Living Dangerously

Living dangerously can be viewed in both positive and negative ways. You don’t want to put yourself deliberately in danger, agreed. However, sometimes you can perceive risk as danger and, in doing so, hold yourself back. Understanding that there may be some danger in taking a career risk is a way to get started. When you acknowledge the presence of danger you can plan for it and prepare yourself, in the event things go wrong.

Total safety is an illusion. The presence of a little danger can mean that by taking a risk you can reap a big reward. Allow yourself to live a bit dangerously as you propel your career forward. It will bring you adventure, knowledge, courage and, many times, good results.

 

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What Can You Light A Fire Under?

Do you know the phrase “light a fire under it”? It refers to getting something going fast. Lighting a fire can be called for when something you are doing is in crisis or there is great urgency. However, you can light a fire without a crisis or great urgency and doing so, can serve you well.

If there is something you want to get done, but haven’t gotten to or something you can do that will advance your goals in a major way, why not light a fire under it? You could set your own deadline, start moving on it now or otherwise get in action.

Is there something you’ve been wanting to do or complete? Try lighting a fire under it. You’ll be glad that you did.

 

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Winning Alone

Our culture reveres winning. Not a bad thing if winning is done fairly and well. However, winning alone has become a common pursuit. We have to go back to core societal values of truth, mutual respect, ethics and the greater good. Winning alone has its problems. It does not have to be based in facts, ends are more important than means and the desired outcome is self-serving.

When a culture reveres winning alone, winning is pursued at all costs. It harms societies and the organizations we work in – people are harmed, truth is not revealed and future actions and perceptions are often based on falsities.

What do you think about winning alone?’

 

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Keeping Your Skills Top-Notch

Good skills training is provided by many organizations. Usually, training is in the form of courses presented over several days, in-depth online courses or in-house training. Keeping your skills up with the training your organization provides or training that you seek out as an entrepreneur advances your career.

There is another level to this, however. Efficient, self-directed training enhances your skills and keeps them top-notch. I take training courses offered by thought leaders I resonate, with, organizations that are expert in marketing services and coaching and customer service organizations. I know where my skills need polishing and keep an eye out for courses that will help me do so. Have you heard of Skillshare? They offer over 15,000 free and low-cost classes in a variety of topics including business, technology and design. I like their approach. They are creative, efficient and expansive. Lynda.com is another site that you may already know of. This site offers over 5,000 courses in software, business, design, technology and other areas. If you want to learn or advance in using a certain software, they are particularly good for that.

It’s not just about keeping up the skills you need in your current job. Allow yourself to take some training courses relating to your interests and passions. They spark ideas, develop new skills and can advance your career in ways you may not now imagine.

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How Are World Events Affecting Your Workplace?

You do not work in an isolated bubble, do you? The world that surrounds you has influence and impact on your workplace. Currently, there is a lot of change, uncertainty and even chaos in the outside world. How is this affecting your workplace and you?

There is value in putting some focus on this. What’s going on in the outside world is being felt by nearly everyone. In the workplace, this can impact productivity, balance, emotions and interrelationships. Take some time to assess how your workplace is responding and reacting to the outside world right now. Address what you see and find ways to keep your team together and thriving through it all.

 

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Your 2016 Finish Line

finishjarmolukpixabay2016 will come to end in several weeks. Where do you want to be as you cross your 2016 finish line? Think of the goals and intentions you had for this year. Have you fulfilled them? What can you do between now and the end of the year to create a fabulous finish to 2016?

Remember the power of focus and intention. Move into 2017 in the best way possible!

 

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When Ego Gets In The Way

egojohnhainpixabayMy guess is that you have seen others let their ego get the best of them, with negative results. Are you aware of any hold that your ego may have on you? Do you misstep due to pride, insecurity, need for approval or other attitudes?

Your ego is created by the experiences you have in life and lifts out of your subconscious mind. Sure, ego has positive aspects when kept in check – self-esteem, self-confidence. But here I am referencing ego’s harmful aspects that skew your responses, based on past negative experiences. The ego may act from a protective place, thinking you are still a child and need its protection from the big, bad world. That is not the case. You are an adult and able to find your own way.

Make some effort to understand yourself, your perspectives and your motivations. It is well worthwhile. Develop a healthy ego, so that your best self shines.

 

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Drifting

driftbluesnappixabayDrifting 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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Creating Momentum

momentumpdphotospixabayOnce 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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Are You Sitting On The Sidelines?

sidelinesdpropppixabaySometimes it is hard to jump right in. You may have stepped back to the sidelines of your career for a good reason at one time – a bad experience, fear, need for a rest or confusion about your next step. Then, it got comfortable being there.

The problem is that you cannot move forward from the sidelines. You must act. At a certain point your career starts to go backwards without action. In order to change things, you can take a leap or a small step. Either will get you moving.

Being on the sidelines can get boring and really, it gets you nowhere. If you find yourself on the sidelines, do whatever you can to get moving again. Great things await you!

 

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