There are many circumstances and times in your career when it behooves you to ask, “How far can I go?” By asking this question, you assess your chances of success in what you are doing. Say a co-worker or manager has crossed a boundary with you. When you ask this question it helps you consider what reactions and responses you could receive as you protect your boundaries.
This question also has relevance in relationship to your independence and creativity. What are the lines you cannot cross in your organization’s culture? If you find yourself restricted and are not able to go as far as you like, perhaps some reflection is called for on whether the culture you are in is right for you.
It would be great if you lived in a world with no limits. However, limits do exist – some are imposed arbitrarily and some with good reason. Ultimately though, you are the one who answers the question, “How far can I go?”
What does it take for you to be “on point”? Being on point increases your influence, productivity, self-confidence and effectiveness.
There is a lot in our world that can pull you off point. These things can be: creating distractions, unsettled emotions, stress and anxiety, poor preparation, being tired, losing focus, being late, falling into dull routine or disliking what you are doing.
Keep yourself on point by being aware of what you need to be at your best!
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To lead effectively, it is essential to be aware of what is around you. Doing so, allows you to gauge what are the best decisions and actions to make in a given situation. Operating in a vacuum brings you alone to the table. Plugging in to personalities, cultural values, sensitivities, agendas, relevant facts and desired outcomes allows you to make decisions and take actions that move a situation forward.
How plugged in are you as you work and manage each day?
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What is your vision for your future? It does not have to be just a dream – you can create it with imagination, persistence, intelligence and moxie. Here are a few ways to get started:
- daydream what you would like your future to be and record your ideas
- allow yourself to believe that you can create your future
- vision your future self (e mail me if you’d like some ideas on how to do this)
- commit to creating your future
- do three things, in the next month, that your future self may do
Your future is coming. Make it what you want it to be.
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. “ – Ella Fitzgerald
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Living dangerously can be viewed in both positive and negative ways. You don’t want to put yourself deliberately in danger, agreed. However, sometimes you can perceive risk as danger and, in doing so, hold yourself back. Understanding that there may be some danger in taking a career risk is a way to get started. When you acknowledge the presence of danger you can plan for it and prepare yourself, in the event things go wrong.
Total safety is an illusion. The presence of a little danger can mean that by taking a risk you can reap a big reward. Allow yourself to live a bit dangerously as you propel your career forward. It will bring you adventure, knowledge, courage and, many times, good results.
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You do not work in an isolated bubble, do you? The world that surrounds you has influence and impact on your workplace. Currently, there is a lot of change, uncertainty and even chaos in the outside world. How is this affecting your workplace and you?
There is value in putting some focus on this. What’s going on in the outside world is being felt by nearly everyone. In the workplace, this can impact productivity, balance, emotions and interrelationships. Take some time to assess how your workplace is responding and reacting to the outside world right now. Address what you see and find ways to keep your team together and thriving through it all.
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The new year has begun. Are you fit for the journey? How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. A key element of stamina is fitness – physical strength, mental acuity and emotional readiness. Also key is balance. To maintain your stamina, consider what keeps you going. Do you need a lot of sleep? What is the best balance for your life? How much physical exercise do you need? How do you preserve a positive emotional outlook? Do you need variety in your life to keep you challenged?
How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
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2016 will come to end in several weeks. Where do you want to be as you cross your 2016 finish line? Think of the goals and intentions you had for this year. Have you fulfilled them? What can you do between now and the end of the year to create a fabulous finish to 2016?
Remember the power of focus and intention. Move into 2017 in the best way possible!
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Do you feel that the only way to keep up with life is to go faster and faster? That approach can wear you out and get you nowhere fast. What if the key to success and maximum productivity is to slow down your life? Here are five steps you can take to slow your life down.
1. Every two hours, bring yourself fully to the present moment and assess if you are at your best.
2. Identify the signs of your stress and, when they show up, stop and lower your stress.
3. Sharpen your ability to focus on what you are doing.
4. Be ruthlessly realistic with your time.
5. Create one “slow day” each month where you go at a leisurely and pleasurable pace, doing something you love.
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Drifting does not have much aim. Sometimes, you can drift without realizing that you are doing so. The danger is that you may drift into something dangerous and end up surprised and unprepared.
How does this happen? It happens when you are not fully in the present moment, lose focus, are overwhelmed or “check out” because you do not want to face something. So, you go along unconsciously and lose touch with what is happening around you.
Try not to drift in this way. It does you no good and rather than relaxing you, leaves you unaware and vulnerable. Have you drifted lately? Is it time to take aim again?
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