You’ve Got This

It is helpful every once in a while to reinforce confidence in your strengths and talents. You have gotten yourself this far and are fully capable of getting where you want to go.

Take a moment to inventory your capabilities and affirm all that you have already accomplished. Then, take that confidence and go forth!

 

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What Payoff Are You Going For?

A well-known quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca says “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” One way to establish the aim (and wind) to carry you forward is to identify what you hope to gain from your work in 2019. Are you looking for a promotion, satisfaction, monetary compensation, building skills, growth, being of service to others?

Ask yourself “What payoff am I going for this year?” In doing so, you will firmly set your aim and your plans will carry forward.

 

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Intentional Outcomes

The best way to get where you want to be involves combining goals and action. Start with identifying the outcomes you want to achieve and then, set a strong intention to get there. Your strong intention fuels your actions.

Creating a strong intention involves planning, identifying the steps you need to take, persistence and discipline. Before you know it, you will be there.

What is a goal that you have? Decide what you need to do, set your strong intention and get into action!

 

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What’s The Point?

Every once in a while it is good to ask, “What’s The Point?” You can ask this question about a number of things – your career, the amount of time you put into your work, your goals or the way you are living your life. In doing so, you re-center and check up on the alignment of your life with what you want to accomplish and be.

How does your answer to this question measure up? Are you where you want to be? Are you moving forward? Hopefully you are. If not, you now have what you need to change direction.

 

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Countdown

10, 9, 8… It will soon be the end of the year. What is left undone? 2018 can still be the year you intended it to be. Move quickly and do whatever you can. If it seems you are out of time – go for it. There are still things you can do to enter 2019 in a good place.

What will you do before this year ends?

 

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What’s Stopping You?

This month is a great time to focus on what may be holding you back from what you want to accomplish. Doing this allows you to eliminate obstacles and start the new year at your best.

What do you think is stopping you? Identify it and address it. Find a way to make it disappear.

 

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What Must You Do?

Is there anything you must get done by the end of 2018? It may be an outer or inner-imposed deadline and is something you want to make sure you do. Identify it right now and commit to doing it. You have time to prepare and set up what you need.

By getting moving now, you increase your chances of getting it done and celebrating your accomplishment before the year ends.

 

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Ten Ways To Spark Your Curiosity

In my last blog post, I wrote about the power of curiosity. Here are ten ways to get your curiosity in motion.

1. Make an intention to develop a new skill in the next six months.

2. Do something you have never done before.

3. Do something backwards.

4. Go into nature and find five things you have never seen before.

5. Prepare to do something that you have resisted doing in the past.

6. Study an animal – its characteristics and way of being in the world.

7. Develop the least used of your five senses.

8. Read a book about something unknown to you.

9. Create a “stretch” goal that brings you further than you have ever thought of going.

10. Spend an hour on youtube exploring a subject of interest to you.

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Stability

Although stability can be fleeting, it is still worthwhile to focus on creating it. Stability is a foundation – you know your values, you know the elements of your life, you know your strengths and weaknesses and you have goals and a sense of the direction you want to go in. True, all kinds of things can upset your stability. It is easier, however, to regain stability after an upset if you had it before the upset occurred.

Adding change or upset to chaos and lack of direction creates instability and can wreak havoc in your life and career.

Looking to assess your level of stability? Here are some questions to get you started:

• What are the elements of your life that you can count on?

• How secure do you feel in your current work/career?

• Do you trust your instincts?

• Have you any true assurances that what you have now will stay around for a while?

• How well have you prepared for recovering from a crisis (e.g. loss of a job)?

• Have you identified your key life values? Do you honor them daily?

• How comfortable are you in dealing with change?

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” – Tom Robbins

 

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