If you look up the definition of muse, you see that it is used to describe the nine goddesses in Greek Mythology that preside over song and poetry and the arts and sciences. You also see muse defined as a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction. Have you ever encountered your muses? You have them and they can help you in a myriad of practical ways.
You can look at your muses as a source of creativity. They come in the form of ideas, insights or moments of inspiration. If you learn how to employ them, your performance rises and your ideas expand. Developing your intuition, creating quiet moments, walking alone in nature and allowing the arts to inspire you are all ways of connecting with your muses.
Searching for an answer or creative approach? Invite your muses – they’ll come.
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When I was in college, a professor advised me that if I wanted to be a leader I must have a wellspring within me to draw from. His advice stayed with me and has proven to be sage.
An inner wellspring provides strength, inspiration, endurance, wisdom and counsel in times of growth and when you face positive or negative challenges. Your wellspring can be faith, centeredness, continuous learning, silence, respite, or whatever feeds you. By building your wellspring, you give yourself an advantage in being able to handle whatever comes your way. Do you have an inner wellspring that refreshes you?
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How do you respond to surprises? By their nature, surprises unsettle you. Some surprises are pleasant, some are not. What’s one surprise that you experienced at work? How did you respond? How will you respond to the next surprise that comes along?
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1. Are you enjoying the work you are doing?
2. Is your work life pretty free of “drama”?
3. Is your stress low?
4. Are you feeling centered most of the time?
5. Are you responding well to crises and pressure, when they show up?
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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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1. Undefined personal boundaries
2. Tendencies to create “dramas” with co-workers
4. Grudges or biases rooted in past experiences
8. Lack of focus
10. Too little fun
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How is your future looking? Your future needs your focus, if it is to be fulfilling and successful. Take a look at your future from these perspectives: physical, mental, emotional and inspirational. Envision them as the best they can be. Write your visions down – from a physical perspective I want my future to be….. This is a powerful starting point for creating a future worth living!
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As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.
Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.
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When it is 6 pm in the western part of the United States, it is 2am the next day in London, 9am the next day in China and so on. Time is a structure, not a fixed element in our lives. Time allows us to function within the motion of the earth, the sun and the moon, gives a context to our days and creates a way for us to arrange our lives.
Time can wreak havoc, if we let it. However, if we see it as a human-made structure we may be better able to make the most of time and its place in our lives. Think of time as a structure and see what changes!
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Often, the question “What’s the point?” is asked out of frustration and an answer is not pursued. The question is a good one to ask periodically outside of any frustration.
What is the point of the work you are doing now? Do you have an answer? If you do, is it satisfactory? If you do not, find one.
Your work should have meaning to you. Know what direction you are going in and why. Get clear on the “point” of your work.
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