We live in a world that places a high value on connection. Especially in the work world – some believe your network is everything. There is truth in this, but not the whole truth. What is your preference? How much interpersonal connection works for you?
Here are some things to consider in answering these two questions:
• Does interaction with others energize or deplete you?
• How much value does your workplace put on interpersonal connection and communication?
• In your workplace’s culture, does connection create positive or negative outcomes?
• How have interpersonal connections and communication propelled your career so far?
We are in this together for sure. How together is your choice!
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Awareness of what you love is a great guide for your work and life. It is a built-in compass for where you should go if you want to be fulfilled and happy. So much of life discourages your dreams. You may even hear from others that you are not meant to be happy. What???!!! Yes, you are meant to be happy. That is part of the journey of life – to find the bliss that leads you to your purpose.
What makes you happy and lights you up? Give it some importance in your life. It can make the difference between a life well lived and a commonplace life without meaning.
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Coasting can be a good thing to do at times. Other times, it may not be. There are right times for coasting: to give yourself a breather, when demands on you are lighter or when you’re on a roll and moving forward requires less effort than usual. Coasting can be harmful, however, when you have someplace to go and are slowing yourself down, when your motivation is low or when you are lost.
The downsides of coasting when you have someplace to go are that you are not getting where you want to be, your resistance can build and you can start falling behind.
Let yourself coast when it makes sense. Otherwise, keep your momentum and focus going so that you can get where you want to be.
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Many things create new beginnings. What has created new beginnings in your life? Perhaps it was something going away, something new coming in, an ending, a disappointment, a dream that grows within you or a strong desire for change. Sometimes new beginnings are anticipated and sometimes they are unexpected.
When you face a new beginning, best to stay fully in the present moment so that you can deal with its reality. If it has surprised you, give yourself time to come up with a response. Bring your best to the situation and accept that you cannot go backward, only forward. Change is a constant in life. Make your new beginnings fun and productive.
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None of us knows it all, even if some pretend that they do! As you progress in your career, skillfully asking questions can be a powerful tool. Questions asked intelligently and at the right time increase your knowledge and provide you with insights that you otherwise may not have.
When was the last time you asked a question that turned out beneficially for you? What is a question that you’d like an answer to now?
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I was at a workshop, years ago, and someone asked for advice on deciding where she wanted to live. The teacher’s answer was quite good. She said that one way to start a decision-making process like this is to ask yourself, What lifestyle do I want? In asking and answering this question, you set a path for the choices you will be making.
Is your present lifestyle what you want it to be? Are there any changes you would like to make? If there are, get started creating the lifestyle you want to be living. Small or large steps, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling life.
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Sometimes you have a choice between letting something go and pushing it through to completion. When that choice shows up, usually it takes a lot to push through and you have to decide if you are up for it. Say, something has gone off-track in a project through no fault of your own, but you are the only one around that can fix it. Doing so means extra hours and a lot of effort. How do you get yourself ready?
There are several ways to gear up for pushing through. First, mentally prepare by accepting what’s ahead. Second, make sure you have what you need to get done what you have to. Third, make sure, even though you are pushing, that you do not burn yourself out physically. You may have to stretch a bit, but then you can make sure to make space to rest once you are done.
If you feel you cannot push through alone and get a job done, ask for and get the help you need. Pushing through is not an every day thing; however pushing through, when it’s warranted, helps your career and has many rewards.
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Did the title of this post have you answering “yes” or “no”? Did it make you laugh? Fun can be in short supply with the pace of life today. You have to make a conscious effort to make fun a regular part of your life.
What is fun for you? Are you making it an important part of your life? When is the last time you had fun?
Don’t relegate fun only to vacation times or even weekends. Have fun every day and you will reap the benefits in your productivity, happiness and enjoyment of life.
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Is there something you are “done with” relating to your career? It may be a consistent aggravation, something you are tolerating, a significant lack of recognition for the work you are doing or a pursuit that no longer interests you.
Depending on what it is that you are done with, you may be able to let it go right away or letting it go may take some doing. Either way, best to get started. As you let go of things that no longer serve you, your life gets better and you make room for the new.
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There are times when you are stretched. You may be taking on a new project, facing a challenge or reaching for the next level in your career. To get where you want to be, you may have to build yourself up.
Do you know what builds you up? Perhaps it is knowledge, support from others, staying in balance or having courage. The next time a challenge presents itself, know what builds you up, employ it and you will soar!
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