By Ken McClinton on August 5, 2012
I know that today is Sunday and most of you are only half able to enjoy the day off because tomorrow morning starts another workweek. But it doesn’t have to be like that. How would you like to be able to enjoy your Sunday completely and then actually be excited for the workweek to start?
When we dread the workweek it is because we are focusing on all of the annoying things that we have to do like wake up early, catch up on emails, call back clients, and deal with any other headaches that we usually encounter at work.
But what if we had some things to look forward to?
Here are three surefire ways to get excited about the workweek.
One way that you can get excited about the workweek is to build anticipation for it. How do you do that? Let’s first think about how you would build anticipation for the weekend and then we can use that model to build it for the workweek.
When you are really excited for the weekend you are usually looking forward to the plans you have for that weekend, right? Well let’s think about your job and the things that you enjoy doing at work. If you choose to focus on the parts of your job that you actually enjoy, you will be excited for the workweek to start so you can do them!
Don’t have a part of your job that you enjoy? That’s ok; we can cheat by using the other two techniques to get ourselves excited for the workweek anyway!
Using rewards to make you look forward to the week is a personal favorite of mine. Even if you don’t want Monday to start, because you’re thinking about all of the work that you are going to have to do, having a good enough reward at the end of the day can be enough to get you through it.
Some of my favorite rewards include watching your favorite TV show, enjoying your favorite meal for dinner, treating yourself to your favorite dessert or having a glass or two of your favorite wine. I recommend spreading these out, otherwise the next day at work could be pretty rough Spreading them out will also give you something to look forward to at the end of each day of the week!
Too often we save all of the good stuff for the weekends. We plan most of our social dinners, nights out, trips to the movies and our other favorite activities for the weekends and completely neglect our weeknights. Now I’m not suggesting going out to a club until 4 AM on a weeknight, but make sure to include some fun activities into your workweek and see what a huge difference it makes.
Some of the things you can do include grabbing lunch with a friend, going to happy hour after work, going on a date, catching a movie, going to the driving range, taking an exercise class or even something as simple as making dinner with your girlfriend or boyfriend. The possibilities are endless, and when you start to schedule enough of these plans, the workweek will fly by just as quickly as the weekend.
Your mission for this week, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one thing that you enjoy doing at work to focus on, give yourself two rewards on two separate nights and make one plan this week. Sound easy enough?
Let me know how it goes in the comments section or on Twitter or Facebook!
By Ken McClinton on August 4, 2012
Seeing how it is the weekend and I know that you all have to start your fun festivities in a little bit, I will make this one short and sweet.
I know what you guys are thinking…
Why the hell would I want to be productive on the weekend?
The truth is that staying productive can actually make your weekend much more enjoyable, and also make the start of the week suck much less. When we use our weekends to be completely unproductive and shut our minds off, we are making it that much harder to turn them back on when Monday starts. Wouldn’t it be easier if you just kept your mind running (at a lower capacity of course) during the weekend and simply increased it a little when Monday rolled around? Yes.
So here are three fun and quick ways to have a more productive weekend.
Break a Sweat
I am not telling you to go out and run a marathon this weekend. Breaking a sweat can literally be anything that makes you sweat. Go for a walk or run, play pick-up basketball with some friends, golf, dance, have sex. Get creative and have fun with it. As long as you are breaking a sweat you are keeping those productivity cells alive.
Now this doesn’t mean to go read Facebook statuses until your hangover is cured. Read something productive that will sharpen your mind and make you think a little bit. Some of the things you can read include a personal development book, an industry magazine, news articles, or maybe even go read your favorite blog that you SUBSCRIBE to
Ok I may have suckered you into this one a little bit with the title. By TV I don’t mean watch the Jersey Shore or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But it can be fun if you have a few minutes to go on YouTube and watch a TEDtalk that you haven’t seen yet, or watch videos on a new skill that you want to learn. Watching a video seriously takes no effort and it can really provide you with a ton of value in a short amount of time. You can even do this while you’re still in bed!
Now that you have these tips, you have the rare opportunity to keep those productivity cells alive in your body this weekend and make your Mondays suck much less!
Do one of these things right now and then post what you did in the comments section so I can give you a gold star
Make sure you check back tomorrow for my article about how to bring your weekend excitement into your workweek.
Enjoy your Saturday!
By Ken McClinton on August 3, 2012
The famous quote by Jim Rohn states that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. While I understand that Jim Rohn meant this to be a quote that would encourage you to surround yourself with successful, motivated people who can help you achieve your goals; I believe it can also be used as an excuse for someone who hasn’t reached the level of success they are striving for.
As a life coach I am in the business of busting limiting beliefs and this quote can definitely be interpreted as a limiting belief, depending on how you look at it. For those of you who don’t know what a limiting belief is, it is basically a belief that you have about yourself or the world that can prevent you from achieving specific goals or results. By that saying you are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with it can be very tempting to blame your failures or lack of success on the people around you, instead of taking responsibility for your own results.
