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?
Your life and career are not stationary. They are always in motion. There are times when change is called for that you have some control in. Take a look at your life and career as it is now. Is there anything you can identify that must change?
When you are proactive about recognizing the need for change things progress more smoothly. You don’t have to wait for things to happen “to” you. Periodically asking yourself “What needs changing?” helps you bring your life and career where you want them to be.
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Self-confidence is a major factor in your career success. Maintaining your self-confidence asks for your attention and care. This is not a low maintenance endeavor.
How is your self-confidence at this moment? High? Low? In-between? What factors are affecting your present level of self-confidence? Is any maintenance needed?
There are many ways to maintain and boost your self- confidence. Here are a few: make note of and acknowledge your accomplishments, let compliments you receive sink in, know what qualities you want to have and develop them, stretch yourself to grow new skills and abilities and believe in yourself, even when others are cutting you down.
Self-confidence is yours to have when you take the time to cultivate and maintain it.
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Sometimes waiting is wise and sometimes it is foolhardy. How can you discern how long to wait?
At one point in my career, I had been promised a promotion. A raise came but no advancing in title or level. Senior management often complimented my work but something was wrong. I decided to give myself a time frame. I would wait six months and if the title did not come, I would plan to leave. And leave I did, to start my own business. It was a very positive move. I took the message from management by their actions, not their words.
Are you waiting for something to happen or for the right time to act? Take some time to delineate a strategy regarding how long you will wait, whether what you are waiting for has a chance of happening, what you see from those around you and what is best for you. Sure, good things may come to those who wait but not in every circumstance.
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At times, you may find yourself neither here nor there. You are not where you were a year ago and not quite settled into something new. Perhaps you have undergone a tangible change or nothing has changed, except that you are different in your own perceptions of your life and work.
Nothing wrong with that! You are on a journey. You change over time and not instantaneously. When you feel you are in-between, maybe even a bit lost, get present to it. Try to understand where you are and make the most of it. It can be a time of new insights, growth and creating new dreams, before you reach the next step on your journey.
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Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight; however, you fail to see them. There can be many reasons: an expectation or strong emotion like anger clouds your view, what is there creates fear for you, you have not experienced anything like it before and therefore fail to recognize it, you are not fully present to what is going on, you are avoiding seeing it or a need to please prevents you from acknowledging what is there.
Being asleep to something is human. It’s not hard to find yourself there. Key is to will yourself “awake” to what is happening around you in your workplace. The benefits are obvious. By seeing the truth of a situation you can assess it appropriately and decide how to respond in a manner that is best for you and your career.
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You have a right to a sense of meaning in your work. That sense of meaning can be hindered by things such as: a wrong fit with the work you are doing, values not being honored, a dysfunctional workplace or a lack of resources or skills to do your job.
When you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take a look at the source of your frustration. Once you discover it, do what you can to remedy the situation. In that way, you assure that your work fulfills you. It’s better for you and for the world.
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Do you ever daydream? Daydreams are much more than “fluff”. They can be functional and lead to positive changes in your career. You can put daydreams to work for you by focusing them on what you want in your work life. They provide a creative, open space for your imagination to flow.
Allow yourself a few daydreams about your work and career. In a quiet space, let your imagination go on what a great work situation would be for you. Imagine how it happens and how you feel. See what shows up. Even if what shows up seems impractical, don’t push it away. Give it some more thought. Your daydreams may be guiding you to somewhere great!
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