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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Living dangerously can be viewed in both positive and negative ways. You don’t want to put yourself deliberately in danger, agreed. However, sometimes you can perceive risk as danger and, in doing so, hold yourself back. Understanding that there may be some danger in taking a career risk is a way to get started. When you acknowledge the presence of danger you can plan for it and prepare yourself, in the event things go wrong.
Total safety is an illusion. The presence of a little danger can mean that by taking a risk you can reap a big reward. Allow yourself to live a bit dangerously as you propel your career forward. It will bring you adventure, knowledge, courage and, many times, good results.
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Many people use the seasons as markers for their lives and goals. It is not too long now until we are at summer’s end in the northern hemisphere and winter’s end in the southern hemisphere. How has this season been for you? Did you have any goals or intentions at the start of the season? How are you doing with them?
There is still time to look carefully at how you have moved forward this season. If you are happy with where you are, pat yourself on the back and challenge yourself to go a little further. If you are not where you wanted to be by now, get in gear – there is still time.
As the new season approaches, decide if you want to use it as a marker. You can set some goals and intentions for how you want the season to be and what you want to accomplish by season’s end. Get in sync with the seasons. My guess is you won’t be disappointed!
In my last blog post, Shifting Perspective I wrote of how your perspective influences the way you see situations and the power that lies in shifting your perspective. There’s another facet in this that involves proactively creating a new perspective. Doing so allows you to handle a situation in a positive way. Say that you find yourself caught in a difficult interaction or are feeling down about your current situation. You don’t want to stay there. One way to get moving is to create a perspective that motivates and encourages you.
How do you create a fresh perspective? Start to see the positives in the situation – for example, a lesson the situation is teaching you, the negatives the situation reveals that you can now begin to change or the truth that the situation exposes. Once you identify the positives, change your perspective accordingly and act from there. With a fresh perspective, you can tackle the toughest situations successfully.
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Sometimes, you forget to let your past inform your present actions, attitudes and decisions. Do so, however, at your peril. Why? Because hard lessons learned in the past can help you now, reasons for past wins have a lot of value for you and repeating mistakes from the past does you no good.
What are some of the significant learnings from your past that can inform you now?
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What do you need to feel good about yourself and your career? By asking what makes you whole, I am referring to what makes you feel good and on top of your game.
There are plenty of things that can take parts of yourself away from you – disappointments, failures, difficult people. But these things do not have to have lasting effects. If you know what makes you whole, you can – in the face of losing a part of yourself or your confidence – do what you need to and make yourself whole again.
What makes you whole is being true to the essence of who you are and what you desire. Know what makes you whole and you can’t go wrong.
What are the things that make you whole and happy?