Dissonance: lack of agreement, consistency or harmony; conflict.
Experiencing any dissonance in your work lately (or forever)? Though work may not reach perfection, too much dissonance is unhealthy, unnecessary and inhibits your productivity. Best to minimize dissonance in your work and life.
Sometimes, you can become accustomed to dissonance or even encourage it, towards your own aims. Do so at your peril. To maximize your performance and work happy you need a work life that feeds you. Do an inventory of your work life (relationships and interactions, nature of your work, noise, expectations and time) and estimate the percentage of your time in which you experience dissonance. Is the percentage acceptable or unacceptable to you? If unacceptable, see what’s possible in terms of creating more harmony in your work experience.
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Is there anything relating to your career that you sometimes think about, but soon dismiss as “too far out there”? It is possible there’s something in it for you. Say there is a part of you that wants to take a big leap, however you are very good at convincing yourself why you can’t do it. In our dreams are clues to what can make us happy. You may be missing out.
If there is something that intrigues you, but you think is too far out there, start with small steps. Ask yourself what it is that draws you to the idea. Look at what part(s) of it may be attainable. Dismiss any negativity about it. You may find that what you thought was too far out there, is just right!
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What role does money play in your life and work? Some think that money makes the world go round. Others love it to death. Some think money is the root of all evil. People project so much onto money. What is it really but a means of exchange? Best that you put it in its rightful place.
One thing that is worth your focus is the nature of your relationship with money. Your relationship with money is often influenced by the events and experiences of your early life on through to the present day. What has formed your relationship with money in your life? What emotions do you feel when you think about money? Be aware of these things. Best to understand how money moves in your world and how you can use it to create the life and work you desire.
Speaking of money, there is a podcast, The Money Millhouse, by Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless that I am a huge fan of. I joined Ellie and Bethany on April 23 for a fun interview on coaching and money. AND The Money Millhouse is offering a free download of my book, Power Stories to listeners!
Please check it all out on iTunes , Google Play , Stitcher or on The Money Millhouse website.
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It happens: you fall and find yourself down on the ground. Setbacks, failures, surprises and disruptions can all create a fall. When you experience this, how do you get back up on your feet and start moving again?
Here are some things that have helped me get back up after a fall:
• Getting fully present to what has happened and figuring out where I am with it.
• Looking forward and not focusing too much on what has happened.
• Identifying the best things I can do to get back up.
• Finding a way to not get pushed right back down again.
The next time you fall, whether caused by your actions or those of others, have a strategy for getting back up. Brush yourself off and come back to the game.
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There’s a lot involved in being authentic. It is about being true to yourself, being transparent and speaking your truth. Is authenticity valued at your workplace? Do others want to hear from you? A lot can interfere with authenticity in the workplace. You may want to maintain an “image” that you believe can lead you to success. You may value emotional intelligence as an essential factor in teamwork and collaboration and allow it to influence your authenticity in certain situations. You may discern that speaking your truth does not serve you. Where do you draw the line between your authenticity and the nature of your workplace?
Whether you can be authentic at work is a question that you have to answer. It is worth paying attention to so that you do not lose yourself as you work.
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1. Be CEO of your career
2. Let no one else have control over your choices and decisions
3. See your work as a meaningful pursuit that shapes your life
4. Explore your options
5. Exercise your creativity and imagination often
6. See mastering your interpersonal interactions as a way to challenge yourself and grow
7. Know your truth about the place work has in your life
8. Get away often
9. Always honor your values and act accordingly
10. Make fun a part of every work day
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Is there anything in your work life right now that needs some addressing? Something that is a direct effect of what you are doing? Something that needs to change? If there is, what do you need to tell yourself to make the situation better?
Some things only you can handle. For example: your behaviors, reactions and responses, interpretation of events, results or actions. If you can make your work life better, have a talk with yourself today about making the changes you think are warranted.
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You know you can fly, don’t you? Where could you fly that would take your career where you want it to be? A new organization? Another location? A promotion? A new profession? Going out on your own?
Vision yourself with wings to fly. Make it real and see what insights your visioning brings. You are not locked into the life you are leading now. You always have possibilities!
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You may hear a lot about planning for your life and career. Yes, there are a lot of generalities, advice and platitudes out there. If you have let them slip by, take another look. Planning is well worth your effort and time. What does a plan do for you? It focuses your attention, sets your priorities and requires that you think about what you want your career and life to be.
Compare the differences between having a plan and not having one. Which looks better to you? Granted, without a plan you may feel you have more freedom, but planning is about creating freedom by defining the life you want to live and how you can get there.
Do you have a plan for your life and career? If not, try creating one. It can be short or long-term. Tie it to your dreams and aspirations and you’ll be on your way!
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Do you find yourself unchallenged by your work? Routine, lack of mental stimulation, or a sleepy organizational culture can lead to boredom. Sometimes, it is okay to be bored by your work. Perhaps your career is not a primary element of life balance for you. Perhaps there are other significant demands on your time and work offers some relief. Perhaps you have other interests that offer you the challenge you want and need. All this is fine. However, if you would rather not be bored at work, it is time to take action.
If your work bores you, then you are accepting boredom as part of your life. You do not have to. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you find yourself bored with your work and would rather this not be the case. Hopefully, they can point you in the direction of change.
• Are you bored because you do not have enough to do or because the activities you undertake at work are unchallenging?
• Do you sense that others around you are bored as well? Does your organization’s culture or the nature of its work tilt towards boring activities?
• Do you see any promise in stepping up and asking for a change in your responsibilities that can lead to being challenged by them?
• What would you love to do? What do you need to be challenged and fulfilled in your work?
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