Set your sail for success

Set your sail for success

Have you started counting down - “The last Friday before Christmas”, “Last day of work”, “last bit of shopping to do” or are you more inclined to look forward, “Almost Christmas”, “Summer holidays calling”, “Planning for 2016”?  Either way the constant of life reigns supreme -

Change happens.

To make the most of CHANGE consider these six steps:

Challenge yourself to learn from all the experiences that come your way. I have discovered that the same lessons keep rearing their ugly head in different form until I finally learn the  lesson they hold. If you find yourself questioning “Why does this always happen to me” maybe a better question is “What do I need to learn from this so that it does not happen again”?

Honour the people you meet by treating them as you would like to be treated. Every person can teach you something - be that patience, skills, or a life lesson, we can learn from everyone. Bill Nye said it well “Everyone you ever meet knows something you don’t”. Be open to learning, be present when you speak with people, be the person you would like to meet.

Attitude sets your altitude - is yours worth catching? “Change is inevitable. Your response is a choice.”  Put another way - you cannot determine what will happen to you, only how you will react to it. Last week I looked at what we might LEARNlooking back over 2015. When I consider how I am approaching each day I find it useful to ask, “Am I being the person I want to become”. Remember in all circumstances to be the person you want to be and that is who you will become.

No regrets” is an awesome approach to life. ‘Stuff’ will happen to you. Make the most of it. Live with passion, look for the new opportunities and learn to say “no” to things that are not important. Live in the NOW with No Opportunity Wasted. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke.

Grow in this coming year. Accept change happens and choose to learn from it. John C Maxwell said it well:

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

The decision to grow has been one of the biggest impacts on my life in the last five years. I heard that the average person only read one non-fiction book a year and thought if I read one a week then I will be 50 times ahead of the average person! This saw me reading and listening to books (Audible is awesome), articles, educational talks (like Ted.com ) and personally growing in mindset, outlook, knowledge, skills - all this opened opportunities to change that have created an amazing life to date!

Enthusiasm, engagement, encouragement are a deliberate choice. Do you see yourself having a choice about how you face a changes and challenges or do things happen to you? I do a lot of in-house training and therefore initiate a lot of change. Training by very definition upskills people and these new and improved skills require change. Change can be good but it is not always comfortable. Avoid slipping back to old habits by giving a new approach 100% for 90 days. Watch this Learning BITES* for a way to ensure your changes stick.
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As the winds of change blow us towards the end of 2015 and the horizon of 2016 beckons with all the promises of a new year I leave you with quote from Jimmy Dean:

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”