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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Many people use the seasons as markers for their lives and goals. It is not too long now until we are at summer’s end in the northern hemisphere and winter’s end in the southern hemisphere. How has this season been for you? Did you have any goals or intentions at the start of the season? How are you doing with them?
There is still time to look carefully at how you have moved forward this season. If you are happy with where you are, pat yourself on the back and challenge yourself to go a little further. If you are not where you wanted to be by now, get in gear – there is still time.
As the new season approaches, decide if you want to use it as a marker. You can set some goals and intentions for how you want the season to be and what you want to accomplish by season’s end. Get in sync with the seasons. My guess is you won’t be disappointed!
In my last blog post, Shifting Perspective I wrote of how your perspective influences the way you see situations and the power that lies in shifting your perspective. There’s another facet in this that involves proactively creating a new perspective. Doing so allows you to handle a situation in a positive way. Say that you find yourself caught in a difficult interaction or are feeling down about your current situation. You don’t want to stay there. One way to get moving is to create a perspective that motivates and encourages you.
How do you create a fresh perspective? Start to see the positives in the situation – for example, a lesson the situation is teaching you, the negatives the situation reveals that you can now begin to change or the truth that the situation exposes. Once you identify the positives, change your perspective accordingly and act from there. With a fresh perspective, you can tackle the toughest situations successfully.
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Sometimes, you forget to let your past inform your present actions, attitudes and decisions. Do so, however, at your peril. Why? Because hard lessons learned in the past can help you now, reasons for past wins have a lot of value for you and repeating mistakes from the past does you no good.
What are some of the significant learnings from your past that can inform you now?
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What do you need to feel good about yourself and your career? By asking what makes you whole, I am referring to what makes you feel good and on top of your game.
There are plenty of things that can take parts of yourself away from you – disappointments, failures, difficult people. But these things do not have to have lasting effects. If you know what makes you whole, you can – in the face of losing a part of yourself or your confidence – do what you need to and make yourself whole again.
What makes you whole is being true to the essence of who you are and what you desire. Know what makes you whole and you can’t go wrong.
What are the things that make you whole and happy?
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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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. ☺
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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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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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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