At least this morning I got to get up at my normal (for me) early hour of 7.30am.
Yesterday I was up at 5.30am (after doing that thing where you wake up every hour to check what time it is!) and I gotta tell you folks … I’d prefer to be coming home than getting up at that time.
I was catching the 6.45am train to Dublin to conduct 7 interviews for a client.
Thanks Dee for getting out of your bed and driving me to Dromod station.
You’re a star.
Here I am looking unbelievably cheerful for that hour of the morning.
And the cold and dark station … by the way there’s a great little transport museum here … well worth a visit … no … not at 6.45am.
Busy but very engaging day interviewing workers and managers in a major national organisation for a strategic review.
When I got to the building where I was doing the interviewing … I realised it was across the road from where I used to live before I moved out of Dublin … lovely to see my old apartment … the basement one on the right with the panel of windows.
I’ve always wished/attracted/found apartments by rivers or canals … the last 4 places in the past 13 (lucky for some) years. This is the view I used to have from my basement window.
And … I chose to enjoy the 40 minute walk in the freezing cold … so many people to watch … city folk sure walk fast Paw!
I love visiting cities … and … I love living in a small rural town. Best of both worlds.
You know folks … it’s a delight to interview people who say ‘I love my work and the people here”.
I always say that there are 2 key factors to personal and professional motivation … SKILL & WILL.
If you don’t have the skills … no worries … we’ll find a way to build them up.
If you don’t have the will … then let’s explore whether it’s internal (attitude/self talk) or external (environmental factors).
If you just can’t be arsed … don’t waste my time.
When people tell me they are ‘stuck’ in a work place I ask them to explore what they might be able to do to ‘unstick’:
- explore what facets of the job you enjoy and focus energy on them … when we are in a negative space we often filter information to ‘prove‘ that there’s no sunshine and heaps of pig manure … we magnify the crap and minimise the sunshine … there is always something that’s working or we enjoy … go find it!
- explore what facets of the job are bothering you and then see if [a] you have the power/energy/influence to change them … or … [b] they are outside of your power/energy/influence. If [a] then develop a strategy for change. If [b] … let it go. Too many people spend time worrying about things that they have no power or influence over.
- explore how much of the situation is about your attitude and self talk ... and decide whether you want to change them. Personally. .. I do this a lot. If I find myself moaning too often then I see if I can change my attitude about the situation or person.
- if all this fails … leave the job. You are not chained to it … you can leave. And yup … you can face the consequences of that decision … a sense of freedom/fear/elation … less/more income … people thinking you wonderful/crazy. You make the decision and you work on the next steps and the next steps … and so on ……………..
Ultimately my dear dear reader … you have no power or control over other peoples reactions.
Stop spending energy on what you have no power over … you are not a gerbil in one of those wheely things.
Your fundamental power resides in your capacity to decide and choose your attitude and actions in any situation … and just get on with it.
Where was I?
Oh yeh … in Dublin interviewing bright and motivated workers and managers … heaven on a stick.
Back on the 7pm train ( as I was waiting a woman came up to me and said ‘ I just walked past you and had to come back and tell you how much I love your coat … it’s so cheerful in these gloomy times. ‘I smiled and thanked her … that’s why I bought the coat 5 years ago … because it’s really bright and cheerful and we have quite a few gray days in Ireland … it makes me and other people smile) and in Dromod just after 9pm.
Adrian had sorted a lift for me with his folks … thanks Mary (a lovely lady and one of my regular readers … morning Mary) and Joey.
Went to Mags to get my house key … she had kindly looked after Coco pup.
Walked in and the dogs were jumping all over each other having a great time … Coco kind of looked at me as if to say ‘ yeh … hi Mum … having too much fun with my friends … talk to you later’.
Slept well last night and up again for a busy few days doing about 10 phone interviews for this contract … all really interesting.
My Life Dreaming workbook is being downloaded all over the place.
Better get the fire going … it’s freezing today and I want to be warm.
Have a good one folks.
p.s. I tracked this company down after reading about them on one of the many sites/blogs that I rss to my igoogle page.
They create and design really lovely pieces of furniture from Cardboard … and they are in Paris.
Fab … add them to my growing list of reasons to visit Paris as a present for my 50th birthday year.