Getting Away And Your Perspective

Vacations and times spent away from work are always helpful to refresh your perspective on things. You don’t have to wait for them, however. There are other ways to change your perspective by getting away. Here are some of them:

• Spend a day out in the “field” (whatever that may be for your work) observing and interacting

• Solicit feedback and opinions from people around you, as well as from people you are not as closely involved with

• Find a completely new way to look at a situation and see if it fits

• Give some open contemplation time to difficult issues and see what your intuition tells you

• Physically get away from your normal work environment for short periods of time

Refreshing your perspective feeds clear thinking, creativity and momentum. Doing it often serves you.

 

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Over The Top

Sometimes the amount of work you have to do starts getting to be over the top. There isn’t time and stress is building. As stress builds, you can lose perspective and focus while the work keeps on coming.

What can you do when work is overflowing and you don’t know how you can handle it all? Here are some ideas:

• Get yourself out of the way – step aside and look at the situation, rather than letting it control you

• Find some ways to lower your stress, right now

• Once your stress is lowered, realistically assess the situation – what is possible to get done and what is not?

• Take a break to regain focus and perspective

• And, the old standby ☺, remain fully in the present moment as you proceed.

 

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No Man’s Land

In tennis, there is a space on the court where you are not close enough to pick a ball off the net and not far enough back to reach a hard-hit ball. This space is called no man’s land.

You can find yourself in no man’s land in your work as well, when your next move is not clear to you or you are not in a place that allows you to move. When you are in no man’s land, the first step is to recognize that you are there. It is not a place for blame, giving up or staying still. It is a place for movement. Do what you have to to get yourself where you want to be.

 

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Too Far Out There

Is there anything relating to your career that you sometimes think about, but soon dismiss as “too far out there”? It is possible there’s something in it for you. Say there is a part of you that wants to take a big leap, however you are very good at convincing yourself why you can’t do it. In our dreams are clues to what can make us happy. You may be missing out.

If there is something that intrigues you, but you think is too far out there, start with small steps. Ask yourself what it is that draws you to the idea. Look at what part(s) of it may be attainable. Dismiss any negativity about it. You may find that what you thought was too far out there, is just right!

 

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Can You Be Authentic At Work?

There’s a lot involved in being authentic. It is about being true to yourself, being transparent and speaking your truth. Is authenticity valued at your workplace? Do others want to hear from you? A lot can interfere with authenticity in the workplace. You may want to maintain an “image” that you believe can lead you to success. You may value emotional intelligence as an essential factor in teamwork and collaboration and allow it to influence your authenticity in certain situations. You may discern that speaking your truth does not serve you. Where do you draw the line between your authenticity and the nature of your workplace?

Whether you can be authentic at work is a question that you have to answer. It is worth paying attention to so that you do not lose yourself as you work.

 

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Ten Ways To Change Your Perspective About Work

1. Be CEO of your career

2. Let no one else have control over your choices and decisions

3. See your work as a meaningful pursuit that shapes your life

4. Explore your options

5. Exercise your creativity and imagination often

6. See mastering your interpersonal interactions as a way to challenge yourself and grow

7. Know your truth about the place work has in your life

8. Get away often

9. Always honor your values and act accordingly

10. Make fun a part of every work day

 

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What Do You Need To Tell Yourself?

Is there anything in your work life right now that needs some addressing? Something that is a direct effect of what you are doing? Something that needs to change? If there is, what do you need to tell yourself to make the situation better?

Some things only you can handle. For example: your behaviors, reactions and responses, interpretation of events, results or actions. If you can make your work life better, have a talk with yourself today about making the changes you think are warranted.

 

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Make The Most Of Now

What are you doing right now? Being present in every moment gives you major advantages. Fully in a moment you have a clear picture of what is happening, can act when it matters and be at your best. What allows you to be fully present in a moment? Calmness, focus, discipline? What brings you away from the present moment? Stress, distraction, avoidance?

Cultivate your ability to be fully present and make the most of now!

 

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Fly!

You know you can fly, don’t you? Where could you fly that would take your career where you want it to be? A new organization? Another location? A promotion? A new profession? Going out on your own?

Vision yourself with wings to fly. Make it real and see what insights your visioning brings. You are not locked into the life you are leading now. You always have possibilities!

 

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