No. 132 – Every Decision is a Calculated Risk

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by in Career Management Tips & Techniques
Don’t wallow in indecision.
Problems are solved by making decisions; problems are avoided by making good decisions. The sooner you make a decision, the sooner you benefit from it. The earlier you make a bad decision, the sooner you can correct it.
The unanimous response from CEOs and C-level executives when I’ve asked the question, “What’s the most difficult part of your job?” has been “Responsibility for decisions.” And when I’ve asked them, “What’s the best part of your job?” the nearly unanimous response has been “Freedom to make decisions.”
Whatever you’re pondering now, just make the decision. If you don’t make it for yourself, the problem is that someone might make it for you!

No. 131- Do You Take Calculated Risks for Career Advancement?

Posted on May 17th, 2017 by in Career Management Tips & Techniques
I’m not asking for utter fearlessness and risk without thinking. Just “go for it” a little more and more often than you have in the past—and more often than others do. If you hold back, you’ll get into a rut, slip behind, fade out of sight, and sink into the sameness of the people around you.
A calculated risk is just another way of saying to:
-Show some spine.
-Put it on the line and see it through.
-Leave it all on the playing field.
-Creatively work with fear.
-Think the unpopular thing.
-Have the gumption to go off the grid.
-Be willing to bet your job on a hunch.
-Step out of the box.
-Be unafraid to fall flat on your face.

No. 130 – Why is a Positive Attitude Important?

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by in Professional Growth
It’s human nature to gravitate toward people, information, or places that imply a happier outlook. You provide that outlook for yourself, one that no one can take away.
Frankly, few of us have any justification for the negative, pessimistic perspective that we let ourselves get bogged down with. No matter what you’re going through that’s tough, unless you’re using your last breath on earth, it’s not that rough or as a bad as it can seem.
In fact, you can (and must) manage your own perspective about the immediate world around you, and doing so:
-Helps in any struggle.
-Costs nothing out of your pocket.
-Buys you time to think before you act.
-Causes people not to avoid you.
-Makes you viewed more favorably and for a longer period of time.
-Makes you appear confident and self-assured.
-Gives you a better day today and better memories when you look back on this day

No. 129 – How to Act Self-Confident

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by in Professional Growth
To help with confidence development, simply try “acting confident” to the outside world, practicing how it feels. The outside “show” helps the inside “take.” It’s okay to display confidence you don’t feel, to take a leap of faith. Pretending is not faking or hiding weaknesses. It’s playing the part you want to achieve.
When I coach politicians, I tell them to start behaving now as if they had already won the election. If they act the part they are seeking before they get it, it will give them practice in living this success, and it will cause voters to see them in the role, which will make the election more likely to go in their favor.
Sometimes people take offense about “acting the part,” as if doing so means that they are fakes. Anyone who has children knows parenting is a fake-it-till-you-make-it experience. Surely confidence deserves the same pass.
A comparable fake-it-till-you-make-it action is also what most enterprises are built on. One CEO told me, “I still doubt myself every single day. I’ve had painful situations, times when it was really tough. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my acting in reaction to fear.”
A good time to start your acting is first thing in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing. Be determined to go through your day feeling undaunted. (If at the beginning, the middle, or at the end of the day, you appear scared and timid, you will decrease others’ confidence in you at home and in the office and create bigger problems for yourself.)

No. 128 – How Do You Improve Self-Confidence?

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by in Professional Growth
So how do you become more confident? Get a head start by telling yourself that you’re gaining more confidence now. It helps!
Various experts add: being in good health, regularly exercising and taking care of your body, frequently participating in activities that are fun and not just working all the time, having some close confident friends that you can trust, and being happy in your single or married status.
Frankly, money gives you confidence too, from the sense of security it provides. Still, I know plenty of wealthy people who run scared.
The National Association of Realtors will tell you that owning a home increases self-confidence. (Oh, and alcohol gives a form of it too, as noted and celebrated in many country western songs.)
Having fulfilling and enjoyable work is a confidence builder. But it’s important that your attitude toward yourself not be tied strictly to your job position and title because if you lose the job, you’ll likely lose your self-confidence. One CEO told me about being on top of the world on Monday, getting fired on Tuesday, and by Wednesday feeling like a failure.
But back to the self-talk: the simplest, most honest, strongest mental verbiage that you can give yourself is to expect and assume acceptance of who and what you are. Oust your harmful internal critic. You are not below or above anyone’s station. Between the Creator and the Constitution, you are equal to anyone. What you do with yourself with those facts is up to you.

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