Corporate Contractors - Fall 2023 Newsletter

One Key To Success: Showing Up On Time Are you always running late? Maybe you’re legitimately busy, but sometimes chronic lateness springs from other factors. Being late all the time could give you a reputation for being undependable and/or careless. Take better control of your time by considering these psychological causes behind being constantly behind schedule: • Adrenalin. For some people, rushing to every meeting and event provides excitement. If you’re enjoying the chase too much, look for other activities to fill your need for thrills. Skydiving, anyone? • Control. Making other people wait for you—instead of the other way around— is one way to keep the reins tight. The problem is, important people like customers and your boss don’t like it. Remind yourself that other people’s time is important, too. • Validation. Being busy can be one measure of success—“Look at all the customers/ projects/important tasks I’ve got to do!” But if you overextend yourself, you’ll burn out. Teach yourself to track other metrics that don’t overwhelm your day. • Anger. Sometimes we “punish” people by forcing them to waste time waiting for us. This rarely solves any problems and may exacerbate them. If you’ve got an issue, talk it out openly. You’ll both save a lot of time and hard feelings. Getting Ready To Give Back? Volunteer work can help you meet like-minded people, explore career options and make you feel more fulfilled and connected to your community. To get the most out of volunteering, start by identifying what you want to do. Consider the kinds of activities that make you lose track of time, and choose volunteer work that incorporates your particular passions. Make a list of your limitations and preferences. Do you work better at night or in the morning? Do you like to be in charge of projects or prefer a supporting role? Remember that your goal should be to find volunteer work that gives you a charge, not one that leaves you depleted and stressed, wishing you never committed to doing it. You might consider making a list of skills you’d like to improve or acquire, like public speaking or managing a team. Volunteering is a great opportunity to “dip your toes in the water” and see how you do. Once you’ve started volunteering, keep a journal to reflect on how you are feeling, what you enjoy most and what responsibilities leave you exhausted or frustrated. Remember to take care of yourself, too, because you can’t help others if you feel exhausted. The First Weatherman The earliest-known weather journal was the work of English scholar William Merle. It covers seven years, from 1337 to 1344. Merle lived before the invention of the thermometer, the hygrometer and the barometer—and before the use of rain gauges became common in Europe. The entries in his diary take the form of simple, yet detailed, observations of the conditions. The journal was discovered in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, in the 1880s. Zig’s Words Of Wisdom Motivational writer and speaker Zig Ziglar has a lot to say, and his words have inspired thousands of people to reach for and achieve their dreams. Here’s a selection of some of his most powerful quotes: • “You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” • “The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but to reveal theirs.” • “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” • “Every choice you make has an end result.” • “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” • “If you wait until all the lights are green before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.” • “Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Prepared For Anything? One rainy evening, Mary and John emerged from a restaurant after dinner to find that they’d locked their only set of keys in the car. John insisted he could open the door with a wire coat hanger, but the restaurant didn’t have any. So Mary waited inside while he ran through the pouring rain to a hardware store four blocks away to buy one. After fifteen minutes, he managed to pop the lock. He waved for Mary to run out and jump in the car, and started it up. As they drove away, John, soaked to the bone, put the wire hanger under his seat. “Now if this happens again,” he said, “we’ll have one right here.”