When you look in front of you, what do you see for your life? Do you see a narrow path or a path filled with possibilities?
A world of possibilities is always available to you. The key is to be open to them and not put blinders on that block your vision. These blinders can be made of fear, a desire to conform, limiting beliefs and the like.
Take a moment now to think big. Suspend disbelief. Take any blinders off. Make a list of 5 exciting possibilities that lie in front of you. Then, start moving towards one or more of them. You will be in a new land and dreams you have will come into reach.
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It helps to have a sense of where you are heading. What do you want to come next? If you set your aim, you can influence what your next chapter will be. Take a moment now to envision your next chapter. It can be grand or ordinary, long or short term, one step on a ladder or a great leap forward. Find some time to think about what you will do to prepare for and open your next chapter.
Planning works. It creates focus, allows you to dream, requires practicality and gets you moving. You can write your next chapter. Make it a best-seller. ☺
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Every once in a while, you must let it all go. Even if just for a day, let go of your worries, anger, stress, upset and to-do list and make some fun. When you return to your life, you will have created a shift in perspective and be more relaxed and positive.
Getting out of your box and having fun are necessary for your balance and productivity. When will you have some fun and let it all go? And then….. when will you do it again?
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How do you handle disruptions? Do what you can to prevent them, but they will happen. When disruptions occur, you have a choice in how you respond. You can deny they are happening (futilely), get present and figure out how to handle them, let your emotions take over, walk away or do something that lets them work to your benefit.
Whatever response you choose, there are consequences. Accept that disruptions are part of life and keep them from getting the better of you. That way, your work continues to flow and you may be able to work disruptions in your favor.
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It is good to be self-aware and to know your strengths. What do you think is your best skill – communication and interpersonal relationships, leadership, specific technical or operating ability, sales, management, organizing?
When you know your strengths (and weaknesses) you can address your weaknesses and build on your strengths. It helps you set your career direction and to find the best fit for you.
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Drifting does not have much aim. Sometimes, you can drift without realizing that you are doing so. The danger is that you may drift into something dangerous and end up surprised and unprepared.
How does this happen? It happens when you are not fully in the present moment, lose focus, are overwhelmed or “check out” because you do not want to face something. So, you go along unconsciously and lose touch with what is happening around you.
Try not to drift in this way. It does you no good and rather than relaxing you, leaves you unaware and vulnerable. Have you drifted lately? Is it time to take aim again?
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Many times, a sense of entitlement is seen as a negative thing. What if you developed a sense of entitlement that allowed you to find fulfillment in your work? What would it look like? Your sense of entitlement would come from a commitment to give your best to your work by developing your skills, using your talents and maintaining high productivity for the betterment of your organization. In return you would be valued, treated with respect, challenged to grow and acknowledged. This way, the work gets done and everyone plays their part.
Any downside to this? I don’t think so. It corrects an imbalance in many organizations that undervalue people and corrects a negative sense of entitlement on the part of workers who are not giving their best. Everyone wins.
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Wouldn’t it be great if your workplace were composed of kindred spirits? Sometimes you get lucky and your co-workers are compatible with your values and ways of working. Other times, kindred spirits are few and far between. When that is the case, the stage is set for dysfunction, judgment, conflict and dissatisfaction. It doesn’t have to be that way. Difference, variety and opposition can all make for a creative and high-performing organization. The key is to create an environment where each person can communicate and thrive.
What are the elements of such a workplace? Here are some. I’m sure you can identify others. Just think of what you need to communicate and thrive.
• Demonstrated respect for each person and their views
• Established methods for effective communication when there are disagreements or differences of opinion
• Acceptance and valuing of diversity
• Enough space for each person to contribute their best work
• Understanding that people need different environments, acknowledgement and resources to thrive
So, if you are leading or part of a team that is not composed of kindred spirits, celebrate the opportunities before you and create a workplace that encourages high performance and work satisfaction.
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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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