Tough Decision Making Made Easier

When it comes to career change, you might be stressing over the question, “Should I stay or should I go?”

While it’s a reasonable question to ask, consider other issues first:

  • What’s really driving your interest in making a possible change?
  • Are you reacting emotionally to events?
  • What really matters to you now – given where you are in your life?
  • What’s most important?

Before you grapple with the question of whether or not to stay or move on, spend some time clarifying your priorities.  Once your priorities are clear, you can make important decisions more easily.

I often use a prioritizing grid when working with clients to help them think through the issues they really need to before making a move.

I’d be happy to send you a copy of the grid.

Simply send a request to info@workmatters.com and we’ll send you the grid right away.

Make a Mid-Year Fresh Start

 

When you commit to creating your own career path, you’re really committing to something much bigger – your own definition of success.  You’re taking a stand. And you’re not settling for status quo. You’re deciding to be your own guide on a journey that is often unsettling and unclear.

Mid-year is an ideal time to assess where you are on your path and to recommit to doing the work you really want to do, the way you want to do it, making the impact you desire.

People who are driven to make a difference don’t let anything get in their way.

Sometimes you may feel like you’re stuck in a maze. Keep trying different paths. Eventually you’ll find the destination you seek – or something even better.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re ready to commit or recommit to something new, bigger or bolder.

  1. Reinvention rules. While it’s good to have goals, the most successful people are skilled at reinventing themselves. So the real goal is being good at reinventing yourself to capitalize on new opportunities, new interests or new circumstances as they occur.
  2. Expand your vision. As you think bigger about what you want to do, the immediate concerns or struggles will seem smaller. You’ll also help others expand their own visions of what’s possible. A gift.
  3. Trust your instincts. Sometimes you just know when you need to make a change or move in a new direction. Have enough faith in yourself to make the tough decisions. Listen to your own voice.

As you hit the mid-year mark, are you where you want to be? If not, what will you do, right now, to make the commitment you need to get serious about making changes?

Don’t beat yourself up. Simply give yourself permission to make a fresh start. Go from there.

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Stop the Spinning!

As a child, I loved springboard diving. Part of learning more difficult dives was knowing when to stop spinning in the air and reach for the water. I got better with every belly flop.

When you’re spinning fast backwards up in the air, it’s hard to tell the difference between the sky and the water. It all looks blue.

As part of my diving practice, I had to depend on my coach to yell, “OUT!” at just the right moment. That meant it was time for me to stop spinning instantly, straighten out and reach for the water — hoping I would find it.

Perhaps you need that instruction now. In business, it’s easy to get stuck in spinning mode.

Maybe you’re busy, but you’re not being productive. Or you’re over analyzing instead of making the decision. Or you’re stuck in patterns that don’t get results.

If so, now is the time to stop that motion and take different action.

Are you spinning in your sleep?

Executives, leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs process ideas in their sleep. Their minds are constantly spinning.

Spinning can be a good thing if it gives you momentum to move forward, but some people get dizzy…feel overwhelmed with their to-do list or they juggling too many competing priorities.

With increasing pressure to find solutions more quickly and compete most effectively, it’s tempting to try to take in more information or ideas than you can act on.

You might be trying to learn new information at a pace that’s too difficult to apply.

When your world starts to blur for whatever reason, note these tips from diving:

  • Visualize the process. Go through the motions step-by-step in your mind first. See yourself succeeding.
  • Get a good bounce. Find the right springboard for you. Perhaps a new business idea or project…or simply a new direction.
  • Don’t hold your breath. Breathe. Stay focused.
  • Find a coach if you need one.

Don’t worry about the splash. Stop spinning and reach for your goals!

On the Lighter Side

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we’re gonna be dizzy and we’re gonna make mistakes. ~ Mel Brooks

How do you stop spinning? Let me know below.