First

You are unique with a combination of gifts and talents that no one else has. Is there anything you can do in your career that would be a “first”? No one else comes from a place exactly like yours, so it stands to reason there is a “first” within you.

Pondering this, lets you acknowledge your uniqueness, spark your creativity and make a difference in the world. Go ahead be first in something!

 

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All Viewpoints Welcome

In this time of polarity, sides are drawn and listening is not always an honored skill. How would our workplace interactions be different, if all viewpoints were welcomed and valued?

For one, we’d have access to a variety and diversity of ideas. We would be more sensitive to and, possibly, understanding of each other. We could synthesize ideas and come up with more creative and sustainable approaches.

With all viewpoints welcome, perhaps we could change our world. ☺

 

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Checking In On Chaos

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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Creativity Is Self-Expression

Over the years, I have come to realize that creativity is not something only some of us have. Sure, some have exceptional talents in what we call the creative arts such as dance, painting or music. However, the definition of creativity doesn’t have to stay within this narrow window. I have come to see creativity, in a wider frame, as each person’s unique self-expression.

Your creativity is within you, waiting to come out. It is uniquely yours. Clues lie in what you love to do and what excites you. I have seen people express their creativity in the way they care for and understand animals, in the excellence of their work, in the way they inspire others, in the way they think, in their “green thumb” in the garden, for example.

You are creative. Have you found your creative gifts? Do you share them with the world?

I did a Slideshare several years back titled “Everyone Is Creative”. You can see it here.

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Positive Disturbance

It is natural to want smooth sailing in your life and work. You do what you can to keep it that way. To varying degrees, disturbance shows up and smooth sailing is disrupted. When this happens, you do what you can to get things going smoothly again.

Have you ever thought of disturbance as a positive thing? It can be. At work, disturbance can strengthen your skills, change your perspective in a positive way, help you see things you could not see before and rearrange things for the better.

Next time you experience a disturbance, make the most of it.

 

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Getting Away And Your Perspective

Vacations and times spent away from work are always helpful to refresh your perspective on things. You don’t have to wait for them, however. There are other ways to change your perspective by getting away. Here are some of them:

• Spend a day out in the “field” (whatever that may be for your work) observing and interacting

• Solicit feedback and opinions from people around you, as well as from people you are not as closely involved with

• Find a completely new way to look at a situation and see if it fits

• Give some open contemplation time to difficult issues and see what your intuition tells you

• Physically get away from your normal work environment for short periods of time

Refreshing your perspective feeds clear thinking, creativity and momentum. Doing it often serves you.

 

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How Far Can I Go?

There are many circumstances and times in your career when it behooves you to ask, “How far can I go?” By asking this question, you assess your chances of success in what you are doing. Say a co-worker or manager has crossed a boundary with you. When you ask this question it helps you consider what reactions and responses you could receive as you protect your boundaries.

This question also has relevance in relationship to your independence and creativity. What are the lines you cannot cross in your organization’s culture? If you find yourself restricted and are not able to go as far as you like, perhaps some reflection is called for on whether the culture you are in is right for you.

It would be great if you lived in a world with no limits. However, limits do exist – some are imposed arbitrarily and some with good reason. Ultimately though, you are the one who answers the question, “How far can I go?”

 

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Imagine

It’s a plus to employ your imagination every once in awhile. Yes, you can use it for tasks and projects, however consider letting your imagination lead. How? By setting aside time to imagine your life and work and what they can be. Doing this gets you out of your every day existence into the realm of possibility.

Try, once a week, taking an “imagine break”. Let your mind run free. It may just lead you to a life you have never before imagined. ☺

 

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