Now let’s take a look at some of the holes in this argument and get into them one by one.
The People Around You Will Influence You
Of course the people around you are going to have some influence over you, but only as much as you allow them to. Like we talk about all the time on this site, you control how you react to your environment. Whether you decide to take to heart everything that the people around you say or you decide to listen and use the information that you think is useful, it is your decision, not their words that will influence you.
Does this mean that it wouldn’t help if the people that you surround yourself with were supportive of you? Of course it would help. But even if the people around you don’t understand why you have chosen the path you are on, it will only affect you if you aren’t sure about why you chose your path in the first place. If you are committed to making something work and you know why it is important to you, then it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks as long as you believe in it.
You Don’t Have to Do What They Do
You have your own brain and you can make your own decisions. If the people around you want to go out to a bar on a night that you have to work late, even if they try to persuade you to come out, you are the one who makes the decision of whether to work or go out. If you know you need to get something done, then choose to work on it and get it done. If you think it can wait and you want a night out, then choose to go out. Sometimes taking a step back and letting loose can be the best thing to get your creativity flowing again anyway.
Would it help you become more successful if your friends spent their time looking for networking events instead of bars or nightclubs? Maybe. But if you and all of your friends went to a networking event, who is to say that you would leave the security blanket they would provide you with to go talk to other people? You can make an excuse for almost anything, but at the end of the day it is you who controls your decisions and your success, not anyone else.
With the increased popularity of sites like Twitter and Facebook, especially when it comes to business, it is so easy to get in touch with just about anyone in an instant. This means that you no longer need to spend your time physically surrounded by successful, motivated people, because you can get in touch with them on a daily basis through twitter or any other social media site.
On a daily basis I communicate with a number of amazing coaches and bloggers that inspire me and make me want to continue to improve myself. We even share strategies and new resources to help each other become more effective at what we do. So even though only one of my close friends is a coach, I still have as many resources available to me as someone who surrounds themselves with coaches all the time.
No More Excuses
The bottom line is that you have no excuses. If you are not yet where you want to be, look in the mirror, not at the people around you.
If you want to make more connections and gain more resources then take the time to research your field. Follow the authorities in your industry on Twitter, check out their blogs and email them any questions you have.
There are more than enough resources out there for you to be able to surround yourself with whomever you want and continue to succeed.
Believe in what you are doing, own your decisions and be proactive. If you do these three things there will be no reason why you can’t accomplish anything you want, regardless of your environment!
By Ken McClinton on August 2, 2012
There are two questions that I get a lot about this blog.
The first is why did I start a blog like this for young professionals?
The second is how did I come up with the name “Eyes on the Rise”?
The two go hand in hand, but let’s tackle these one at a time.
Why I Started It
I started Eyes on the Rise for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is that a few months ago I was completely miserable. Not only did the marketing business that I started in college fail after two years of hard work, but I was also working at a job that I hated. I wasn’t taking care of myself physically, and emotionally I was feely pretty damn lousy for no reason that I could think of. Luckily I did not want to accept the misery that I was stuck in and I was determined to find a way out of it.
I Google searched things like getting happier, finding meaning and a number of other things that I thought would be relevant, and Google took me to a book by Tony Robbins called Awaken the Giant Within. I started reading the book and it made a lot of sense to me.
I remember one part in particular where it said to imagine your problem as a physical object and try to move it. I closed my eyes and pictured a giant black anvil next to me and in my mind I tried to move it just an inch. I couldn’t. I kept opening my eyes, closing them, and trying again. Then something crazy happened when I closed my eyes one last time. The anvil had transformed into a baseball-sized ball and it was in my hand. I simply pictured myself throwing it away and watching it bounce until it was out of sight.
When I opened my eyes I felt a lot better and I had absolutely no idea how it worked. The more I read the more I began to realize that the “problem” and bad feelings that I created were in my head and that I controlled them. I then began to think about how many other people do the same thing on a daily basis and I wanted to figure out how I could use my personal experience to help. Just as I was getting out of my funk I started taking the “Live Off Your Passion eCourse“(affiliate link, I will get paid a percentage if you sign up for the course) by Scott Dinsmore, which helped me realize that my passion was to help others to take control of their lives and I decided to become a life coach. (More about this in my post about How I Escaped My Job and Found Meaning in My Career)
When I decided to become a life coach I threw myself into it fully. To date I have read too many books to count, attended a number of seminars and received three different certifications in technologies that allow me to help people to control their realities by controlling their thoughts and emotions. Some of the techniques I that learned were pretty remarkable and others were very simple but just as effective.
Which brings me to the title of the blog…
Why Eyes on the Rise?
One of the things that I learned in my training was how our physiology can have a HUGE impact on our emotions. We talked about how people who are feeling depressed are constantly looking down, slumped over and you can pretty much recognize how they are feeling just by looking at them.
