Crucible

Crucible: a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.

In the midst of challenging situations and times, do your thoughts turn to the possibility that a crucible is happening and will create something new? It could be helpful to do so. When you experience challenges, it is natural to focus on the difficulties you are experiencing – they are real. However, you benefit from developing the practice of looking at situations from various angles, crucibles being one of them. Doing so, allows you to open your mind to other possibilities and to weather crises more evenly.

Next time you face a severe challenge, try looking at the possibility that it is a crucible that will lead to something new.

 

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Imagine

It’s a plus to employ your imagination every once in awhile. Yes, you can use it for tasks and projects, however consider letting your imagination lead. How? By setting aside time to imagine your life and work and what they can be. Doing this gets you out of your every day existence into the realm of possibility.

Try, once a week, taking an “imagine break”. Let your mind run free. It may just lead you to a life you have never before imagined. ☺

 

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10 Ways Of Living Dangerously In Your Career

1. Not paying attention

2. Failing to understand the culture of your organization

3. Having a poor relationship with time

4. Becoming resentful

5. Not sharpening your skills

6. Getting tired and out of balance

7. Not thinking ahead

8. Failing to see signs that something is wrong

9. Missing deadlines

10. Thinking it’s okay if you are unhappy

 

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What’s Repeating?

Observing what is occurring in your life can yield results. Put yourself in a place of witness. Is there anything that has been repeating in your life that you would like to be gone? Perhaps you keep encountering a certain type of difficult personality, you keep getting assigned projects that do not reflect your strengths, you find yourself disappointed or discouraged often or you cannot get where you want to go, no matter what you do.

When things are repeating in your life, something may be asking for your attention. Ask yourself why these repeats are happening, what you are doing to contribute to them and what can you do to change the situation. Often, by addressing repeats, they will soon be gone. It is when they are not noticed, or they are ignored, that they stay around.

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Your Starring Role

Yes, you are the center of your universe. Acknowledging this is not selfish or self-centered. It is logical. You are the only person who is under your own control. You determine your perceptions, responses and actions. You are worth your own attention.

When you acknowledge your starring role, you can create the life you want to live, while completely honoring your values. You can have a positive impact in the world and on the lives of others.

 

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Through Illusions

Illusion – a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses; a deceptive appearance or impression; a false idea or belief.

Illusions are not just present in magic shows. Illusions are something we all can have and they can be dangerous. Many kinds of illusions are possible, for example, that you think you are indispensible when you are not, that you have good relationships when the agendas of others are hidden; that you “have to” do something because there is no alternative.

Do you have any illusions about your career or work? The problem is that illusions are sometimes hard to recognize. One way to identify them is to develop a sense of reality when looking at situations. Focus on what you have evidence of, not the way you would like something to be.

It is in your best interest to move through illusions and progress in the world knowing it for what it is.

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Looking A Problem In Its Face

There are times in all careers when problems arise. These problems can create stress, anxiety and worry. What is your first response or reaction when a problem arises? Do you address it or avoid it? Your response to a problem can greatly influence how you experience it. Looking a problem in its face can serve you well. In most situations, action by you is needed to make a problem go away.

You may naturally recoil at first from looking a problem in its face. Doing so is difficult, uncomfortable and you don’t know what the outcome will be. However, facing a problem is the start of getting rid of it. Mustering courage to face a problem serves you well. Be strategic and before you know it, the problem will go away thanks to action taken by you.

 

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Reaching

How far are you reaching now to advance your career? Reaching puts you ahead of the crowd, gets you beyond the status quo and keeps you growing. There are many ways to reach. Here are a few:

• Identify a skill that can use improving and take a class, find a mentor or employ another way to improve that skill.
• Identify a career goal that stretches you and go for it.
• Ask someone you trust what he or she thinks you can improve relating to your emotional intelligence and work to do so.
• Pick a personal goal that stretches you and go for it. For example, running a marathon or entering a speech contest. Personal improvement has a positive effect on work performance.

Reaching serves you. Find something to reach for in the next month and be the best you can be!

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How Are You Doing?

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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Using A Change Of Season As A Marker

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.

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