With the current state of life and work these days, do you find yourself asking “Why?” It is an understandable question to ask. The world is undergoing significant change and you are dealing with many unknowns. What you once knew is gone and you have yet to build what is to come.
The challenge of asking why is that there may not be a clear answer. So what do you do? Probably best to get comfortable in the unknown. Stay productive. Be alert for opportunities to create something new. Nurture yourself so that the stress of it all doesn’t get the better of you. Acknowledge the dark side of all this; however look to the bright side of possibility.
At some point, the answer to your question will appear. Be well!
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When things around you are in flux, uncertainty and dissolution, it is a challenge to stay focused and productive. One thing that can help is having an aim. Having an aim aligns your energy in pursuit of a concrete outcome. It gives you purpose and is a good buffer against distraction.
Are there specific things you must accomplish this week? These things can become your aim. Decide when and how you will get them done. Create ways of reminding yourself of your aim. By the end of the week, with your aim accomplished, you will have created some stability and momentum for getting things done, as the new week beckons.
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We are in a time when change is here and we are not sure where we are going. It is a time between the past we knew and the future that is coming. We have no roadmap. Here are a few ideas on making the most of the time we are in.
1. If stress and pressure are through the roof for you, consistently bringing yourself back to center is essential.
2. If you have a lot of time and space now, spend it in reflection on what you want your future to be.
3. Whatever your circumstances, find your new balance (physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally) for the time we are in.
4. Find a process to release what was – it is gone.
5. Get yourself to embracing the unknown – this will serve you well.
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These days, all kinds of things can keep you busy – adapting to change, care giving for yourself or others, finding work, doing your work. All of these involve “doing”. You can also be busy on the “being” side – reassessing your life and work, dealing with the “time out” you are in, accepting the changes that are occurring, dealing with fear and uncertainty.
What is keeping you busy these days? What’s the balance you are striking between being and doing? Some of the heroes of this time have only the option of doing and we are so grateful to them. Others have an opportunity to create some busy time on the being side. You have an opening to create positive change. Your world will not be the same, as you return to activity. This shift has been too big. Spending some time reflecting on your life, work and wants serves you greatly right now.
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It happens. Sometimes energy and enthusiasm are in high supply and other times they are nowhere to be found. When you feel yourself losing your energy and enthusiasm, do your best to identify why it is happening. There are many possibilities: physically you are feeling low energy; what you are doing is draining your energy and enthusiasm; you just need a break to restore yourself; you are allowing your mind to tie you in knots; something is draining you emotionally or you just don’t like what you are doing.
When you allow yourself to lose steam, the slowing down you will experience is anything but advantageous for you. Breaks and rest restore you. Losing steam can run you off the tracks.
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Overwhelm gets you off track. It can be a dangerous place to be in terms of your stress level, making mistakes or messing up. There is energy expended in your overwhelm that can be transformed into productive energy. If you find yourself in overwhelm, try these five things to prevent crashing and to get back on a productive track.
1. Stop and bring yourself fully to the present moment.
2. Observe what has happened and center yourself.
3. Find a way to release the emotions and stress you are feeling.
4. Reorient yourself, identify what you can get done and set priorities.
5. Start working again, fully present to what you are doing.
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Periodically, you can face setbacks and changes in your career. Some of these experiences involve loss, as well as endings. What can you do in the face of them? You can continue.
Often, these experiences leave you in a new place. Start by looking around at your new environment. Then, proceed to continue productively. That way, you take the best of you along.
The next time you experience a major change or setback, commit to continuing productively from old to new, with all of you.
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You may already have a fine start to the year, with optimism that it is going to be a good one for you. Or, you may be off to a sluggish start.
You have an opportunity to jump-start your year and make it even better. Here are some ways to do that:
• raise your goals a bit higher than they are now
• move your deadlines up (still doable, while stretching yourself)
• hone your balance emotionally, mentally and physically so you are at your best
• find a support network offering skills and encouragement, as you pursue your goals
• make a commitment to balance work and play this year in order to to fuel the energy level you’ll need
• believe in yourself and that you can make this year your best ever
Why not go faster and farther than you originally planned? Give some consideration to jump-starting 2020 as it begins. You can do it!
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Sometimes you stay in place. There can be good reasons for doing so. Staying in place has its advantages. You can take a longer look, make a deeper dive, and think something out. At a certain point, however, you want to get back in motion. Staying in place too long can stagnate your progress.
What’s your level of activity right now? Are you stalled, productively in place or in motion?
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Sometimes, what you would rather not have in your life creeps in without your noticing. Here are some things to take stock of, as we end the year, so that you can release what no longer serves you:
• energy drains
• “dramas” at work that you are better off without
• things you have been procrastinating on that would make your life or work better
• dreams you could be acting on, but are not
• time you may be wasting
• relationships that you are better off ending
• stressors that you are not addressing
How many of these exist for you? Are you ready to quantify them and say “so long” as we end 2019?