Staying in the present moment makes a lot of sense these days. The world is facing many unknowns and uncertainties. At the same time, however, it makes sense to give some thought to what is to come. Here are some questions you can answer to start positioning yourself well for the long run:
• Look out a few years from now regarding your current work. How does the future look? Do you anticipate changes or does it look like things will stay the same? Do you see yourself doing the same work then as you are doing now?
• What opportunities do you see becoming available to you now or in the near future? Could they lead you in a new direction? Is that new direction one you want to prepare for or explore?
• Is there a skill you have wanted to develop but have not had time to in the past? Would that skill position you well for a job that has a future?
• Is there a dream you have had that you can start pursuing now because the time seems right to do what you have to to make it come true?
Long range vision makes for happy futures. Take some time now to look towards the future and make it the best it can be.
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It is the nature of these times that, in the midst of loss, chaos, fear and change you can find positive openings that did not exist before. You must adjust your perceptions so that you can see them. Do you see any openings now?
What is the nature of an opening? An opening is an invitation to go somewhere new. This is a time to reimagine your life and work. Opportunities are here to support you in doing this. It is a time for innovation. New circumstances need new approaches.
What would you like to reimagine? Go ahead, the wind is at your back.
I am currently reimagining The Managers Hub Blog. You’ll be seeing a transformed blog sometime this year that addresses the world we now live in. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you.
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There is a lot of upheaval in the world now leaving room for creativity and innovation. You have an opportunity to seize the moment and do something bold. Many of the strictures of our recent past are gone – not by choice but because of the nature of the changes we are experiencing.
Change brings openings. What could you do now that you’ve wanted to do in the past, but conditions did not allow for it? What dream can you see an opening for?
Go ahead, surprise them!
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Do you ever feel invisible or unheard? There are a myriad of reasons that can explain why you feel this way – some relating to you and some relating to those around you. If you do feel this way, what can you do? You can make a loud noise but results may be temporary and unsatisfying. Here are some possibilities to consider:
1. Excel in your work and acknowledge your skill when an opportunity arises.
2. Raise your profile in some way: share your ideas to a wider audience, speak up in meetings, offer help when it is appropriate – especially in high profile projects.
3. Believe in yourself. Build your self-confidence.
4. Find work that is a good fit for your talents and preferences.
5. Live and speak your truth.
Don’t hide. You have a lot to offer. People around you need to see that. They’ll be better off for it. Let them know you are here!
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Your gifts and talents lie within your uniqueness. You are not a carbon copy of anyone in this world. When you know yourself, you can take that awareness and amplify your strengths into a fulfilling career and life.
What is your biggest strength? Take some time to name it. Then, ask yourself these questions regarding your current work:
• How often do I get to use this strength?
• Am I recognized by co-workers and managers for having this strength?
• Am I experiencing a lack of use or respect for my strength?
• What direction can I take in my career that will showcase my strength?
Using your unique gifts and talents is the foundation of creating a career pathway that lets you be the best that you can be.
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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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