It is worthwhile periodically to assess where you are and where you are going. How are you doing right now? Are your life and work going in the direction you want them to be going in? Are things going well or are there aspects that could be better?
Take a moment today to look at your life and work in terms of being where you want to be. Make any course corrections you need to. You are the navigator of your life, no one else is. Steer your ship where you want it to go.
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In the northern hemisphere, spring is here. In the southern hemisphere, it is autumn. Seasons are clear markers of change in our lives. How can you use this change of season to your advantage? Here are a few questions to get you started:
• Is there a change you have wanted to make that you can get started on now?
• Is there something in your life or work that you want to let go of?
• Is there something you want to bring into your life or work that you can get started on now?
• What does this change in season mean or represent to you?
Using a change in season as a marker is a way to keep your life and career moving forward. Make the most of this change in season to transform your life and work in the same way nature transforms itself each season.
Sometimes, you must stand up for yourself or risk getting run over. Discerning when to stand up and when you can let something slide is an important skill to cultivate. Here are some things to consider when you are deciding whether or not to stand up for yourself:
• Where do your interests lie in the situation? Is it important to protect them?
• Who or what is creating this situation? Are they or it trying to harm you in any way?
• Is there a reason to let this slide that outweighs your self-interest? (For example, a greater benefit to you or a consequence that can harm you)
• Is fear involved?
• What are you “saying” to others by either standing up or not doing so?
Standing up for yourself can be a powerful act. Do it wisely when it is in your interest to do so.
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It is best to let go of things that no longer serve you. In doing so, you make room for the new to come in and eliminate something that is doing you no good. In many instances, you have time to let go. Other times, you have let something stay around too long and it must be let go of now.
Is there anything in your life that you need to let go of now? Perhaps it is a bad habit that is harming you, a relationship that drains you or something that is holding you back in a big way. Heed the urgency. There is no sense in putting it off any longer. Be rid of it and create the life you want to live.
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There is a lot of tension in the world today that may be affecting you. You may feel you want to hide from it, are caught by it or have had enough of it. Humor is a way of countering tension that almost always works. Seek humor when it all gets to be too much.
There are a myriad of ways to seek humor. You can watch or listen to something you find humorous. You can let yourself enjoy the humor created by others regarding what is happening in our world. You can create your own humor that lets you release tension when you want to.
If tension gets to be too much, it harms you. It can turn into fear, negatively affect your health or make your life imbalanced. Let humor shift your perspective. It really is a gift you can give yourself.
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As you read this post, take a moment to assess how well you are focusing today. Are you tackling your top priorities? Are you instead focusing on lesser priorities or allowing yourself to be distracted?
Focus is a present-moment pursuit. It requires your attention and awareness – first, to identify your priorities and then, to stick to them. Keep your focus strong each day and you’ll find yourself moving forward.
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Sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy. One example is when you consciously and intentionally distract yourself from situations and tasks that need to get handled. You can do this when you really do not want to do something, you can’t get yourself to focus or stress or overwhelm is getting the better of you. Intentional distraction does not serve you. It only delays the inevitable and can create complications that you can do without.
Be aware of when you are distracting yourself by learning to recognize when you are being distracted and what is causing your distraction. When you are the cause, find a way to bring yourself back to center and remind yourself of why what you have to do must get done. Intentional distraction is a fool’s errand. It may keep you from something for a while, but ultimately slows you down and the situation and task is still there waiting for your attention.
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I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep, about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.
Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.
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Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.
1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.
2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.
3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.
4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.
5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.
6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.
7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.
8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.
9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.
10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.
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At various times in life, you can find yourself starting over. It may be of your own choosing, accompanied by excitement for the change or it may be not of your choosing, accompanied by some fear or unease. Whatever the situation, starting over is starting over and it is best to make the most of it.
Here are a few ways to approach a situation where you are starting over:
• Identify both the promise and the peril of your situation in a realistic manner so that your perspective is grounded and factual.
• Decide what you need to begin – Support? New skills? A certain attitude? Allies?
• Have a plan.
• Keep your mind open and observe the realities of your new situation.
• Accept that there is an element of the unknown in starting over.
• Do your best and strive for excellence in whatever you do.
“What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.” – Billy Crystal
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