First things first, can you say that you have a clear idea of what success means for you? Whether it be financially, in your career, with your family, in your health, etc. do you know what success would look like?
Assuming you do, are you setting yourself up for that success? Have you given deliberate thought to making yourself more valuable to employers and colleagues? To clients? To your family? Who are the people you are surrounding yourself with? Do they inspire you to dream bigger? What new people will you meet and add to your network? What new things are you learning? What changes would support your goals for yourself? What new habits are you creating to help with those changes? Are you prepared to spend the necessary time and money?
Success is different for each of us but regardless of how you define it, the following are key to helping you achieve it: More →
If I could only give one piece of advice to clients looking to improve their life in some way, it would be to focus on their self-awareness first. All the changes they would like to see happen are dependent on, and can only occur in relation to, the level of their self-awareness. Self-awareness is critical in the work environment and in our personal relationships. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that self-awareness is, perhaps, the most powerful skill you can ever develop.
Do you know who you really are? Do you understand your own motivations, feelings, and preferences? Can you identify your character strengths and weaknesses? Do you know what you’re afraid of? Can you be honest with yourself and others about those things? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you likely have a fairly high level of self-awareness. More →
Does it feel like you seldom make real progress on your goals? Are you good at making time to set goals but not so good at actually achieving them? Have you ever wondered why your new year’s resolutions consistently fail? If you would like to routinely achieve the goals you set, there are two key components you need to understand.
The first is that you have the greatest probability of achieving goals that are consistent with your highest true values. What does this mean? I use the term “true values” because I’m not talking about those principles commonly espoused in books and training programs – principles such as loyalty, integrity, and honesty. Rather, your true values are the things that are a demonstrated priority in your life. Values such as travel, raising children, building a business, and eating organic might all fit the bill. When you set goals that are in alignment with these values, you are more likely to achieve them because you are already committed to the underlying behaviours necessary to make them happen and you don’t have competing objectives. More →
Afraid to make a decision, undertake a course of action, or finish a project until you have more information, do more work, feel more confident, complete more analysis…perfection paralysis strikes all of us at times. It leads to unnecessary delays and lost opportunities, ultimately costing money and causing stress.
Your first weapon in fighting perfection paralysis is to be able to recognize when it’s happening. Clues can be that you’ve pushed deadlines trying to make your report a bit better, you’ve put off making a decision because you want to do just a little more research, or you have trouble delegating or resisting the urge to “fix” other people’s work because you feel you’re the only one who can properly complete the task.
Once you know that you’re suffering from perfection paralysis, there are two important questions that can help you fight it. More →
With the recent federal election and current events like the Syrian refugee crisis, the economic climate, and the terrorist attacks in Paris, I have become even more aware than usual of people’s propensity to focus on all the things they don’t want. They don’t want certain political leaders; they don’t want to lose their job; they don’t want to allow refugees into the country…the list goes on. What many people don’t realize, or seem to forget during periods of stress, is that whatever you focus on is exactly what you’re likely to get. Prefacing the subject matter with words like “no”, “don’t” or “anti-” doesn’t change the fact that your focus is still on the things you’re afraid of or opposed to, and therefore, likely to generate more of those things. The wiser and more productive approach is to focus on what you do want. More →
Performance – defined as the execution or accomplishment of work, tasks, etc., or the manner or efficiency with which you fulfill your intended purpose – is something that we all deal with on a daily basis but, barring the odd performance review, seldom measure and monitor. When you step back and take a look, are you completely satisfied with how you’re performing in all areas of your life? Do you feel like you’re firing on all cylinders or is there something you’d like to improve? If you’re like most people, there’s at least one area of your life in which you think you’re under performing and which you’d like to further develop. More →
With all the studies, articles, tips, and training telling you how to motivate your employees, why would I tell you to stop trying to do just that? Well, what is motivation? Motivation is an external force that drives or prompts people to act. Usually in the form of carrots and sticks (more money or vacation, a demotion or less independence in your role), if the motivation is removed, the behaviour or action stops. So while motivation might work for short term goals, it doesn’t produce lasting results and it requires a lot of ongoing effort to maintain. More →
Leadership seems to be the talk of the town these days.- What is leadership? What does it take to be a good leader? Lots of people are looking to “develop” their leadership or are looking for leadership “opportunities” but few people acknowledge that they are already a leader. Everyone is a leader somewhere in their lives. Where is that for you? Articulate the characteristics that you think a good leader demonstrates and then look for where you are demonstrating those characteristics. More →
Is anyone else getting tired of all the talk about work life balance? There seem to be endless articles, presentations, blogs, and discussions with their content being generally split between tips on how to achieve it and a warning to readers that work life balance is an impossible goal. All of which is predicated on the premise that your life consists of everything other than your work, and that more time at home and less time at work is the preferable outcome. More →
How is accountability viewed in your organization? We’ve all heard, and most of us have said, that we’re responsible for making our boss “look good”, who in turn, is responsible for making their boss look good, and so on up the organizational chain of command. This traditional view of accountability is what I like to call upward accountability. While upward accountability is important, it’s not the whole picture. More →
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