Getting Back Up

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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Can You Be Authentic At Work?

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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Ten Ways To Change Your Perspective About Work

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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What Do You Need To Tell Yourself?

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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Fly!

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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The Power Of A Plan

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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Bored?

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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Why Not?

1. Insist that others treat you with respect.

2. Take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally so that you can perform at your best.

3. Acknowledge that while work is an element of your life, it is not the only element.

4. Believe that you can be happy at work.

5. Fully accept where you are now and make that your starting point for any changes you want to make.

If you come up with any good reasons not to do these things, let me know. ☺

 

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Time “Check – In”

Time is a key factor in your career success. Take a minute today to look at how time has factored into your life and work since the start of 2018. How are you doing with time? If you are doing well, good for you! Keep up what you are doing. If time is getting the better of you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

• How realistic are my expectations of the things I can get done in terms of the time I have to do them?

• Are stress or distractions getting in the way of using my time well? Am I maintaining the focus that I need to in my work?

• Is being tired or lack of exercise affecting my ability to get things done?

How you are handling time should always be on your radar. For more about your relationship with time, see my blog posts: Your Relationship With Time and Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time

 

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The First Time

There is a Maya Angelou quote that, for me, contains a lot of wisdom. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Emotional intelligence is key to your career success. Sure, you can stumble forward without it. However, understanding the people and environment you work in propels your way to success. What does her quote mean? It means no rose-colored glasses, no rationalizations, no benefit of the doubt and no fooling yourself when you size up the actions of people who surround you.

If someone has shown you that they are not to be trusted, what can you do? It is enough to see them as they are and stay mindful when dealing with them. You do not have to act on what you know. Key here is your awareness and letting what you know about a person be part of your actions and decisions regarding them.

Knowing the players in your workplace helps you function better and watch out for your own interests. Do not be fooled.

 

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