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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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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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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Sometimes, things spiral downward and you can lose your sense of what is in your best interest concerning your career and your success. Here are 10 warning signs that you may be on a collision course with your best interests.
1. You are not taking care of your physical health and are run down.
2. Your emotions are all over the place and are reaching extremes.
3. You feel that you don’t care what people are thinking of your actions and will do whatever you want, in spite of them.
4. You feel confused about your situation and how to handle it.
5. You want to run away from your current situation.
6. You are clashing with others in your workplace, without a purpose for doing so.
7. Others are treating you differently and keeping their distance.
8. You cannot define what your best interests are.
9. You are acting out-of-sync with your values.
10. You’ve lost your center and don’t know where you are.
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Flying high takes preparation. Are you soaring now? Is there a place you’d like to soar to? If you know, name it. Then, get in gear by identifying what you need to do to get there.
Your preparation may involve developing a skill, raising some money, getting advice or doing some research. Start putting things in place and set a specific goal to be ready to soar by a certain time.
You know you are capable of soaring. Things look a lot better when you do. The preparation and then the soaring bring you and your career to great heights and lead you to fulfillment and happiness.
What do you need to soar?
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Where are you going? Without an aim, the steps you take can lack direction.
With an aim, your energy is focused, you know where you are going and your probability of success improves. Better to not leave things to chance. Set your sights on something and move towards it.
What is your aim for the month of June? For the remainder of the year?
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So much is changing. Looking at our Presidential election primaries in the US makes this very evident. The changes are not limited to politics however; change is all around us. For a moment, bring your focus on change to your managing – of your team or of yourself. The work world is comprised of multiple generations – each with their own identity; technology is advancing at warp speed; our very concept of work is being redefined; individuality and freedom are increasingly desired; collaboration is sometimes, the only successful path forward.
Are you keeping an eye on the changes affecting the world and your work? Are you going further and getting in front of them? The quality of your leadership relies on your ability to be ahead of change and to respond effectively to it.
What changes are asking for your attention now? How do you keep up with change?
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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As a coach and writer, a major part of my focus is on building a “platform” – an audience for my work. I build my platform through this blog, my newsletter, having a social media presence, speaking, workshops, writing and coaching. Without a platform, I will not succeed.
Whatever your profession, you have a platform, too. In business, your platform is built by how you function in the work world and may look out on your managers, team, customers or professional network. They are your audience. Your success and effectiveness are reliant on how you interact with them.
It is worthwhile to take a look at and cultivate your platform. If others are watching and can impact your success and effectiveness, best to pay attention to them. How strong is your platform these days?
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A coach once told me that life is not about one upward climb to an ultimate goal, but rather a continuous, repeating pattern of ups and downs. He was trying to help me see that challenges and smooth rides are a constant in my life and that I should learn how to ride them. At that time in my life I had just become a coach and was looking at the transition as having an ultimate destination of total success. Not! My coaching journey is an ongoing series of successes and challenges.
When you have an upward climb – a challenge, a setback or a disappointment – how do you look at it? It is not a final end and will not last forever. Best to learn how to weather ups and downs and to see them as a natural pattern in your life. That way, you can be present with them, know that they will not last forever and navigate them with a sense of ease.
“All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.” – Julie Andrews
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