To lead effectively, it is essential to be aware of what is around you. Doing so, allows you to gauge what are the best decisions and actions to make in a given situation. Operating in a vacuum brings you alone to the table. Plugging in to personalities, cultural values, sensitivities, agendas, relevant facts and desired outcomes allows you to make decisions and take actions that move a situation forward.
How plugged in are you as you work and manage each day?
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1. Try 15 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of day. Work up to it, if 15 minutes is a lot for you right now.
2. Find ways to recognize when you are overthinking.
3. When you are overthinking, stop and get yourself fully into the present moment.
4. Try writing things down instead of keeping them in your head.
5. Try an app such as Calm
6. Before you go to sleep just “be”. Do not read or otherwise tax your mind.
7. Observe if there is a pattern in your overthinking, such as in specific situations, at certain times or for certain subjects.
8. Put some focus on balance. Are you countering stress with exercise and relaxation?
9. Determine if reluctance to make decisions is contributing to your overthinking.
10. Do not allow your mind to be king or queen. Acknowledge that the physical, emotional and ethereal aspects of your life are equally important.
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When there is a lot for you to keep moving in work and life, things can lose your attention and fall by the wayside. That’s okay for a while, but soon they may come back at you bigger than before. It is important to stay alert to anything that has the potential to or may already be closing in on you.
Early attention to matters lets you handle them calmly and in a manner that suits you. If you let things go too long before addressing them, your choices narrow and difficulty rises.
Take a moment today to put your attention on any situation or task that may be closing in on you. Determine if it is serious and what you can do about it now. Keeping the energy flowing as you juggle life and work prevents things from getting worse and closing in on you.
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As you start 2018, how about you let go of old ways, regrets, lessons learned, empty intentions and “on paper only” goals and you wipe the slate clean? This is a new year and, in many ways, is very different than the start of 2017. Wiping the slate clean makes room for fresh thinking, new approaches and determining what is needed right now.
Wiping the slate clean can mean anything you’d like it to. For me, wiping the slate clean involves starting anew and committing to what I want to accomplish and do in 2018. No burdens, just setting my direction, considering realities and moving forward.
Wiping the slate clean is a fresh start and holds the promise of creating a successful and fulfilling year ahead.
Fast Company Magazine has come out with their favorite business and leadership books of 2017. Reading books increases your knowledge and insight and lets you touch parts of the world beyond your own. Are books an element of your career plan?
Not everyone resonates with reading or opening up to others’ ideas. No problem there. The key is to figure out how to broaden your knowledge and insight in ways that can advance your career. So, what is it for you? Books, networks, experience, taking risks? Whatever it is, stay up on the game. Things change rapidly and keeping pace is essential to your success.
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First of all, Happy New Year !! May 2018 be all that you dream of and more.
As we enter 2018, are there any doors left to close from 2017? Closing them gives you a fresh start in the new year. Anything that you have left unsaid or undone? Anything to tie up? Anything to leave behind?
Bring the new you into 2018 and you can’t miss! Let those doors close, so that you can open the new doors that await you.
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Some cultures see existence as an endless circle with no beginning or end. As you near the marker of year’s end, you can still be on this circle of existence, passing through another year. There is a clear difference between a circle and a finite line. How would you look differently at this time if you looked at life as a circle?
What will you continue in 2018? What comes with you from 2017? How will 2018 enrich your 2017 experience?
Wishing you fulfillment and joy as you go around the circle one more time!
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It is beneficial for you to stay upright as you go forward in your career. Sometimes, however, things can knock you off balance and even turn you upside down. When that happens, it can put you at a disadvantage. Best to know where your vulnerabilities are, so that you can deal with them.
What turns you upside down? It can be many things – people who approach you with emotions that are alien to or opposite your own, situations that you perceive rob you of the level of control you need, fears or perceptions that certain circumstances can cause great harm to your career, your own insecurities getting triggered, doubt or being outside your comfort zone.
Know what turns you upside down so that you can right yourself quickly and get back on track.
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You may have heard the statement “you are enough”. There is a lot in it. Being enough means self-acceptance, letting go of guilt and setting your own path. Do you believe you are enough? If the answer is yes, good for you. If the answer is no, what is the reason? Perhaps you want to stretch and always go for more. Perhaps you feel inadequate in some way.
Whatever your answer, let yourself be enough for today and every present moment. When you are enough, you are in a place of power. From that place, you can take yourself anywhere you want to go with inner strength and confidence.
It is the holidays and one thing that is sure to happen is your having to change course. Perhaps the office is understaffed or distracted by the holidays and work isn’t getting done. Or, you had everything under control to balance work and life and now there is just too much to do. The stress of it all can be challenging.
One good way to deal with the nature of the holidays is to look at disruptions as a change in plans. Acknowledge what is happening, get present and decide the best course for you. That way, change or missed expectations do not get the better of you. Total control is an illusion. Best to ride with what happens, adjust your expectations and make the best of it.
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