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Focus on what you need to discover

To get comfortable with change, shift your focus. Are you focusing on what you know and what is in front of you? Instead, focus on what you still need to discover. 

What we don’t know is far greater than what we do know. Every week we put plans into place that change. Your mindset needs to be more fit for a world in flux.”

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Think of your career like your portfolio
  • Many of us assume job security, but any job someone gives you can be taken away. You may also wake up and decide the job you have isn’t what you wanted at all, which is another way things change.
  • To thrive in a world of flux, think about your career more like a portfolio you curate rather than a singular path to pursue.
  • Thinking you’ll succeed if you make it down a predetermined path leads to a lot of hurt, disappointment, and a potential identity crisis when the path doesn’t work out or you decide it’s not the path you want to be on. 

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Get clear on your relationship with change and control. Some people are fine with little changes, but mega-meta changes completely unravel them. Others are good with big picture changes, but the small things unravel them. 

When you find your triggers, level up your self-awareness and get clear that you are in the driver’s seat of how you respond but not in the driver’s seat of the actual end result.

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A superpower is the ability to let go of the future. Letting go of a need to control can be empowering.

Try scenario mapping, imagining different possible futures that might play out. Shift your mindset from trying to predict the future to preparing for many possible futures. Also, shift your expectations from the idea that your plans will work out to assuming they will change.

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  • Have an attitude of expectancy.
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  • Read and listen to positive information.
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  • Speak positive affirmations.

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Positive-Sounding Traits That Are Bad In The Long Run

Some behavioural traits generally have a positive connotation to them, but are self-sabotaging in the long run:

  1. Thriving Under Pressure
  2. Thoroughly Exploring Your Options
  3. Being In Control
  4. Striving For Excellence

These traits can set us up for success initially but have a downside to them.

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Your career is defined by your skills and how you’ve used them, not by any external measure of your progress.

If you focus exclusively on improving your skills and your impact on your organization (or to the world at large), the promotions and raises tend to come as a byproduct.

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