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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Sometimes, what you would rather not have in your life creeps in without your noticing. Here are some things to take stock of, as we end the year, so that you can release what no longer serves you:
• energy drains
• “dramas” at work that you are better off without
• things you have been procrastinating on that would make your life or work better
• dreams you could be acting on, but are not
• time you may be wasting
• relationships that you are better off ending
• stressors that you are not addressing
How many of these exist for you? Are you ready to quantify them and say “so long” as we end 2019?
Joy is an up lifter. It energizes, and fulfills you. The source of your joy is unique to you. What were you doing the last time you felt joy?
Knowing what brings you joy serves you in multiple ways. Here are a few: as an antidote in times of stress, as an essential element of wellness, as a life balancer, as a way of bringing you together with others, as a balance to the pain in life, as a way to positively influence others or as a way to maintain a positive outlook.
With joy an integral and intentional part of your life, things can only get better.
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You have some time before the new year begins. Your time can be well used by thinking about what you want to have in place as you begin 2020. What are your goals for 2020? What do you dream of happening in the next year? Think BIG.
Pick three goals you have and, for each one, make a list of what you need to put in place now in order to hit the ground running in 2020. By doing so, your foresight enhances the possibility of success in meeting your goals.
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Centering fully in the present moment is a powerful way to assure your holidays are enjoyable and to minimize your stress. There is so much pulling on you – social invites, work, family and friends, preparation and increased demands on your time and your emotions. Here are a few ways to center and keep your holidays fun and rewarding.
1. Promise yourself alone time at the beginning and end of each day to regroup and look ahead.
2. Keep your focus on the present moment; limit any worrying about the past or what’s to come.
3. Build fun into every day to balance the demands on you. Real fun.
4. Say no when you have to – graciously and with kindness. Time is finite.
5. Know that the holidays will pass and their demands will go away, as a new year begins.
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