This Week in PCM : 5 Ways to Stay Positive

When Negativity Rears Its Ugly Head, here are the five ways to stay positive!

We all have our ups and downs. No matter how positive we try to live our lives. We here at PositivityChange truly understand this which is why we provide resources to guide you through a rough patch. Here are my 5 ways to stay positive:

  1. Have a positive support group

Being superman is the worst thing to do right now. That’s what friends are for. And if your friends are responsible for the negativity, that’s what meet-ups and support groups are for! Find a positive support group that will help you through the storm. We have a Facebook group that will help you accomplish this.  

 

  1. Express gratitude

Be grateful for something, anything. Expressing gratitude stops the continuous negative thoughts. You don’t want to stay down. Expressing gratitude is the way to start climbing out of the pit of negativity.

 

  1. Find ONE thing that’s positive

I know that being a negative slump can be nasty at times. To halt the slide, find ONE thing that’s positive about yourself and your situation. Finding this one thing is your way of regaining control of the situation.

 

  1. Get some exercise.

Exercise is a way to shifting your energy. I walk every morning and it releases yesterday’s energy. In addition, I shift and re-center myself before work and the day gets started. Exercise has very good health and mental benefits. Moreover, exercise helps you focus on something different.

 

  1. Be pro-active and start planning your exit

You cannot stay negative because that’s regressive. You need to be progressive. Sometimes you have to leave your current situation when things don’t change. I know that it’s hard when it is a workplace. That’s why this step is planning your exit from negativity. Even if it is a lateral move to another department, get away from people, places and situations weighing you down.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-tips-stay-positive-negative-situations.html

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PositivityChange.com Post: Issue 26 : Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are having a positively spectacular week! Spring is nearly upon us and it’s this time of year where we start going through our stuff discarding what we won’t be using once the weather improves. We spring clean our houses every year. Why not spring clean our career? Think about it. We are in the third month. By the end of March, we will have 90 days’ worth of career information. We will have performance metrics. 90 days into 2017, we know what’s working and what is not working. Therefore, if some things are not working well, then it is time for a career pivot.

The PositivityChange.com editorial board has dedicated all of March towards writing down 20 reasons why you should consider a career pivot. There will be 4 articles containing 5 reasons per each article. Read the first installment here.

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Payscale has a great article listing 5 ways to spring clean your career. It is a great read which will give you insight on how to spruce up your career prospects. 

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Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot

 

Springtime is often a time when people start reevaluating their careers. We are already a couple months into the New Year and you can see (or not see) progress. Here at PositivityChange.com, we aim to supply you, the reader, with all of your needs to help you manifest positive change in your personal and professional lives. Let’s start with a definition. A pivot is a change in direction. After a couple of months, some people are feeling stuck in their job. This year is starting to look like last year. You want change; however, in order to change, you must do something different. So viola! This March we are starting a spring cleaning career pivot series. This series will cover the top 20 things related to why you are considering a career pivot. This series will be 4 parts. This first article covers first five career pivoting reasons.

  1. The passion is gone
  2. Sunday nights fill you with dread
  3. You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement
  4. You’re going nowhere
  5. Everyone else is doing it

The average person does not know what career pivoting is. Yes, you are making money but your paycheck probably hasn’t kept pace with inflation. You admit that things aren’t the way they used to be at work. A couple of years ago, your salary would be sufficient to live and have some money left for play. Now it appears that inflation is taking all of your free money away.

Furthermore, your work environment has changed and not for the better. You are not alone in having a shrinking paycheck. This has hurt morale. People are dreading going to work. You cannot believe that there is a disconnect between what you read about your company in the papers versus what is actually happening in the workplace. Furthermore, you don’t understand why you and your colleagues’ paychecks are shrinking but upper management’s seem to be expanding. These are signs that you need a change.

I have included Inc magazine 20 ways to tell is you need a career pivot. These are 20 red flags for pivoting. This is an exhaustive list because career pivoting is not a minor undertaking. Your career impacts your life and deciding to move must be done carefully. Your personal life is funded by your job. These five things tell you that it is time to move on to someplace else where you can thrive personally and professionally.

The passion is gone

When you first started, this was your dream job. You awoke everyday with purpose and passion about your job. However, now the tables have turned and that passion has been extinguished. What once ignited you no longer did. You are now looking for challenges and more rewarding work.

Sunday nights fill you with dread

You know that you have a problem when you are giddy to leave the office on Friday yet dread Monday mornings. It is reported that the majority of heart attacks occur Sunday night because people fear returning to a job that they hate. If you are feeling this way, don’t kill yourself, decide to pivot.

You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement

Work shouldn’t be like prison. You are not serving a 30-year sentence. You can move freely to another position. If your job has become an environment where you are literally counting down the days until you qualify for retirement. You would be more productive spending your life somewhere which you can flourish and contribute in a great environment.

You’re going nowhere

Careers are all about upward mobility. Although you are producing great work and are highly professional, you have noticed that you are being bypassed for promotions. It is subtle occurring over years. At first you’ve thought that it is because of the new boss or administration; however, after years of happening you’ve reached the conclusion that you’ve been shut out. In addition, you notice that you are being excluded from meetings and other highly visible events. You’ve plateaued. Once you’ve realized that you are not going to receive any more promotions, then it is time to go and look for a new job.

Everyone else is doing it

If your work environment is that toxic that everyone is jumping ship during the first time an opportunity is presented, then you need to reevaluate your staying. There are many reasons for people abandoning your company: it is in a dying industry; it is under investigation; it is a toxic work environment; or there is no chance of promotion. Your career is more than just one job and if the reasons that I’ve mentioned are reflected in your company, then it is time to move on to another position.

