At times, you may find yourself neither here nor there. You are not where you were a year ago and not quite settled into something new. Perhaps you have undergone a tangible change or nothing has changed, except that you are different in your own perceptions of your life and work.
Nothing wrong with that! You are on a journey. You change over time and not instantaneously. When you feel you are in-between, maybe even a bit lost, get present to it. Try to understand where you are and make the most of it. It can be a time of new insights, growth and creating new dreams, before you reach the next step on your journey.
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Would that all workplaces operate smoothly and efficiently! When that’s not the case, here are five ways to handle a dysfunctional work environment.
1. Place responsibility where it should be and do not take too much on your own shoulders.
2. Find your space within your workplace and do your job in as high quality a manner as possible.
3. Speak up when what you have to say has a chance of lessening the dysfunction.
4. Develop your emotional intelligence.
5. If the work environment is hampering you in significant ways, start looking at your options to get out of it.
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How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?
Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!
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Your emotions and what is happening in the environment you work in are not constant. They are frequently changing. It makes sense that they affect your experience of work and managing.
When you or your environment become strained what do you attribute it to? Are you even aware of the strain or do you react to it without identifying the factors that are causing it? Here is another place where it behooves you to pause and assess. By being aware of your emotions and environment and their effects on what you are feeling, you can deal with the strain head-on, instead of being victim to it.
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When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.
Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?
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Rushing is not always the fastest way to reach where you want to go. Rushing is full of potential pitfalls – losing your focus, tripping, bumping into others, forgetting something important or exhausting yourself. Instead of rushing, try focusing and steady intention. You’ll most likely get to your destination faster and in much better shape.
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Do you ever get to a place where you feel boxed in and that you have no options? It’s not a pleasant place to be nor is it a place you have to be. You always have options, if you keep your mind open in challenging situations. Yes, they may not be the greatest set of choices; however you can always find a way out of a challenge.
If you are feeling boxed in, take a step back and assess the situation. Give yourself space to identify your options and choose the one that is best for you!
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Life is calm when it is steady. However, sometimes you have to flip – when circumstances change, you rethink a situation or you see something that was previously hidden. While it may be hard to flip, sometimes it is necessary to avoid worse outcomes.
Can you think of a time when you had to “flip”? What was the cause? How did it work out? The ability to discern when to change serves you well.
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Knowing when you need help and where to get it is a strength not a weakness as you work. No one is completely self-sufficient or in possession of every skill they need. In what areas have you had to ask for help in the past? Where did you go for that help?
It behooves you to develop a support system for when you may need help. Your system may include experts, data sources, advisors and mentors, organizations and suppliers. With a support system like this, the next time you need some help you’ll know right where to go!
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Want to do an excellent job? Get to your center and proceed from there. Your center is the place where you are fully present, your energy is under your control and your mind and emotions are clear. Starting from any place else puts you at a disadvantage.
Too much emotion? Mind is overdrive? Feeling distracted or scattered? Take a moment to pause, bring yourself together and proceed from there to excellence.
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