Sometimes, you can go along for a while without a lot happening or without knowing what’s next. It can be a kind of quiet growth period. Then, you get restless and want to know what’s next. It is like the newly formed butterfly wanting to break out of the cocoon, without knowing what awaits it outside. As with the butterfly, you want to make sure you are ready to make the best of your next move.
Sometimes, you can jump ahead without being ready or knowing where you are going. This is okay, but has its risks. Best to be prepared. There is also the other, sometimes mysterious, factor of timing. You don’t always control the timing of things. If you push before the time is right, your move can backfire.
When you are ready to break out, make sure you are aware, at your best and ready. That way, every move can be a positive one.
I was at a workshop, years ago, and someone asked for advice on deciding where she wanted to live. The teacher’s answer was quite good. She said that one way to start a decision-making process like this is to ask yourself, What lifestyle do I want? In asking and answering this question, you set a path for the choices you will be making.
Is your present lifestyle what you want it to be? Are there any changes you would like to make? If there are, get started creating the lifestyle you want to be living. Small or large steps, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling life.
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When you look at this photo, what thoughts and feelings does it evoke? Perhaps anticipation? Maybe dread? Does it spur you to action or turn you away?
Yes, 2018 is loading. Ready or not, here it comes.
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What is your vision for your future? It does not have to be just a dream – you can create it with imagination, persistence, intelligence and moxie. Here are a few ways to get started:
- daydream what you would like your future to be and record your ideas
- allow yourself to believe that you can create your future
- vision your future self (e mail me if you’d like some ideas on how to do this)
- commit to creating your future
- do three things, in the next month, that your future self may do
Your future is coming. Make it what you want it to be.
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. “ – Ella Fitzgerald
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Many people use the seasons as markers for their lives and goals. It is not too long now until we are at summer’s end in the northern hemisphere and winter’s end in the southern hemisphere. How has this season been for you? Did you have any goals or intentions at the start of the season? How are you doing with them?
There is still time to look carefully at how you have moved forward this season. If you are happy with where you are, pat yourself on the back and challenge yourself to go a little further. If you are not where you wanted to be by now, get in gear – there is still time.
As the new season approaches, decide if you want to use it as a marker. You can set some goals and intentions for how you want the season to be and what you want to accomplish by season’s end. Get in sync with the seasons. My guess is you won’t be disappointed!
Do you know the phrase “light a fire under it”? It refers to getting something going fast. Lighting a fire can be called for when something you are doing is in crisis or there is great urgency. However, you can light a fire without a crisis or great urgency and doing so, can serve you well.
If there is something you want to get done, but haven’t gotten to or something you can do that will advance your goals in a major way, why not light a fire under it? You could set your own deadline, start moving on it now or otherwise get in action.
Is there something you’ve been wanting to do or complete? Try lighting a fire under it. You’ll be glad that you did.
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Our culture reveres winning. Not a bad thing if winning is done fairly and well. However, winning alone has become a common pursuit. We have to go back to core societal values of truth, mutual respect, ethics and the greater good. Winning alone has its problems. It does not have to be based in facts, ends are more important than means and the desired outcome is self-serving.
When a culture reveres winning alone, winning is pursued at all costs. It harms societies and the organizations we work in – people are harmed, truth is not revealed and future actions and perceptions are often based on falsities.
What do you think about winning alone?’
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Being busy seems to be a badge of honor these days. This is worth examining. Staying busy because it looks good does not have much merit. What matters is accomplishing what you set out to do, being efficient and staying out of overwhelm.
Working harder is not the only key to success. It may be a part of it, but equally important are having the skills you need, maintaining stamina by staying balanced and being smart about the goals you set.
This month, take a look at how busy you are. Are you productive? Are you getting where you want to go? Are you performing at your maximum? Being busy is not an end in itself. Nor is it a badge of honor. If you need to, let being busy go.
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How far are you reaching now to advance your career? Reaching puts you ahead of the crowd, gets you beyond the status quo and keeps you growing. There are many ways to reach. Here are a few:
• Identify a skill that can use improving and take a class, find a mentor or employ another way to improve that skill.
• Identify a career goal that stretches you and go for it.
• Ask someone you trust what he or she thinks you can improve relating to your emotional intelligence and work to do so.
• Pick a personal goal that stretches you and go for it. For example, running a marathon or entering a speech contest. Personal improvement has a positive effect on work performance.
Reaching serves you. Find something to reach for in the next month and be the best you can be!
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It is worthwhile periodically to assess where you are and where you are going. How are you doing right now? Are your life and work going in the direction you want them to be going in? Are things going well or are there aspects that could be better?
Take a moment today to look at your life and work in terms of being where you want to be. Make any course corrections you need to. You are the navigator of your life, no one else is. Steer your ship where you want it to go.
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