Is your career fulfilling you? If not, what do you think is missing from it?
Our culture and society have a way of convincing you that career fulfillment is unattainable. You have to settle for what you can get. That is not true. Life holds the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in all that you do. It may take work and planning, but fulfillment can be yours.
Do you have the courage to create the career you dream of? What can you do today towards making your career a wow?
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For many years, I studied personal growth and development with Lynn Andrews. One concept she taught was that of surrender versus sacrifice. The idea was that when an uncomfortable situation arose, you had choice regarding how to respond to it. Surrender, in this context, was accepting how things were and then choosing a response. Sacrifice was responding by harming yourself in some way – giving up on goals, not taking care of yourself, giving your power over to someone.
Say, you are in a circumstance where someone is saying you must do something that you do not want to do. First, look honestly at what is happening. Where do you have control and where do you not have control? If there are aspects of the situation where you have no control – surrender to them. If you have control, maintain it and avoid sacrificing yourself.
Can you see the power in surrender? It is being in the present moment and acting realistically. Once you surrender, you are fully present and can decide where to go from there.
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Your gifts and talents lie within your uniqueness. You are not a carbon copy of anyone in this world. When you know yourself, you can take that awareness and amplify your strengths into a fulfilling career and life.
What is your biggest strength? Take some time to name it. Then, ask yourself these questions regarding your current work:
• How often do I get to use this strength?
• Am I recognized by co-workers and managers for having this strength?
• Am I experiencing a lack of use or respect for my strength?
• What direction can I take in my career that will showcase my strength?
Using your unique gifts and talents is the foundation of creating a career pathway that lets you be the best that you can be.
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Lull: a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.
How do you respond when a lull shows up? Do you get uncomfortable with the lack of activity, embrace it, use it productively or enjoy it?
How many lulls have you experienced recently? In our sped-up world they are rare. A lull may show up because of a deadline pushed forward, an easing in the flow of work or in a transition that hasn’t completed yet.
When a lull shows up, you have options on how to use it. Here are a few ideas:
• rebalance your life and work
• use the open space to rekindle your creativity
• catch up on things that were not getting done before
• observe your reaction to the quiet and what it says about your pace before the lull
• enjoy it
Lulls are precious- use them to your advantage.
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Your skill as a communicator has a lot to do with understanding what goes on beneath the surface of an interaction you have with another person. Each person has hidden factors – emotions, fears, conditionings, negative experiences – that affect their interactions with others, as do you. These hidden factors can have a major impact on how you interact.
It may not be possible to readily identify these hidden factors in another. However, your awareness that they exist creates a “knowing” that goes beyond the surficial aspects of an interaction, helping you to stay away from negativity or friction. Try some observing of your communications with others. See if you can develop awareness of any hidden factors that are present. Examine the hidden factors that affect your interactions with certain people. In doing so, you will develop an awareness that you did not have before and your communication skills will sharpen and grow.
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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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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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In order to keep up, you may sometimes keep your head down and your focus narrow. It’s a good strategy; however, it can cause you to miss seeing other things that are within your reach. Since you do not control what comes your way, you can benefit from developing an ability to identify opportunities when they show up.
What kind of opportunities are you looking for? Advancement within your organization or elsewhere? Developing a new skill? Fostering your creativity or leadership ability? Whatever you desire, find a way to keep your sights open for them. You might identify people, places or situations where the kind of opportunities you are looking for arise. You may let others know what you are looking for, so that they can keep an eye out too.
Good opportunities abound for everyone. Make sure to keep your eyes open for them.
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Every once in a while it is good to let go of what no longer serves you. Doing so frees you of an energy drain and makes room for the new.
Today, what have you had enough of? Are you ready to let it go?
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You matter – to yourself, the people close to you and those you work with. You deserve to be at your best and happy. Most of the time whether you are at your best and happy is up to you, not others. You are the one to make it so.
How are you doing today – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Any tweaks you need to make? Any people or situations bringing you down? Can you say things are as good as they can be?
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