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Focusing On Goals And Feedback

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Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve! Now is the time for just one thing–Focus on your goal. Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you.

Concentrate on one task at hand. Is there something in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday’s failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing–reaching your goal. It is amazing what a little bit of focus can achieve when you need to get something done. Make today the day that you can achieve something you have been working on for a long time.

Concentration can be incredibly difficult, especially in a workplace environment. When you work with other people every day, they can be a big source of stress in your life. This would be the perfect time to turn to other leaders for some guidance. Thrive Global took a deeper look into this common occurrence and came up with some amazing tips.


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Your employer has a very important role to play when it comes to promoting employee well-being by creating a conducive work environment. Therefore, to handle any stress that you may have, it is highly advisable that you start by talking to your supervisor. However, this does not mean a conversation that involves a list of complaints you have in mind. Instead, you should try as much as possible to come up with a plan aimed at managing the underlying reason behind your stress levels.

Is one of your goals being a better leader and providing better feedback to coworkers or employees? Giving feedback to others is time well spent, but most of us fail to spend enough time to give effective feedback. Here is a list of things to consider when you want to improve your feedback skills.

  • Give feedback frequently.
  • Make the feedback timely.
  • Keep feedback simple.
  • When feedback addresses behavior that must be corrected, provide the feedback in a private, neutral setting.
  • Focus on the situation you observed, and how it affected you.
  • Describe behavior. Do not speculate on a motive.
  • Communicate the impact of a person’s behavior.
  • Be prepared for unexpected information.
  • Reinforce positive behavior through feedback.
  • Catch people doing things right.

Giving feedback can feel awkward at times. But through practice, you can improve your skills. Be humble and authentic, and you can have a positive impact. You won’t become an expert overnight so keep your expectations at a reasonable level. Jack Klemeyer reminds us of one very important aspect we can easily forget – having fun.

Having FUN along the way supports engagement of each team member. Try thinking about it this way, being “engaged” is fun. Let’s be frank, the days where the leader is a strong authoritative director and where all employees simply wait to see what the manager tells everyone to do does NOT produce the results that are recognized by a fully engaged team. The leader may be having fun, but his/her subordinates certainly are not. Managers who want to micro-manage all the details are finding that it is virtually impossible to do. The marketplace simply demands too much for one person to micro-manage their team. We all have incredible people working for us, and if we are effective leaders we need to create an environment where every employee feels like they are empowered, and understand they are expected to proactively contribute.

Let people know what you’re thinking, and ask them for the same. All the best to you in your journey!

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Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people's lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.
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