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Your Professional Success

Your Professional Success

Your Professional Success

 

Does your professional success require personal confidence? Nothing succeeds like success, right? Sure, I guess so you might say.

However, true success comes from confidence, and confidence, in turn, comes from success. They each revolve around the other in the ultimate symbiotic relationship.

Your Professional Success is your Foundation

This is not a what came first, the chicken or the egg?” kind of proposition. Confidence definitely precedes success in the order of appearance. Thats because the quiet assurance of true confidence, as opposed to mere cockiness, serves to lay the foundation for reaching a goal.

In this way, confidence is more of an outward manifestation of an inward persona than it is a pose or an affectation. Cockiness, on the other hand, is simply an outward shield that masks inward insecurity. 

Do you hear that?

Confidence in YOURSELF

As a business owner, you need to be confident in yourself and your product or service. People react positively to a confident person, especially if that confidence is real and a part of that persons soul. In order to develop this type of true confidence, there are several things that you can do. 

Professional Success is About Confidence

First, always remember that confident people are able to take a stand on an issue or a decision not because they think they are right, but because they are not afraid to be wrong.

Because they see a difficult situation as an opportunity for growth. Finding the right solution to a problem is more important than being right. Therefore, if they are wrong they will be the first people to admit it and move on.  

Confident People and Professional Success

Confident people often listen far more often than they talk. They are more interested in hearing different information and opinions than they are in broadcasting their own. They also are never afraid to admit fallibility and ask for help. Did you realize this part of the equation? Yes, No?

They know that other peoples knowledge is their greatest strength. 

Confidence is Critical to Professional Success

Finally, they understand that success is a team sport. They know that any goal is achieved through the efforts of many, not the will of the few. Therefore, they share the spotlight of success and shine it on others far more than they shine it on themselves. 

What do YOU think?

Be Mindful Of Your Professional Worth 

Be Mindful Of Your Professional Worth 

I get it, to be mindful of your professional worth is a topic most professionals put on the back burner. I do it, all. the. time! Why? Because it’s not at the top of my mind, there are so many other things in there that there’s NO time to think about it!

What is “worth” anyway?

Here’s a definition:

Definition

Definition of worth (Entry 1 of 4) 1a: monetary value farmhouse and lands of little worth b: the equivalent of a specified amount or figure a dollar’s worth of gas 2: the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held literary heritage of great worth 3a: moral or personal value trying to teach human worth b: MERIT, EXCELLENCE a field in which we have proved our worth 4: WEALTH, RICHES

Ha! Oh, so has that been a problem for you also?

Let’s break it down.

Experience is a Great Teacher

Each day, all of our lives are jam-packed with numerous experiences. A lot of these experiences are everyday occurrences. While others are less common. Occasionally, some are so unique that they are literally life-changing.

However, whether the experience is mundane or out of this world, it offers us a teaching moment. Yes, that’s right  Most of us will, hopefully, come away from a unique experience with a fresh perspective. Yet, very few of us grasp the enlightenment that is inherent in the day-to-day activities that, by necessity, take up the majority of our time.

Buddhists call this awareness of the learning potential in the commonplace mindfulness. Successful business people understand this concept and utilize it to their advantage. Yes, here’s where it gets important to understand.

Mindfulness vs Value

When you begin to be mindful, you see that everything that you do has merit. You also realize that no matter what you are doing, you are capable of doing it better. Hummm…

To be mindful of your professional worth is to take action to find out what your actual worth is. Check out my new workbook so YOU can take action too!

In business, this means that you begin to pay closer attention to every task. You understand that each task fits into others and together they comprise the whole of your business enterprise.

If you take a shortcut or cut corners on the smallest of things it only serves to undermine the largest and seemingly most important jobs.  

Likewise, when you attempt to do the most basic of jobs to the very best of your ability, this mindful mindset carries over into other areas and brings a new level of excellence to your entire enterprise. So, use every experience, every day, as a moment to learn.

Behaviors

Be mindful of bad or lazy behaviors and work to change them into more positive and productive actions. You’re only hurting yourself in the long run.

Your entire business will benefit from this simple attention to detail. 

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Growth Mindset 

Growth Mindset 

Growth Mindset and Success

A conversation between you (in the blue writing) and me explaining about growth mindset:

A Comparison

So, you may be asking yourself What exactly is a growth mindset?” Well, a growth mindset is an actual, demonstrable psychological phenomenon.

Huh? I don’t get it!

It turns out that many long-term successful individuals possess certain characteristics that they share with other long-term successful individuals. This set of characteristics has been termed a growth mindset.

Oh, now that explains it!

Now, some people, who tend to achieve less than their full potential, also possess a set of characteristics that they share with other under-achievers. This set of traits has been dubbed the fixed mindset. Most people, more or less, fall into one camp or the other.

Oh, I see now.

Do YOU Have It?

People with a growth mindset tend to have a desire to learn from life. This desire leads to the ability to embrace challenges, to overcome setbacks, to see effort as worth the results, to accept criticism, and to admire and learn from the successes of others.

Oh, do you think that’s ME?

These behaviors allow native intelligence to grow throughout a lifetime. (Hence, the name.) People with a growth mindset are believers in free will and this belief allows them to achieve their goals time and time again.

Oh yeah, I want to be this person! 

People with a fixed mindset tend to have a desire to appear smart, with a corresponding fear of looking foolish. Their desire leads them to avoid challenges, to give up easily, to see extra effort as wasted, to ignore or reject criticism, and to envy and begrudge the success of others.

Oh, oh…this isn’t me!

