DID I DO THAT?

It’s Wednesday! We’ve made it half way through the working week! Make sure you celebrate every achievement and don’t dwell too long on any mistakes you’ve made this week. Practice putting a positive spin on any mistakes by learning from them.

Mistakes show productivity. Firstly, if you were not doing anything, you wouldn’t have made a mistake, so right off the bat a mistake shows that you were working on or towards something. It doesn’t feel good because it exposes an area where we need to improve, or where we thought we were capable when we really aren’t. But that’s OK. Mistakes are inevitable when you are advancing.

Mistakes cause growth. A mistake, however big or small, should force you to face a reality about yourself. It could be as simple as realizing that you need to stop rushing and take your time, of as huge as needing to take classes to update or learn a new skill. Allow your mistakes to grow you emotionally – by developing your patience, developing your ability to let things go and developing your ability to positively introspect. Allow your mistakes to grow your skill set – by revising your approach, identifying problem areas and adding to or updating your skills.

Redefine the way you think about mistakes. Understand that mistakes are part of the trial and error process that we all go through in life. In fact the struggle we go through when challenged with correcting or changing because of a mistake causes neurological advancement within our brains. The key to handling mistakes is to take responsibility, value the mistake and explore how to prevent it from reoccurring.

MONDAY AGAIN?

It’s Monday! For many it is the start of the work week. Let’s approach this week believing that something great is about to happen! What are today’s challenges saying to you, Impossible or I’m possible? The way we view a challenge can lead to us taking a limiting or encouraging approach. Science and technology would not have made the huge advances that it has if these ground-breaking individuals believed in impossibility. Impossible is only impossible until someone finds a way to make it possible. So instead of declaring that something is impossible let’s say that it is possible, I just need to find out how.

The initial battle for success takes place in the mind. Our mind set dictates how we think, feel and approach challenges. If you change the way you think about something, you can change the outcome. What seems like an impossible task can probably be achieved with the right resources. If you open your mind to all possibilities you will find a way to make it possible. When you limit your expectations, you immediately limit your results.

You have been called to touch the lives of others and whatever your plans and goals are, this is a huge undertaking. Whenever your task is looking impossible remember that with God, all things are possible! Fill your mind with thoughts of positivity, enthusiasm, and determination. God has not put limits on what you can achieve and neither should you.

BUST-A-MOVE

A lot of times we live a hesitant, tentative life, totally unaware of the strength and power that we have to get much more out of our lives. Today I want to challenge you to NOT be one of them. Don’t wait until you have drained yourself of life completely before paying attention to the signs it’s time for change. 

Here are some tell tell signs that’s its time

You’ve forgotten you have choices. Learn to recognize when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to stop hitting your head against the proverbial wall and move on. You don’t have to continue living in the drama just because it’s familiar.Allow yourself to let go of people and situations, ideas and feelings that aren’t conducive to the nourishment of your growth, or your soul. Let go. Let go now.

You’ve forgotten that you’re deserving of the best. Not everyone will look at you the same. But everyone deserves to have someone in their corner who appreciates them just as they are. Feelings of worth will never flourish in an atmosphere of criticism, where mistakes aren’t tolerated and differences are belittled.

If you’re besieged by people who are discouraging and critical, the spark of inspiration and hope that allows you to be in touch with your deepest potential is not easily recognized.

You’ve lost your passion. You’re lifestyle no longer fits the person you’ve become. There’s no spring in your step, no joy in your heart. Life is just one ho hum day at a time. You’ve forgotten a time when you jumped out of bed with a smile in your heart.

External motivation doesn’t last long. Material possessions and money all have their place…but if you want to live a passionate life it’s the internal motivation that will get you there. And it’s rarely exhausted until the dream comes true.

Life is too short to continually go around the same mountain over and over. If you find yourself in the above, IT’S TIME TO MAKE A MOVE!

NEXT UP! 

