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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The second quarter of 2019 ends in June. What do you want this second quarter to be about for you and your career? Any goals you want to meet? Balance you want to attain? Fun you want to have? Wrongs you want to right?
You have time. Make this second quarter what you want it to be. Aspire.
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Is everything going great in your everyday work life? Can you identify anything that has run its course? Sometimes, habits, situations or circumstances hang around long after their usefulness is gone. Examples can be: allowing stress to run your life, consistently being late for meetings, a pattern of activity you have or an energy drain that you are better off without.
Releasing something is not always easy. However, letting something go that is doing you no good frees you and you end up feeling great. You also make room for something new to take its place. Go ahead, let it go!
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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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