You are not alone when you interact with others throughout your workday. The nature of your interactions can directly affect your levels of success and fulfillment. Key to having positive and valuable interactions is making space for others. Making space involves emotional intelligence, the ability to listen, respecting all you encounter, allowing for differences and communicating effectively.
Do you consciously make space for others in your daily interactions? It can make a very positive difference. Give it a try!
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When things around you are in flux, uncertainty and dissolution, it is a challenge to stay focused and productive. One thing that can help is having an aim. Having an aim aligns your energy in pursuit of a concrete outcome. It gives you purpose and is a good buffer against distraction.
Are there specific things you must accomplish this week? These things can become your aim. Decide when and how you will get them done. Create ways of reminding yourself of your aim. By the end of the week, with your aim accomplished, you will have created some stability and momentum for getting things done, as the new week beckons.
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Take a look back to the end of 2019. How do your life and work compare then and now? Have changes occurred? Which changes do you like and not like? Do you see a need for action on your part to acclimate or adjust to a change?
In times like these, change is inevitable. Best to recognize any changes that have occurred. Then, from the reality of the present moment, you can embrace the new and thrive.
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The world is out of balance now. Hopefully, it will rebalance at some point, but it hasn’t yet. In the meantime, life goes on for you. The balance of your own life has shifted in response to the changes in the world. That means it is time, even with things still unsettled, to find your new balance. What will it be?
To find your new balance, you can determine what is out of balance now in your life and work. What seems out of whack? What is the cause of this imbalance? How can you remedy it? Look at your mental, emotional, inspirational and physical lives. By considering all aspects, you can find your new balance and thrive.
If this photo intrigues you, here is a video about the leg rowing fishermen at Inle Lake in Burma. Masterful balance required!
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Some clients have been mentioning to me that they are losing track of days. That’s understandable. Work spaces, work routines and pacing have all turned upside down. What once was easy may now take some conscious effort. If you are having trouble keeping track of days, start each day recognizing what day of the week and calendar date it is. Then, you know where you are and can proceed with your work day.
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Bandwidth is a phrase now used to describe your personal capacity for something. Have you felt your capacity being stretched lately? It is helpful to check in every once in a while on whether you are keeping up with your own expectations and those others have of you.
To check your bandwidth, here are a few questions to answer:
• Are your personal needs being met?
• Are you keeping up with work deadlines and your own expectations?
• How are you feeling – physically and emotionally?
• How often do you feel frazzled or stressed?
• Is your life in balance?
In times of change your bandwidth may change as well. Allow yourself to adjust to what is happening now, so that you can keep your performance at its peak.
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You have dealt with the unknown all your life. There are a variety of ways to do so: fear, making up things to fill unknown spaces, getting comfortable with it, pretending it isn’t there or running from it.
The world you live in now, however, is filled with a multitude of unknowns and asks you to look them in their face. Once you do, you realize that the bottom line of all you are experiencing is that you don’t know what the future will bring. As hard as it is, if you start from there you have the best chance of making it through and thriving in these times.
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Do you find yourself going through ups and downs almost continually lately? That’s the nature of these times of uncertainty, upset and change. New skills and strategies are called for to keep yourself performing at your best.
Of key importance is to acknowledge that you are operating in a new space – things have changed and you must change, as well, in order to adapt. Once you acknowledge this, you can assess what you need to do to excel in this new world. What is being asked of you? How can you keep yourself centered? How can you effectively deal with stress? Are there any new skills you need to develop?
Put some focus on the world you now operate in and you’ll be riding the waves in no time!
In 2018, I wrote a blog post on The Power of Pivoting. It seems to me that pivoting is an excellent coping mechanism for the times we are in right now. Essentially, pivoting is the ability to move from a negative attitude to a positive one. There is a lot right now that can bring you down, as well as a lot to lift you up. In times like these, however, fear, uncertainty and stress are all strong pulls to a negative attitude. Your ability to pivot can save you from prolonged negativity and put you in a positive place fairly quickly.
How good are you at pivoting? My 2018 post provides you with some ways to pivot. Do you have any to share? If you do, let our readers know! Thanks.
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Are changes shifting the landscape of the dreams you have had for your life and career? That’s a natural outcome of all that is going on. Checking in on your dreams serves you now. Are there any dreams you have had that seem impractical now because conditions are no longer right for them? Are new conditions surfacing new dreams? How are your dreams changing? What is possible now that was not possible before?
You are the master and cultivator of your dreams. Tend to them and they will come true.
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