Growth

You Got That Mental Toughness?

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How do you process pain, rejection, failure, defeat? Do you use it as an opportunity to grow or do you shut down entirely.,

In this live broadcast, I share with you a lesson I learned from John Maxwell's 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth- The Law of Pain.

The core message is "Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads To Great Growth".

Are you growing in spite of your challenges?

 
 

Today is World Mental Health Day. Is Your Job Making You SICK?

Photo credit: Jacob Rank, Picnoi

Photo credit: Jacob Rank, Picnoi

Hello,

Did you know that today is World Mental Health Day?

The focus of this initiative is to tackle the issues surrounding mental health in the workplace.

I understand this issue very well. I left my last career because the work-related stress was intolerable.

At the time, I placed a lot of blame on myself but later discovered that it had a lot to do with my environment and circumstances I did not understand nor could control.

The stress we encounter at work often has a lot to do with whether or not the job is the right 'fit' and many times due to lack of proper leadership.

I did not know how to cope, but eventually, I sought out help and found my way...out!

Here are some interesting statistics for you taken straight from Statistics Canada:

  • The average Canadian spends 8.03 hours of their waking hours physically at work. That doesn't include time away completing work-related activities.

 

  • "Six in ten highly stressed workers identify work as their main source of stress (62%)"

 

  • "Mental health is highly correlated with chronic stress. Numerous studies link chronic stress to anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and substance abuse."

 

  • "Chronic stress can cause memory loss and can change the brain's structure and functioning, affecting a person's susceptibility to depression and the effects of aging."

 

  • "Long-term stress is also highly correlated with the development and progression of many chronic physical diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, ulcers, asthma and migraine." 

 

  • "Highly stressed workers who identified their job or workplace as their main source of stress were well-educated—almost three-quarters had a college or university education—and over one-half held white-collar jobs in management, professional or technical occupations."

 

For many, these statistics will not come as a surprise. Mental health problems at work, is a big deal.


Are you struggling to cope? Here are some tips to help you along the way...

 

WHERE CAN YOU GET HELP?

1. Seek out a licensed therapist through your confidential Employee Assistance Program (If you have access to one). Otherwise, ask your doctor for a referral.

2. Try to figure out the specific triggers that lead to your stress and find a way to get the support you need from leadership.

This can be tricky because some environments and leaders are not supportive and may actually make the situation worse.

If you find yourself in such a situation, you may wish to approach it by explaining your desire to improve the working conditions and overall outcomes at work. In essence, if those things improve, your condition will likely benefit as well.

3. Learn coping strategies for issues such as anxiety. Meditate, breathe, focus on the positive, take time out when necessary

4. Work with a coach or a mentor, someone who can help you to set goals and gain clarity about your work. Many times, as I discovered, the stress comes from being in a place, doing work and being amongst people that are not in alignment with who we are.

Our health is our wealth. If your job is making you sick, it can impact your overall well being. Seek out the help you need to get better. No job is worth your sanity or physical health.

Your friend in success,

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Why Taking a Pause...Can Get You Ahead

Why Taking a Pause...Can Get You Ahead

"Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up With You" John C. Maxwell

Do you take the time to reflect upon your life? It can be a challenge when juggle so much. Yet reflecting has been proven to help evaluate our experiences.

 

Are you prepared to face yourself?

 
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Oh the Mirror!

 

That  dreaded little piece of reflective equipment. I remember there was a time when I used to absolutely dislike looking in the mirror (literally and figuratively). There was this thing happening with my self-esteem that just would not allow me to feel comfortable looking back at myself. A lot of it stemmed from the fact that I felt very 'unpretty' , but also because I just didn't like who I thought I was. That was a period where I can honestly say I did not value myself. I was young, uncertain of my identity, confused about my purpose. I assessed my value based on what I assumed others thought about me. Fundamentally, I was lost.

Have you ever felt a strong dislike toward yourself? Maybe because of something physical or maybe more to do with something that you did or maybe because of who someone else told you that you were/are?

Well, can I tell you something? It's normal for us to go through periods of low self esteem. It's a part of getting to know who we are. What keeps us stuck though is when we are unable to see our worth entirely. When our self esteem remains low and we are unable to see value in who are are. 

For me, getting unstuck was really about discovering my overall beauty and learning not to judge myself by my past mistakes.  When I was able to do that, I invited morning sessions where I would just stare in the mirror...just because. I was ok with interacting with people because I knew my worth. I no longer feared 'what are they going to say about me'. That became irrelevant. When that happened, I was able to focus on my growth both personally and professionally.

In the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell shares with us that many people fail to reach their full potential because of low self-esteem. I have also found this to be true throughout my journey. The people that are the most successful are those who have a firm confidence in who they are and what they are all about.

Whether your mirror is physical or mental, are you able to face it? Are you able to look back at what is being presented to you and say that you are alright with the reflection? If not, how can you work on building your self-esteem so that you are in a position to really appreciate and value all that you are and can potentially be?

You are worth the effort, time and energy needed to develop yourself. If you see value in yourself, you will add value to yourself.

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Are you ready to try something new? To grow beyond your wildest imagination? Take an intentional step in the direction of your personal growth. Join me and select group of like minded professionals as we explore John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Not sure where or how to start?  Click the link below to find out more

 

 

About the Author:

Teca Cameron-Tackie is a leadership and success coach. She works with emerging leaders, mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs. She equips her clients to gain the confidence needed to WIN at life, work or business. She specializes in soft skills development specifically coaching her clients to build their most captivating personal brands by learning how to master their appearance, behaviour and communication for success.

Mrs. Cameron-Tackie also assists companies who wish to develop their employees so that they foster a work environment that is a productive place where people thrive. To find out more visit www.tecacameron.com

 

Weekly Challenge: Let's Grow with Intention

 

'Growth doesn't just happen' John C. Maxwell.

Can I give you a challenge for this week ahead?

Write down on a piece of paper 1 goal that you would like to achieve in the next 3 months. Something you have been longing to do but you haven't yet figured out how you will get it done.

After you write that down, start envisioning what your life would look like when you achieve that goal. How will you feel? What will you be doing? how will it benefit others? Envision it with as much detail as possible.

Building a personal brand that distinguishes us from the other billions of people in this world starts with the decision to be intentional about our personal growth.

Let's do a check in next week to see how we did with this visioning exercise.

Who's with me? Are you ready? Let's go!

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If you are an emerging leader or desire to grow in the area of leadership check out the upcoming Mastermind 'Laws of Growth for Emerging leaders'. Click the link below to find out more.

 

 

Audio replay: Keys to Assertive Behaviour

 
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On March 16, 2017 I had the honour of speaking with Dr. Stephanie Hampton Credle on her radio show The Chrysalis Zone. We discussed how people can demonstrate more assertiveness in life to get what they want. How do you move beyond AGGRESSIVENESS? How can women be heard without the rage? Listen in to find out more.