Happy World Day For Safety and Health At Work!

As if there could be a more perfect follow up to my teleseminar yesterday…yes, it was yesterday, not today as might have been suggested by the message that you got from me this morning :)….

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The timing could NOT be better!

Yes, this sounds at first blush like a day focused on things like leading practices for working at heights, staying alert while operating heavy equipment, or on ergonomics for repetitive tasks. It sounds like a day that doesn’t matter for managers and leaders who aren’t “in the field” or “on the floor.”

In fact, most of us, engulfed in our overbooked calendars, multitasking in meetings, and inhaling a “quick bite” for lunch while catching up on email, won’t even know this day happened.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is recognized each year on April 28th. While it does often focus on the physical aspect of work, this year the focus is on workplace stress. This year it is all about the exact conditions that I highlighted on my call yesterday that are causing epidemic disengagement, disease, and discontent in our lives.

According to the United Nations, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a “campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work.”

Safe. Healthy. AND decent.

Generally, we would all probably say that our work is fundamentally safe, that it’s basically healthy, and as long as we’re paid and treated with a modicum of respect we’d also say it’s decent. But under the surface we’re kidding ourselves.

Our typical MO is turbo charged overload. We’re chronically fried mentally and emotionally. We can’t sleep without drugs or Johnny Walker. Our immune systems are failing. Our hearts attack us in protest and cancer threatens us. We are fried already and we continue on under increasingly intense pressure to handle all of the important, urgent, AND the not-at-all-important stuff that piles up. Is it any surprise that when we come together at work the combination of our individual irritability, burden, and exhaustion comes to a boil in the all too common “toxic” work environment?

This isn’t safe. It’s not healthy. It’s far from decent.

Can you relate?

This afternoon, consider this theme of Workplace Stress for yourself. What’s your personal current state with respect to the true safety, the genuine health, and the actual level of decency that you are either bringing to or experiencing at work? If your answers aren’t aligned to the success and fulfillment that you want perhaps this day could be your opportunity to make a well needed shift.

 

 

 

We Start in ONE HOUR! Free Teleseminar: This Can’t Be! Success Isn’t Supposed to Suck!

If you are sick of work feeling like it’s draining the life out of you, and you want to live better at work, get on this call!

This free call starts in just 1 hour.

Close your door, turn off your email notifications and join me at 10:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Mountain / 12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern for this FREE call.

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Success Isn’t Supposed to Suck! Teleseminar Less Than a Week Away

Stop letting Mondays take over your Sundays with dread and worry!

Stop burnout from suffocating your commitment to be the best at what you do!

Stop dragging yourself through your days without purpose or connection with what you do

Join me next week for This Can’t Be! Success Isn’t Supposed to Suck.

On Wednesday April 27th at 11:00 am Mountain / 12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern we’ll meet for this FREE (yes, it really is free) teleseminar. This is for high-performing, driven professionals like you who are just tired. Tired of being overwhelmed by work stress; tired of feeling de-motivated and uninspired; and tired of that undercurrent of feeling adrift or without real purpose in your pursuit of success.

Plan to be on this call if you’re ready to:

  • Recognize what “survival mode” costs you in terms of success
  • Acknowledge (and stop) the ways that we all participate in sabotaging our performance potential, success, and happiness
  • Identify alternative ways of work and living to proactively cultivate success and fulfillment NOW

It is time to take back the ownership of your own success. It’s time to clear your runway, amplify your performance, create success and not lose your zest for life in the process.

If you are sick of work feeling like it’s draining the life out of you…

If you want to shed the fear that success and happiness can’t coexist…

If you want to live better in your work….

Then invest the hour. Register here and be on this call.

“See” you in a week…

 

Fear Not Feedback

I recently had some feedback about my participation and performance at a workshop. The feedback stung. As I listened to what was said I felt warm at the back of my neck. My arms were tightening. I could feel a surge of something rising in my chest. My body was responding chemically, neurologically, and physically as if I was under attack. I could feel that my body was preparing for a fight.

