The Power Of A Plan

You may hear a lot about planning for your life and career. Yes, there are a lot of generalities, advice and platitudes out there. If you have let them slip by, take another look. Planning is well worth your effort and time. What does a plan do for you? It focuses your attention, sets your priorities and requires that you think about what you want your career and life to be.

Compare the differences between having a plan and not having one. Which looks better to you? Granted, without a plan you may feel you have more freedom, but planning is about creating freedom by defining the life you want to live and how you can get there.

Do you have a plan for your life and career? If not, try creating one. It can be short or long-term. Tie it to your dreams and aspirations and you’ll be on your way!

 

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Is Anything Closing In On You?

When there is a lot for you to keep moving in work and life, things can lose your attention and fall by the wayside. That’s okay for a while, but soon they may come back at you bigger than before. It is important to stay alert to anything that has the potential to or may already be closing in on you.

Early attention to matters lets you handle them calmly and in a manner that suits you. If you let things go too long before addressing them, your choices narrow and difficulty rises.

Take a moment today to put your attention on any situation or task that may be closing in on you. Determine if it is serious and what you can do about it now. Keeping the energy flowing as you juggle life and work prevents things from getting worse and closing in on you.

 

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Need Some Space?

We’re at the edge of a transition of seasons and change is in the air. Do you need some space to make the best of this time? Open space gives you room to breathe. You can think, reassess, plan and commit to what you want to achieve on the other side of this transition.

If you need some open space for yourself, go ahead and create it. You can find the time and it will be well worth your while.

 

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What’s Your Next Chapter?

chapterpezibearpixabayIt helps to have a sense of where you are heading. What do you want to come next? If you set your aim, you can influence what your next chapter will be. Take a moment now to envision your next chapter. It can be grand or ordinary, long or short term, one step on a ladder or a great leap forward. Find some time to think about what you will do to prepare for and open your next chapter.

Planning works. It creates focus, allows you to dream, requires practicality and gets you moving. You can write your next chapter. Make it a best-seller. ☺

 

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The Intensity Of The Holidays

holidayspixabayYour awareness of the strength of emotions, personal demands and impact of the holidays is a starting point for managing through them. The holidays are not business as usual.

How are your colleagues, team and you yourself doing during the holidays? Are people keeping their focus, maintaining productivity and collaborating well? Or, are you noticing changes, gaps or problems caused by the holidays? The holidays call for adjusting the way you manage yourself and others. Best to realistically assess what can get done during the holidays as well as what must get done and plan accordingly. Doing so will serve you and your team well and let you begin 2016 on top of your game.

 

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10 Ways To “Tip The Scales” In Your Favor

ID-10095922Tip The Scales: to make something more or less likely to happen, or to make someone more or less likely to succeed 

For your own success, and the success of projects you undertake, here is some advice for tipping the scales in your favor:

1. Be at your best – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually

2. Spend adequate time preparing

3. Bring the right people into your team

4. Objectively assess the environment you are working in and how to succeed within it

5. Clearly define the goal of your effort

6. Define the outcome you are going for, in detail

7. Create a plan and update it regularly as the project progresses

8. Don’t push forward when it is evident that a strategy is not working

9. Regroup and revise when it is called for

10. Acknowledge when you succeed or fail and debrief on the experience to inform future endeavors

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Myopic

Myopic: Lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning.

ID-10097959You have often read in this blog about the importance of living in the present moment. There’s no question that living in the present moment keeps you centered. However, that does not preclude looking long-range on a regular basis. You don’t want to be myopic – it does not serve you.

A long-range perspective increases your vision and preparedness for the future. It allows you to prepare for what may come. You can start from the present moment and look ahead at the potential results and consequences of your decisions and actions. Run any decisions or actions you are contemplating out a few years and use your critical mind and imagination to vision what your decision or action could look like at that time. Then, let your vision inform the present moment, as you move forward.

You can live in the present and, at the same time, be wise for the future. Let your vision grow and see grander vistas as you manage.

 

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