decision to make, without certainty of the outcome, will you leave your decision to chance or calculate the risks involved and choose the best course available?
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1. Start the year doing something new that is fun and brings you joy.
2. Pare down your goals and resolutions to what is achievable.
3. Commit to balance during the year.
4. Identify 3 things that no longer serve you and let go of them this month.
5. Create a way or place to retreat from the chaos in the world, when you need to.
6. Plan to do something that will amaze others (and yourself!) in 2017.
7. Forgive yourself for anything that went wrong in 2016.
8. Be honest about what is not working in your life right now and try to fix it.
9. Believe in yourself.
10. Acknowledge your accomplishments in 2016.
A recent New York Times article, France Lets Workers Turn Off, Tune Out and Live Life, tells of a law passed in France that requires companies with more than 50 employees to negotiate a new protocol to ensure that work does not spill into days off or after-work hours. Yes, you read that right!
How often do you disconnect from your work? How do you do it? Is it a complete break or do you never totally leave your work? Disconnecting from work involves your mind, emotions, body and spirit. Far from putting you at a disadvantage, disconnecting revitalizes you, sharpens your mental acuity, centers you and has great benefits for your career.
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There’s a bridge just ahead as 2017 nears.
This bridge offers promise for all of us.
May your walk across this bridge be intentional, steady and filled with the joy of a new beginning.
Happy New Year!
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I remember hearing the phrase “one thing at a time” throughout my childhood. It was a way adults communicated to us that we should not rush. I guess today’s version of the phrase is “fully present in the moment”.
How are you doing in being present to your tasks at work? Do you rush through things or do you focus, as you need to? It may be worthwhile, in this holiday week, to try out doing one thing at a time. It could have some benefits for you and provide you with valuable insights on how to get things done.
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Symbolic acts create insights and movement. As you end this year, is there something you can do to give it meaning? Perhaps you can list your accomplishments or failures, review the significant actions you took this year, note any shifts that occurred for you, complete what you can or move quickly to release things that no longer serve you.
You can ready yourself for 2017 by thinking back on your year and discovering what its meaning has been for you.
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The holidays have arrived. How are you doing? You can control how you experience the holidays this year or you can let them control you and take you on a wild, not so pleasant, ride. Which will it be?
What are three things that you can do today to make the holidays your best ever? Do them and enjoy!
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