What’s The Use?

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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You’ve Got This

It is helpful every once in a while to reinforce confidence in your strengths and talents. You have gotten yourself this far and are fully capable of getting where you want to go.

Take a moment to inventory your capabilities and affirm all that you have already accomplished. Then, take that confidence and go forth!

 

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Do You Have The Strength You Need?

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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The Past Is Repeating

Do you find negative things repeating in your career? Perhaps a certain type of boss, client or co-worker, a particular type of challenge or others’ view of you and your work that you believe is unfair or inaccurate? It may be less due to a cruel world than to something that is trying to get your attention.

When something keeps repeating in your life and work, take a look at it. How are you contributing to the situation? Are you in an environment that perpetuates that type of situation? What would your life and work be like without that situation?

When things you are not happy with start repeating in your life and work, give them your attention. They will go away, once you understand what is bringing them to you and take appropriate action..

 

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

How is work going for you? Is it time to ask yourself this question? If it is, don’t avoid doing so. A job or work that drains you, isn’t a good fit, doesn’t honor you or isn’t what you want to be doing does you no good. Don’t settle. Keep going and, when you have to, answer the question – Should I stay or should I go?

 

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Where Are You?

Where are you working? Is it the “place” where you want and are meant to be? With the year ending, take some time to answer these questions. If the place you are in now is not working for you, make some intentions to change that. You do your best when you are happy and fulfilled.

 

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How Do You Describe Your Work?

The way you describe the work you do can offer valuable insights. Work can be described in many ways: the nature of your work (specifics of what you “do”), the emotions you have about your work (love, hate, tolerate) or your goals for your work and career.

Take a moment now and describe your work. See what it reveals and proceed from there.

 

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Letting Yourself Be “Placed”

 

Are you looking  for a sense of security and knowing in the world? If you are, you can sometimes rush things by letting society tell you who you should be. Society certainly has life mapped out, if you want to take that path.

Letting someone or something else “place” you in the world doesn’t always work out. It can appear to be safe and certain, that’s true. However, your journey is meant to be walked by you; not someone else. When you walk your journey and make your own choices, there may be challenges, but you have a greater chance of reaching fulfillment in your life.

Chart your own path. Being true to yourself increases your chances of being “placed” in just the right place for you.

 

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Are You Listening?

As a coach, practicing active listening is essential. I recently read an article, How the Korean Concept of ‘Nunchi’ Can Help You Listen to Your Needs. The article defines Nunchi as the act of being able to pick up on someone else’s emotions and respond in the best way possible. It goes on to advise that you practice Nunchi by actively listening to yourself, as well.

How good a listener are you, both to yourself and to others? It is a key skill in the workplace. Sure, there are many who succeed without listening. However, what kind of success are you looking for? Practicing Nunchi brings you far in dealing with others, as well as with yourself. It gives you an advantage that is well worth having.

 

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Stability

Although stability can be fleeting, it is still worthwhile to focus on creating it. Stability is a foundation – you know your values, you know the elements of your life, you know your strengths and weaknesses and you have goals and a sense of the direction you want to go in. True, all kinds of things can upset your stability. It is easier, however, to regain stability after an upset if you had it before the upset occurred.

Adding change or upset to chaos and lack of direction creates instability and can wreak havoc in your life and career.

Looking to assess your level of stability? Here are some questions to get you started:

• What are the elements of your life that you can count on?

• How secure do you feel in your current work/career?

• Do you trust your instincts?

• Have you any true assurances that what you have now will stay around for a while?

• How well have you prepared for recovering from a crisis (e.g. loss of a job)?

• Have you identified your key life values? Do you honor them daily?

• How comfortable are you in dealing with change?

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” – Tom Robbins

 

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