How a Really Bad Day Can Help You Have A Great Year

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Ever have one of those days when everything just goes wrong? You spill coffee on your shirt as you’re running out the door, miss the bus by a minute, get stuck in traffic, and then… you know the rest. We’ve all had it happen, but have you ever had a day that was so bad it forced you to reevaluate your entire life? Days like this have a way of putting our lives into perspective.

Bad luck is out of our control, but luck has little to do with bad days. Most of the time we have a bad day because we’re just stressed out and we fail to take on the day prepared and organized. Most days we manage to push through without much notice, but sometimes our scattered lives combine with the forces of bad luck into a perfect storm that knocks us to the ground and forces us take a look at ourselves.

When this happens, it’s a good time to evaluate what we’re doing in our lives that’s making us lose control. In fact, one really bad day might just be the catalyst that leads to a really great year! Here’s how a bad day can teach you how to have a great year:

You become clean and organized

A bad day is the perfect time to take a good, hard look at your life and see how many different directions you are being pulled at once. This is part of being in the modern world. It’s also why now, more than ever, it’s important to organize your life.

Maybe you need to buy a whiteboard or calendar to hang on your wall that tells you what needs to be done and when. Looking at it every day will nudge you to take care of tasks sooner rather than later. Maybe your solution is setting up a more regular schedule for your day or programming calendar alarms into your mobile device. When you can stay on top of things, you can take control of your life.

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You will be inspired to set goals

If anything, a bad day will bring out all your frustrations at once. Sometimes the little frustrations will bring out the big ones and suddenly you’ll realize the more general dissatisfactions in your life. With this big-picture angle, it’s easy to begin setting goals for where you want your life to be down the road.

Set a goal for the end of the year and establish milestones throughout the year that will get you closer to it. As you begin making changes here and there, you’ll find that you’re getting nearer to your ultimate goal. At the end, you can look back at all the progress you made and see that you had a life-changing year.

So, next time you have a really bad day, remember that it’s temporary and embrace it for what it is – a chance to turn it into a really great year!

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How to Turn Your Employees into Leaders

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Some people are born to be leaders and naturally have the skills and poise that makes a perfect leader. Others, however, need to be taught how to be a leader. It’s always good to constantly be teaching and growing your employees, no matter where they are in their career. Plus, if the time comes for you to move up in the company, a well-trained employee could make filling your position an easier task.

Employees that are leaders can make tough and informed decisions, will be better qualified, and can teach others as they move up in their career. Here are a few tips on turning your employees into leaders:

Encourage Them to Work Through Problems Themselves

Real leaders can work problems out themselves, but aren’t afraid to ask for help when they really need it. Teaching your employees how to work through problems, big and small, is an important step in the development process.

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Show Them How to Network

Networking is key to career growth, and is a great learning opportunity as well. Talking to other professionals builds skills and confidence. Encourage your employees to network by inviting them to events. This gives them the opportunity to talk to a lot of professionals and watch you in action.

Tailor the Assignments

Sometimes there are tasks that need to get done that no one wants to do, and that is just a part of life. However, try to keep in mind what your employee excels at (Writing? Analytics? Sales?), and try to give them more of those tasks. Put some thought into which tasks are assigned where. Not only will this result in higher quality work, but your employees will also enjoy what they do more.

Allow Them to Have an Ownership Mentality

Allowing your employees to take ownership of their work will help both of you. It will make your employees feel trusted, valued, and like they have a real say in what they do. Encourage employees to take ownership of the work that they do, and you’ll begin to see what they’re really made of.