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Coach's Corner - Thoughts on Taking the Initiative

  • March 10, 2020
  • Written by Community Futures Meridian

Being prepared, showing up and doing something are three important elements to ensure success in our work life.

Be Prepared!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin

When we start to take the initiative in doing things, we need to ensure that we are prepared for the job at hand. Coupled with the right attitude, there should be a thoughtful plan of action. We need to think about the various aspects of a project including the steps and processes needed to complete it.

We need to ask ourselves, what is the outcome we are looking for? How does it fit with our plan? How will this benefit the company?

Showing up!

“Showing up is not all of life - but it counts for a lot.”  Hillary Clinton

To experience success in work and life, oftentimes the notion of simply showing up is a crucial factor. Showing up means more than just being there in person, it means showing with a good attitude and having a commitment to doing what’s necessary. Once we have shown up in the right frame of mind, we can start to tackle the challenges we face in doing the job.

Ask yourself, how am I showing up for work? Am I giving it my best effort? How positive is my attitude?

Just Do It!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  Ancient Chinese Proverb

Whether it’s a uncomfortable phone call we need to make or a crucial conversation we need to have, there are some questions we need to ask ourselves. What’s holding me back? What are the consequences if I don’t make the call or have the conversation? Am I procrastinating? If so, why?

Too often we get stuck and feel unable to move ourselves forward. After questioning our reasons for being stuck, we sometimes find there is no good reason for not making the call or having the conversation. It is then that we need to “suck it up” and take that first step. Make the call, schedule the conversation, or do whatever was being avoided. Usually we will find it wasn’t as bad as we expected.

When taking the initiative we need consider these three points—being prepared, showing up and doing—in whatever we are working on.

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach, Motivated Coaching

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