Miscommunication

Missing the mark in your communications can be very frustrating. Your actions are not matching your intentions and confusion or trouble ensues. Sometimes, it happens. To give yourself a good chance of avoiding miscommunication, give these approaches a try:

•Prepare for any work-related communications you have. Review ahead of time your purpose for communicating, what result you want from the communication, how the person(s) you will communicate with may react to what you say and what could go wrong.

•On a personal level, employ your emotional intelligence regarding how your communication may be received by the person(s) you will be communicating with.

•When communicating, stay centered. Don’t rush into a conversation or let pressure get you off center. Cultivate your ability to respond in the present moment to whatever occurs.

Good communication is an art, treat it as such. If you want some expert advice, check out my friend Diana Peterson-More’s  book Consequential Communication In Turbulent Times as well as her articles – just right for these times – on Linked In.

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Five Ways To Make This Time Work For You

We are in a time when change is here and we are not sure where we are going. It is a time between the past we knew and the future that is coming. We have no roadmap. Here are a few ideas on making the most of the time we are in.

1. If stress and pressure are through the roof for you, consistently bringing yourself back to center is essential.

2. If you have a lot of time and space now, spend it in reflection on what you want your future to be.

3. Whatever your circumstances, find your new balance (physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally) for the time we are in.

4. Find a process to release what was – it is gone.

5. Get yourself to embracing the unknown – this will serve you well.

 

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What’s Good?

There’s a lot going on. Amidst it all, it helps to focus attention on the positive. So what’s good in your life and work? If you do not have a ready answer, do some digging – you’ll find something.

Recognizing what’s good can lift your spirits and build momentum to creating more good in your life. Go ahead, focus on the positive and see where it takes you.

 

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Are You Busy?

These days, all kinds of things can keep you busy – adapting to change, care giving for yourself or others, finding work, doing your work. All of these involve “doing”. You can also be busy on the “being” side – reassessing your life and work, dealing with the “time out” you are in, accepting the changes that are occurring, dealing with fear and uncertainty.

What is keeping you busy these days? What’s the balance you are striking between being and doing? Some of the heroes of this time have only the option of doing and we are so grateful to them. Others have an opportunity to create some busy time on the being side. You have an opening to create positive change. Your world will not be the same, as you return to activity. This shift has been too big. Spending some time reflecting on your life, work and wants serves you greatly right now.

 

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What Do You Take Ownership Of?

When you take ownership of something, it is yours. You take responsibility for it and, by implication, it is something that you want to do. In your work, are there projects, attitudes or activities that you have or haven’t taken ownership of? Not taking ownership can involve lack of enthusiasm, not performing at your best or doing things by default. Taking ownership can involve accountability, moving at a good pace or raising your profile.

If something is yours, you might as well take ownership of it. Doing so serves you and increases your value to yourself and your organization.

 

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Have You Thought About What’s Coming?

Despite wishes to go back to how things were before the pandemic, it is pretty clear now that the world is in a time of significant change. In the near future, you may go back to a new workplace, new ways of communicating and new forms of socializing. In the far future, it is anyone’s guess what the world will be.

You have a choice: trying to recapture what is gone or preparing for a future that fulfills you. In crises, along with challenges come opportunities. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started in creating the future you want to live:

• What is gone from your life that will not return?

• What is new in your life that feels right?

• What can you do with the time you have now to pursue dreams that there never was time for before?

• How have your values changed?

• What will make your future life a fulfilling one?

 

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Ups And Downs

I am beginning to sense that with the COVID-19 situation we are in for a number of ups and downs. Week to week in my coaching and communicating with friends, I am seeing them in action. Of course, the degree of how up and how down varies with each person. Some are dealing with extreme challenges; others are finding themselves tossed to and fro. Few are experiencing life as it used to be.

We need to find ways to navigate these ups and downs or they will mess with our focus and knock us off balance. I am developing ways to handle them. Focus is key to me. If I can get myself back to center when distracted, I can regain focus. I allow that a portion of my energy is going to coping with change and have lowered my expectations a bit. I also create some structure each day so that I do not drift too far.

If ups and downs are with us for a while, lets find ways to deal with them. There’s a good chance that they are leading us to positive change and will be worth it in the long run.

 

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Surprise Them

There is a lot of upheaval in the world now leaving room for creativity and innovation. You have an opportunity to seize the moment and do something bold. Many of the strictures of our recent past are gone – not by choice but because of the nature of the changes we are experiencing.

Change brings openings. What could you do now that you’ve wanted to do in the past, but conditions did not allow for it? What dream can you see an opening for?

Go ahead, surprise them!

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Getting Antsy?

There are a range of experiences you can have in the situation these days: being on the front lines of response, dealing with illness, staying at home or something in-between. Do you find yourself reacting to these changes by feeling uncertain and anxious? That’s natural, when you are out of your comfort zone.

A lot has changed and you are facing a high level of unknowns. Fear is palpable and what the future will look like is anyone’s guess. To cope with these changes staying as centered as possible is essential. Find your new center amidst it all and create ways to get back there when things distract you. Maintaining focus helps as well. Create times of the day when you focus on certain things and stick with them. Allow that you may get distracted more than usual, but don’t let distraction take hold for too long. Manage your expectations as well. Keep them reasonable and nurturing.

You will get through this. Stay steady and our new normal will gradually emerge. Be well!

 

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Is Your Life In Harmony?

Yes, this is a big question and one worth considering. Harmony gets you moving – all the pieces of your life and career work well together. To assess the level of harmony in your life, here are some questions to consider:

• How often are there conflicts in your life and career?
• How well do you discern what situations and people are best to be involved with and those you should avoid?
• Do you feel a flow in your life? A sense of ease?
• Is there anything you may be doing that causes disturbance in your life? Or other situations or people that do?
• What lacks harmony in your life and career now?

With harmony you can enjoy life and get more done. Make harmony a value that you support and honor.

 

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