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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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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Being busy seems to be a badge of honor these days. This is worth examining. Staying busy because it looks good does not have much merit. What matters is accomplishing what you set out to do, being efficient and staying out of overwhelm.
Working harder is not the only key to success. It may be a part of it, but equally important are having the skills you need, maintaining stamina by staying balanced and being smart about the goals you set.
This month, take a look at how busy you are. Are you productive? Are you getting where you want to go? Are you performing at your maximum? Being busy is not an end in itself. Nor is it a badge of honor. If you need to, let being busy go.
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• 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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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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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.
As you read this post, take a moment to assess how well you are focusing today. Are you tackling your top priorities? Are you instead focusing on lesser priorities or allowing yourself to be distracted?
Focus is a present-moment pursuit. It requires your attention and awareness – first, to identify your priorities and then, to stick to them. Keep your focus strong each day and you’ll find yourself moving forward.
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Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
• Since the start of the year, have you been fulfilled in your work?
• What types of emotions have dominated your time at work?
• Have you been appreciated and challenged in your work?
• Is there something you want to change regarding your work?
Being proactive and keeping yourself going in a direction of your choosing prevents your being a victim of circumstance. Be an advocate for your best interests and you will get where you want to be.
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Sometimes, staying right where you are is the best thing to do. Life and work can keep you moving, extending your reach and setting new goals – endlessly. However, there are times when staying in motion can create problems and, actually, keep you from where you want to go.
Here are some times when staying in place may be to your advantage:
- Your energy is low and you are not functioning at high capacity. You need a rest.
- There are obstacles in the way of getting where you want to be and you are not clear how to overcome them.
- You have other priorities that take precedence.
- You need a strategy to get there successfully and do not have one.
- There are benefits to derive from staying where you are.
Always “going” is not a balanced circumstance. Staying in place, when the time is right, can help get you where you want to be.
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