You can get to a place in your career where you are asking yourself, “What’s the use?” Many things can get you to this question: an inability to affect what happens in your workplace, failure, frustration or obstacles you are not able to overcome. When this occurs – beware. At the point of feeling powerless, you are obviously not at your best.
If you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take some time to assess what has gotten you there. Remember that you are CEO of your career. You have some control over what happens. If something isn’t working for you, you know how to move on and make it better.
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How are you doing this week? Are you feeling energized, tired, full of vitality or drained? Your energy level requires attention and maintenance on your part. So much can lower your energy level – stress, overwhelm, too much to do, worries, negativity in your relationships. It is up to you to identify things that “fuel” you and make sure they are consistently in your life.
What fuels you and is it in your life?
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In one moment your situation, environment or circumstance can change dramatically. When that occurs, what can you do? First, right yourself and encounter what has happened. Look around and assess. Then, check yourself out – how are you experiencing this sudden shift? Get present and figure out what you want to do.
Your perception of sudden shifts can go from good to bad and back again. Try your best to accept what has happened and evaluate from there. When you find yourself in a new world, take the shift as part of life and growth and you will be fine. Sudden shifts can bring treasures, challenges and advancement.
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Self-reflection has its advantages. Take a moment this week to look at how your life is. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
• What brings me happiness in my life and work now?
• What energy drains are present in my life and work now?
• If I could make one dream I have come true now, what would it be?
• Do I look at others and wish I had what they do?
• On a scale of one to ten, ten being the ultimate and 1 being the worst, how would I rate the state of my life and work right now?
Once you have answered these questions, identify three things you will do in the next month to make your life and work better than they are now.
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Your career has high and low points. It takes strength to navigate them effectively. Some find their strength by maintaining balance. Others in staying physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Some find strength in their faith or inspiration. Some build their skills and organizational savvy, so that they are ready to handle what comes.
Where do you get your strength?
Strength must be developed. It does not appear magically. Know the source of your strength and keep yourself strong.
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How is work going for you? Is it time to ask yourself this question? If it is, don’t avoid doing so. A job or work that drains you, isn’t a good fit, doesn’t honor you or isn’t what you want to be doing does you no good. Don’t settle. Keep going and, when you have to, answer the question – Should I stay or should I go?
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When was the last time that you were fancy free? Yes, it is just a phrase, but its meaning has relevance to a balanced and happy life: free to imagine or fancy; having no commitments or restrictions; carefree.
Your mind, body and spirit need open space. In the modern world, open space is not often handed to you. You have to consciously create it. Once you do, you’ll see the benefits of being fancy free. Your creativity, sense of well-being and happiness will grow.
How soon can you create some space to be fancy free?
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How are things moving along for you in the new year? Just right? Slow? At warp speed? It helps to focus on the type and level of momentum you want to create in 2019. In doing so, you set the pace of the year and, hopefully, ensure a productive and fulfilling one.
Momentum involves many aspects of your work, including the pace at which you work, the amount of work you handle and the direction you go in. Take a moment to look at the level of momentum you created in 2018. Then, set your sights on the new year and creating a level of momentum that works well for you. Before you know it, you’ll be in your “zone” and getting to where you want to be.
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Yes, a bright 2019 is possible. You can make it so. How? By starting on the inside and shining your unique light in the world. What is unique about you? Something special and totally you. Is it a skill, an attitude, a talent, a personality trait? Take that uniqueness and bring it to the world, in any way you can. Then, see how it brightens your year.
What kind of light do you intend you shine?
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With 2018 on its way out, are you experiencing any other endings? As things end in your life or work, it helps to acknowledge them and honor the presence they had in your life. That way, you can be free of them and start anew with other things. Endings are best not ignored.
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