When you take ownership of something, it is yours. You take responsibility for it and, by implication, it is something that you want to do. In your work, are there projects, attitudes or activities that you have or haven’t taken ownership of? Not taking ownership can involve lack of enthusiasm, not performing at your best or doing things by default. Taking ownership can involve accountability, moving at a good pace or raising your profile.
If something is yours, you might as well take ownership of it. Doing so serves you and increases your value to yourself and your organization.
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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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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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Rushing is not always the fastest way to reach where you want to go. Rushing is full of potential pitfalls – losing your focus, tripping, bumping into others, forgetting something important or exhausting yourself. Instead of rushing, try focusing and steady intention. You’ll most likely get to your destination faster and in much better shape.
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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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