There is a lot of chaos in the world right now. Values and norms are being upended daily. Whether you see the chaos as helpful or disconcerting, it is good to check in with yourself every once in awhile.
Why? Chaos has the ability to upend both you and your life when you don’t pay attention. Chaos also creates energy that you can use for constructive purposes, presenting you with an opportunity to change things for the better.
How is the chaos in our world affecting you, right now? What do you want to do in response to it?
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Sometimes frustration, fear, worry or panic can get you to a point of pushing harder and harder to change a situation. It is worth your while to carefully consider any inclination you have to push and push. Depending on what is driving you, pushing hard can send you off a cliff. Why? Because you are reacting not responding, you have likely lost your center and you are basing your actions on emotion, without the balance of your mind.
The next time you find yourself pushing hard, take a moment to examine how you can handle what is happening to your best advantage.
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Just as a flood in nature, certain things can overtake you as you work and live. What aspects of your life and work are “subject to flooding”? What is it that can upset the balance of your life? What can overwhelm you? What is it that you cannot “take”?
Stay aware of the areas of your life and work that may be subject to flooding. Know what can create this flooding for you. Mitigate the effects flooding can have on you in order to keep your life and work flowing in a positive manner.
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I am observing more and more often, people going so fast that they lose control. Do you attempt to travel at warp speed? Really – you can go faster than the speed of light? Let’s reflect a moment. Yes, the world is speeding up and there are many tools to help us travel with it. However, it is very easy to burn out.
If you are acting as if you can travel at warp speed, perhaps some adjustments are called for. Let go of super-size expectations that you cannot meet. Find ways to travel quickly but prevent yourself from burning out, which defeats the purpose. Key to this is centering. Stay fully present, balanced and aware of time. In doing this, you will be able to handle whatever comes along.
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1. Be your own chief counsel. You know best what is right for you.
2. Create a “point of view” regarding the chaos in the world, so that it does not sweep you away.
3. Focus on kindness in your everyday dealings to promote collaboration and harmony.
4. Accept that both positive and negative aspects of our world exist side-by-side.
5. Maintain balance in your life.
6. Identify your unique talents and how you can use them in the world for good.
7. Develop your personal power and influence.
8. Say no to dishonoring your values.
9. Maintain hope that this chaos will lead to positive outcomes.
10. Create a still point within.
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Sometimes you can get yourself into a state of confusion without realizing you are there. Many things can create confusion: overwhelm, not knowing what to do, not wanting to face something or losing your center. When this happens, your performance suffers, sometimes in a big way.
Confusion can be stealthy and difficult to recognize. When you recognize the signs of confusion – perhaps extreme emotional reactions, getting stuck, prolonged inefficiency or ineffectiveness, frustration, conflict or too many things going wrong – you are halfway to getting out of it. Take some time to re-center yourself. Look carefully at the source(s) of your confusion and take appropriate action to get back on your game. Confusion does you no good. Limit its ability to get the better of you.
If you’d like more, see my blog post, Ten Steps To Get Out Of Confusion Fast.
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Do you place high value on quiet time? Getting it requires strong intention and commitment, with the pace of our world today. Most likely, I do not have to tell you the benefits of quiet time; you know them.
If you are getting enough quiet time, good for you! If you are not, how about starting with a half hour once a week? It’s contagious!
Sometimes, things spiral downward and you can lose your sense of what is in your best interest concerning your career and your success. Here are 10 warning signs that you may be on a collision course with your best interests.
1. You are not taking care of your physical health and are run down.
2. Your emotions are all over the place and are reaching extremes.
3. You feel that you don’t care what people are thinking of your actions and will do whatever you want, in spite of them.
4. You feel confused about your situation and how to handle it.
5. You want to run away from your current situation.
6. You are clashing with others in your workplace, without a purpose for doing so.
7. Others are treating you differently and keeping their distance.
8. You cannot define what your best interests are.
9. You are acting out-of-sync with your values.
10. You’ve lost your center and don’t know where you are.
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Can you increase your speed in a world that is moving faster than ever? Speed can wreak havoc with you, if you let it. You must come from a strong center to navigate to where you want to go. It’s like being within the eye of a hurricane, in its still point, rather than being tossed around by it.
Here are some ways you can find that strong center. Identify how speed currently creates stress in your life and work. Carefully observe how you deal with that stress – whether you stay centered through it or you let the stress push you out of balance. Find your own still point. What do you need to do when things are going way too fast?
When I come up against stress caused by speed, I stop and touch my center again. I mentally and emotionally keep myself in my center and calm my physical reactions. I do my best to stay in control of myself, knowing I am limited in being able to control what is going on around me. Your still point is for you to find. There is no one way to do this. When you find that still point, you will have what you need to zoom, zoom with the world.
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Do you place yourself in the center of your life? By doing so, you create a perspective that will serve yourself and others to maximum advantage. Too often, we hear that focus on self is selfishness. It is not. Putting yourself in the center allows you to look out at the world with your unique eyes and make the best decisions and choices for you. If, as you do this, you honor your values it is a win-win for all.
Let’s say that you have a situation at work where you are starting to burn out because you are working long hours. Does it serve everyone to put yourself second and ignore the toll it is taking on you? Or, does it serve everyone better if you acknowledge what is happening, let those who need to know and get yourself in balance so that you can get the job done well? I think the latter.
Putting yourself in the center steadies you and allows those around you to see you clearly.