You know you can fly, don’t you? Where could you fly that would take your career where you want it to be? A new organization? Another location? A promotion? A new profession? Going out on your own?
Vision yourself with wings to fly. Make it real and see what insights your visioning brings. You are not locked into the life you are leading now. You always have possibilities!
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1. Be your own chief counsel. You know best what is right for you.
2. Create a “point of view” regarding the chaos in the world, so that it does not sweep you away.
3. Focus on kindness in your everyday dealings to promote collaboration and harmony.
4. Accept that both positive and negative aspects of our world exist side-by-side.
5. Maintain balance in your life.
6. Identify your unique talents and how you can use them in the world for good.
7. Develop your personal power and influence.
8. Say no to dishonoring your values.
9. Maintain hope that this chaos will lead to positive outcomes.
10. Create a still point within.
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Do you find yourself unchallenged by your work? Routine, lack of mental stimulation, or a sleepy organizational culture can lead to boredom. Sometimes, it is okay to be bored by your work. Perhaps your career is not a primary element of life balance for you. Perhaps there are other significant demands on your time and work offers some relief. Perhaps you have other interests that offer you the challenge you want and need. All this is fine. However, if you would rather not be bored at work, it is time to take action.
If your work bores you, then you are accepting boredom as part of your life. You do not have to. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you find yourself bored with your work and would rather this not be the case. Hopefully, they can point you in the direction of change.
• Are you bored because you do not have enough to do or because the activities you undertake at work are unchallenging?
• Do you sense that others around you are bored as well? Does your organization’s culture or the nature of its work tilt towards boring activities?
• Do you see any promise in stepping up and asking for a change in your responsibilities that can lead to being challenged by them?
• What would you love to do? What do you need to be challenged and fulfilled in your work?
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1. Insist that others treat you with respect.
2. Take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally so that you can perform at your best.
3. Acknowledge that while work is an element of your life, it is not the only element.
4. Believe that you can be happy at work.
5. Fully accept where you are now and make that your starting point for any changes you want to make.
If you come up with any good reasons not to do these things, let me know. ☺
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In our society, compassion and connection are sometimes seen as signs of weakness. In the work world, this view is even more prevalent. It is felt that you cannot be powerful without subduing your emotions and empathy for others. As a result, workplaces can sometimes be brutal and people can be crushed by them.
Increasingly, with the introduction of concepts such as emotional intelligence, this is changing. Astute leaders are realizing that offering respect and dignity to everyone they lead makes for a more productive workplace and does not hurt results at all. Perhaps it is time to welcome people’s hearts into the workplace. In doing so, mind and heart can be in balance and a new type of power can be born.
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There is a Maya Angelou quote that, for me, contains a lot of wisdom. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Emotional intelligence is key to your career success. Sure, you can stumble forward without it. However, understanding the people and environment you work in propels your way to success. What does her quote mean? It means no rose-colored glasses, no rationalizations, no benefit of the doubt and no fooling yourself when you size up the actions of people who surround you.
If someone has shown you that they are not to be trusted, what can you do? It is enough to see them as they are and stay mindful when dealing with them. You do not have to act on what you know. Key here is your awareness and letting what you know about a person be part of your actions and decisions regarding them.
Knowing the players in your workplace helps you function better and watch out for your own interests. Do not be fooled.
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Have you ever found yourself tightly squeezed by one or more people or situations? Life and work can certainly create such circumstances.
When you find yourself pressed, get yourself fully to the present moment so that you can see what is going on. Then, take a look at what is happening and how it is affecting you. Do you know which way you want to go? Do you see no good way out? When you find yourself squeezed, keep your best interests in the forefront. Do not allow them to be bullied or rerouted by the pressure. Allow yourself to respond, not react. When you react you are rigid, so to speak. When you respond, you are in control.
Actually, being squeezed can bring good results. It can help you change form, move forward or strengthen your resolve. Next time you are squeezed, make the most of it!
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Do you create who you are or do you allow those around you to define you? It is easy to default to your experiences, surroundings or the people you interact with when considering who you are. You are not what surrounds you or what others say you are. You are you.
If I asked you today who you are, how would you answer? How much of your answer would be rooted in your values, hopes and personal reality? Avoid abdicating to others. Create your life the way you want it to be and define yourself.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you run out of ideas and are stalled in place? What did you do?
When there is nothing left to try there are options, even if solutions are elusive. You can give up on the situation and take action accordingly. You can solicit help by getting ideas from others. You can try again, in a different way.
The key is to stay moving. Stalling or stopping in defeat does not serve you. Stay in motion and stalling is no longer an option.
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If you are to have a productive and fulfilling year, what must you do? You deal with things that are urgent in many areas. Do you consider yourself enough of a priority to make your well-being an urgent matter?
Pick one or two actions that can bring you closer to having 2018 be the year you want it to be. Make them urgent and you will get them done!
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