You may already have a fine start to the year, with optimism that it is going to be a good one for you. Or, you may be off to a sluggish start.
You have an opportunity to jump-start your year and make it even better. Here are some ways to do that:
• raise your goals a bit higher than they are now
• move your deadlines up (still doable, while stretching yourself)
• hone your balance emotionally, mentally and physically so you are at your best
• find a support network offering skills and encouragement, as you pursue your goals
• make a commitment to balance work and play this year in order to to fuel the energy level you’ll need
• believe in yourself and that you can make this year your best ever
Why not go faster and farther than you originally planned? Give some consideration to jump-starting 2020 as it begins. You can do it!
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In order to keep up, you may sometimes keep your head down and your focus narrow. It’s a good strategy; however, it can cause you to miss seeing other things that are within your reach. Since you do not control what comes your way, you can benefit from developing an ability to identify opportunities when they show up.
What kind of opportunities are you looking for? Advancement within your organization or elsewhere? Developing a new skill? Fostering your creativity or leadership ability? Whatever you desire, find a way to keep your sights open for them. You might identify people, places or situations where the kind of opportunities you are looking for arise. You may let others know what you are looking for, so that they can keep an eye out too.
Good opportunities abound for everyone. Make sure to keep your eyes open for them.
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Continuous improvement is a heralded business concept referring to any policy or process within a workplace that helps keep the focus on improving the way things are done on a regular basis. Bringing this concept to the personal can have excellent results.
Are you currently at your personal best? If yes, how did you get there? If not, what’s missing? You maintain your personal best by frequently assessing your skills, behavior, performance, emotional intelligence and productivity and then identifying ways to improve. It keeps you in top form and gives your best to the world.
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Think of a dream you have and how you can make that dream a reality. What can you do “to the max” to get yourself there?
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The secret to distinguishing yourself lies in who you are – your unique traits, talents and learned skills. Often people think they must conform in order to succeed. They fit within a system and fully adopt its processes and approaches. A degree of that is warranted. However, to do your best work, it has to come from you.
How do you make something yours? Let’s say you are given a project to lead. You can follow accepted procedures and do fine. If you bring your unique vision to the project, you have the opportunity to stand out among the crowd. What can you add that will make results better? What do you bring to the work that no one else can? Making a project yours leads you to success and fulfillment!
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When you have dreams and goals, best that you set yourself in a direction to achieve them. Your actions and choices need to be a good fit with your dreams and goals or you can be led astray. Have you ever had an opportunity come along that appears exciting or useful in some way but you have a feeling it may not be right? Trust that feeling and explore carefully any opportunities that show up. Will an opportunity take you in the direction you want to go or is it a detour or distraction from your goals and dreams that appeals to some other part of you?
When you find the opportunities that are the right fit, you’ll move quickly towards achieving your goals and dreams!
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When I was in college, a professor advised me that if I wanted to be a leader I must have a wellspring within me to draw from. His advice stayed with me and has proven to be sage.
An inner wellspring provides strength, inspiration, endurance, wisdom and counsel in times of growth and when you face positive or negative challenges. Your wellspring can be faith, centeredness, continuous learning, silence, respite, or whatever feeds you. By building your wellspring, you give yourself an advantage in being able to handle whatever comes your way. Do you have an inner wellspring that refreshes you?
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You can go along day-in, day-out without much change or you can propel your career periodically with your “next big thing”.
What is something you can do that would move your career forward in a dramatic way? Take a minute – what comes to mind?
Go ahead! You are capable of so much more and good things await you as you pursue your next big thing.
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Do you pursue mastery in any part of your career? Mastery creates focus and alignment. It involves fulfilling your potential and becoming all you can be. You and everyone else are capable of mastery. You just have to set out to pursue it.
How can you start? Pick an area where you want to achieve mastery. Look around and find someone who has or is achieving mastery and study what they have done. Identify steps you can take this year towards mastery in your area and get started. Mentors can help you to achieve mastery. Mentors come in the form of a book, media, a person. Set your intention to persist and have courage and one day, mastery will be yours.
You can get to a place in your career where you are asking yourself, “What’s the use?” Many things can get you to this question: an inability to affect what happens in your workplace, failure, frustration or obstacles you are not able to overcome. When this occurs – beware. At the point of feeling powerless, you are obviously not at your best.
If you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take some time to assess what has gotten you there. Remember that you are CEO of your career. You have some control over what happens. If something isn’t working for you, you know how to move on and make it better.
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