“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life can become monotonous. If you want some variety in your life, create it. Try experimenting. Experiments hold some risk, yes, but are not permanent. They are short excursions into new territory. They let you try something out.
What is something you have wanted to bring into your life – perhaps a new approach, a new skill, a new business relationship? Create an experiment that lets you take a step closer to what you want. Your experiment could be putting yourself in a new situation, reaching out to someone or learning more about what you desire.
Go ahead, experiment! Doing so moves you forward and makes life interesting.
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Yes, you are the center of your universe. Acknowledging this is not selfish or self-centered. It is logical. You are the only person who is under your own control. You determine your perceptions, responses and actions. You are worth your own attention.
When you acknowledge your starring role, you can create the life you want to live, while completely honoring your values. You can have a positive impact in the world and on the lives of others.
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In the northern hemisphere, spring is here. In the southern hemisphere, it is autumn. Seasons are clear markers of change in our lives. How can you use this change of season to your advantage? Here are a few questions to get you started:
• Is there a change you have wanted to make that you can get started on now?
• Is there something in your life or work that you want to let go of?
• Is there something you want to bring into your life or work that you can get started on now?
• What does this change in season mean or represent to you?
Using a change in season as a marker is a way to keep your life and career moving forward. Make the most of this change in season to transform your life and work in the same way nature transforms itself each season.
In my last post I wrote about the source of your negativity and looking below the surface for its roots. The source of your positive thinking, in contrast, is self-generated by you. Staying positive in a chaotic and challenging world takes effort.
You can cultivate a positive attitude by doing and thinking in positive ways. Examples of sources of positive doing and thinking can be: being with people who “lift you up”, listening to music that inspires you, doing things that give you joy, finding positive reasons why you live and work the way you do, staying away from negative influences, developing ways to counteract your own negativity when it arises and committing to maintaining a positive attitude
What are the sources of your positivity?
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Spring: To rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position.
Spring starts in the northern hemisphere on March 20th. Whether March 20th is the start of Spring for you or not, the thought here is to move into action and take a leap in your life and career. What is waiting for you to leap to it? What is currently constraining you, that you can leap away from?
What’s one thing you could do that would make a positive and significant difference in your life and career – something that you’d be proud to do? Identify what it is, get into action and commit to make it happen!
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Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Recently, someone said to me that they really don’t relate when someone suggests they find their purpose. This comment gave me pause. I often use that phrase; that our life’s journey is to find our purpose. Perhaps it comes down to the reason you exist. On one level, it is about the life you create. Do you have a stated purpose for your life? Have you consciously created a direction for your life with a certain aim in mind? Or, has life just happened to you?
You have unique gifts and you can create your life around them. Maybe that’s how you find your purpose – living the life you truly want to live and using your gifts. What calls you?
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Balance is essential to performance. Periodically checking your level of balance allows you to assess how well you are functioning. Here are some elements of a balance check:
• Are you tired? Have you been getting enough sleep?
• How is your stress level?
• Are your work hours manageable?
• Is your workload under control?
• How are you feeling physically?
• Are your emotions in a good place?
• Have you had fun in the last week?
Leonardo da Vinci said: “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
Try doing a balance check once a month to keep a handle on your performance. The chances of overwhelm or low functioning will diminish and balance will be easier to maintain.
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