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To be Professional you have to get Personal

by Kelsey Stafford | Jan 05, 2017

Personal Professionalism“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant

A New Year is upon us and with it comes the permission to put the past year behind and an ambition to make something great in 2017. Just like many others, Centerline has reflected on our wins and our challenges to prepare for another year. We strive to be professional, but to do that, we recognize that it starts within. To make affective changes, we must get personal. Jeff Haden recently published an article on Inc.describing 10 things one can do to be successful and all of them start by getting personal and focusing on bettering oneself. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Be proactive: Don’t check your email first! In business we all strive to be proactive versus reactive however we commonly start our day with a very reactive activity - answering emails and notifications. Jocelyn K. Glei reminds us that we need to spend the best part of our day on our own priorities, which will better enable us to help others later.
  2. Make yourself accountable: Find a partner or mentor. Surround yourself with people who are just as passionate, hardworking and driven as you are. When you identify people in your life that you trust and respect hold onto those relationships and be intentional about building them by helping each other stay accountable each day.
  3. Write: Prime yourself for creativity. Morning Pages is a practice developed by Julia Cameron where you write three pages about anything and everything on your mind first thing in the morning. This activity starts your day exploring your thoughts, increases your creativity, and brings things into focus. There is no right or wrong way, just start writing.

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