Have you been caught short lately – unprepared, missing something, lacking information, short-staffed? It is not a pleasant situation to be in. Sometimes it is avoidable and sometimes not. Preparation is so important to your success. When, even with preparation, you get caught short, what do you do? Usually, you have to regroup fast to respond. Best to be honest, propose a solution and stay off the defensive. Getting caught short happens to everyone. When despite your best efforts you get caught short, be ready to get back in the game and make it right.
What does it take for you to be “on point”? Being on point increases your influence, productivity, self-confidence and effectiveness.
There is a lot in our world that can pull you off point. These things can be: creating distractions, unsettled emotions, stress and anxiety, poor preparation, being tired, losing focus, being late, falling into dull routine or disliking what you are doing.
Keep yourself on point by being aware of what you need to be at your best!
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Sometimes, you can go along for a while without a lot happening or without knowing what’s next. It can be a kind of quiet growth period. Then, you get restless and want to know what’s next. It is like the newly formed butterfly wanting to break out of the cocoon, without knowing what awaits it outside. As with the butterfly, you want to make sure you are ready to make the best of your next move.
Sometimes, you can jump ahead without being ready or knowing where you are going. This is okay, but has its risks. Best to be prepared. There is also the other, sometimes mysterious, factor of timing. You don’t always control the timing of things. If you push before the time is right, your move can backfire.
When you are ready to break out, make sure you are aware, at your best and ready. That way, every move can be a positive one.
Sometimes you have a choice between letting something go and pushing it through to completion. When that choice shows up, usually it takes a lot to push through and you have to decide if you are up for it. Say, something has gone off-track in a project through no fault of your own, but you are the only one around that can fix it. Doing so means extra hours and a lot of effort. How do you get yourself ready?
There are several ways to gear up for pushing through. First, mentally prepare by accepting what’s ahead. Second, make sure you have what you need to get done what you have to. Third, make sure, even though you are pushing, that you do not burn yourself out physically. You may have to stretch a bit, but then you can make sure to make space to rest once you are done.
If you feel you cannot push through alone and get a job done, ask for and get the help you need. Pushing through is not an every day thing; however pushing through, when it’s warranted, helps your career and has many rewards.
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Is there something you are “done with” relating to your career? It may be a consistent aggravation, something you are tolerating, a significant lack of recognition for the work you are doing or a pursuit that no longer interests you.
Depending on what it is that you are done with, you may be able to let it go right away or letting it go may take some doing. Either way, best to get started. As you let go of things that no longer serve you, your life gets better and you make room for the new.
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After writing my last blog post, Your Past Informing Your Present, I thought about how your present might inform your past. Yes, that’s not the usual way we go; however there is something to it.
If you look at your past actions, attitudes and decisions from the vantage point of now, there’s a good chance you are wiser and more experienced than you were then. Evaluating past actions is a practice of continuous improvement, if you do it well.
You carry your past throughout your life. Why not use it to your advantage? What might you have done differently in the past, if you knew what you know today?
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Do you know the phrase “light a fire under it”? It refers to getting something going fast. Lighting a fire can be called for when something you are doing is in crisis or there is great urgency. However, you can light a fire without a crisis or great urgency and doing so, can serve you well.
If there is something you want to get done, but haven’t gotten to or something you can do that will advance your goals in a major way, why not light a fire under it? You could set your own deadline, start moving on it now or otherwise get in action.
Is there something you’ve been wanting to do or complete? Try lighting a fire under it. You’ll be glad that you did.
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1. Not paying attention
2. Failing to understand the culture of your organization
3. Having a poor relationship with time
4. Becoming resentful
5. Not sharpening your skills
6. Getting tired and out of balance
7. Not thinking ahead
8. Failing to see signs that something is wrong
9. Missing deadlines
10. Thinking it’s okay if you are unhappy
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Are you feeling tired lately? There are many reasons and ways you can end up tired. There are obvious physical reasons – you are not getting enough sleep, you are pushing your body too far or you are expending more energy than you have. There are other reasons as well – stress is getting the better of you, a difficult situation is draining your energy or you are neglecting balance in your life.
When you are tired, take a moment to determine the cause. Then, you can take action that is appropriate for the situation. If you are physically tired, you can get sleep or replenish yourself physically. If there is another reason, you can do what is needed to replenish your energy and balance.
Best to pay attention. Keep your performance high and respond intelligently when you are tired.
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Before I became a coach one of the key lessons I learned, as manager, was that actions speak louder than words. The organization I worked for had promised, when I was hired, that I would see two title promotions in two years. As I waited for the first one (over a year into my employment) I received an excellent performance appraisal and a raise in salary, but only promises of a title.
I was perplexed for a while. If they were happy with my performance, why wasn’t I seeing the title? There was an assumption there: that hard work and quality were always rewarded. At a certain point, I decided that I would no longer judge my employers by their words, but would judge them by their actions. What a positive shift this was for me! My approach changed. I communicated directly with my employers and I had a much more accurate view of what was going on.
Try this out for yourself. Judge people and situations by actions taken, rather than words. Actions are your best measure – they are real, hold weight and cannot be denied.
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