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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How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?
Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!
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An article, Have You Ever Felt That You’re in the Wrong Place in Your Career, in Your Life? offers stories of people who reach fulfillment and success by a circuitous path, often planning in the short-term and rejecting linear, long-term planning. Their paths have involved surprises and unknowns, risks, following their interests and non-traditional choices.
What kind of career path are you on? Is it working for you? Whatever type of path you are on, periodic re-evaluation and awareness of non-traditional options can lead you to the success and fulfillment you are looking for.
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When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.
Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?
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