Thankfully I’m not just a body full of impulses and emotions. I have a brain too. A brain that I actively train for awareness and discernment. So, while my natural physical responses were heading down the path of fear toward defensiveness, the addition of my brain’s engagement, and the application of it’s training diffused my experience.

I was able to really listen to the feedback, and take it in. I was able to recognize and understand the perspective from which the observations about me and my performance were made. I was able to recognize and feel disappointment and sadness around not having performed at my typical level.

Most important though I was able to decide how I wanted to feel about the information that was delivered, and to decide what I was going to do about it. That made all the difference.

But for so many of us, far too often, our response to any feedback that’s not praise is to shut down or push back.

This is especially true for us high achievers. Yeah, we dig positive feedback. And yes, affirmation of our magnificence is almost as crucial to our survival as the air we breathe. But feedback that is “constructive” or “developmental” is something different altogether.

Despite our often overtly stated desire to continue to learn, grow, and improve. Many of us struggle just to hear critical feedback, to say nothing of actually listening to and taking it on. As a result, and counter intuitively, we actually shut ourselves off from all that we want including greater achievement, success, recognition, reward, and happiness.

It hurts when people tell us that their experience of our skills, our ideas, our work product, or even our demeanor is less than perfect. It’s shocking for someone to rate our performance as mediocre or short of top notch. It can diminish our feeling of value as professionals, even as people. It can seem like a threat.  And, at times, it’s nearly debilitating.

So we deflect. We retreat. We defend. And if we’re not careful, we get stuck.

The ability to receive and assimilate critical feedback is essential for success and fulfillment. Feedback is not a foe to be fought off. It is, in fact, unmatched in terms of what it can show and teach us on our path to success and fulfillment. But if we crumble in a pile of emotion and defensiveness in the face of it we distance ourselves from it’s value.

Thankfully, like me, all of you have brains too! So your success shall not be made or broken solely based on your natural physical or emotional responses to feedback. Each of us is a system capable of sensing, evaluating and acting on many levels:  intuitive, emotional, physical, and mental. Just like in an effective, high functioning organization it takes ALL roles and levels to create success.

Active engagement in responding to and incorporating feedback is a practice. It is consciously developed and honed as a part of a broader endeavor to deliberately create success. It is a focused training effort the outcome of which will open up what would otherwise be closed off.

So fear not feedback. Welcome it. Challenge yourself to understand it. Let your ego step aside and allow feedback to show you the way to your greatest potential performance, your true success, and your full happiness.

Success Isn’t Supposed to Suck!

Do your Mondays start on Sunday…with the worry and dread of what’s to come?

Is your commitment to be the best at what you do often threatened by burnout?

Does it seem like you have to drag yourself through even the simplest of tasks because you’re just so uninspired by  work?

Are you frustrated with sacrificing today for some “tomorrow” when it’s all supposed to be worth it?

If any of this sounds all too familiar, you know something’s up. And because you’re a “get things done” person, you also know that you can’t just keep going on as if everything’s a-ok.

Join me on April 27 at 10:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Mountain / 12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern for This Can’t Be! Success isn’t Supposed to Suck

This is a FREE (yes, it really is free) teleseminar for high-performing, driven professionals like you who are just tired. Tired of being overwhelmed by work stress; tired of feeling demotivated and uninspired; and tired of that underlying of feeling of being adrift or without real purpose in your pursuit of success.

Plan to be on this call if you’re ready to:

  • Recognize what “survival mode” costs you in terms of success
  • Acknowledge (and stop) the ways that we all participate in sabotaging our optimal potential, success, and happiness
  • Identify alternative ways of working and living to proactively cultivate success and fulfillment NOW

It is time to reclaim your ownership of your success. It’s time to clear your runway, amplify your performance, and not lose your zest for life in the process.

So join me! Take 10 seconds now, sign up, block the time on your calendar as NON-negotiable, and then hop on the phone on April 27th!

Click Here to Register!

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