Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Time to take a break, reflect, and look forward.

I have been a little quiet of late. Well! quiet for me! After our trip toe Galicia and northern Portugal it was time to turn my attention to things nearer home and reflect.
We are still very moved emotionally when we watch the video of Santiago de Compostela and our thoughts and prayers go to all those killed or injured in the recent train crash just outside this beautiful city. Also those from one area in Italy who were killed in that horrific coach accident. A whole section of a community wiped out.

Many of us are so busy that we don't always take time to pause and reflect and look where we are going. As you re-charge your batteries over the summer you may think about how your job fits in to your life. 

Are you getting to where you want to be? Are you nearer to achieving your goals? These can be very small ones or more long-term. It is important thought to have a focus. If only to make you get out of bed in the morning! Life is for living.
Young people finishing full-time education in the UK receive a Record of Achievement which contains certificates of achievements throughout their school life. When I first went into work-based learning, I was impressed by this. It didn't happen in my day!
But, stop and think for a minute. What comes next? Do they have a plan of where they are going next? Or, do they leave it to chance. Yes, they will have had information from the Careers Guidance people but do they have an over-arching plan of where they want to be in 1 years time? 3 years? 5 years even? 

Although many organisations do not actually require proof that an aspiring employee is taking control of their own learning and development, they would certainly be very impressed if presented with one which shows your determination to not only succeed yourself, but how their organisation could grow and benefit by having you on their team.

"It can seem a bit scary, especially if you are not working in an organisation, which sets a lot of store in developing its staff to improve and raise standards. You may be in an organisation, which does actually invest a lot of time and effort in its workforce; in which case you are very lucky.
On the other hand, you may not even be in work at the moment and think to yourself:
‘This book isn't for me but I do want to do something with my life!’, as you are about to put it back on the shelf or close your browser (if you are searching 0n-line).
STOP! Don’t go away! Read on! Because whatever situation you are in; whatever level you are at in life, I want to help you to go that little bit further and achieve a little more. In other words – make the best of yourself.
As with many things in life, it is not enough to declare that, you can do this or that. You have to have some proof or evidence that you can actually do something; that you have actually done what you claim to have done.
‘So how do I do that?’ I can hear you say.
Simple. You keep a record. It can be a very simple list on one sheet of A4 paper or it can be a more detailed record.
This is called a Continuing Professional Development record or CPD record.
What I am going to show you in the pages of this book is a little more than ‘professional development’. I am going to show you how things you do in your personal life are just as important in releasing your potential and developing your ‘whole person’." (Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development. Marsh 2011)


Before we were born, all our attributes were there in that little cluster of unique cells which make us what we are, or could be. They have to be nurtured and developed just as a gardener nurtures and feeds his/her seeds, plants, rose bushes etc.  until they come into full bloom. A gardener trims away dead wood and choking weeds to allow the plants to grow, thrive and become the best that they can be. 

Some food for thought:

Winners and Losers.

A Winner looks up to where he is going.
  •   A Loser looks down on those who have not yet achieved the position he has.
A Winner says ‘I'm good but not as good as I ought to be.’
  •   A Loser says ‘Well, I am not as bad as a lot of other people.’
A Winner makes mistakes and says ‘I was wrong.’
  •   A Loser says ‘It wasn't my fault.’
A Winner knows what to fight for and what to  compromise on.
  •   A Loser compromises on what he/she should not and fights for what is not worth fighting for.
A Winner is responsible for more than his/her job.
  •  A Loser says ‘I only work here.’
A Winner works harder than a loser works and has more time.
  •  A loser is always ‘too busy’, thus staying a failure.
A Winner credits his / her good luck for winning, even though it was not luck.
  •  A Loser credits his/her bad luck for losing even though it was not luck.
A Winner says ‘There ought to be a better way of doing it.’
  •   A Loser says ‘Why change it? That’s the way it has always been done.’ (Anonymous)

Rosalie x
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