Do you ever daydream? Daydreams are much more than “fluff”. They can be functional and lead to positive changes in your career. You can put daydreams to work for you by focusing them on what you want in your work life. They provide a creative, open space for your imagination to flow.
Allow yourself a few daydreams about your work and career. In a quiet space, let your imagination go on what a great work situation would be for you. Imagine how it happens and how you feel. See what shows up. Even if what shows up seems impractical, don’t push it away. Give it some more thought. Your daydreams may be guiding you to somewhere great!
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In coaching there is a tool named “Yes/No”. Its purpose is to help you set boundaries when you need to. Say you are in a situation where you are being asked to work very long hours on a project and upper management is putting a lot of burden on staff, without providing the resources needed to get the job done. The situation is draining your energy and frustrating you.
To employ the yes/no tool you would make a list of what you say yes to and what you say no to in the situation. Here are some examples:
• I say yes to maintaining a standard of quality on the project, so that it does not fail.
• I say yes to asking management for what I need to get the job done.
• I say no to draining my energy and getting out of balance because of the long hours and frustration of the project.
• I say no to taking responsibility beyond what I can reasonably do or for what is upper management’s responsibility.
Yes/No is a powerful tool that helps you to maintain the boundaries that you need to thrive and excel in your work!
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You have an intuitive voice within that sometimes tries to quietly caution you. When you are not sure whether to act, best to wait. Stop for a while and assess what you are about to do. By waiting, you build confidence in your intended action, uncover better approaches and identify any obstacles involved. Then, once you have waited, you can act with the prospect of much better results.
Is there anything you are considering doing, but something tells you it may not be good for you? Try waiting and make your path forward a clearer one.
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How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?
Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!
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Ah, those moments when your cares and all the demands on you fall away. Treasure them.
How often do you find yourself in moments of peace? They are a time to replenish, center, rest and listen. Let yourself consciously enjoy them and use them well!
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If you had to choose, what would you say is the most important goal you are working towards now?
For that goal, how are you doing in these areas:
• clarity on what you want to achieve
• steps to get there
• identifying any support you need
• maintaining focus and tracking your progress
Setting a goal is your first step. Achieving your goal asks that you make it a priority and do what needs to be done.
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An article, Have You Ever Felt That You’re in the Wrong Place in Your Career, in Your Life? offers stories of people who reach fulfillment and success by a circuitous path, often planning in the short-term and rejecting linear, long-term planning. Their paths have involved surprises and unknowns, risks, following their interests and non-traditional choices.
What kind of career path are you on? Is it working for you? Whatever type of path you are on, periodic re-evaluation and awareness of non-traditional options can lead you to the success and fulfillment you are looking for.
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When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.
Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?
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How is your week going? Are you carrying a lot? How about this coming week you let go of three tasks, responsibilities or burdens so that you can lighten your load.
Your mind can convince you that you must do everything and that you have no choice. In most cases, there are things you can let go of, without dire consequences.
Go ahead, tell yourself that yes, you can walk a little lighter in your life!
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Inspiration can occur randomly; however, most of the time it must be sought and cultivated. Think of people in history whom you see as inspired and brilliant in their work. When inspiration came, they were ready to employ it.
Want to cultivate inspiration? Seek it. Develop you inner intuition as inspiration comes both loudly and quietly, from within and without. Look for situations and people that may inspire you. Recognize the power of inspiration to move your life and work forward to mastery. Be ready to receive it by developing focus and by reducing over-thinking, distraction and “noise” in your life. Inspiration is just around the corner waiting for you.
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