Are You Fulfilled?

ID-100281273Fulfillment: satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character.

Do you connect being happy with fully developing your abilities and character? Or do you associate happiness with things external to you? If you do look outside yourself, you may feel that finding happiness is beyond your control. It is not. Finding happiness is all about you.

The above definition of fulfillment says a lot about the true nature of happiness. It is an individual and inside job. How much attention do you put to developing your abilities and character versus what you or others think you should do? By focusing within, fulfillment can be much closer than you think.

As you develop your abilities and character, you are using resources well within your reach. You can develop your talents and become more valuable in the work you are best at. Another take on developing your character is that you are being true to yourself. When you are, your fulfillment will increase.

Here’s hoping that your answer to the question “Are you fulfilled?” is “yes” or soon will be!

 

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Self-Preservation

ID-100128824Self-Preservation: preservation of oneself from destruction or harm; a natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to preserve one’s own existence

Self-preservation may be instinctive; however it is worth your while to focus consciously on it in your workplace. Why? Because survival is not a given in any workplace. Numerous factors can threaten your success and well being if you are not aware of the environment you are working in. Self-preservation does not require paranoia, manipulation or obsession. Self-preservation requires intelligence, watchfulness and protection of your interests.

Here are some ways to focus on self-preservation in a constructive manner:

• Be keenly aware of (stay awake) when people either harm you or your interests at work. Maya Angelou once said: “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” It’s natural for some to have a tendency to let slights pass by or to dismiss them. You do not have to react to them, but you want to allow the facts to form your opinion of someone, rather than your wishes for how you’d like them to be.

• Identify what interests you want to protect. Do they relate to being given what you need to perform well, being treated in a certain manner, (for example, respected, valued, consulted, acknowledged), milestones you want to achieve in your career or what type of environment you can thrive in?

• Develop your emotional intelligence. This will help you to “see” what may be underneath people’s actions and also to mange your own emotions effectively.

As you put self-preservation on your radar, you will find that you are better able to act in your own interests when you need to.

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Boost Your Ability To Take Risks

ID-100128769In today’s work world, the ability to take risks is a skill that will serve you well. How do you take considered and wise risks, versus foolhardy or hasty ones? You develop your skill for risk-taking.

If you want to enhance your ability to take risks, a good way to start is observing in your workplace. Notice when people are taking risks and observe how they do it, how comfortable they appear to be with taking risks, what their risk-taking “style” is and if their risk-taking brings success.

You can take it a step further and study leaders who have taken risks (e.g. political leaders, business leaders, global leaders, citizen leaders). Note the inherent qualities of these leaders, what their motivations were to take risks, any price they paid for taking risks, what rewards they realized from taking risks, how they prepared for taking risks and whether they were impetuous or calculating in their risk-taking. Use their experiences to inform your own risk-taking.

Take a look at the boundaries of your current comfort zone with risk. To what degree are you risk-averse or risk-friendly? Start taking risks and continue observing-yourself this time. Begin with small risks, if you like. Test the waters-what works for you and what doesn’t? Develop your risk-taking style and step out of your current comfort zone

As you boost your ability to take risks, you’ll be a better and more confident manager, ready for what today’s work world demands.

 

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I Can Do This

ID-100279462Sometimes you face challenges that initially seem insurmountable. How do you get to the place where you are ready to say, “I can do this”? It is not always easy.

To get there, build your belief in yourself. It is not always about being able to do the impossible when others ask for it. It is more about your ability to see a situation clearly, analyze what’s possible and determine what is that you and your team can do. Sometimes your hesitancy in saying “I can do this” is rooted in fear, a lack of information or uncertainty. In that case, don’t stop. Investigate and assess the situation. The key here as well, is to build your confidence and belief in yourself. Don’t underestimate your abilities or those of your team. Be ready to grow and stretch, if you need to.

Saying “I can do this” is a must for succeeding in management. But, in different situations, this statement has different meanings. Stay positive and out of fear, believe in yourself, keep a clear head and more often than not, you’ll be saying, “I can do this”.

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Hold Your Judgments

ID-100212729Judgment comes naturally. It is an important ability when it comes to your own actions. Judgment of others, however, is a different thing. The judgments you make of others inform the actions you take and the strategies you develop. They had better be accurate.

Limited information, ignited emotions and internal biases can easily skew your judgments of other people and situations. Judgments must be seen for what they are; they are not facts, but your perception. Exercising caution and diligence in your judgment of others can serve you well.

Keep your judgments of others as objective as you can. Get the facts that are available, make them from a centered place and do not confuse them with truth. Judgments have their own power and are best arrived at carefully.

 

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Refusal To See

ID-10076951Sometimes it is hard to look at situations, people or beliefs that are not serving you. Ignoring them, however, doesn’t make them go away. They are still there; you are just refusing to see them There are consequences to this blindness. When something does not serve you, it is either taking up space or harming you. Sometimes it grows worse over time. Imagine something growing larger beside you, as long as you refuse to see.

Are there any things in your life today that you are refusing to see? Perhaps something that is chipping away at your confidence, a relationship that drains your energy, a dream you are avoiding pursuing or something you are neglecting?

Opening your eyes is not as hard as you may think it is. Refusing to see holds you back and closes your eyes to the life you want to live. Open eyes are a much better alternative.

 

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Mastery In 2015

ID-100235596Mastery has always fascinated me. To summon the focus, discipline and skill to master a subject or technique results not only in mastery of that subject or technique, but a growing mastery of life. You are changed for the better. Is there something you would like to master in 2015? How would you begin?

 

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10 Ways To Boost your Manager Mojo in 2015

ID-100101787Adding on to my 2014 blog post  here’s 10 more ways to boost your manager mojo.

Mojo: a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective and successful – Merriam Webster Dictionary 

1. Find ways to foster your creativity.

2. Sharpen your emotional intelligence.

3. Do an informal 360 review on your managing.

4. Identify the allies you have in your organization.

5. Pick a managing skill you can improve and work on it during the year.

6. Create a plan for managing your team or projects this year.

7. Start taking breaks when you need them.

8. Identify your 3 biggest challenges this year and how you will handle them.

9. Commit to using your time well.

10. Make one of your dreams come true this year.

Wishing you a fabulous 2015 at your managing best! Thanks for being a part of The Managers Hub community.

 

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Sudden Shocks

dreamstime_xs_7392531In life and work, sudden shocks can send you reeling. Gratefully, they are not everyday occurrences. Sudden shocks can take the form of an abrupt change of course, unexpected or startling developments in your organization, significant choices posed to you that you must respond to quickly, a key person leaving an organization or your position in the organization changing in big ways. What do you do when you encounter a sudden shock?

Initially, it is important that you regain your center after a sudden shock. You need to step away, calm yourself and see the situation from that place. Even if you think there is no time for this, create the time – it is essential to your making it through. Then, you can assess what you are going to do in response (not reaction) to the situation. As you deal with sudden shocks, be true to your values, maintain your balance and know that you have choice in every situation. You can deal with sudden shocks. They ask a lot of you, but they are a part of life.

 

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What Is Your Best Skill?

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It always is advisable to know yourself well – your strong and weak points, preferences and aversions, style and talents. What is your best skill? Are you capitalizing on it? Does your current work demand the use of that skill? Is your skill recognized by others?

Your best skill should be showcased. It’s in your interest that it is.

 

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