Tuesday Truths 2016 edition v7

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It has been brutally cold the past few days and we got some more snow! I’m ready for Spring and in fact, we’re almost close to 30 days to the 1st day of a new season!! In the meantime, let’s snuggle up with Tuesday Truths (if you’re reading in a warm climate, send some of that sun and heat my way!)

  • I was at a meet and greet the other night and was asked, “What gets you up in the morning?” and my response, “Going to the gym”. It sounds a little wacky but knowing that I start my day with exercise, helps me to get the rest of my day in order. The physical exertion allows me to channel frustrations, anxieties and negative energy so that I can face the rest of the day with adrenaline and excitement about my morning accomplishment – pilates, quakes and shakes, TRX – I’ve already met a commitment to take care of myself so the day only gets better. What do you do to provide yourself self-care? Here are some suggestions to make sure you do what is necessary to take care of yourself.
  • Need help to build a habit? We’ve discussed breaking it down into small manageable steps so that you can see improvement every day. I am nowhere near perfect and I try to create an environment that allows me to succeed in achieving my goals. It’s not easy but 5 minutes a day and cues to get you to the next step can be game changers.
  • Living in DC, there are so many parties, networking events, meet and greets and general receptions that put you in front of a lot of strangers all the time. There was a time when I would walk into a room, scan for the closest food buffet and open bar and hunker down. Those days no longer exist and I end up barely getting hydrated with water and nibbling on a crudité because I’m focused on talking with those around me. This translates to a ton of time being spent on banal conversation along with those that really make a connection. It’s important to remember that any of these conversations can lead to something else. So how do you prepare so that you can have great connections? Let’s learn from Ari Shapiro, NPR’s cohost for “All Things Considered”.
  • A lot of my readers live in the Washington, DC area where the largest employer is the federal government, but how many of you know about the GS code that determines the qualifications needed for a job as well as its equivalent pay scale? Insider baseball.
  • There are days when I’m just not feelin’ it and those are the days when I know that I need to pull through with the best of my ability. I know that I can’t let the negative control my actions so I focus on the “glass half full” aspects of the day. Circumstances can put a damper on how you approach a situation and that’s where I fight for parity, but your attitude can get you mentally focused for the challenges ahead. If you walk in with a less than rosy disposition, you risk setting yourself up for failure.
  • When I was a child, I skipped a grade and that put me in the position for a very long time as the youngest person in the room. That also included when I was in professional environment and being the youngest person along with being the only female in the room with growing responsibility brought on a small case of “imposter syndrome”. Am I as qualified as the others to have an opinion, let alone seem like the expert in this subject? Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot to learn but the years that have passed since I was a young staffer have turned to decades and I’m still around doing what I do.

Thanks for reading/sharing! Got words of wisdom you would like to share? Put them in the comments!

— Madalene

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