Do you consider yourself brave? It is not an easy quality to maintain. Bravery asks a lot – going into new and unknown situations, stepping out of your comfort zone, daring to fail, stretching yourself. As hard as it may be, bravery has bountiful rewards – adventure, growth, finding new frontiers, confidence.
Be brave. The world is a better place when you are.
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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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How are you doing this week? Are you feeling energized, tired, full of vitality or drained? Your energy level requires attention and maintenance on your part. So much can lower your energy level – stress, overwhelm, too much to do, worries, negativity in your relationships. It is up to you to identify things that “fuel” you and make sure they are consistently in your life.
What fuels you and is it in your life?
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A recent article in Medium Magazine, What I Wish I’d Known as a First-Time Manager, presents advice on being a first-time manager from people who have been there. The focus is personal – on interrelationships, respect and working as a team.
What better way to succeed as a first-time manager then to put some focus on the personal? Skills and talents can be developed over time. Who you are and how you relate with others is a lifetime pursuit.
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It is helpful every once in a while to reinforce confidence in your strengths and talents. You have gotten yourself this far and are fully capable of getting where you want to go.
Take a moment to inventory your capabilities and affirm all that you have already accomplished. Then, take that confidence and go forth!
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A well-known quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca says “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” One way to establish the aim (and wind) to carry you forward is to identify what you hope to gain from your work in 2019. Are you looking for a promotion, satisfaction, monetary compensation, building skills, growth, being of service to others?
Ask yourself “What payoff am I going for this year?” In doing so, you will firmly set your aim and your plans will carry forward.
How is your workload? Are you handling it all? Are you balancing well? Busy can mean a lot of things: too much to do, overwhelm, stress, active engagement, productivity or even happiness at having things to do.
This week, how busy will you be?
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In one moment your situation, environment or circumstance can change dramatically. When that occurs, what can you do? First, right yourself and encounter what has happened. Look around and assess. Then, check yourself out – how are you experiencing this sudden shift? Get present and figure out what you want to do.
Your perception of sudden shifts can go from good to bad and back again. Try your best to accept what has happened and evaluate from there. When you find yourself in a new world, take the shift as part of life and growth and you will be fine. Sudden shifts can bring treasures, challenges and advancement.
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Self-reflection has its advantages. Take a moment this week to look at how your life is. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
• What brings me happiness in my life and work now?
• What energy drains are present in my life and work now?
• If I could make one dream I have come true now, what would it be?
• Do I look at others and wish I had what they do?
• On a scale of one to ten, ten being the ultimate and 1 being the worst, how would I rate the state of my life and work right now?
Once you have answered these questions, identify three things you will do in the next month to make your life and work better than they are now.
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The best way to get where you want to be involves combining goals and action. Start with identifying the outcomes you want to achieve and then, set a strong intention to get there. Your strong intention fuels your actions.
Creating a strong intention involves planning, identifying the steps you need to take, persistence and discipline. Before you know it, you will be there.
What is a goal that you have? Decide what you need to do, set your strong intention and get into action!
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