Nov 25 - Are you too focused to see? Are you so driven to accomplish something that you may not be able to see opportunities, options and resources that could get you there faster? Are you so set on a course of action, that you could be blind-sided by an unexpected development or unconsidered variable? Focus is important in any endeavor you undertake. But don't allow your focus to cause you to be narrow-minded or single-minded which could result in making poor decisions. When your focus causes you not to see viable possibilities for greater success, it is time to look at the entire situation from a different perspective.
Nov 18 - Has "maybe" replaced "will"? Has your determination waned in accomplishing a particular goal that you still would really like to achieve? Have you caught yourself saying that maybe it could be a possibility instead of believing it will be a probability? Are you not seeing or feeling progress, which is why you are now doubting your ability to reach your goal? Determination is important, but truly believing it can be your reality is even more potent in manifesting anything you set out to achieve. The saying that 'seeing is believing' should be replaced by the statement "believing is being." There is always something that can be done toward anything to which you are passionately committed and believing in.
Nov 11 – Is your value evident? Have you considered the tangible and intangible value that you bring to the work that you do or to the business you are in? The phrase "banking on you” inspires a confidence that you can be counted on or depended upon. There is real power in these words in an era when reliability and service are at an all-time low in business. Focusing on delivering what you promise to deliver and then serving others beyond their expectations is why growth companies and high-performance individuals excel. They embrace service and solutions with gusto because they know, for the most part, everyone else is screwing these areas up.
Nov 4 - Are you in input paralysis? Have you recently gotten several people's opinions to decide how to proceed with a particular initiative, action or idea, only to feel even more hesitant? Did you receive negative feedback, and does this cause you to question your motives or actions, even if you have received substantially more positive feedback? Do you find that your confidence is reliant on others' opinions being in your favor in order for you to proceed? Getting feedback is valuable and a good practice, as long as it doesn't begin to cripple you from actually taking action. Too often, worthwhile initiatives or high-potential ideas never get off the ground because of opinions that are based on limited understanding, assumptions, or unrelated biases.
Oct 28 - Do you already know the answer? Are you hesitating with regard to a decision, questioning exactly the best direction to take? Do you find yourself over-thinking the situation, rethinking each possibility to the point of even more indecision? Are you looking to others to help you know the best way to go? Sometimes, the best thing we can do when we are at a crossroads or pivotal point in our lives is to be still and listen to what our instinct is telling us to do. All the opinions in the world may give you some comfort, but may also lead you down a path of least resistance versus fulfillment.
October 21 - Is something missing? Do you feel like something's missing? Do you feel that you are missing out on your life in some way, but have no clue about why or what? Too often, in our world of to-do's and must-do's, we get lost in who we really are in order to meet the demands of day-to-day living and working. When you feel something is missing, it typically stems from the fact that you are not honoring who you are as a person. You need to stimulate "you" back to life again so you can feel truly alive and engaged in how you are living each day.
Oct 14 – Are you welcoming opportunities into your life? Are you effectively inviting opportunities in? One of the biggest obstacles in being able to shift into a success and satisfaction mode in your life is being able to identify and be receptive to opportunities placed right in front of you. This means not dismissing things at surface level and being open to exploring a bit more before determining its real value to you. It also means sharing in order to spark opportunities that only others may be able to see and bring to you.
Oct 7 - Is stress affecting your judgment or making you question things that you once appreciated or valued? The impact of stress on your well-being physically, emotionally, and mentally can cause doubt and confusion that is oftentimes displaced in ways you may not even realize. What was once valued and appreciated, you allow stress to distort, causing you to rationalize that even the good things in your life are not as good as you thought. What was once a source of confidence for you becomes infiltrated with doubt, causing you to question what you are doing and why you are doing it. Instead of allowing stress to take control, take charge of your well-being by putting your stressors into perspective. Don’t let what has been good and valuable be tainted by stress. Allow these things to empower your ability to overcome and take charge of your stress.
Sept 30 - Are you thinking too small? Are you finding that the goals you set are easily achieved or they simply don't excite you to begin with? What makes a goal exhilarating is in the journey and effort that is involved to reach it. If your goals are merely tasks with deadlines, then no wonder you find no passion or motivation associated with them! When you stretch yourself to set goals that go beyond the realm of your current abilities, reality or comfort zone, you ignite within you the spark of possibilities that you want to believe could be a probability. You give yourself something to look forward to, as well as something to focus upon, that moves you forward with each little and big step it may take.