In one moment your situation, environment or circumstance can change dramatically. When that occurs, what can you do? First, right yourself and encounter what has happened. Look around and assess. Then, check yourself out – how are you experiencing this sudden shift? Get present and figure out what you want to do.
Your perception of sudden shifts can go from good to bad and back again. Try your best to accept what has happened and evaluate from there. When you find yourself in a new world, take the shift as part of life and growth and you will be fine. Sudden shifts can bring treasures, challenges and advancement.
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Self-reflection has its advantages. Take a moment this week to look at how your life is. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
• What brings me happiness in my life and work now?
• What energy drains are present in my life and work now?
• If I could make one dream I have come true now, what would it be?
• Do I look at others and wish I had what they do?
• On a scale of one to ten, ten being the ultimate and 1 being the worst, how would I rate the state of my life and work right now?
Once you have answered these questions, identify three things you will do in the next month to make your life and work better than they are now.
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The best way to get where you want to be involves combining goals and action. Start with identifying the outcomes you want to achieve and then, set a strong intention to get there. Your strong intention fuels your actions.
Creating a strong intention involves planning, identifying the steps you need to take, persistence and discipline. Before you know it, you will be there.
What is a goal that you have? Decide what you need to do, set your strong intention and get into action!
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Your career has high and low points. It takes strength to navigate them effectively. Some find their strength by maintaining balance. Others in staying physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Some find strength in their faith or inspiration. Some build their skills and organizational savvy, so that they are ready to handle what comes.
Where do you get your strength?
Strength must be developed. It does not appear magically. Know the source of your strength and keep yourself strong.
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Do you find negative things repeating in your career? Perhaps a certain type of boss, client or co-worker, a particular type of challenge or others’ view of you and your work that you believe is unfair or inaccurate? It may be less due to a cruel world than to something that is trying to get your attention.
When something keeps repeating in your life and work, take a look at it. How are you contributing to the situation? Are you in an environment that perpetuates that type of situation? What would your life and work be like without that situation?
When things you are not happy with start repeating in your life and work, give them your attention. They will go away, once you understand what is bringing them to you and take appropriate action..
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When chaos shows up, best to be ready for it. Chaos can sweep you away into disorganization, disorientation, unbalanced emotions and confusion. You don’t want that to happen, do you?
Being ready for chaos involves the ability to quickly get grounded and fully into the present moment, focus, discernment, insight and emotional intelligence. Developing these skills can help you be ready for whatever chaos comes along!
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How is work going for you? Is it time to ask yourself this question? If it is, don’t avoid doing so. A job or work that drains you, isn’t a good fit, doesn’t honor you or isn’t what you want to be doing does you no good. Don’t settle. Keep going and, when you have to, answer the question – Should I stay or should I go?
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Gravitas: A serious or dignified demeanor.
Gravitas was a virtue that was particularly appreciated in leaders in Ancient Rome. It still matters today. Is there anything going on in your work life right now that needs your gravitas? Taking things lightly can be a benefit or a detriment, depending on the situation. In some cases, seriousness is what moves you forward in the best and most efficient way.
There are a number of things that indicate when your gravitas is warranted: others involved are taking the situation very seriously, the possible consequences of how you proceed can cause problems for you, the outcome of the situation matters greatly to you or others who matter, you have something to lose if the outcome does not go your way or your own values are involved and you want to honor them.
What needs your gravitas today?
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When was the last time that you were fancy free? Yes, it is just a phrase, but its meaning has relevance to a balanced and happy life: free to imagine or fancy; having no commitments or restrictions; carefree.
Your mind, body and spirit need open space. In the modern world, open space is not often handed to you. You have to consciously create it. Once you do, you’ll see the benefits of being fancy free. Your creativity, sense of well-being and happiness will grow.
How soon can you create some space to be fancy free?
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Every once in a while it is good to ask, “What’s The Point?” You can ask this question about a number of things – your career, the amount of time you put into your work, your goals or the way you are living your life. In doing so, you re-center and check up on the alignment of your life with what you want to accomplish and be.
How does your answer to this question measure up? Are you where you want to be? Are you moving forward? Hopefully you are. If not, you now have what you need to change direction.
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