Be the CEO of Your Life

Ceo conceptMany of us have spent our careers, working in the trenches for corporations, small companies or nonprofits. We have directed our efforts to support company mandates and have had little say in terms of how the company is run. Playing the role of CEO was not even on the radar for us. I know I have always been happiest as an individual contributor in any job I’ve had.

But I recently read a blog post by Jana Moreno that made me realize we could all be the CEO of our own life. In her post Looking To Hire: A New Perspective for the New Year, Moreno suggests taking a different approach in how we make changes in our life.

Instead of looking for ways to hit a particular target, pretend you are a business looking for ways to fill a position. Consider openings you may have in your life right now, perhaps for a new career, or a new body or new home.

For the new career, you may ask yourself: What kinds or projects would I like to work on? How do I want to feel when I do this kind of work? If you are looking to fill a position for a new body, ask yourself: What kind of body would I like to have? How do I want to feel with this new body? If you are looking to fill a position for a new home, ask yourself: What kind of home would I like to live in? What neighborhoods appeal to me?

Moreno says that taking this approach is like saying to the world, ” I have an opening for a couple of fun and intriguing projects this year, and part of these positions entail earning $360K within 12 months.” She says you have the energy of looking to fill a position, not a void. This approach enables you to look for the best match and be the CEO of your own life.

-G.

 

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Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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