Never

Can you have certainty when you declare “never”? You do not know the future or its circumstances. Give some thought before saying ”never”. Is doing so a reaction or a response? Is it a result of fear or confirmation of a value you currently hold, but may not in the future?

Saying “never” is a strong statement that can box you in. Use the phrase sparingly or not at all.

 

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Is There Anything You Are Running From?

Is there anything you are running from?

Running can be helpful when you need to get away fast. However, sometimes running is a reaction to unfounded fear or avoidance and that is never a good starting point.

Stop – just for a moment. Why are you running? If a situation or person must be faced and you are in fear, you can diminish your fear by looking squarely at what is happening and figuring out a plan of action that serves your interests. Make sure your running is productive and will get you somewhere that you want to go.

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No Bad Turns

At times, you may regret things you have done or directions you have taken and look at them as wrong. An alternative is to see your life and career as a journey of many trails and turns. The key is to keep going. If you have a failure or make a mistake, it may be leading you somewhere positive that you did not anticipate. Or, if it sends you in a direction you do not want to go, you can course-correct and learn from the experience.

Try developing a long-term, less self-critical approach to what happens on your career path. In doing so, you maintain your momentum, self-confidence and positive point of view.

 

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Are You Doing OK?

You matter – to yourself, the people close to you and those you work with. You deserve to be at your best and happy. Most of the time whether you are at your best and happy is up to you, not others. You are the one to make it so.

How are you doing today – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Any tweaks you need to make? Any people or situations bringing you down? Can you say things are as good as they can be?

 

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What Lens Are You Looking Through?

Over a lifetime, you have formed a point of view about your work. That point of view becomes a kind of lens that you view your experiences through. Is your lens optimistic, pessimistic, fearful, hopeful, loving, calculating, mind-centered or emotion-centered?

Best to be aware of the nature of your lens and any biases it has. What kind of lens do you look though? What contributed to it? When you gain awareness of the lens you look through, you can then decide how well it’s working and if any adjustments are called for.

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Making It Yours

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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Low Energy

It’s inevitable; your energy levels go up and down. Have you noticed how low energy levels affect your work? Low energy levels have lots of causes, among them: being tired or sick, being in a situation that is draining your energy, boredom and strong emotions.

Awareness is the first step in dealing with a low energy level. When this occurs, change your expectations of what you can and can’t do. It may be that you have no choice but to raise your energy level for an immediate task that must get done. In that case, develop dependable ways to raise your energy level – perhaps a short nap, a change of scene, getting help or another means. When you can afford to, give yourself the time you need to restore your energy to a high level.

When your energy level is low, you are not at your best. It is in your interest to understand and know how to deal with your changing energy levels.

 

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Is There A Place For Gratitude At Work?

You may not link gratitude and work together, but gratitude has its place there. Gratitude expands your mind and heart and often lifts you up. You may already see the role of gratitude in your personal life. You can benefit from gratitude at work, as well.

What are three things you are grateful for in your current work? Try each day to identify one thing at work you are grateful for and see what happens.

 

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