After writing my last blog post, Your Past Informing Your Present, I thought about how your present might inform your past. Yes, that’s not the usual way we go; however there is something to it.
If you look at your past actions, attitudes and decisions from the vantage point of now, there’s a good chance you are wiser and more experienced than you were then. Evaluating past actions is a practice of continuous improvement, if you do it well.
You carry your past throughout your life. Why not use it to your advantage? What might you have done differently in the past, if you knew what you know today?
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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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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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Are you feeling tired lately? There are many reasons and ways you can end up tired. There are obvious physical reasons – you are not getting enough sleep, you are pushing your body too far or you are expending more energy than you have. There are other reasons as well – stress is getting the better of you, a difficult situation is draining your energy or you are neglecting balance in your life.
When you are tired, take a moment to determine the cause. Then, you can take action that is appropriate for the situation. If you are physically tired, you can get sleep or replenish yourself physically. If there is another reason, you can do what is needed to replenish your energy and balance.
Best to pay attention. Keep your performance high and respond intelligently when you are tired.
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Before I became a coach one of the key lessons I learned, as manager, was that actions speak louder than words. The organization I worked for had promised, when I was hired, that I would see two title promotions in two years. As I waited for the first one (over a year into my employment) I received an excellent performance appraisal and a raise in salary, but only promises of a title.
I was perplexed for a while. If they were happy with my performance, why wasn’t I seeing the title? There was an assumption there: that hard work and quality were always rewarded. At a certain point, I decided that I would no longer judge my employers by their words, but would judge them by their actions. What a positive shift this was for me! My approach changed. I communicated directly with my employers and I had a much more accurate view of what was going on.
Try this out for yourself. Judge people and situations by actions taken, rather than words. Actions are your best measure – they are real, hold weight and cannot be denied.
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Is there something you could do each day in August to create a positive transformation? What you do can be big or small, easy or difficult – what matters is that you transform an aspect of your life or work by taking one step toward the transformation every day this month.
You may, for example, want to be more organized in your work. Each day you could do something towards that aim – declutter, organize or change a perspective you have. By the end of the month, the result can be that you are there – much more organized than when you started the month. Or, you could focus on transforming your interrelationships at work, creating more balance in your life or building a specific skill.
Will you take this on? Vision the end of this month and how good you may feel having met this challenge. As you begin your challenge, feel free to e mail me and I will hold your intention and cheer you on. You can do this!
Inspiration is a catalyst to high performance and a fulfilling life. When you are inspired you are often at your best – you are “pumped”, engaged, enthusiastic and creative.
What is the source or sources of your inspiration? Here are some questions that may get you started:
• What is your favorite thing to do?
• What brings you joy?
• Can you recall a time when you were inspired?
Take a moment to answer these questions. Now, looking at your answers, identify what you think may be the source or sources of your inspiration.
When you know the source of your inspiration, you can use it to make your life better. It is the source of your creativity and unique voice in the world.
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It is natural to make assumptions about your work and career. However, it serves you to test them, lest you make important decisions based on false or shaky ones. Assumptions about your work and career can relate to the motives of the people you work with, how you think people regard you, what measures your organization uses to assess your performance, the culture of your organization or how good a match your skills are with the mission of your organization.
Ways to test your assumptions include: carefully observing whether the assumptions you have are valid (for example, if the people being rewarded are meeting the performance measures the organization says they are using), carefully observing people’s actions against what you think you know about them or looking honestly at whether your organization is using your skills and talents and rewarding you for them.
Assumptions are risky. Best to ensure that they are tested and true before basing your actions and strategies on them.
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As a coach and writer, a major part of my focus is on building a “platform” – an audience for my work. I build my platform through this blog, my newsletter, having a social media presence, speaking, workshops, writing and coaching. Without a platform, I will not succeed.
Whatever your profession, you have a platform, too. In business, your platform is built by how you function in the work world and may look out on your managers, team, customers or professional network. They are your audience. Your success and effectiveness are reliant on how you interact with them.
It is worthwhile to take a look at and cultivate your platform. If others are watching and can impact your success and effectiveness, best to pay attention to them. How strong is your platform these days?
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Reading moves you forward – it is a means of communication, a way of increasing your knowledge and a way of connecting to the world.
Reading takes time and your time is precious. How much time does reading your emails and other correspondence take for you in a day? Do you try to read way too much, thinking that you must in order to keep up? Do you use reading as a distraction that does not serve you – aimlessly browsing on the web or reading things that you have no need for? Do you make sure you read the things that will keep your career moving forward? Do you give your full attention to what you are reading?
Be aware of your reading habits. Make sure they are serving you. Reading is central – use it to your maximum advantage.
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