Is your career fulfilling you? If not, what do you think is missing from it?
Our culture and society have a way of convincing you that career fulfillment is unattainable. You have to settle for what you can get. That is not true. Life holds the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in all that you do. It may take work and planning, but fulfillment can be yours.
Do you have the courage to create the career you dream of? What can you do today towards making your career a wow?
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For many years, I studied personal growth and development with Lynn Andrews. One concept she taught was that of surrender versus sacrifice. The idea was that when an uncomfortable situation arose, you had choice regarding how to respond to it. Surrender, in this context, was accepting how things were and then choosing a response. Sacrifice was responding by harming yourself in some way – giving up on goals, not taking care of yourself, giving your power over to someone.
Say, you are in a circumstance where someone is saying you must do something that you do not want to do. First, look honestly at what is happening. Where do you have control and where do you not have control? If there are aspects of the situation where you have no control – surrender to them. If you have control, maintain it and avoid sacrificing yourself.
Can you see the power in surrender? It is being in the present moment and acting realistically. Once you surrender, you are fully present and can decide where to go from there.
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You know that often there is more to a story than what appears on the surface. Good to keep this in mind as you navigate your career. Say you are dealing with a work culture of hidden agendas on the part of managers in an organization. The organization’s values and mission say one thing, but day-to-day you experience something very different. You can stay with the outwardly stated values and mission or look deeper at what the actions of management tell you about their true values and mission.
In many cases, you do not know what is happening if you do not explore the shadow side. You can do so with keen observation, judging by actions, not words and knowing that much lies below the surface. Is there a shadow side at your place of work?
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Towards the end of 2019, a friend said to me that 2020 was going to be his year of reaching out. He was naming his year and setting a powerful intention.
By naming your year, you too can set a powerful intention to refocus on as 2020 progresses.
What do you want this new year of 2020 to be for you?
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Are you enmeshed and fully engaged in your life and work right now? Being so can be a positive state and also, at times, a negative one. You may see yourself as active, vital and committed to your life and work – good for you! What happens, however, when your life and work entangle you in dramas, doubts, fear or uncertainty? At that point, you may want to detach a bit so you can regain your perspective.
Ways to detach include: getting to a place where you are alone, bringing your emotions back in from being all over the place, thinking about what is going on, observing rather than participating, reminding yourself of your values and reaffirming your confidence in yourself.
Detachment empowers you. Balance engagement with detachment and you will be better for it.
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A new year holds your hopes, dreams and intentions. You have an opportunity to shape 2020 into what you want it to be. Take a moment now to vision the 2020 that you want to create. Hold that vision and make it a reality over the year ahead.
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This is it – the last day of the year. How are you spending it? At work? At play? In reflection?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself, as you leave 2019 behind:
• What have I accomplished?
• What did I do right?
• What was my biggest challenge?
• What did I learn?
• How has my perspective shifted from 2018?
• What do I want to bring with me into 2020?
• What do I want to leave behind?
• What is left incomplete or unsaid?
• What am I grateful for?
Thank you for reading The Managers Hub in 2019. I am grateful for you!
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Awareness: knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
You may not think of awareness as a work skill. It is an important one. When you are aware of your self and your surroundings you can respond to people and situations in ways that align with your values and needs and promote common goals. When you are unaware, your values, needs and goals can go unheeded because you are in the dark.
One way I became more aware was when I met my husband Ermanno. I was a New York City girl and although I always valued the natural world, I often did not slow down within it. My husband was much more attuned to and aware of nature. We would be driving in the country and he would say “there’s a hawk” or “look at the light”. I gradually became much more aware of my surroundings in the natural world, instead of quickly passing through and taking only parts of it in.
In your career and your life, it is a big plus to cultivate your awareness of people, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, key elements of your particular professional field, levels of communication and things that lie below the surface of your work environment. Cultivating your awareness moves you closer to excellence and , ultimately, success.
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In your life’s journey, there is a natural flow of releasing and receiving. It is like the motion of the tides. For the new to come in, the old must be released. In honoring this principle, you can keep your life fresh and vital. You know that life is not static; you are meant to be in motion and to grow. As you look at 2019, do you see any elements of your life and work that you are ready to let go of, in order to make room for the new?
Take a moment now to think of 3 elements of your life and work that no longer serve you. What is needed in order to let them go? Always honor all parts of your life and work. They served their purpose and you. Once you do let go, you will have a space ready for new and wonderful elements to enter your life in 2020!
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I was speaking with someone today who was in the midst of a major refocusing in his life. There was no tragedy or destruction, just major change that warranted rethinking of his life and work.
Change can come and, like a whirlwind, shake things up. Journeys are interesting and unpredictable. Change comes when it is meant to come and does not await an invitation.
If a whirlwind enters your life or work, acclimate to it and find your new center. Once you do, look around. Your life and work may be better than ever!
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