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PuBlIC relatIONS aND MarketING
You Get results Based
On Your Choices
BY walt GraSSl
Paul and Sara were
luncheon that brought together colleagues
from their office as well as recently retired
colleagues. Sara commented to Paul some of
the retirees seemed very happy and others
were looking a bit lost - just as it was back at
the office. She asked Paul if he had any idea
why. She could understand the differences in
the workplace, but not in retirement.
Paul was a senior manager and had kept in
touch with many of the retirees. He said the
ones who were happy, both at the office and
in retirement, were the ones who owned their
lives. They didn't seek the approval of others
when making choices. They took responsibility
for the outcomes of their choices. Paul gave
Sara five questions he used to help the people
he coached and mentored find happiness at
work and in life.
Are you competing
Most of us have heard the phrase,
"Keeping up with the Joneses." The technical
term is "conspicuous consumption,"
demonstrating social status by the
accumulation of possessions. Do you compare
the car you drive, the clothes you wear,
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and the smartphone you use to those of your
neighbors and colleagues?
When we do this, we are either showing off
our success to others or wanting what others
have. This focus on the others keeps us from
evaluating ourselves based on what we want
and what we are capable of doing.
This is always a dangerous game with no
winners. When you move from a cubicle to an
office, your joy quickly fades when you realize
Jennifer Jones has a bigger office. When you
get your window office, your joy quickly fades
when you see Cyrus Washington has a corner
window office. Someone always has something
better than you.
Are you seeking approval
Many people believe that unless we
have the approval of others, we are
not worth anything. They often
get good grades in school,
excel at sports or the
arts, or choose
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