Look forward to the next installment (6-10) reasons to career pivoting.

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Source:

http://www.inc.com/john-boitnott/burned-out-20-ways-to-tell-when-it-s-time-for-a-career-pivot.html

 

 

 

The First 60 Days of the Year

Hey everyone! Can you believe that today is March 1st. It is the 60th day of the year and a great benchmark to look at your progress. I have experienced a lot of positive and negative growth these first two months. PositivityChange has grown too. We have incorporated Facebook Live, created more freebies and have crossed the 25th issue threshold. I have some more freebies and articles that will help you make the next 60 days even better!

I am focusing on time management because time is the one commodity that once it is spent, it is gone forever. 60 days are already gone. It is essential that you manage your time during the next 10 months to experience more positive change in your life. Moreover, this PositivityChange email list’s goal is to provide its readership with the best resources to have it experience more positive change!

Last year I wrote about assessing your 60-day progress. This article gave the reader guidance on how to see what is and is not working. http://positivitychange.com/2016/02/60-day-check-up/

Moreover, I am offering you my FREE time management replay that I did this past December detailing 10 ways to get more time back in your day. http://positivitychange.com/timemanagement

Finally, if you dislike where you are right now on March 1st, here is another article to help you regain focus. http://positivitychange.com/2016/09/week-pcm-retraining-algorithm/

Let March 1st be the beginning of the new 60-day period. Hopefully, these resources will help you become better.

It’s March 1st! There’s Still Time Left to Do Something Great

Hey everyone! Today’s March 1st. Can you believe that two months are already in the books? If you have not accomplished what you’ve wanted, then you have ten more months to get it right.

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PositivityChange Post Issue 25 Taking the Pulse on Positive Change

I am very happy to have reached 25 issues with you! This newsletter always makes me think and gives me hope towards being optimistic about the future. Through this period, you have seen the changes. I have responded to subscriber surveys to give you, the reader, the stuff that you truly want in your inbox. This issue is no different. Last week I gave everyone a survey and here are the results: you want more professional resources. You got it!

I have found a change article from the Kotter International. For those who do not know, the Kotter International is one of the preeminent change management organizations in the world. It partners with Forbes and Huffington Post sharing its change management theories. In the Forbes article, Kotter International dishes on the five ways that both workers and companies can balance change without blaming each other. This article aligns with PositivityChange’s mantra of helping you manifest positive change in your personal and professional lives.

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It is not only the end of the month but also the 60-day check-in for some companies. This means that there are a lot of busyness. 5 Differences between busy vs productive handout.My goal is to be productive regardless of time of year. Post this on your wall as a reminder.

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PositivityChange Post Issue 24 Positively Moving Forward

Hey everyone!

It’s Presidents’ Day and this month is blowing by. Can you believe that we are 1 ½ months into 2017? Time is flying. This newsletter’s title is positively moving forward because I want us to be forward thinking. We cannot dwell on the first 45 days. If you’ve gotten off to a slow start, remember that you have 10 ½ months left to right the ship. Don’t fret. And if you still don’t know what to do, read last week’s How to Rebound from a Setback article.

Spring Comes Early

I know that spring is in March but you can start decluttering right now. Clutter weighs you down mentally, physically and spiritually. 5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

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This Week in PCM : How to Rebound from a Setback

 

Okay so you’ve had a setback or you’ll fallen off the wagon. It happens; but, of course, you ask ‘Well, now what?’ Great question. I have the answer because I’ve been there myself. Here are my 5 tips for snapping back from (temporary) defeat.

Admit the truth.

Don’t lie because it makes it worse. Admitting that you’ve messed up is liberating. You are not holding onto the what ifs. Honesty is very important here because once you’ve admitted that you are not where you want to be, you can restart and refocus on getting back up.

Assess where you are and how much farther you have to go.

You have to honestly assess where you’re at and decide if you need a new timeline. You may need a new plan and/or a workaround in order to get back on track. Revising your schedule when necessary means that you remove the pressure of the original timeline. In order to successfully restart, your timeline must be realistic; and, your setback has happened, therefore, your timeline must account for this.

Envision you finishing the goal.

Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves especially after a setback. Look, we are human, we err. We run amuck and astray. Life happens. We happen. This time when you pick yourself up, start envisioning finishing your goal. I recommend keeping a daily journal to chronicle your progress and thoughts. Write down how you will look and feel completing the goal. Saying that you will be happy is extremely general. Go beyond that and write down every miniscule detail because then you will know what it looks (and feels) like finishing.

Get an accountability partner.

Accountability partners work because when you are down or frustrated, that person will pick you up. You need to have this person or a group of people hold you accountable until you meet your goal. I use meetups to hold me accountable for learning new things and for continuous improvement. As a certified project manager, you need professional development units in order to maintain your certification. That means continuous learning. Life is full of peaks and valleys. Your accountability partners will pull you out of the valleys.

Detach yourself from the outcome.

I know that sounds weird but it is counterintuitive. Oftentimes how we see the outcome isn’t always how it happens. Our lives aren’t always linear. I have noticed that many times when you finish, you can way more than you’ve expected. Say that your goal is to get a promotion. You receive the promotion but you’ve also acquired new skills that you can transfer to other areas where you can seek additional opportunities.

These five tips will guide you from setback to success. Just remember, whether you are in the peak or the valley, dust yourself off and restart!

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