These behaviors tend to limit native intelligence to a fixed amount. (Again, hence the name.)  People with a fixed mindset often plateau early in life and fail to have, let alone reach, fixed goals. 

Woah…….

The good news is that a growth mindset can be cultivated fairly easily by changing some critical behaviors.

Hmmm!

First of all, you have to decide to choose growth over stagnation. You also have to be willing to take positive action and begin to accept challenges and criticism and learning from both.

An excellent way to begin is by developing the philosophy of YET. This simple step simple attaches the word yet” to the end of every negative thought, as in That will never work, yet…” or Its probably not worth going, yet…” 

This simple trick opens up the possibility for growth and that possibility leads to changed behavior that actually does cause the development of the growth mindset.

Whew!! That’s a lot to digest, am I right?

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How to Be On Time and Organized

How to Be On Time and Organized

There are a lot of different factors that come into play when it comes to being successful in business. Today, let’s focus on two of them, how to be on time and organized.

These two factors can make a HUGE difference in your day-to-day life. Once you have mastered these, you will be able to move faster in your business because they are a major stumbling block for new business owners.

Successful People

Think back on some of the most successful people you’ve met in your own life. The chances are they were good at both of these – being organized and on time. There’s a reason why both of these factors will make such a big difference when it comes to being successful. Can you name at least one or two?

 

How Being On-Time And Being Organized Can Help You Succeed

Both being on time and organized can help you make the best possible use of your time and energy. When referring to energy, it includes both mental and physical energy. We all have a limited supply of both, along with being restricted to 24 hours on a given day. In other words, both time and energy are limited resources. What being on time and staying organized helps with is making the most of those resources and focusing them on tasks and activities that help us reach the goals that define success.

 

There are two different ways in which being both on time and organized will help you succeed. Let’s look at both of them and then briefly discuss how to get better at them.

 

Being On-Time And Being Organized Saves You Time

 

So, how much time have you wasted this week looking for a misplaced item or a file on your hard-drive? How about your car keys? And, how much time have you wasted because you didn’t show up on time for an appointment and ended up having to wait? Making an effort to be on time and staying organized helps you save precious time and energy.

Being on time is all about time management and awareness. Work will always stretch out into however much time you give it. Becoming more aware and better at time management will help you work more efficiently.

The same is true for being well organized.

 

Being Organized and On-Time Helps You Look Professional

 

Showing up late for an appointment or interview makes you look bad. So does not being prepared or having to dig around for a few minutes to find something needed like a pen or a notepad. This is particularly true when it comes to first impressions. Work on getting better at both by trying harder to be prepared.

It will help you get the chances you deserve, and people see you as the respected person or expert in your field that you are.

 

How To Get Better At Both

 

You now know why it’s important to work on getting organized and being on time.

So, let’s look at how we can improve both those skills.

What it comes down to is getting into the habit of being conscious of time and staying on top of organizational tasks. Yes, if you’re exceptionally disorganized, it will take some up-front work to clear things up. Once completed though, you have to make an effort day in and day out to put things back in their place and stay organized.

That is true for physical items, digital items, and even thoughts and ideas. The short answer then is to practice both being on time and staying organized on a daily basis until they become habits.

 

It’s said that it takes 21 days to make a new habit stick. Here’s a free tracker to help you master your new habits.

And if you need additional help, I’m always available to chat with you to discuss how you can master your habits. Book an appointment with me here for a free 15-minute chat.

Major Life Transitions

Major Life Transitions

 

We’ve all been there, right? It’s just another thing we have to go through in life, but what the heck! So what are you supposed to do when life throws you lemons? What do you do if you have major life transitions that show up in your life?

Let’s discuss this and see if this helps you with your life transitions.

 

Life Transitions

Here are 8 things to remember when going through major life transitions.

You may have heard each of these more than once before, but they have a whole new meaning when you are going through a major life transition and it feels like everything’s falling apart.

 

You Aren’t Alone

Everyone goes through challenging times, they just don’t tend to advertise it. You can rest assured that your friends and family understand your feelings and will be willing to help you in any way they can.

 

It’s Okay to Cut yourself Some Slack  

There’s no doubt that you will need time to experience all of the feelings that come about with a major life change. Give yourself a break from all the unimportant or non-urgent things that tend to fill up life. Just take it easy and heal your heart.

 

All Things are Impermanent

It feels like this confusion and pain will last forever, that you’ll never be happy again, but that isn’t true. Everything in life changes. Nothing is permanent. You can trust that this transition is just that – a change that will eventually settle into a new opportunity.

 

Life is Change 

Just like nature, life is all about change. The winter gives way to spring. The flowers bloom and then hibernate. The moon wanes and waxes. Life will always have ups and downs that we can’t always see coming.

 

It’s okay to let go of things that aren’t serving you – We like to keep the status quo because it makes us feel safe. But, at some point, we have to let go of things such as people and situations that are holding us back from our highest good. Though it’s not always easy, it’s a natural part of life.

 

There is always something to be grateful for – Your life may look grim, but if you want to find goodness and beauty in your life, you can. You may not have the same life you had two weeks ago, but you have friends who love you. You can appreciate the beauty of the setting sun. Every life has wondrous things in it, we just have to notice them.

 

It’s okay to say no to negativity – While you surely have friends and family who are loving and supportive, it’s also possible that there are a few negative Nelly’s in your environment also. Especially now, it’s a good idea to say no to their invitations to hang out.

When you feel stronger, you can decide if they are someone you want to continue to have a relationship with. But for now, just say no – as nicely as you can.

 

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