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What are Your Priorities this Year?

What are Your Priorities this Year?

Over the fall I have been tapping into my body, heart and spirit awareness. I am finding it is so much nicer than letting my mind lead the way.

What is your body trying to tell you? I have often read or heard that your body does not lie to you. What is the truth, welcomed or not, that your body is trying to get through to you?

Doing a scan of your body could help you to understand what you need to be doing. If for instance, your body was really tense, you may be in need of deep relaxation. Or maybe your body is very tired indicating you need rest. These may seem like minor signs but they are not. If you resolve these situations you could benefit and appreciate the positive results. Maybe this is the year for you to start a yoga, tai chi or chi gong practice helping you proactively resolve problems with your body increasing your happiness and energy.  

What is your heart trying to tell you? I have been surprised that carrying ancient practices such as meditation leads me to live through my heart.

A life lived with consistent direction from the heart can be more loving, centered and expansive. Your life too could be larger if lived from the heart. This type of direction provides for enhanced compassion and empathy for yourself and others. The world needs so much more heart.   

What is your spirit trying to tell you? Your higher self or soul may be trying to tell you something, however, with our busy lives we may not be quiet or have a slow enough pace where we can hear what it wants us to do. Meandering more, spending time in nature or practicing some centering activity can help us realize the changes our spirit wants from us.

What is your mind telling you? The mind can be a trickster because it can dominate the body, heart, and spirit and not be that wise. If your mind is tamed by the body, heart, and spirit, it can work more effectively. Meditation traditions talk about the wild mind or the mind that acts immorally just so the ego can gain ground. Gaining ground but losing one’s moral compass is very destructive to self and relationships with others.  

Whatever your priorities are this year including body, heart and spirit awareness will enhance your year. All the best in 2019!

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Stepping Outside External Pressures to Ensure Resilience

Stepping Outside External Pressures to Ensure Resilience

There are many articles on the internet that talk about how self-care helps build resilience. Resilient people meet the world on their own terms, not aligning too much on external views. So being resilient depends on your ability to look after your own needs regardless of the external pressures around you.

What are some of the external pressures we need to resist?

The Busy Syndrome: It seems in our culture that being busy and doing a lot is a badge of honor. Taking time to sit quietly, walk aimlessly or doing nothing can do you a world of good, bringing stress levels down and resilience up. Taking a cue from nature, like the changing seasons and we need to periodically rest and rejuvenate to be effective.

Take a look at your to-do lists. Try eliminating unnecessary tasks. You could put pleasant activities on it like taking a stroll in the park, meditating or attending a tai chi or yoga class.

The Never Enough Syndrome: No matter what you do it isn’t enough. This attitude keeps you running on a wheel like a hamster. You can counter this by saying to yourself after accomplishing some goals, “This is enough and I am satisfied with my accomplishments today.”

Accepting that you have finite energy and resources helps you to be realistic about what can be accomplished.

The Expert, Other Person Knows What I Should Do Syndrome: Often we think that others know more about what it is we need more than we do ourselves. Your body will tell you what it needs if you tap into it. I keep seeing references to statements that our bodies don’t lie.

Try sitting silently and tap into your body to see how it feels. What thoughts and feelings come to mind? What is your body trying to tell you? What does your body need? Then do what it needs!

The Everything is Fine Syndrome: Often we get out of touch with our body and think all is fine when we are actually running on reserves and taking our body for granted.

A way to see how you really are is to scan your body for tension and take the time to relax this tension throughout the day. I’m reading a book called Deep Listening by Jillian Pransky. The author indicates we should scan our bodies 3 times a day. She even sets her alarm to ensure she taps into her body on particularly stressful days.

Being resilient means stepping outside external pressures looking after your needs so that you can be effective over time.

"We make space inside ourselves, so that being can speak."  Martin Heidegger

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What This Blog is About

What This Blog is About

Welcome to The Resilience Blog.

The topics in this blog help you be more resilient in your career and as a leader. I write about ways to gain momentum and positively move through blocks that get in the way of your goals. I post articles on the blog about once a week. 

When I did my research study for my Ph.D., I got to conduct interviews with a number of successful and admired leaders. What fascinated me about them was how resilient they were. They had grown into leaders who could make things happen by demonstrating their resilience, confidence, and adaptive behaviours. I will teach you how to use and apply these resilient behaviours in your leadership and career leading to new levels of success. 

I am completing a book on Career Grit, which will include content and themes that will appear in the blog. If you have a story about overcoming challenges and becoming increasingly resilient in the process, I would love hearing about it. 

I am passionate about these career related topics:

  • methods to positively connect with others,
  • ways to lean into feedback,
  • reframing negative experiences,
  • making progress on your goals,
  • methods to enhance your positive impact, and
  • meeting challenges.

In the leadership area I enjoy focusing on: 

  • creating a safe environment, 
  • being more positive in your self-management and with your team,
  • raising your self-awareness,
  • bringing safety along with you wherever you go,
  • being able to have tough conversations when needed,
  • building trust, and 
  • ensuring your team performs. 

I hope you sign up for the blog soon and that you and your team apply these resilient behaviours thereby increasing your success.

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How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

Many people think they need a job to make progress in their career. You don't need a job to make progress. Over time doing things that create forward momentum may create the work you need. So don't wait to start doing these career advancing moves. 

  1. Promote your progress. Let those with the authority to spend money and make decisions know the advances you are making in your learning, networks, and knowledge of their industry.
  2. Do your homework. Research the leading organizations and individuals in your field. Learn what they are doing to stay ahead.
  3. Have your finger on the pulse. Know what the emerging issues and trends are within your industry.
  4. Put your hand up. Volunteer within your industry association or on the board of an organization with a cause you are passionate about. Volunteering is a way you can expand your network and build your skills.
  5. Broaden your network in your field. You can attend industry events with a goal of meeting 3 new people at each event. You can let your current network know that you want to expand your network. Ask yourself are there people you should get in front of? 
  6. Find a mentor (or two). Spend time with people in your field who are further along the career path or considered experts in your industry.
  7. Polish your online profiles. Keep the information current on these public profiles, so that your contacts can be up to date on your progress.
  8. Push your passion forward. Advance your knowledge and abilities in areas of your career where you are truly motivated. This will be fun and rewarding as the learning and knowledge add to your skill sets.
  9. Take a risk. Put more skin in the game by putting yourself out more. You could organize an event, write an article, or offer to do a talk. Your efforts and learning can open doors, allowing you to meet new people, develop new opportunities, and give you new information and energy.
  10. Chart a career path for your career progress. What skills do you need as you round out your experience and move forward on your career path?

You can learn the skills you will require through;

  • taking a course,
  • researching and learning on your own,
  • writing an article and posting it,
  • volunteering, or
  • finding an expert or mentor.

These actions will advance your process, add to your knowledge base and network. Even if you don't have work, setting goals and carrying out some of these actions will move you closer to getting work that you would enjoy and shine at.

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