Daily Quotes : “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us FOOTPRINTS on the sands of time”. Longfellow
“While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure you make choices that lead along the path in a direction that provides meaning and keeps you focused on your purpose for living. MWH
As I am about to turn 70 and I look at the world around us, I find hope in the young people. Even though the world they face is more complex, confusing it is still full of opportunity. The work place has changed dramatically and what they expect out of work has changed. As I continue my own learning, I have realized that I continue to come back to this notion of creating a ” life of meaning and living on purpose” And with fifty years of hindsight and hundreds of career counseling sessions for my sons, their friends and colleagues, I decided it was time to pass along some thoughts to the people entering one of the most intimidating but exciting decades of their lives. And my hope is they will find some ideas here that will help them make good decisions and lay a foundation for the life of meaning they are seeking. Remember that daily life is made-up of choices and not just luck or chance. Sure there are events and things that happen to us which we are powerless to influence. In these situations the most we can do is hope that the hurricane, flood or accident misses us. Yet in many situations it is important to realize that we have something to do with what happens to us, we have choices and make decisions. When we make choices we gain control and influence over our lives.
Self-Coaching Challenge: Stop Being the “victim”
Write down 1 skill you’d like to improve that can help you take control of your career or family life. Create the Improvement Goal. Lay out the plan for achieving it step by step and commit to start implementing the plan tomorrow.
How to get going?
Think about your personal goals, you are now a college graduate and have been seeking a meaningful job in your field of study for 6-9 months. You have been frustrated, unlucky and even some days lazy about your search. You have now decide to be more accountability for finding a job. Realizing that nothing happens without you having something to do with it. What’s one thing you’d like to improve in order to pick-up your job hunting success? When thinking about this new approach what have you done or not done to create or allow the situation you now find yourself in? Write down your thoughts about these questions.
Why all this matters?
Too often we get into a rut, performing the same repetitive tasks and doing only what’s required like bar-tending to pay the bills until something better comes around. This sitting and waiting for inspiration or something better won’t work. TRUST ME. You need to something proactive if you want to move ahead – both professionally and personally – it’s important to step back. By thinking and reflecting about what you’re doing and how you can do it better, you open yourself up to new learning opportunities and experiences.
Goal 1. What Do I need to START DOING?
Goal 2 What Do I need to STOP DOING? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Goal 3. What do I need to CONTINUE DOING that is working ?