Are You Ready For Promotion?

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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! 🙂

Below are three things you need to do before you can be promoted properly. Take a look at them and then let’s have a discussion in the comment box.

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!

Never Stop Learning

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Happy Thursday I’m still at the #ARC15 conference.

No matter how far you get in life, you need to always be in a position of learning. I’ve seen great people cap out after obtaining a particular goal, the reason why is they stopped learning. They inundated themselves in what they already knew, but never searched for the new. It’s the tragedy of great men throughout history. Wise men dedicate themselves to becoming life long learners. This means that up until the moment they take their last breath, they will commit to learning.

I met a lady who specialized in consulting with baby boomers who wanted to become an entrepreneur after retirement. She observed that most baby boomers became terminally ill after they retired. They didn’t realize that being on a job, having to learn new skills, kept them not on mentally astute, but physically healthy.

I have made a personal commitment to never make that mistake. It is my goal to push myself beyond my own limits, and shortly thereafter do it all over again.

Mahatma Gandhi says it best  – “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Here is today’s challenge, maybe you were in school but you dropped out. Maybe you use to be an avid reader, but time has not allowed you to do so anymore. I want to challenge you to put yourself into a learning posture again, even if that means spending more time with an older wiser person or a mentor.

The Importance of Rest

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Hello guys, thanks for taking this journey with me this week as we have been focusing on our healthiness. Today I want to continue the conversation by discussing the importance of sleep/

Sleep should be considered just as important as eating right and getting enough exercise. Adults should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, while teens need up to 9 hours a night. But getting good sleep goes beyond being in bed for a set number of hours. The quality and timing of sleep are two other important factors for getting proper rest each night. People who work the night shift may experience problems getting quality sleep.

Here are five tips everyone can use to help improve the quality of their sleep:

  1. Keep your bedroom cool and dark
  2. Put away/turn off all electronic devices while preparing for bedtime
  3. Stick to a regular bedtime and wake time every day, even on weekends
  4. Stop drinking caffeine by the early afternoon and avoid large late-night meals
  5. Skip the late-afternoon nap, as it can make it harder to sleep at bedtime

If we are going to take care of our body comprehensively we must allow our bodies to get the proper amount of rest.

Eating Right

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We our continuing our discussion on living a healthy life, today I want to discuss eating right!

The first thing to understand is that you MUST adopt a healthy eating plan in order to lose body fat, feel great and function at your best.  The food choices that you make today will have an immediate and long term impact on your life.  If you continuously choose to eat unhealthy foods, that have been treated with chemicals for flavor and shelf life, your body will suffer.

Millions are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other health related diseases simply because of making poor food choices on a daily basis.  At what point do you say to yourself “Okay SELF,  what is it that I am doing in my everyday life to cause all of these health related diseases. I think the time is NOW for you to make some drastic chanes in your life.

There is so much life to live, and you will miss it if you are sick or immobile due to poor dietary choices. You have the choice!  Choose today to eat properly, intake the proper supplements and stay away from the processed foods that are good to you, but HORRIBLE for you.

Beware of the Peak

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I have a couple of questions for you today – is there such thing as the top? Is there such thing as someone arriving? Have you ever looked at someone and said to yourself, “they’ve made it”. If you have answered yes to any of these questions I hate to bust your bubble, but the only real thing about the top is that it is not. In other words there in no such thing as the proverbial top.

Life continues to move from phase to phase. Once you learn a lesson, you put yourself in the position of learning another lesson. We will never stop learning and never stop growing until the “moment” we die. I put emphasis on moment because I believe that we will be learning something up until we take our last breath.

Let me leave this thought with you today to meditate on. “Beware of the peak” – I’ve seen great men get to a certain stature in peak out. They stop pushing for the next level and their only focus is on maintaining where they’re at. This is such a travesty because the longer you become content with your present situation the more irrelevant you become to those connected to you and around you.

If you have this idea that you are going to get a certain amount of money, or when you get that certain kind of job that you’ll stop having to push so hard, then you are already setting yourself up for a great failure. Make up in your mind that no matter where life takes you that you will always push yourself beyond your limits, and that once you obtain you’ll search for more.

Vision – The Power of Your Focus

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I have heard all my life the scripture recited from Proverbs 29:18, “without a vision the people perish” It wasn’t until I began to want better for my life, and realize that at the time I didn’t have the current tools for better, that – that scripture became extremely practical for me.

The reality is before it gets in your hand, it must get in your heart. All material things move from the non-physical to the physical reality, our vision and goals are paramount in the process of achievement. What you put your focus on will expand. Your focus is a spiritual energy, that serves as a magnet for whatever it is you are focusing on.  Vision is so powerful because it gives you something to focus on. That’s why it is good to write it down, recite it everyday, share it with you close (and I mean close) confidants.

I want to challenge you today to take the time to write your vision down, recite it everyday, focus on it, and watch it manifest right before your eyes!!

Taking Care of Yourself – Your Brain

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Yesterday we talked about 3 steps to take care of the body, today I want to talk about 3 steps to take care of the brain. 

  1. Do something!

It has been suggested that staying active may be the single most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your brain. Not only does the heart and lungs respond to exercise, the brain is quietly getting fitter as well. For mental fitness, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every other day. Now I know that everyone can’t commit to 30 min a day of exercise but, DO SOMETHING!!

  1. Chill OUT!

Stress takes a toll on the brain by washing harmful chemicals over the hippocampus and other brain areas involved in memory. Some scientists suspect that living a balanced lifestyle and pursuing relaxing activities such as yoga, socializing and crafting may delay memory impairment by reducing stress.

  1. Take Care of your Body

Largely preventable diseases (Type II diabetes, obesity and hypertension) all affect your brain. Health concerns have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and memory impairments. Keeping your circulatory system in working order by avoiding cigarettes and saturated fat, lessens the onslaught of age-related damage to the brain.

These are 3 simple but impactful ways to take care of your brain!