Everybody is looking for the next step up. I mean who wouldn’t want to be promoted and/or awarded for their good service. Isn’t that what life is about, doing the best you can do where you are at, with the intentions of better coming? Well at least I hope it is. If you are settled where you are at, then this blog isn’t for you, I’ll talk about you on another day! 🙂
3 things to do before you can be promoted:

1. Executing with Precision on your Current Level
If you are ready for the next level that means you are already running at 110% at the level you are on. You can’t obtain promotion if you haven’t mastered the current level. It doesn’t matter how menial the task is, even if it is voluntary – you MUST master before advancing. Ask yourself this, do I come to work on time? Do I complete all task efficiently and above par? Am I in good relationship with my superiors? If you answered yes then you MIGHT be ready for the next.

2. Mentored a Successor

If you are really that good in your current position that you are eligible for a promotion then it’s time to train someone to take your place. This doesn’t have to be an official one-on-one, but it could mean sending a memo to the entire department with step by step instructions on how to complete your task properly. Maybe you should take the initiative to write an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for your particular position and keep it in a place where everyone in your department has access to it. If your department head feels secure enough that they can manage without you, they are more likely to assist you in your promotion. (Bearing in fact that you have #1 covered)

3. Prepare for the Next Level

Not only do you need to make sure there is someone to fill your place when you leave, you have to make sure that you can fill the place to which you are going. You may have to do some research and find out what is required for the next level. The type of hours that you’ll have to put in, will this be salary or hourly, will you be able to take off for major holidays. All of this is necessary BEFORE promotion.

If you can operate within the perimeters of the three above points you ARE READY for promotion!

HIGH EXPECTATIONS 

It’s Monday! I have high expectations of a great week ahead of me and I’m sure you do too. One way of getting the most out of our working week is to work how we work best. Have you ever taken the time to analyze how you work your best? There may be a certain set of conditions that you need to work at your best, but what happens when these needs are not met?

For example, do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Most employers and companies would list “working collaboratively” as one of the essential qualities they look for in an employee or business partner. There is nothing wrong with the ability to work individually and to execute your best work on your own, but when it comes to business, and personal growth, being able to invite others in and to work together on a shared goal will be necessary and will also improve and add to your skills and development. There are benefits to working autonomously and to working collaboratively. If you can master them both and know when it’s the best time to utilize each working style, you will optimize your productivity.

Understanding how and why you work the way that you do allows you to identify your most and least productive work habits and discover ways to improve on your skills and your working environment. Many businesses now employ more modern practices such as flexible working hours, working from home and other innovations that enable employees to work their best. Find the conditions that foster productivity and creativity in your life and work on recreating this within your work environment. Be honest with yourself about skills that need to be developed and embrace personal development.
Make it a great week! 

SHOW A LITTLE LOVE 

The Love of many is waxing cold. That statement comes from a very popular scripture in the bible. The more that I live the more I find out that the saying is so true. People are more cold now than I have ever seen. There is a lack of compassion for others which introduces a strong strain of judgement and condemnation. We have become a selfish generation that only thinks about themselves and no one else. With all of that being said, I’m not surprised that the bible suggest that if you really want to know who is a Christian or not, inspect the way they love each other.

Isn’t that amazing that the contrast wasn’t based on how many times you go to church in a week or the amount you put in the collection container, but the contrast between followers of Jesus Christ and others is LOVE! Love – out of all of the things! If you are not “showing” love then anything you do is in the Name of Christ is null and void. Now I put the emphasis on “showing” because love is an act. It’s more than speaking to the lonely visitor on Sunday during fellowship time, it’s a consciousness that exudes into your lifestyle. You become love and everything you do surrounds it.

How does your love meter add up? Are you erring on the side of the world or are you on the side of Christ. Don’t let your dedication to the work of Church feed you a false sense of eternal security. If you are not BEING or BECOMING love, you are not being Christ’s example on the you should check that love meter!