I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas that is filled with fun, joy, laughter and good food! Enjoy yourself and hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.
As we approach the start of a new year, it’s not uncommon for most of us to consider doing things differently in the New Year. In order to be able to create new results, we must make better use of our time.
Time is our most precious resource as it is the one thing we can never get back. Every day, we’re exposed to more and more distractions which compete for our attention and our time. So how do we take back control of our time and use it in more productive ways?
The start of a New Year is a time for new beginnings, new hope and new commitments. As start of a New Year is when we usually set new goals, one area that is worth focusing on is skill development.
The better our skills are in our professional or personal life, the better we will perform. Developing our skills also helps boost our confidence, which in turn helps us in our ability to communicate with others and get things done.
Every year, we kick off the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and the notion that this year is going to be different. It’s like we give ourselves permission to make changes because we want things to be better.
The reality is most of us do not follow through on what we had originally set out to do and before we know it, another year has passed us by which can leave us feeling disappointed, discouraged and even, sad.
If you’re like me, you do not want to make the same mistakes again in the New Year!
From time to time, I get asked to name which book has had the biggest impact on my life. While it is challenging to narrow it down to one book, what I thought I’d do in this post is to share my favourite ten books.
Since it’s almost the holiday season, this can be a really good time to read these books, if you haven’t yet done so.
Consider this scenario — you’ve just met a friend you haven’t seen for a while and they ask you how things are with you. Based on your current situation, how will you respond? Will you say you’ve been very busy lately?
If that’s the case, then you’re not alone. In our fast-paced world, the majority of people are overstretched, overcommitted and overwhelmed with all the things they have going on in their lives. It has even reached the point where we are constantly exhausted.
The scary thing is that being exhausted is almost like a status symbol. If we’re not busy or overwhelmed, then we must not be doing anything important.
Unfortunately that behaviour is not good for us long-term.
One of the most common paradigms that has been around for a long time is to get a “good” job with a company and if you work hard enough and show loyalty to a company, you will be rewarded through job promotions, higher pay and better benefits. Plus if you show loyalty, you will be given job security.
In recent times, especially over the last couple of decades, that paradigm has been challenged and there are some risky downsides to be operating from that paradigm. I think this idea of job security is a thing of the past.
Why do I say that?
Having experienced and also witnessed company restructuring, downsizing or rightsizing throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how it affects people and how they respond when change is forced upon them.
It is hard to believe that we’re now into the last month of the year. I don’t know about you but to me, the years seem to be going by quicker and quicker the older I get! Is there a message in that?
How has this year turned out for you? Did you accomplish the things you wanted to?
Traditionally, most of us start to wind down and take our foot of the gas pedal as we move into the festive season. On the other hand, some of us may be feeling burned out or run down after a long year and just want the year to be over.
The good news is there is still a month left and a lot can be done in this last month of the year.
Our thoughts control almost everything we do or don’t do in life. Research indicates that on average, most adults have anywhere between 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Depending on your upbringing and your environment, your thoughts will either empower or disempower you.
Most of us were exposed or conditioned negatively in some way or another. If those who were responsible for raising us had a negative outlook on life, then the chances are that we were also programmed to have a negative outlook on life.
It is quite interesting that most of the things we have negative thoughts toward like worry, anxiety or fear about something, very rarely comes true. And even if any of our concerns do end up coming true, then most times we’re able to handle the situation better than we thought we could.
Isn’t it a strange thing that we’ve been conditioned to apologize for things we think may affect others even if it’s something important to us? Consider for a moment the last time you apologized to someone — was it for something you did wrong or was it for something you felt obliged to apologize for, even though it wasn’t your fault?
I know in the past, I have apologized for things like:
- Not attending social events.
- Taking time to do things that were important to me.
- Not getting involved in other people’s personal issues.