It can be very easy to get lost in the dark side of what’s not going well. What could you be grateful for right now in your professional life? For me, I’m feeling grateful on a variety of fronts and excited and energized by the work that I get to do. The Career Growth Program now […]
Between where you are now and the future you envision for yourself is an inner enemy. That enemy is **resistance**. From Steven Pressfield:
> On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon.
> You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.
The bolder your vision, the more formidable your enemy. Every one of us goes toe-to-toe with this enemy everyday. From sticking to an exercise regime or healthy eating, to professional projects like:
* Launching your own thing
* Proactively moving out of your current job
* Expanding your professional network
A few years back, I wrote an article that seemed to resonate with people. The title was Stop Undermining yourself at work. Delighted to find out yesterday that this article was featured yesterday on the US Yahoo home page. Pretty cool. If you’ve stopped by as a result of that article, welcome. Glad to have […]
I have met my inner enemies and they are perfection and complexity.
For too long, I have been intending to send you new newsletters, and blog more, and announce new offerings to help with your career management, job search, career change and personal branding goals. And then I get stuck. Since the How to Manage your Career in Scary Times report, not a lot of activity. Like you, I have obligations that I can easily use an an excuse. In my case, there is always a core group of 1-1 clients working with me through their career transitions and personal branding efforts.
That isn’t good enough for me. Every time I speak to an audience, publish something or engage 1-1 with a client, I generate a Wow reaction. And that feels great. But I have a need to reach and serve more of you. In my case, my real enemies are perfection and complexity. I want things to be perfect for you. And I make things too complex. And this holds me back from sharing my expertise and passion and caring to you and a wider audience.
So, no more. It is time to play a bigger game.
Responding to Market Forces
In this kind of economy, there is a strong tendency to go small. And to hide. I don’t want to do that. Speed, simplicity and value trump perfection and complexity. So, I am going to go Big. I have always liked the play a bigger game metaphor. It says something to me about raising my level of play (including my tennis game).
Christmas is an important time in my family, and the holidays are a time when there is an opportunity to connect with the kids. But, there are a lot of things competing for that peaceful attention. Here are some strategies that might help: Prioritize the Season The first thing to do is decide how important […]
When you are in the right business / job, one of the benefits of taking a real break, as I did during the Christmas to New Years stretch is that your brain starts to work in new and fresh ways. Your creativity is sparked. You see new solutions to old problems and opportunities where they […]
I am having one of those weeks. A pile of small challenges amidst the regular load and pace of professional and family life. Nothing major. A dropped and destroyed cell phone. Bad traffic. An overload of kid’s homework projects. Small things really. So, on this day before American Thanksgiving Day, I woke up being mindful […]
You can feel the momentum and inertia of all of your professional and personal roles building and we aren’t half way through January yet. There is a natural energy to the New Year. If you haven’t already, Schedule time in your calendar for some planning. Personally, I write in my Moleskine, but whatever works for […]
Everyone is talking detox. Post holiday, we all need to lighten as it were…so, on the work front: Before your inbox gets any bigger with 2007 stuff, book off a chunk of time and start processing and deleting. Get rid of the things you told yourself you were going to read, study, refer back to, […]
Last year, I wrote a series on how the holiday season doesn’t have to be a career development wasteland, if you don’t want it to. December and January can be a powerful time for career development. There are 3 time periods, or natural phases that take place during the Holidays and each phase has its […]