When they find their way out of the depression they usually say something like “things are looking up”. I never realized it until one of my training seminars, but when someone says, “things are looking up”, they mean that literally. They are no longer looking down or slumped over, they are now looking up and standing up straight. If you don’t believe it try to imagine someone who is really excited and check if they are slumped over and looking down, doesn’t really fit does it?
I liked the idea that something as simple as looking up could really make a big difference in how someone was feeling in an instant. Is it the most effective and longest lasting way to help someone to feel better? No it’s not. But it’s a start and for some people that is a huge leap forward. The strategies that I learned now allow me to help people go from feeling bad to feeling good, and go from feeling good to feeling great and beyond!
When the time came for me to name this blog I played around with a lot of different titles and names that I thought would sound good and could rank on Google. Then I read something on Corbett Barr’s “Start A Blog That Matters” course about how a blog name should reflect something that has had a huge impact on you or that conveys a major belief of yours. When I began to think about the simple concept of looking up to feel better and combined it with my personal belief of improving a little bit everyday, I finally came up with the name “Eyes on the Rise”. It reminds us to keep looking up, feeling good, and to stay focused on the goal of improving a little bit each day.
Where Do We Go From Here?
So now that you know the full story behind Eyes on the Rise, where do we go from here?
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You don’t have to be a young professional to benefit from these strategies, I write to young professionals because I am one myself, and my writing style reflects that. The truth is that these strategies are meant for anyone who wants to live a better life.
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By Ken McClinton on August 1, 2012
Sometimes as young professionals we may feel that we are not being taken as seriously as we would like to be, simply because of our age. I personally have experienced this in my career and I know that it can be frustrating as hell. But if you allow yourself to become frustrated, or even worse, visibly frustrated, it will only confirm someone’s suspicion that your young age means that you lack maturity.
So how do we shed this unfair preconceived notion that because we are young we are not to be taken seriously? By managing our thought process internally, carrying ourselves in a professional manner externally, and combining them to create a masterful display of professionalism that cannot be denied.
You have to take yourself seriously as a professional first or no one else will. Having confidence has everything to do with the way that you see yourself in your mind. If you picture yourself as a young kid just trying to learn on the job, it will show and you will be treated like a kid.
The thing to remember when building confidence is that you got to where you are today for a reason. You were qualified and experienced enough for someone to pay you for your time, and believe me, unless you are perfectly capable of getting the job done, someone will not pay you.
The best way to improve your self-image is to first imagine how you see yourself in your mind. Next you need to add resources to that image such as what your skills and talents are, what your experience is, and what your biggest successes in life have been to date. When you add resources to this image it allows the image to reflect all that you have to offer, which will crush a lack of confidence immediately.
Act the Part
The way that you act and the way that you carry yourself goes a long way. Acting immature on the job is a surefire way to be taken less seriously and lose the trust of your boss and co-workers. Even though your boss, co-workers, or clients may be the age of your parents, and it may feel natural to defer to them, it is very important to avoid doing this. Like I said before, if you act like a kid, you’ll be treated like a kid.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel and test your boundaries as to what will be considered mature or immature at work. The easiest way to determine how you should carry yourself in a professional setting is to look at the person who is the most successful and taken the most seriously in your office. Begin to notice their habits and how they carry themselves.
This is not to say that you should lose your individuality and become a clone of the most successful person in your company, it is meant more for you to get a model that you can replicate. For example, you should begin to notice things such as how much time they spend socializing with others in the office, the type of language they use in conversation, how long they take for lunch, and what activities they focus most of their attention on. If you are able to notice these things and follow suit you will not only be taken more seriously, but you will most likely become much more successful.
Too often I have seen young professionals who are constantly asking for permission to take action on the very tasks that they were hired to do. If you continually ask permission for everything you will not only waste your own time and your boss’s time, but you will also show that you either lack confidence, lack competence or both. Either way, constantly requiring permission to take action will not help you to be taken more seriously as a professional.
This is where we can combine our new confident self-image with the successful behaviors that we have been studying so closely to create a polished professional who is impossible to deny.
Take a look at that confident self-image that you created. Does that person look like they need permission to take action? Or is that person perfectly capable and knowledgeable enough to decide what actions must be taken?
Now look at the most successful person in your office that you modeled your behavior after. Does that person run to ask permission from others before handling their business? Of course not. If they wasted all of their time doing that they would never have become as successful as they are.
Taking action and showing initiative are two very mature characteristics that will be recognized by others around you, and will definitely boost your perceived and actual professionalism level in a big way.
Do it For You
The purpose of this article is not to make you worry about what others think of you or whether they take you seriously as a professional, it is about having confidence, taking yourself seriously as a professional as well as recognizing and implementing strategies that will boost your success.
If you decide to take these actions in order to impress others in your office they will still have some effect, but if you decide that these actions are something that you want to do to better yourself, the results will be exponentially greater. Like anything else in life, you can’t control how others are going to perceive you, but what you can control is the confidence you have in yourself, how you focus your energy and the actions you take on a daily basis.
Now take these actions, apply them and let me know how successful you become