Is there is something in your personal life that may be keeping you from doing your best at work? (#4)

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Is there is something in your personal life that may be keeping you from doing your best at work?

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During my 25 years as a manager in the corporate world, I often wondered, and frequently confirmed, that there were factors in my employees’ personal lives (and in mine) that were preventing us from performing our best at work. Has this happened to you?

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In this newsletter, I want to invite you to look into your personal life and determine if there are any potential areas of opportunity which, when improved, can translate into enhancing your motivation, productivity and overall performance at work.

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As outlined in my recently released book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life, there are three steps you can follow to live a more meaningful life:

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Step1: Become 100 percent accountable for the decisions you make (and not make) in your life.\nStep 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement.\nStep 3: Live your mission 24/7.

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Related to Step 1, one way to increase your overall accountability is to look deeper into the choices you are currently making in your personal life. In my last newsletter, I offered some insights on how to strengthen your relationships. Let me now expand to other aspects of your personal life.

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Are your finances in order? Beyond the natural desire to increase your income, do you have your basic finances under control? Are you spending less than what you are making? Any bad habits you can detect, such as using credit cards to “fund” additional purchasing power, which you cannot sustain? Thinking longer term, have you set a financial goal that will result in a better future? My experience has been that, in good times and in not-so-good ones, setting a financial goal, committing to one or two deliberate actions, and diligently tracking my activities and results, has resulted in positive outcomes. At the most basic level, you increase the awareness of your financial situation and this tends to trigger new ideas to reach your goal. Better yet, your stress level remains within a reasonable range and its potentially negative effect on work gets diminished.

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Are you developing your personal capabilities? Are you making healthy choices for your body, mind and soul? Why not start by taking an inventory of those choices you are making (and not making) that can enhance your physical health, expand your mental capacity and feed your soul? You may detect that a sedentary lifestyle and erratic diet are translating into inconsistent energy levels at work. You may also realize that those professionals who keep up with industry and overall trends find it easier to connect with co-workers, customers and people in general. And can you identify an opportunity to nourish your soul with value-enhancing literature or positive thoughts and relationships? One habit I picked up from my father several years ago was starting the day with a scripture reading, followed by a brief meditation period. Though hard to quantify the benefits of this 10- to 15-minute ritual, I can certainly “feel” how this positive energy carries me through the rest of the workday.

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Like a well-maintained machine, our body, mind and soul will yield better work results if we feed them well. Invest the time to detect opportunities and act on them. As with all new habits, I suggest starting small and (very) gradually expanding on them.

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Exercise your accountability muscles by analyzing and detecting opportunities in your personal life. Acting on them should translate into improvements at work. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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In the next newsletter, I will share personal insights on how to better manage your priorities in life. Stay tuned!

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\nwww.thebusinessapostolate.com

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