It may be an interesting exercise to take a moment to account for what is new in your life and work this year. It has been a tumultuous year of change. Taking stock can ground you and help you set your future direction. Are the new things in your life welcome or unwelcome? How are you acclimating to them? Do you want to eliminate anything – can you? How are you doing adjusting to what’s new?
Having new things enter your life can be challenging, but also exciting. Make the most of what’s new in your life and work to maximize the benefits and momentum they can provide.
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Can you see the open doors all around you or are you stuck looking at the ones that are closing? Closed doors leave empty spaces that are waiting for your creativity and action. Examples of open doors are: replacing an element of your work that is no longer needed or no longer holds interest for you; a new idea you have; an invitation to a collaborative project; a new freedom that you have, e.g. more time, money, space or energy.
There are open doors right now waiting for you to see them. Start looking and they will appear. It is a time of much possibility. To take advantage of it, however, you must step up and step through!
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My Mom was a Rosie The Riveter during World War II in southern California. You know the motto: “We Can Do It!”
How does a “can-do” attitude fit into your work life? Has it been stifled by work cultures that discourage creativity and individual initiative? Has it been encouraged by those who realize the power of empowering workers? A “can-do” attitude serves you well. If you do not have many opportunities to cultivate it – find some.
A can-do attitude is contagious and leads you to opportunities you will never find by standing still.
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Usually, you know if you have stayed too long in a place or situation. It doesn’t feel good, but you can’t get yourself moving. Perhaps you don’t know where to go, don’t like going outside of your comfort zone or have fear around your next step. As uncomfortable as it may be, it is in your best interest to get moving. Staying too long has negative consequences. Things can get worse. You can get increasingly frustrated or worried. You can lose control and get pushed out.
Once you have recognized that you have stayed too long, start looking forward. The past is over. Your world has changed. Create a new chapter that will bring you happiness and fulfillment. You can do it.
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Is there something asking for your attention that you have been ignoring? Perhaps it is an opportunity, an unsolved problem or a situation that you need to address. If you hear a knocking, best to answer it. Most likely, it will only get louder over time.
Dealing with something is always better than avoiding it. Take it on directly. Don’t let any more time pass. Good or bad, it needs your attention.
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Is there a place that you can “jump” to right now? An area to which you, or a team that you manage, can take a leap forward? Opportunities to jump are always in front of you. Sometimes you see them and sometimes you do not. When you see an opportunity, summon your courage, prepare and jump! You won’t regret it.
You are meant to be in action and that goes for your career as well. Not much gets done when you are at a standstill. Look around you, where do you see an opportunity to jump?
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A blank page is a gift in life. It can be an ending, a new beginning, a change, a chance to start again or an invitation to something new. Is there a blank page in your life right now? What are you going to do with it? Will you fill it creatively, impulsively, carefully, leave it blank? Or, will you run away from its blankness?
Treasure the blank pages that show up. They give you an opportunity to create the life you want to live.
Repass: To pass again; go by again.
Sometimes, you are given an opportunity to look at something again. When an opportunity comes, you can benefit and learn from it. A repass brings a situation in front of you for a second time. I first knowingly experienced a repass just after I started my coaching career. I was asked to consult on an environmental project that brought me back to my previous career. I was working with other consulting firms and soon realized I was looking at my old working environment again. I watched how these firms operated, how their team members were treated and how they did their work. From a distance, this repass gave me new insights on how I used to work, that I could not see before. It also helped me let go of the past and affirm that coaching was my new career, a very different one at that.
Keep your eye out for opportunities that allow you to look again. You’ll learn from them and grow. Have you experienced a repass lately? What did it show you?
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Every once in a while, it’s good to “get real” with yourself. Crisis and opportunity are times when a realistic appraisal of what is happening serves you best. Getting real involves being honest, getting back to the present moment, taking off any rose-color glasses and a bit of courage, as well.
If you were to “get real” with yourself today, what would you focus on? Is there something asking for your attention or something that is getting out of control? If so, go for it. By getting real, you move your life forward in the best possible way.
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Is there something beckoning you that would be a stretch to pursue? Sometimes opportunity calls quietly; sometimes it calls louder and louder. To respond effectively, you need to have confidence. Confidence is belief in your ability to handle challenges and to grow.
Take a moment to consider if there is something worthwhile beckoning you now. It could be a new opportunity, the chance to improve a skill or the opportunity to innovate. How are you responding?
Do you have the confidence to go for it? Sometimes you have to take a leap. You may not have all the elements you think you need to feel safe. If you analyze the opportunity carefully and assess your level of readiness, you can identify what you need to get in place and go for it. Sometimes, you may be doing these things after you take the leap. That’s okay. What’s most important is believing in yourself, making a commitment and knowing “I can do this!”.
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