A positive mindset is a big factor in success. Are you ready to hit the ground running in 2016? Take the remaining days of 2015 to create a positive mindset for 2016. Visualize, with no limits, what you want your new year to be. Create some practices that will assure that you keep your positive mindset throughout the year. Make a few new year resolutions and check in each month to assess how you are doing with them.
Keep your focus on happiness and accomplishment and you can’t lose. Wishing you a 2016 that exceeds all your expectations!
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It’s soon the start of 2016. As you look back on your career in 2015, is anything missing? Perhaps there was a disappointment, a miss, a conflict, a failure or other event that created a gap that you’d like to fill. Or, perhaps this year you came closer to knowing what you really want and don’t want in your career and found something that is missing.
As the year winds down, take a bit of time to answer the question, “What’s missing from my work life?”. The start of the new year can be a great time to set your intent to make your career what you want it to be.
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Would you say that you are happy? Is happiness something that you value? There is so much in life that crowds out happiness – responsibilities, stress, disappointments, conflict, not having time, compromises. Happiness has to be a priority in order to exist in your life. It is so easy to neglect your desire for happiness, as other parts of your life scream louder. How can you make happiness a priority in your life and work? What brings you happiness? It is well worth your attention. Get yourself some happiness today.
Fulfillment: satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character.
Do you connect being happy with fully developing your abilities and character? Or do you associate happiness with things external to you? If you do look outside yourself, you may feel that finding happiness is beyond your control. It is not. Finding happiness is all about you.
The above definition of fulfillment says a lot about the true nature of happiness. It is an individual and inside job. How much attention do you put to developing your abilities and character versus what you or others think you should do? By focusing within, fulfillment can be much closer than you think.
As you develop your abilities and character, you are using resources well within your reach. You can develop your talents and become more valuable in the work you are best at. Another take on developing your character is that you are being true to yourself. When you are, your fulfillment will increase.
Here’s hoping that your answer to the question “Are you fulfilled?” is “yes” or soon will be!
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Many times, you can find yourself living your life according to the dictates of others, yielding to unwanted circumstances or defaulting on your dreams. Here are some ways to start reclaiming your life for you.
1. Know your values and honor them.
2. Affirm that you can be happy in your life.
3. Surround yourself with people who treasure you.
4. Create positive experiences that boost your spirits.
5. Examine any negativity in your life and what its source is.
6. Create continuous improvement in your life.
7. Set some targets for attaining new heights.
8. Extend yourself beyond your comfort zone.
9. Practice kindness to yourself and others.
10. Create a clear picture of what it means to live your life, your way.
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I recently came across a job site, Glass Door, that offers employee reviews of companies. I was curious about low ratings and found reviews such as: high stress and long hours, great people, poor operations, required to handle responsibilities that may fall outside the scope of job description, very schizophrenic priorities and initiatives, decisions not well delegated, targets move and speed takes precedence over quality.
What are your top three criteria for a good working environment? Are they met in your current position? What are three non-negotiables that you cannot have in your working environment? Are any of them present in your current position?
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What is your oxygen? What are the “must-haves” that you cannot live without? Good to know what they are. Here are some of my “must haves” – the “oxygen” I need to live and breathe.
• Balance – the ability to stay centered, as I face my day
• Challenge – opportunity to use my intellect and creativity
• Movement – a flow of energy through my life
• Basic Sustenance – so I can live
• Interaction – people I connect with, in a variety of ways
• Beauty – a source of my inspiration
• Purpose – meaning and direction for my life and work
What is your “oxygen”? Know what you need to live and manage well!
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Every once in a while, it is good to step back and take a look at what you are doing and determine if it is a fit.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself about your current job.
• Am I using my best skills on a daily basis?
• Are the people who surround me good collaborators?
• Am I accomplishing significant things?
• Is there a flow to my work?
• Is this job leading me to what I envision my next career steps to be (gaining skills, connections and knowledge)?
• Does my work fulfill me?
You are the CEO of your career. Your choices lead you forward. Your job should be a fit with your goals and dreams.
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As a coach, I often focus on finding work you love. What about work that loves you back? Is this a radical notion? Maybe.
Unrequited love is not fun. Think about it. With all you put into your work, don’t you deserve to love what you do and have all that you put into it come back to you? Does your salary or profit alone fulfill you? We are told that work is hard and success comes with struggle. We are told to manage our expectations. Those messages hold us down and keep us under others’ control.
How would your life be different if you found work that loves you back?
The company GitHub optimizes happiness for team members, product users and shareholders. A recent Fast Company blog post, “GitHub’s Code for Work Place Happiness” presented GitHub’s approach which includes: a radically flat structure; allowing team members to choose the work they want to do with responsibility to the collective; and a belief that profits will rise naturally because happy team members create great products and great products have users who love these products and will pay for them
Do you believe that happiness is achievable in your and your team’s work? Start there. By believing it is possible you can start defining what makes you happy and have your team do so as well. Implement what you can. It could lead you to another organization, eventually, or you could find happiness right where you are. Is there a good reason not to be happy in your work? I don’t think so.