Openings are opportunities for change. They can come in a variety of ways and forms. Are you alert to openings when they present themselves in your life? An opening may come as a forced change, such as being let go from a job. An opening can be an opportunity that you decide to take advantage of. An opening can be created by a loss of some kind or a decision to let something go.
Take a look at your life and work and the openings that have presented themselves to you. How did you handle them? Stay aware and you’ll recognize openings when they appear. They are invitations for you to move forward and create the life you want to live.
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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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Do you focus on your evolution? The world around you is constantly evolving. If you do not evolve, you will soon be out of touch. You can evolve in many different ways involving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. In order to evolve, you must stay aware of what is happening around you.
It is your choice how you evolve. There is no prescribed way. Change gives you options to choose what is best for you. For example, if your organization is changing its culture, you can decide whether or not the new culture is a fit for you. Or, if you find yourself physically run down or stressed due to changes that have occurred, you can let them get the better of you or get yourself back into shape.
The key to evolving is awareness. Stay aware of what is happening around you and how you want to respond to it.
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Is there something you could do each day in August to create a positive transformation? What you do can be big or small, easy or difficult – what matters is that you transform an aspect of your life or work by taking one step toward the transformation every day this month.
You may, for example, want to be more organized in your work. Each day you could do something towards that aim – declutter, organize or change a perspective you have. By the end of the month, the result can be that you are there – much more organized than when you started the month. Or, you could focus on transforming your interrelationships at work, creating more balance in your life or building a specific skill.
Will you take this on? Vision the end of this month and how good you may feel having met this challenge. As you begin your challenge, feel free to e mail me and I will hold your intention and cheer you on. You can do this!
Sometimes it is not easy to say “yes”. Doing so may involve challenge, stretching, being uncomfortable or overcoming fear. In your career, a yes that involves these things can advance you by moving you out of your comfort zone into your “growth zone”.
How about saying yes more often to experiences that improve your skills and boost your career? Is there anything worth a “yes” in front of you right now?
Sometimes you face challenges that initially seem insurmountable. How do you get to the place where you are ready to say, “I can do this”? It is not always easy.
To get there, build your belief in yourself. It is not always about being able to do the impossible when others ask for it. It is more about your ability to see a situation clearly, analyze what’s possible and determine what is that you and your team can do. Sometimes your hesitancy in saying “I can do this” is rooted in fear, a lack of information or uncertainty. In that case, don’t stop. Investigate and assess the situation. The key here as well, is to build your confidence and belief in yourself. Don’t underestimate your abilities or those of your team. Be ready to grow and stretch, if you need to.
Saying “I can do this” is a must for succeeding in management. But, in different situations, this statement has different meanings. Stay positive and out of fear, believe in yourself, keep a clear head and more often than not, you’ll be saying, “I can do this”.
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Sometimes it is hard to look at situations, people or beliefs that are not serving you. Ignoring them, however, doesn’t make them go away. They are still there; you are just refusing to see them There are consequences to this blindness. When something does not serve you, it is either taking up space or harming you. Sometimes it grows worse over time. Imagine something growing larger beside you, as long as you refuse to see.
Are there any things in your life today that you are refusing to see? Perhaps something that is chipping away at your confidence, a relationship that drains your energy, a dream you are avoiding pursuing or something you are neglecting?
Opening your eyes is not as hard as you may think it is. Refusing to see holds you back and closes your eyes to the life you want to live. Open eyes are a much better alternative.
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Summer is upon us. Some look at the seasons in a symbolic way. Summer is a time to enjoy the blooming of the “seeds” you have planted in preceding months. It will not hurt to take a moment and look at what is “blooming” for you. What have you accomplished in the past year? How have you grown?
Acknowledge your accomplishments and growth. Many of us do too little of that. By acknowledging your self, you set a foundation for future accomplishments and growth. You’ve done it before and will do it again.
What “blooms” will you enjoy this summer?
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