Markers

Do you take notice of the markers in your work? Markers are events or major insights that stand out in your career. Examples of markers may be: a change in the management you report to, reaching a milestone goal in your work, an outstanding achievement, a failure that has impact, a turning point in your thinking or an important change.

Why take notice of markers? They focus you on what is happening and keep you conscious of your path forward. They also allow you to celebrate accomplishments, to be aware of the impacts of change and to learn from disappointments.

Are any markers visible to you now, or visible ahead?

 

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December Already?

ID-100302939No question that our world is speeding up. It is helpful to pause at certain points and look at where you are and where you want to go. What do you think about today being December 1st? The start of the holidays? The end of 2015 is coming? Running out of time?

What will December look like to you? What do you want to accomplish this month? How will you fit the holidays in? Will December be a slow or fast month for you? How will you balance?

I know – a lot of questions. However, answering them will allow you to take control of your month and make it what you want it to be.

 

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Mastery

StocksnapImpeccabilityThe concept of mastery is always a motivator for me. By mastery, I mean excellence and full command of something that I do. Striving for mastery requires focus, stretching, striving, setting high goals and surpassing the mundane. Mastery involves knowledge, learning and persistence. You can’t go part way – you must be all in.

Striving for mastery in an aspect of your work is analogous to climbing a high mountain. You have to study and understand what is involved, prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, practice and ultimately, excel. It is not only about climbing the mountain, but also about how you grow in the process.

Is there something you think is worthwhile to master? When will you start?

 

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An Anatomy of Trying

ID-100272868Sometimes people look at a challenging situation and say to themselves “I am trying so hard.” Or, justify disappointment by saying their team “tried”. Let’s look at this word try. Its definition is to make an attempt or effort to do something. An attempt or effort is not completion. How often do you stop your analysis of a failure (to meet a deadline, for example) at “we tried”? It doesn’t stop there. To move forward, best to look at what you did do, what went awry, what you may have done in hindsight and what you can do about it now. That keeps the situation in motion, hopefully to a satisfactory conclusion and informs you for the future.

The next time you say “I tried”, take a look at what’s behind that statement.

 

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