Discernment: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; the ability to judge well.
If there ever was a skill for these times, discernment is one of them. Amidst change, there is so much to decide. Your ability to choose well is crucial to your balance and happiness. Discernment requires you to be present to the choice you face, to carefully examine the situation before you and to have the ability to make a choice when there are unknowns involved.
How would you rate your powers of discernment? Sharpening this skill will create ease and improve your life and work.
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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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Awareness: knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
You may not think of awareness as a work skill. It is an important one. When you are aware of your self and your surroundings you can respond to people and situations in ways that align with your values and needs and promote common goals. When you are unaware, your values, needs and goals can go unheeded because you are in the dark.
One way I became more aware was when I met my husband Ermanno. I was a New York City girl and although I always valued the natural world, I often did not slow down within it. My husband was much more attuned to and aware of nature. We would be driving in the country and he would say “there’s a hawk” or “look at the light”. I gradually became much more aware of my surroundings in the natural world, instead of quickly passing through and taking only parts of it in.
In your career and your life, it is a big plus to cultivate your awareness of people, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, key elements of your particular professional field, levels of communication and things that lie below the surface of your work environment. Cultivating your awareness moves you closer to excellence and , ultimately, success.
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I recently came across this statement: We want to be seen so that we know we exist. It caught me. Some like the spotlight. Others avoid it. The statement may go deeper. What does being seen mean to you? Is it recognition of your talents, attention from others, receiving the respect you are due or something else? Whatever your desire, validate your feelings and declare them a value that you can honor.
How do you want to be seen in the world? It is up to you to make it so.
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Spring is a time of planting seeds that will bloom in summer. As far as your career, what do you want to create? Start planting seeds now.
Your seeds can be inquiries, actions, research, developing skills, making necessary changes. Start now – create the flowers that you want to bloom for you this summer.
For those of you in the southern hemisphere, what flowers bloomed for you in summer?
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Do you pursue mastery in any part of your career? Mastery creates focus and alignment. It involves fulfilling your potential and becoming all you can be. You and everyone else are capable of mastery. You just have to set out to pursue it.
How can you start? Pick an area where you want to achieve mastery. Look around and find someone who has or is achieving mastery and study what they have done. Identify steps you can take this year towards mastery in your area and get started. Mentors can help you to achieve mastery. Mentors come in the form of a book, media, a person. Set your intention to persist and have courage and one day, mastery will be yours.
Some see retreat as a failure. Others see it as a strategic win. How do you view retreating?
Pulling away from something is not a failure in itself. It can be the best answer to a situation that is not working for you. Some have a hard and fast view of retreating – you can find many quotes that say “never retreat”. What if you realize you are going in a wrong direction? What if you are up against a no-win situation? Are you supposed to keep going until you drop, just for the sake of never giving up?
Not necessarily. You are supposed to make the best of every situation you are in. Sometimes, retreating is the best course. Temporarily retreating allows you to rethink and regroup. Retreating for good lets you put your energies to something that will pay off for you.
Deciding when to retreat is a serious undertaking. It requires your discernment and strategic skill. You do not need a ban on retreating. Instead, you need the ability to perceive when it is the right time to retreat.
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Sometimes, you have to do things that will not have an immediate result or where the end is not in sight. You move forward one step at a time and face whatever comes. It is like climbing a mountain. It asks for your awareness, persistence, excellence and trust.
Can you think of a time you had to climb a “mountain” like this in your career? How did it work out? What skills were most useful to you? What will you do differently when you encounter your next mountain?
What’s your next move to further your career? It could be something you do personally (rebalance, take time for something, nurture yourself) or professionally (build a skill, face a problem, take a step forward).
It is always good to be proactive. Your career needs your leadership. You want to guide it like an arrow, not let it be a target. Take a moment to look at where your career is now. Does something cry out for your attention? Are you bored or in a difficult situation? Is there something you’d like to do or a step you want to take?
Taking deliberate, proactive steps forward will bring your career to where you want it to be.
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It benefits you to discover and nurture your unique talents and skills – your gifts. They are your fastest way to career fulfillment and success. Your gifts set you apart and give you an advantage that others do not have.
When you use them, you stand out from the crowd. Of course, in order to use your gifts they must be valued and needed in your work or organization. Do you know what your unique talents and skills are? Are you using and developing them?
Get to know your gifts – they are your ticket to meaningful and satisfying work.