In April, I had the honor of facilitating professional development workshops at a company where I used to work for former colleagues of mine.
It was a lot of fun: creating the workshops, being back on campus (although a bit surreal), and facilitating and engaging with everyone during the workshops. The energy was awesome and it was also the first time in two years that they were all together – which made it even more special.
I truly enjoyed the experience (don’t get me wrong, I was also super nervous leading up to it and I’m sure at times awkward, but hey I’m human).
And I truly think that the workshops helped them have conversations, connections, insights and reflection that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Being a part of that is really cool for me.
What I want to share with you are some of the takeaways that either I shared with them and/or they shared with me. Because I think sharing is caring.
💡Take the time to figure out what’s important to you and what you want your career to look like. Don’t let it just happen to you. You are in the driver’s seat.
💡Ask for support (it’s OK + necessary!); find trusted mentors, coaches, manager and peers that you can openly talk to.
💡With remote work being more common, find ways to interact and connect on a human level with your colleagues: just pick up the phone sometimes vs. scheduling a meeting; suggest regular onsites, etc. Leaders – it’s also on you to help your teams create this.
💡It’s OK to not be perfect. You’re human. We all are.
💡Rest + taking time for yourself is necessary.
💡Establishing a morning routine is a game-changer. It sets the stage for the rest of your day and week. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. But having time for yourself in the morning to journal, read, meditate, run, etc. is critical (do it before you check your phone/emails).
💡Take breaks throughout your workday – whether it’s a walk, playing with your pet, or just focusing on your breath for 60 seconds.
💡Be aware of your thinking and your thoughts. Become an observer to what’s going on inside your head – they’re just thoughts, they’re not necessarily true.
💡You’ll be OK. That presentation you’re nervous about next week? You’ll get through it somehow and you’ll be OK on the other side of it. Human beings are resilient AF, and you are way more powerful than you realize.
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