Next Time

As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.

Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.

 

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How Is Your Network?

There are all kinds of people networks in the world of work – within your organization, clients, customers, associates, professionals and allies. It is your choice to develop the kind of network that works for you.

How is your network these days? Do you cultivate it? Does it serve your needs? A robust network can propel your success and performance, when you use it well.

 

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First

You are unique with a combination of gifts and talents that no one else has. Is there anything you can do in your career that would be a “first”? No one else comes from a place exactly like yours, so it stands to reason there is a “first” within you.

Pondering this, lets you acknowledge your uniqueness, spark your creativity and make a difference in the world. Go ahead be first in something!

 

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What Payoff Are You Going For?

A well-known quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca says “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” One way to establish the aim (and wind) to carry you forward is to identify what you hope to gain from your work in 2019. Are you looking for a promotion, satisfaction, monetary compensation, building skills, growth, being of service to others?

Ask yourself “What payoff am I going for this year?” In doing so, you will firmly set your aim and your plans will carry forward.

 

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Can You Be Authentic At Work?

There’s a lot involved in being authentic. It is about being true to yourself, being transparent and speaking your truth. Is authenticity valued at your workplace? Do others want to hear from you? A lot can interfere with authenticity in the workplace. You may want to maintain an “image” that you believe can lead you to success. You may value emotional intelligence as an essential factor in teamwork and collaboration and allow it to influence your authenticity in certain situations. You may discern that speaking your truth does not serve you. Where do you draw the line between your authenticity and the nature of your workplace?

Whether you can be authentic at work is a question that you have to answer. It is worth paying attention to so that you do not lose yourself as you work.

 

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Time “Check – In”

Time is a key factor in your career success. Take a minute today to look at how time has factored into your life and work since the start of 2018. How are you doing with time? If you are doing well, good for you! Keep up what you are doing. If time is getting the better of you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

• How realistic are my expectations of the things I can get done in terms of the time I have to do them?

• Are stress or distractions getting in the way of using my time well? Am I maintaining the focus that I need to in my work?

• Is being tired or lack of exercise affecting my ability to get things done?

How you are handling time should always be on your radar. For more about your relationship with time, see my blog posts: Your Relationship With Time and Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time

 

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The First Time

There is a Maya Angelou quote that, for me, contains a lot of wisdom. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Emotional intelligence is key to your career success. Sure, you can stumble forward without it. However, understanding the people and environment you work in propels your way to success. What does her quote mean? It means no rose-colored glasses, no rationalizations, no benefit of the doubt and no fooling yourself when you size up the actions of people who surround you.

If someone has shown you that they are not to be trusted, what can you do? It is enough to see them as they are and stay mindful when dealing with them. You do not have to act on what you know. Key here is your awareness and letting what you know about a person be part of your actions and decisions regarding them.

Knowing the players in your workplace helps you function better and watch out for your own interests. Do not be fooled.

 

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Year’s End

An ending is approaching – the end of 2017. What is the state of your work right now? Are you on top of things? Have you met the goals you had for this year? Are you ready to call 2017 a success?

The end of 2017 is non-negotiable. Do what you can to make it a positive ending.

 

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Persisting

There is power in persisting. It may seem that you are trying and trying, with little result. You may feel discouraged or weary. As long as you want to reach your destination, keep going. You do not always know where an endpoint is or what a journey asks of you.

Quitting often gets you nowhere. Persisting serves you. You get stronger in the process. You develop clarity and focus. You gain wisdom. Eventually, you get the prize, even if it is not the prize you originally were going for.

 

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How Often Do You Have A Good Night’s Sleep?

I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep,  about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.

Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.

 

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