Have you often arrived at your computer with several major to-do’s and then done a quick check of your email first in case you had an urgent item? Next thing you know an hour (or more) has gone by?
For once this behavior paid off for me. Last week Chris Guillebeau wrote a blog that was a real mindset-changer – he suggested Changing the Default as a way to decide “Now what?” after finishing a task. He has found a new habit that is helping a lot. His default behavior, when not sure what to do next was to CONSUME news online or social media.
What he does now is to answer the question with something active rather than passive – to CREATE by writing a blog post, working on his new Adventure Capital course, or preparing for the World Domination Summit.
This was a huge ‘Ah-Ha’ for me and now gives me real choice when I reach the end of a task. Thank you, Chris, for moving me forward in pursuing my blog, as well as my other major projects, by choosing the CREATE rather than consume button.
Next time you have finished a task, will you be CREATING or consuming, and if so, what?
As Spring moves into Durham, North Carolina, there are leaves turning over on the trees in my yard and the yellow and purple pansies on my steps.
What is happening is the new leaf that this blogger is turning over since January 1st when she read Michael Michalowicz’s blog on “The Two Words That Determine Your Success in Life“.
The two words are I AM. The pattern of the words is:
I am ___ [chosen goal} ___ and I am proving it to the world.
After several iterations, I have chosen three areas to concentrate on:
- I am in WORKABLE SPACE with ALL IN PLACE
- I am HEALTHY and FIT, in MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT
- I am FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL
- I AM PROVING IT TO THE WORLD!
Recently while sharing this with friends and colleagues, one said: “The person it is most important to prove it to is myself! How about adding ‘to myself’?” so now the final line is:
I AM PROVING IT TO MYSELF AND TO THE WORLD!
There will be more on what has been happening with my I AM’s later.
QUESTION: What might you choose as the ‘I AM’ that YOU are PROVING TO YOURSELF AND TO THE WORLD?
Below are the APTi CDC Chapter Leader Calls for Sept 8, 2011 and Oct 13, 2011
Sept 8 2011 CDC Chapter Leaders Call
Oct 13 2011 CDC Chapter Leaders Call
Mary Charles Blakebrough
APTi Chapter Development Council (CDC) Communications
Jane Winge, APTi Chapter Development Council (CDC) Director of Operations and Finance. will be using the handout below on the APTi CDC Chapter Leaders call on Thursday, July 14 at noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern. There will also be an update on the APTi Conference Dinner being held the evening of the pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, August 10, in San Francisco. The rest of the conference will be from August 11 to August 14.
PDF HANDOUT APTi CDC CEUs CL Seminar 2011-071
For more details on the conference http://www.aptinternational.org/conference.asp
Are you curious about the next steps in your career?
Welcome to a series of career ideas, with tips, tools, and resources for you to use in enhancing and advancing that career.
As a career coach who has worked with regular employees for a Fortune 100 Company in managing their careers within the company for the past twelve years, I have developed and collected a lot of ideas that I would like to share with you on this blog.
Let’s start with a critical skill – asking questions.
One of my favorite books is Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions By Knowing What To Ask (Hardcover)
by Michael J. Marquardt – an internationally acclaimed management consultant who “shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success.” What have 22 successful leaders achieved by knowing what to ask?
What happens when we let go ‘knowing all the answers’ and move to creating a space for asking the questions that get to the bottom of issues, that give others a chance to shine while making us look good?
Though I have focused on asking questions since reading this book two years ago, I still find myself stopping in mid-stream ‘telling mode,’ pausing, and then switching to a question. The richness of my clients’ responses and career growth has been phenomenal.
Want to see how it works? The next time you have a situation to resolve, try asking three questions before making any statements. Please let us know how it works . . .