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October 2, 2019  -  Issue #71

Clearing A Path Can Lead To Working Happy


You want to realize your dreams. Setting a goal is a start. Then, you need a way to reach it. Think of a goal you have that matters to you. How does it look for your reaching it? Sometimes, you need to clear the path of obstacles to a goal before setting out. Doing so greatly increases your efficiency and chances of accomplishing the goal.
 


There are goals that are easy to reach; however many goals require you to be strong and grow beyond where you are now. If this is the case, get started on clearing any obstacles in your path. Examples of obstacles may be: a person(s) standing in your way, financial limitations, not knowing or seeing a path to get there, the need to build new skills or resourcefulness and not wanting to step out of your comfort zone.
 
How do you clear a path to a goal? Here are some ideas:
  • look carefully at your goal and what is needed to get there
  • identify any obstacles in your way
  • if a person is in your way, use your emotional intelligence to figure out the timing and feasibility of getting to your goal without them
  • build your resilience and faith in reaching your goal
  • find allies to support you 
Learning how to clear a path to a goal is a skill that, once you develop it, you have forever. Get started now and your goal will come closer and closer to reality!
 

Email me if you'd like to go further with this. I’m happy to help you get started!

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We love answering your questions on your journey to working happy!


Q: I am having a hard time with a co-worker. It took me a while to realize it, but this co-worker sees me as a threat and wants to eliminate me as competition to them. I do not see evidence of this perceived competition. There is plenty of space for both of us to thrive. My co-worker is even spreading rumors about me and at times has sabotaged my work. I am not sure how to deal with this situation. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Whew! These situations, besides often being unnecessary, can be so challenging. A place to start is to use your mind and your emotional intelligence to get as much of a sense as you can of what your co-worker is made of. What is his/her personality? What is it that he/she finds threatening in you? What tactics does he/she rely on to sabotage you? This may give you some insights to act on.
 
What this takes is an understanding of your co-worker's “energy.” Then, you can create a strategy that you think will work to minimize the damage he/she can do to you. You could decide to ignore what he/she does and hope that without your reaction, it fizzles out. You could actively counter the rumors and sabotage by exposing them for what they are. This takes skill and centering to do in an effective way, without hurting your own position. You could also decide to leave as long as you do not see it as a defeat. 
  
Understanding people and situations like this takes skills that are not taught in school. By developing your emotional intelligence and understanding energy it will help you immeasurably in your future work and career. If I can be of any help to you in unraveling and handling this situation, please let me know!

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Tips
  • Set a goal to accomplish in this new season.
   
  • Take a look at how you are doing with your self-care.
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Meet Ann Vanino
“I started coaching with Ann at the beginning of a great personal and professional transition. I needed support through the process, and Ann was put in my path. More than 2 (3?) years and 3,000 miles later, my life looks nothing like I could have imagined. I have re-invented myself and am growing an amazing new business practice.”
Ann is a career and new directions coach whose passion is supporting people as they create the life they want to live and working in organizations to increase managers’ skills and self-confidence. Ann’s journey has taken her from a childhood in New York City, to an environmental career working for government in Washington DC and New York City, working in the private sector and founding her own business in Los Angeles. Subsequently, Ann embarked on a second career as a coach and now lives in the High Mojave Desert of southern California, where she continues her coaching and is inspired every day by the solitude, beauty and silence of the desert and mountains that surround her.

Ann is the author of four books: Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out, Power Stories, Leadership On Trial and Coaching Corner Volume 1. Visit her at AnnVanino.com.
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