Empowerment

If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.

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Recently I read a wonderful article written by the founder of Muse. In this article the author asks its readers to ponder the concept of saving ones time by doing less. I am all about using my time wisely so I was immediately drawn to this article and the helpful tips it provided.

In reading Saving time by doing LESS, I believe the most impactful statement made by Alex Cavoulacos was that people need to begin acknowledging “what not to do, and what to stop doing in order to lead happier and more productive lives.” I happen to agree 100%.

As a life coach I think it’s important that people take a regular inventory of their daily tasks and responsibilities to decipher between the things they feel are really important vs. the things that are secondary to their happiness and ultimate productivity. We are constantly allowing ourselves to be pulled in a hundred different directions. What this habit often results in, is us being dissatisfied with where our choices have taken us and to regret those things we have yet to accomplish. Putting ourselves second by taking on what could ultimately be delegated to someone else or just removed entirely from our priority list only results in us drifting further and further from our highest potential. What should you be doing with your valuable time?

If you find yourself putting things off over and over again this is not an indication that you are a procrastinator, this could merely be a sign that this task is just not as important as you originally thought. Stick to doing what makes you feel alive and gives you purpose. These are the things that will make you get out of bed an hour early just to get a head start. It is these things that keep you up at night so you can add just one final touch to make it perfect. “If you are not doing what you love you’re wasting your time.” Billy Joel   photo-copy

What tasks and various ambitions keep your mind occupied in a positive and productive way? These are the things that are important to you. These are the things you are willing to put the time and effort into protecting and nurturing. As Alex Cavoulacos describes in her article it is important that we ask ourselves the questions she highlighted as they can aid us in gaining insight into how we are using our time.

Take some time to reflect on the decisions you make today and the tasks you decide to tackle. Are these tasks and responsibilities benefiting your ultimate growth and evolution or are they satisfying someone else’s agenda? How much more time are you willing to waste on things that aren’t necessarily important to you.

The more you permit yourself to engage in the things that matter to you most, the more you will recognize that your time is not being monopolized, but optimized. When we engage in things that matter to us we spend more time enjoying our lives and less time wondering what if our situation was different. Do yourself a favor and save time by doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Do you find that you have hit a wall in life? Have external stressors impacted the course of your life in a negative way? Do you even know where to begin in order to get your life back on track?

Life challenges come in varying shapes and sizes. Whether you are faced with an unpleasant event, a mild stressor, or a challenging life experience, these events can all have a significant impact on your life. How does one learn to cope with the curve balls constantly being thrown their way?

Obstacles will continue to present themselves in your life, but you have the power to determine how you respond. With every obstacle comes a new opportunity for growth and development. It takes a great deal of courage to decide when enough is enough, but only you have the power to make that call. Will you succumb to the circumstances thrust upon you or will you learn to make each obstacle work in your favor?

If you can adopt the mindset that some of the experiences that happen to you are outside of your control then perhaps persevering through some of the challenging times won’t appear so out of reach . As human beings we have an amazing ability to adapt to our surroundings and the events we experience. While some individuals tend to adapt to certain situations better than others, it really all depends on the individual and their own limiting thoughts.

Whatever the life event, human beings have the ability to overcome the obstacles placed in their paths. This is not to say that overcoming obstacles is easy, quick, or requires little effort on the part of the individual. Is it possible?Yes!

-Ambition In The City

“There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.” Leo Buscaglia

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Napoleon Hill 

This is Your Life

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The next time you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do what you really want to do, take some time to look over this list and remind yourself that YOU are the most important person in your life. Make the effort to be happy and never look back. -Ambition In The City

I Wanna Be On Top

ImageIn order to ensure success one must always envision themselves at the very top of their game. If you don’t exhibit the confidence and skill set necessary to be like all those successful people you admire the most, then you better be prepared to step aside for the people who do. A successful person is one who not only perseveres in spite of obstacles but is also a person who can foresee obstacles before they present themselves.-AMBITION IN THE CITY

There’s Always Tomorrow

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It takes a great deal of courage to work towards your goals. Although you might hit a wall every once a while the most successful people understand that there will always be tomorrow. Continue to make efforts towards your own personal success and remember that no one else is responsible for your happiness. There is always a way to make things happen. -AMBITION IN THE CITY

Job Satisfaction Questionnaire

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Hate your Job?

If you can answer YES to more than half of these statements, it might be time for a change.

-Ambition In The City-

1. My commute to work is a nightmare! 

2. My hours are endless and overtime is not an option.

3. My position is mediocre and i know i can do better. 

4. I am in a hostile working environment. 

5. I do not agree with the work culture that exists at my job.

6. I am underpaid. 

7. I feel underutilized. 

8. My efforts and hard work are rarely, if ever recognized. 

9. I am constantly being singled out unfairly as the culture in the office likes to play favorites. 

10. There are little to no opportunities for growth in my position. 

11. I am constantly called to conform. Innovative thinking is met with extreme resistance. 

12. I am forced to take on additional  responsibilities without compensation and support. 

13. My daily routine has become mundane. 

14. There is lack of creativity in my job. 

15. My position is not met with much respect. 

16. I do not get along with my coworkers. 

17. My day is filled with useless conference calls, meetings, and busy work.

18. Some of the practices i observe on a daily basis are questionable. 

19. The higher level management at my job are incompetent. 

20. I am sometimes forced to suppress my personality in order to fit the mold at my job.

BONUS: When sexism, ageism, and/or racism is alive and kicking in your workplace there should be no question as whether you should stick around.  -Ambition In The City- 

“For many people a job is more than an income – it’s an important part of who we are.”-Paul Clitheroe- 

“What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it. You don’t have to stay with a job for the rest of your life, because if you don’t like it you’ll never be successful in it.” -Lee Iacocca-