In many arenas now, the change and chaos never seem to stop. At times, they come at you rapid-fire. The challenge is that you cannot control what is happening. However, you can control yourself and your response to it all. In work and other areas of life, what do you do when it keeps on coming?
To start, you can pull yourself out of the fray for a while. You can discriminate on your sources of information. You can be aware of when things get to be too much and take appropriate action. You can find a context for it all, so it does not seem inexplicable. You can take action, if you want to be part of a solution. When it keeps on coming, take care of yourself. Find a way to stay standing, until it passes.
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This past weekend, my husband and I were sitting comfortably outside a coffee shop in a four-person seating area. There was a man sitting in one of the seats. We coexisted well. My husband and I spoke quietly, aware of his presence. Then, another man came and took the fourth seat. He made several calls and was quite loud, causing the other man to walk away. When we left the area, I saw the first man sitting alone nearby.
This got me to thinking that we may all benefit by establishing “silence areas” for those who want to use them. What if there was a silence area in every workplace that anyone could use? Silence areas could go far, promoting balance, providing space to think, providing space to center and serving as a getaway when you need some peace. They wouldn’t be hard to establish and could do some good. Would you use a silence area?
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Sometimes, situations get to a place where it is best for you to separate from them for a little while or possibly longer. Separation creates distance that can improve both your perspective and your handing of something. Separation brings you to yourself, away from the influence of others. The hubbub of the world and our surroundings can be detrimental at times. The next time you face a challenge, are feeling confused or just need a break, try separating yourself from whatever is happening. Hopefully, you will find it refreshes and rejuvenates you.
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Many things create new beginnings. What has created new beginnings in your life? Perhaps it was something going away, something new coming in, an ending, a disappointment, a dream that grows within you or a strong desire for change. Sometimes new beginnings are anticipated and sometimes they are unexpected.
When you face a new beginning, best to stay fully in the present moment so that you can deal with its reality. If it has surprised you, give yourself time to come up with a response. Bring your best to the situation and accept that you cannot go backward, only forward. Change is a constant in life. Make your new beginnings fun and productive.
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None of us knows it all, even if some pretend that they do! As you progress in your career, skillfully asking questions can be a powerful tool. Questions asked intelligently and at the right time increase your knowledge and provide you with insights that you otherwise may not have.
When was the last time you asked a question that turned out beneficially for you? What is a question that you’d like an answer to now?
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Sometimes, you can find yourself in situations you may describe as “tricky”. These situations can involve delicate egos, poor performance, hidden agendas, miscommunication, polarity or other things that make dealing with them difficult. Many times, the consequences of a misstep are significant.
What do you do when you find yourself in a tricky situation? Best to center yourself, use emotional intelligence, think things out carefully, figure out a strategy and do your best to tone down the situation. Most of all, be aware that you are in a tricky circumstance and need to keep your interests front and center.
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So many organizations base their work on teams now. This creates interdependence that can be both a blessing and a curse. If there is someone on a team that is a weak link, it can affect everyone on the team and their productivity in negative ways.
Weak links have various natures. They can be emotionally unintelligent, lacking in necessary skills, uncooperative, strongly independent and unwilling to collaborate or imbalanced in their emotions (for example, anger).
Do you have a weak link on your team? Best to address this sooner, rather than later. It takes skill, but rooting out weak links and working to strengthen or eliminate them gets your team working at its best.
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Part of the change and chaos of our times is that things once thought to be “out there” are coming to be found out as more regular than others wanted us to believe. The focus of the moment is sexual harassment. With recent allegations, “systems” built by harassers and methods to silence victims are out in the open more than ever.
What’s the lesson in this? It is to look critically at any statements made that you or someone else is “out there”. The phrase can be used to intimidate and cover up. Make your own analyses and always stay aware of others’ agendas when they accuse you or others of being out there. Most likely, it’s the situation that is out there and needs to be handled.
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Peace is achievable. Do you want some? It may take focus and effort, but you can do it. Start by carving out a small amount of time each day to create some peace. Even 5 minutes is okay. When can you do so? At what time of day? What gives you peace? Quiet? Alone time? Time with family or a friend? Being in nature? It is individual for each of us.
Creating peace in each day will make so many aspects of your life better. Give it a try!
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1. Stop what you are doing
2. Figure out what got you so tired
3. Decide if you can go on with what you are doing
4. Figure out how you can get some rest
5. Get some rest!
6. Rebalance and restore
7. Don’t let yourself get so tired again
8. Make balance a priority in your life
9. Acknowledge the importance of rest
10. Give away the delusion that you have endless energy
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