3 Techniques for Enabling Personal
Personal and professional growth requires us to go outside our comfort zones. Yet many people can’t begin to test their boundaries because their lives are filled with time-consuming “stuff.” Here are three techniques that can help create the space necessary for your growth by de-cluttering your life.
Technique #1: Reflect on this statement: “Sometimes we need to let go of the good things in life to make room for the great things.”
Though I don’t know who originally made this statement, a colleague shared it with me years ago when I was considering a career change. Hesitant to move forward into the uncertainty of starting my own business, I was clinging to the security of my tenured university professor position because I truly enjoyed teaching, even though I knew it was time for me to move on. This advice helped me to make that transition, and since then, to make positive changes in other aspects of my life.
Try it: Imagine what great things might be in store for you once you make the space for them! Even when you’re not sure what they are, release one “good thing” and see what happens.
Technique #2: Ask yourself this question: “Does this [person, belief, activity, assumption, thing] still serve me well?” If the answer is “No,” release it.
Try it: Ask yourself the above question, inserting one word or name at a time. Answe truthfully. Repeat often. When the answer is “No,” release whatever or whomever nolonger serves you well.
Technique #3: Ask yourself this question: “Am I the only person in the world who can do this [task at hand]?” If the answer is “No,” delegate it!
Try it: If you have trouble delegating tasks, change your mindset. Think of delegating as an opportunity to let others shine. For every task you don’t like, or aren’t that good at, or aren’t interested in, there are people who would jump at the chance to do it. Why not let them engage their interests, skills, talents, or abilities? You would be doing yourself and them a huge favor.
When we choose to stick with what we know, take on more than is necessary, and/or hold onto people or things that no longer serve us well, our growth is stunted and our quality of life suffers. Try any one of these three techniques today. You will discover that de-cluttering your life enhances its quality tremendously by enabling your personal and professional growth.
Best wishes for a year filled with great things!
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Archive for December, 2015
How to Re-set Unrealistic
Unrealistic expectations have widespread negative repercussions in the workplace. They establish impossible standards that even high achievers who are consummate problem-solvers cannot meet. Yet people try anyway, often to their own and others’ detriment.
Employees trying to meet impossible standards may take short-cuts or give up altogether. As a result, morale drops, self-confidence plummets, resentment grows, trust (in oneself and each other) is eroded, and people begin to question their own competency. Stress increases when employees perceive that even heroic efforts are not good enough.
To re-set unrealistic expectations, there are two audiences you must address: yourself and your employees. Some actions to counter unrealistic expectations are common to both groups:
Here are some audience-specific actions you can take to re-set unrealistic expectations:
You can set yourself and others up for success by establishing realistic expectations and by consistently challenging those that are not. The workplace can be a stressful environment. Don’t make your and others’ jobs harder than necessary by setting, or allowing to others to create, impossible standards.
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