Life is seldom a straight line. It goes up and down and up and down again. Sometimes the down times can unsettle you. They are not permanent, just part of the movement and rhythm of life. Try looking at them as temporary “dips” with various purposes and outcomes. Trust that you will find your way out eventually and move to higher ground.
Dips can be a setback, a lull, a course correction or a disappointment. Dips can occur so that you can slow down, look carefully, take a new perspective, gather momentum or find a new direction. Dips aren’t a failure or a problem. They are something to be aware of and to deal with in a productive and meaningful way.
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Knowing when you need help and where to get it is a strength not a weakness as you work. No one is completely self-sufficient or in possession of every skill they need. In what areas have you had to ask for help in the past? Where did you go for that help?
It behooves you to develop a support system for when you may need help. Your system may include experts, data sources, advisors and mentors, organizations and suppliers. With a support system like this, the next time you need some help you’ll know right where to go!
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If you look up the definition of muse, you see that it is used to describe the nine goddesses in Greek Mythology that preside over song and poetry and the arts and sciences. You also see muse defined as a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction. Have you ever encountered your muses? You have them and they can help you in a myriad of practical ways.
You can look at your muses as a source of creativity. They come in the form of ideas, insights or moments of inspiration. If you learn how to employ them, your performance rises and your ideas expand. Developing your intuition, creating quiet moments, walking alone in nature and allowing the arts to inspire you are all ways of connecting with your muses.
Searching for an answer or creative approach? Invite your muses – they’ll come.
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Want to do an excellent job? Get to your center and proceed from there. Your center is the place where you are fully present, your energy is under your control and your mind and emotions are clear. Starting from any place else puts you at a disadvantage.
Too much emotion? Mind is overdrive? Feeling distracted or scattered? Take a moment to pause, bring yourself together and proceed from there to excellence.
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“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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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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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 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.
Is being in the unknown uncomfortable for you? It’s natural to seek certainty. It gives you a feeling of being safe and secure. The reality is that, seeking certainty or not, you can find yourself in the unknown often. If you do not have a way of dealing with the unknown, it can turn you around and unsettle you, ultimately affecting both your emotions and your performance.
What can you do when you are wanting answers that are not there? First, you can accept the present reality and know that answers will come eventually, either from within you or from outside sources. You can develop your ability to be comfortable in the unknown by seeking ways to find answers and centering your self in the process.
You have what it takes to deal with the unknown and will get better at it as time goes on. The next time you are wanting answers, embrace and make the best of being in the unknown!
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How are things moving along for you in the new year? Just right? Slow? At warp speed? It helps to focus on the type and level of momentum you want to create in 2019. In doing so, you set the pace of the year and, hopefully, ensure a productive and fulfilling one.
Momentum involves many aspects of your work, including the pace at which you work, the amount of work you handle and the direction you go in. Take a moment to look at the level of momentum you created in 2018. Then, set your sights on the new year and creating a level of momentum that works well for you. Before you know it, you’ll be in your “zone” and getting to where you want to be.
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