The beginning of a year, or even a new month, provides the perfect opportunity to review what you have done well, what you want to improve, and what you still want to achieve in the future ~ in other words, goal setting.
In a recent public session that I facilitated, a participant, April, revealed how her friend Clare had impacted her life in a very meaningful way. She expressed a deep appreciation and articulated the many things Clare did that made a difference for her,
A number of years ago I decided to make a substantial investment in myself to grow as a person and as a leader. I regularly invest in myself to learn and grow although never at this level. This started an internal dialogue of justifying my worth in making such a substantial investment in myself!
Networking is the art of building strong meaningful relationships and is something you need to indulge in regularly. It is about people, meeting them and developing relationships that matter.
Networking is not about getting out for an evening, meeting people and seeing what they can do for you.
In a conversation with my niece, who had just graduated with honours from university, she was sharing all the job opportunities she had to choose from. Her level of enthusiasm washed away any fleeting thoughts of doubt.
Listening to her was a powerful reminder that we are in charge of our thoughts and what we focus on influences what we do in our lives.
Pop Quiz: When was the last time you acknowledged and appreciated yourself?
That’s right: YOU. Not your spouse, not your children, not your boss, co-workers or friends. Just YOU!
Seriously, think about it!
Have you ever declared you wanted something in your life and prepared the mental list of exactly what had to be included for you to be happy? You know that list for the perfect man or woman! The perfect job! Heck, the perfect life!
Here’s an unfortunate truth.
We hold ourselves to standards we would never impose on colleagues, friends or family.
By berating ourselves for mistakes, ruminating over missteps and discounting our victories…these behaviours take a toll on our confidence and brand image.