Once you have identified a goal, the first significant step you can take towards achieving it is to create momentum. Without movement, your goal is dormant and very little can happen. With movement, you and your goal are energized.
How you create momentum is up to you. Some ways to create momentum are: to build accountability by telling others of your goal and by when you plan to achieve it, to develop a plan and timeline, to get the support and resources you need or to find a way to challenge and reward yourself.
Movement brings you forward. That is where achievement of your goal lies and where you need to go.
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In my last post I wrote about the source of your negativity and looking below the surface for its roots. The source of your positive thinking, in contrast, is self-generated by you. Staying positive in a chaotic and challenging world takes effort.
You can cultivate a positive attitude by doing and thinking in positive ways. Examples of sources of positive doing and thinking can be: being with people who “lift you up”, listening to music that inspires you, doing things that give you joy, finding positive reasons why you live and work the way you do, staying away from negative influences, developing ways to counteract your own negativity when it arises and committing to maintaining a positive attitude
What are the sources of your positivity?
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Negativity creeps into all lives every once in awhile. Are you experiencing negativity in your work now? If you are, or if you do in the future, it behooves you to look below the surface and expose its roots. Only by doing this can you rid yourself of it.
Sources of negativity can be many things. They can be connected to your emotions, perceptions, real or imagined events, fears or a disconnection. Once you identify the source of negativity you can address it directly. In doing so, you can keep your center and not allow negativity to get out of control. Negativity is subjective. Find its source and let it go.
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Many of us want to be appreciated for our work and talents. Do you feel appreciated by those you work with and for? This is not limited to a yes or no answer. There are more things to look at here:
• The reasons appreciation matters or does not matter to you.
• How you want appreciation expressed – possibly in words, action, money.
• What you want to be appreciated for.
• Whether you feel you deserve appreciation.
• How your organization’s culture shows appreciation.
Your emotions and mindset can play a part in this, either positively or negatively. Getting clear on how you want appreciation expressed and what’s possible in your organization can go a long way in avoiding the quicksand of feeling unappreciated. Find a way to reach clarity on both what you want and if your organization is willing to or can give that to you.
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Life is not static. It goes at many speeds, during different times. Are you in action right now? Is your current speed right for you?
Match your speed to your intentions and your productivity will increase.
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To understand energy in the workplace is to know the forces that underlie how people act and interact. Energy is the effect you experience from individuals you encounter and the effect they experience from you.
How can you understand energy in your life and work? A first step is developing your awareness of energy. Observe how energy is used by you and by others you encounter. Trust your instincts regarding what is happening in a situation. What is the energy of other players in the situation? How is their energy affecting the situation? What is needed to have your desired outcome? How is the energy “dynamic” impeding or aiding this outcome? What does an outcome tell you? Observe how a powerful person walks in the world. How does this person interact with people? How do their interactions with people affect others? How do they affect you? How do they use words? How do they carry their body? And how do they use their understanding of energy to get what they want?
Energy underlies all that happens in our world. Ignore it at your peril. Understand it, and you will have a significant advantage as you navigate your life and work.
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Collaboration is not the easiest means of managing and decision-making. However, it is the most effective. The best collaborations give all members a full seat at the table. Each person’s voice is heard and respected, disagreements are fully aired and considered and when decisions are made, they are made for the betterment of the collaboration, not just of one or more individuals.
This model can work. People, generally, are reasonable and rational and know that not every decision can go in their favor. It may take a bit more time and patience, but it is worth it. Trouble comes in when organizations go hierarchical and dictatorial in their decision-making. Or, when a sub-group, such as younger people, is disregarded. Some feel that because young people do not have the years of experience that older members have, they do not need to be listened to. They should have a full seat at the table and be valued for the unique insight, fresh ideas and enthusiasm they bring to a group.
Next time you are collaborating, give each team member a full seat at the table. You will reap the benefits of better decision-making, happier team members and creative and long-lasting results.
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1. Commit to being happy in your life and work
2. Think back on your life and name 3 things you once loved to do
3. Explore and try new things
4. Talk to others, who you think are doing fun things, about their passions
5. Talk to others who are living and working in a way you would like to be
6. After these talks, use what you learned from them and take some action
7. Take one day, or part of a day, a month to enjoy yourself – see if what you do gives you any clues to your passion
8. Learn about The Hero’s Journey and see your own life as one
9. Get out of situations and relationships that are negative for you
10. Believe that finding your passion is possible
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Many people have told me that the concept of “finding your passion” stops them in their tracks. It seems so big and they are not sure how to get there.
Finding your passion starts with your intent to be happy in your work and life. If you follow what makes you happy, you will have a great compass to guide you. It is a step-by-step journey of uncovering clues as you go along. The only thing that can sabotage you is giving up.
If you have not yet found your passion, make your happiness and fulfillment a priority. Commit not to being miserable in your life or work. And, be willing to change. You may have to go out of your comfort zone and it may take some time – it’s worth it.
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Sometimes, it is hard to let go. Here are 5 things that can tell you it is time to leave.
1. You have seen a shift in your attitude or mood that indicates a situation is not working for you.
2. You lose your optimism and enthusiasm about life.
3. You are being disrespected or are forced to act out of integrity.
4. You do not like the people you are spending your time with (in fact, you can’t stand them).
5. Your dreams of happiness are always somewhere other than where you are now.
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