Yeah right, add dealing with stress to your “to do” list! That’s a great way to create more stress than you already are experiencing. Wait – rethink that for a minute. If you pause every once in a while, you will start reducing your stress. If you shift your perspective and improve your relationship with time, you will reduce your stress. And these things do not take much time at all.
Reducing your stress is mainly an inside job. “Doing” things – say taking a meditation class or using the Calm App do take time. Start first with inner shifts and time will become available for you to do a lot more to reduce the stress you are experiencing today.
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I recently came across this statement: We want to be seen so that we know we exist. It caught me. Some like the spotlight. Others avoid it. The statement may go deeper. What does being seen mean to you? Is it recognition of your talents, attention from others, receiving the respect you are due or something else? Whatever your desire, validate your feelings and declare them a value that you can honor.
How do you want to be seen in the world? It is up to you to make it so.
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Life is seldom a straight line. It goes up and down and up and down again. Sometimes the down times can unsettle you. They are not permanent, just part of the movement and rhythm of life. Try looking at them as temporary “dips” with various purposes and outcomes. Trust that you will find your way out eventually and move to higher ground.
Dips can be a setback, a lull, a course correction or a disappointment. Dips can occur so that you can slow down, look carefully, take a new perspective, gather momentum or find a new direction. Dips aren’t a failure or a problem. They are something to be aware of and to deal with in a productive and meaningful way.
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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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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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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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You can go along day-in, day-out without much change or you can propel your career periodically with your “next big thing”.
What is something you can do that would move your career forward in a dramatic way? Take a minute – what comes to mind?
Go ahead! You are capable of so much more and good things await you as you pursue your next big thing.
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Integrity is wholeness. In your work life, all of you is present – your values, your personality, your attitudes and preferences, your skills, your goals – and must be honored. Separating parts of yourself from your work leads to problems. Why? Because what is part of you does not go away, even if ignored. Eventually, that part of you will show itself, often complicating things or causing you unhappiness or lack of fulfillment.
Honor your whole self. Doing so leads you to success and integrity in your career.
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