Staying in the present moment makes a lot of sense these days. The world is facing many unknowns and uncertainties. At the same time, however, it makes sense to give some thought to what is to come. Here are some questions you can answer to start positioning yourself well for the long run:
• Look out a few years from now regarding your current work. How does the future look? Do you anticipate changes or does it look like things will stay the same? Do you see yourself doing the same work then as you are doing now?
• What opportunities do you see becoming available to you now or in the near future? Could they lead you in a new direction? Is that new direction one you want to prepare for or explore?
• Is there a skill you have wanted to develop but have not had time to in the past? Would that skill position you well for a job that has a future?
• Is there a dream you have had that you can start pursuing now because the time seems right to do what you have to to make it come true?
Long range vision makes for happy futures. Take some time now to look towards the future and make it the best it can be.
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Are changes shifting the landscape of the dreams you have had for your life and career? That’s a natural outcome of all that is going on. Checking in on your dreams serves you now. Are there any dreams you have had that seem impractical now because conditions are no longer right for them? Are new conditions surfacing new dreams? How are your dreams changing? What is possible now that was not possible before?
You are the master and cultivator of your dreams. Tend to them and they will come true.
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Yes, this is a big question and one worth considering. Harmony gets you moving – all the pieces of your life and career work well together. To assess the level of harmony in your life, here are some questions to consider:
• How often are there conflicts in your life and career?
• How well do you discern what situations and people are best to be involved with and those you should avoid?
• Do you feel a flow in your life? A sense of ease?
• Is there anything you may be doing that causes disturbance in your life? Or other situations or people that do?
• What lacks harmony in your life and career now?
With harmony you can enjoy life and get more done. Make harmony a value that you support and honor.
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There are points in life when profound change is the only way to go. Take a look at your life now. Is profound change warranted in order to assure a fulfilling life or career in your future? It may be, if you have reached a level of dissatisfaction, pain, upset or futility that is hard to take.
When you reach such a point, don’t turn away. On the other side of profound change is often freedom and happiness that you cannot get by staying where you are. Change is part of life and cannot be avoided. If profound change is called for, make it happen.
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Periodically, you can face setbacks and changes in your career. Some of these experiences involve loss, as well as endings. What can you do in the face of them? You can continue.
Often, these experiences leave you in a new place. Start by looking around at your new environment. Then, proceed to continue productively. That way, you take the best of you along.
The next time you experience a major change or setback, commit to continuing productively from old to new, with all of you.
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Is your career fulfilling you? If not, what do you think is missing from it?
Our culture and society have a way of convincing you that career fulfillment is unattainable. You have to settle for what you can get. That is not true. Life holds the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in all that you do. It may take work and planning, but fulfillment can be yours.
Do you have the courage to create the career you dream of? What can you do today towards making your career a wow?
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Your gifts and talents lie within your uniqueness. You are not a carbon copy of anyone in this world. When you know yourself, you can take that awareness and amplify your strengths into a fulfilling career and life.
What is your biggest strength? Take some time to name it. Then, ask yourself these questions regarding your current work:
• How often do I get to use this strength?
• Am I recognized by co-workers and managers for having this strength?
• Am I experiencing a lack of use or respect for my strength?
• What direction can I take in my career that will showcase my strength?
Using your unique gifts and talents is the foundation of creating a career pathway that lets you be the best that you can be.
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Knowing how to plan and direct your way through your workplace culture is essential to your success. “Doing your job” is not about performing tasks alone. You have to navigate personalities, emotions, workplace values, hidden agendas and rules, as well as assure your own path to career success.
When you widen your focus, you can see all the elements at play in your workplace. Tunnel vision or putting on blinders will not benefit you. You need to navigate obstacles, changes, threats and surprises, at the same time that you get your work done. Successful navigation is aided by developing your emotional intelligence, keeping your eyes and mind open, observing workplace culture and the actions of others, building your skill base and finding the root causes of any problems or setbacks you encounter.
See yourself at the helm of your career ship and set your course in the direction that best serves you!
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I was speaking with someone today who was in the midst of a major refocusing in his life. There was no tragedy or destruction, just major change that warranted rethinking of his life and work.
Change can come and, like a whirlwind, shake things up. Journeys are interesting and unpredictable. Change comes when it is meant to come and does not await an invitation.
If a whirlwind enters your life or work, acclimate to it and find your new center. Once you do, look around. Your life and work may be better than ever!
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Sometimes, what you would rather not have in your life creeps in without your noticing. Here are some things to take stock of, as we end the year, so that you can release what no longer serves you:
• energy drains
• “dramas” at work that you are better off without
• things you have been procrastinating on that would make your life or work better
• dreams you could be acting on, but are not
• time you may be wasting
• relationships that you are better off ending
• stressors that you are not addressing
How many of these exist for you? Are you ready to quantify them and say “so long” as we end 2019?