How do you motivate yourself? For some people motivation flows naturally like a river. For others it is an elusive element in their lives. One thing I have learnt is that no matter how hard things get and in times of great need, it is often the words of others that can trigger a spark in you that can kick start your motivation and allow you to bounce back. A blog post by Srini Rao (www.theskooloflife.com) has done just that for me. His post “Tips for Navigating the Waters of Life” is a tremendously inspiring and no nonsense look at dealing with life’s challenges. Below is a summarized version of the key points in his post.
- Your instincts are almost always right
- Your instincts are the higher self speaking
- If you go against instinct you are likely to land yourself in a complete mess
Be Wary of the Steps You Take
- If you decide on something, be absolutely 100 per cent sure you can see it through
- Know when it’s just time to bail out when you feel you can’t manage it
- Don’t worry about getting ahead of others, focus on what you are doing right now – play your own game
- Be present and the rest will take care of itself
- Being in the present will allow you to achieve peak performance
- Don’t focus too much on the future and don’t get caught up in the past, this is a recipe for mediocrity
Erase Failure and Get Back Up
- You’re ability to deal with failure and setback will determine whether or not you have what it takes to achieve what you are truly capable of in your life
- Often the second wave of opportunity is better than the first so don’t beat yourself up. Your friends are on their first wave of opportunity
- If you keep critiquing yourself with others then you are likely miss out on the second wave of opportunity which is often better than the first
- There is no need to live life 100 mph, just slow down because you will get where you want to go much faster and you are less likely to suffer a setback
Small is Better
- Don’t make gigantic leaps because it is the small things in life that make the big difference and you will spend less effort for more results
Timing is Important
- Take advantage of opportunities that may not be present in the good times.
- Tough economic times often drive people towards innovation and breakthrough and this just happens to be timing at work
Wave Selection is the Key
- The key to success in any area of life is dependent on the choices you make so choose wisely
- Catching the right wave will enable you to catch one wave after another
- Choose the wrong wave and you will have to endure a hard time and work extra hard to pull your head out of the water
Laugh and Smile Everyday
- The age old saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is still true
- It is a medicine that you won’t find in any pharmacy and costs you absolutely nothing
Srini’s analogy of viewing life’s opportunities and chances as waves provides a fresh and sensible way of looking at life. This may be the only success principle you need to follow. It has certainly allowed me to look at life from a different perspective, and it may do the same for you too.
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Disruptive change has prompted many employees to reflect on their careers. As skills sets become scarcer in certain professions and sectors, individuals with particularly hard to find skills sets are increasingly in demand. Faced with increased probability of getting a call from a head-hunter/recruiter, here are three questions you need to ask yourself before considering a potential career move.
- Will the opportunity offered, improve my quality of life?
- If I chose to stay in my current role, what is the next step for me with my current employer?
- What isn’t working for me in my current role?
- Will the proposed role add value to my career in the long run?
Focusing your discussion on the above four questions will ensure that you cover the critical aspects with the head-hunter/recruiter. By doing this, you will keep the conversation flowing and allow yourself to make an informed decision about whether or not to progress discussions to the next level.
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Life is a journey as one of my former managers said. In this festive season, I thought it would be best to highlight some lessons I have learnt and the wisdom passed on by others in both my professional and private life. I see the following as wake up calls, harsh experiences, reality checks and even motivational thoughts. So in no particular order, here they are:
- Things get worse before they get better
- Bad news tends to come together at the same time
- Opportunities can jump at you when you least expect them to
- Your gut instinct is always almost right
- You may not ever get what you ask for
- You may have to settle for your second choice: you probably won’t get your first choice
- Bear in mind that you may have to take small, baby steps to make significant advances
- Don’t look for quick fixes: be prepared to be excruciatingly patient
- Stay the course before making a final decision
- Don’t be afraid to ask advice from others
- If something isn’t working out, don’t be scared and shy of admitting defeat: bail before you get washed out
- Don’t be afraid of experimenting, taking risks
- Don’t always look to be in your comfort zone: accept that you need to push yourself to get better at doing what you do
- Accept that some things will never be perfect
- Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo
- Punch above your weight
- See tedious, uninspiring tasks as challenges as you never know where they might lead you
- When it comes to jobs and companies, it invariably comes down to cultural fit so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage to secure an offer
- Try avoiding people who have a detrimental impact on your life
- All things being equal, the simplest explanation usually tend to be the right one
- A degree doesn’t make you intelligent, but it gives you an edge
- Not everybody is capable of maintaining a professional approach to work
- It is easy to be a micromanager but far harder to be an inspirational, likeable manager
- You don’t need to sweat to prove a point and nor does it make you more authoritative
- Don’t take things seriously and more importantly, don’t take yourself seriously
- Accept that you won’t always get things right the first time
- It may take people a while to understand what you are all about
- Extract happiness from the smallest things in life
- There will inevitably come a time in life when you will run into the wrong people who will have a detrimental impact on your life
Most importantly, though, ‘be certain to learn life’s lessons and move on’.