Career and Life Balance – Myth Or Reality

There is no one definition for career and life balance. It is as unique as you are, taking into account your own needs and values, goals and dreams. Because of this uniqueness, it is important that you take some time to discover your own definition before you embark on the next phase of your career and life. It will also be something that you will want to revisit and refine each year as you grow personally and professionally for as you change, so will your ideas and needs of balance.

Lets begin by answering some questions about you. Here we will dive into your needs, values, purpose, and expectations for your career and your life.

What is your current definition of career and life balance?

If you remember nothing else about life balance, remember this word – choice. We always have the choice to be happy and successful. We can choose what we do, how we do it, when we do it, who we are when we are doing it, who we seek support from and where we do it.

Choices are best made by knowing what matters most to you – what you value in both in your career and personal life. Some examples of professional values are prestige and recognition; upward mobility and a high salary; or having a direct impact on the environment or individuals. Examples of personal values include time with family; time to devote to passions and hobbies; travel; and time with friends. Take the time to list everything that matters to you and especially why it matters.

What matters most to you in your career? What matters most to you in your personal life?

What you do

What are your expectations for yourself?

Do you expect that you will master your new position within a few months? That you will rise to the top of your profession in a certain number of years, that you will reach tenure? Think about what you expect of yourself, and how realistic these expectations are.

Where and when you do it

What environments help you do your best work?

Environments include your physical space, the type of people you work with and for and especially your needs. Examples of needs are feedback, collaboration, autonomy and recognition. Think about the conditions and needs that help you do your best.

How you do it

Establish trust and confidence early.

Learn what’s needed for you to move forward and become a respected member of the team, then do it. The quicker you establish yourself as a trusted member of your department or organization, the greater freedom you will have to achieve the balance you desire.

Who we reach out to

Support network.

Seek support from family and friends that you trust to help you through issues and challenges that come up in your personal life – especially when seeking to maintain balance. Also seek support from colleagues you can trust and rely on in your field, both inside and outside your …

So You Got Fired, Now What?

Getting fired is definitely not an ideal situation for a career oriented person like yourself, but it is certainly something that you can survive if handled properly. You may feel anger and hatred towards your boss or you might even feel like cursing out your boss. As much as this might sound appealing at the spur of the moment, you need to handle the situation in a completely different way.

It's totally understandable if this is hard to accept and maybe you feel rejected at the moment, but it will definitely get easier over time. You need to understand the reality of this situation; people lose their jobs for many different reasons; While some of these reasons are within your control such as poor attendance, lack of productivity or being unable to get along with your coworkers, others have nothing to do with your performance. Whatever the case may be, the end result is the same. Here are a number of helpful tips that will help you dust yourself and get back on your feet.

Thank Your Boss

Weird as this may sound, you need to thank your boss for hiring you in the first place. You need to say this in the most sincere way possible. Sit down with your boss and go over the things that led to you being fired. Doing so will definitely help you avoid doing the same mistakes all over again. Remember that there may come a time in the future when this person will be in a position to recommend you for another job. Try to know in advance what your former boss will say about your termination. Doing so will help you address the issue in interviews as a "teachable moment".

The CV Dilemma

There is no requirement that says that you have to have a reason for quitting your job on your CV, but in this case, there might be a time gap you have to explain. All you have to mention is the period of employment, a brief job description, and the name of the company that employed you. Leave the discussion of why you got fired for the interview and take time in advance to prepare what you will say if asked. Remember that your CV should only reflect your competencies and what you did well throughout your career, and since there are no rules that require you to write the reasons for leaving your last employment; it is usually understood that you left for a better opportunity.

The Interview

It is best to be frank and honest in explaining the reasons for your resignation during the interview, so it is advisable to be prepared beforehand. Lying about your past job history or badmouthing your previous employer will only make you sound like a bitch ex-employee who is still unable to move on. Taking accountability demonstrates that the interviewer is looking for a potential employee. As much as you try to hide the fact that you've been dismissed, it …

What Is Personal Development?

Here’s a Brief Overview

Personal Development, means different things to different people. Ultimately personal development is about focusing your attention on developing or refining your skills, abilities, attitude, and awareness for personal goal. As a category Personal development covers various areas of human activity and can be applied to business and financial growth. Socially Personal development can be applied to improving social relationship, with friend’s family or colleagues, partners, employees.

Personal Development in a Nut shell

If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own personal development.

Brian Tracy

To sum up personal development in a sentence, you can say personal development is about identifying challenges, finding solutions and integrating the answers or right course of action or behaviour into your daily life or business. Personal development is about making effective change in yourself or company procedures to better deal with the environment.

“Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.” Les Brown

Value oriented aspects

Many of the value oriented aspects of personal development boarders the realm’s of spirituality were the individuals attention maybe focused on developing better social and environmentally relationships, achieving personal self mastery’s over ones actions, as in behavioural changes or over coming limitations, at this level, persistence, inquisitiveness, study and self discipline are common themes. Professionally personal development may include such themes as personal mastery and communication, developing leadership skills etc.

In general personal development is about a cultivating a progressive attitude, studying/learning and applying appropriate success formulas or principles, whether as companies or individual. Much of the study of person development comes from the researching of people who have made significant growth, personally or in business.

Success leaves clues.

The early founders of the modern day form of personal development have studied and catalogued the process of success and achievement. They have made considerable progress in documenting the process of personal success as a science. Napoleon Hill is arguably the forefather of modern day personal development. He laid the foundations for our current generation of researchers, practitioner and coaches, such as the superstar Anthony Robbins

The following are some of the general themes in Personal Development

Developing or renewing identity

Fulfilling aspirations/Realizing dreams

Behavioural change/conditioning

Developing motivation – inspiration

Improving self-awareness

Enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life

Improving your employability

Identifying and investing in ones potential

Financial development

Developing strengths or talents

Personal and professional mastery – Learning techniques or methods to gain

Control of one’s life

Entrepreneurial

Improving self-knowledge

Developing personal development plans

Increasing awareness or defining of one’s chosen lifestyle

Integrating social identity with self-identification

Increasing awareness or defining of one’s priorities

Developing purpose

Increasing awareness or defining of one’s values

Developing purpose

Love

Increasing awareness or defining of one’s ethics

Strategies and realizing dreams, aspirations, career and lifestyle priorities

Developing personal discipline

Personal development goal/ material attainment

Developing professional potential

Developing talents

Developing integrity

Goal setting

Developing …