Charles Benayon

Founder & CEO of Aspiria


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3 Tips to Achieving Your Unfinished Goals for 2015

Picture for Aspiria blog Sept 22The world’s focus is set on the global refugee crisis as tens of thousands of displaced refugees and migrants make their way across Europe. It is a stressful situation for both the thousands of displaced people, as well as for the residents of the countries taking them in.  With so much attention focused overseas, it can be easy to lose focus of our own goals at home.

Goals allow us to point our lives in the direction we want to. They can bring us a strong sense of accomplishment, and thus satisfaction and happiness that is much needed in stressful times.

With a little less then four months left in 2015 how can we accomplish the goals we set forth in the beginning of the year?

I’ve outlined below a few tips to help you accomplish your goals for the remaining year.

  1. Refocus

It can often be easy to lose track of the goals we set in the beginning of the year as after the pressures of work, life, and relationships, we forget why we set out those goals in the first place. Review your list and ask yourself why it’s important for you to complete these goals by the end of 2015.

  1. Re-prioritize

Ask yourself how realistic is it for you to accomplish these goals by the end of the year? If timing is not essential, then re-prioritize so you have time to accomplish the ones that are most relevant to you, and reflect where you are in your life today. The fact is that you had more time at the beginning of the year, than you have now, closer to the end of the year, so being realistic is key to accomplishing the goals you really can attain in 4 months.

  1. Break it into bite-sized chunks

So often in our excitement we try to tackle something all at once. Sometimes in our quest to be productive, we try to do too much all at once, but instead accomplish so little. Perhaps the reason some of your goals are left unaccomplished is because they were not realistic. You are better off doing small things more often, rather than big things less often. Try breaking down your goal into smaller bite sizes that are more realistically accomplishable.

Of the many clients I have counselled in my 25+ year career, I have never met a single individual who accomplished all of the goals they set out for in a year – so give yourself some slack and remember the “goal of goal-setting” is to be better, grow, and move your life in the direction you want.

Have you accomplished all of your goals for 2015? If not, how do you plan on realizing your goals?

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5 Tips to Keeping the Glass Half-Full During Turbulent Times

ASP TuesdayHow do you maintain positivity in a world that can be seemingly negative?

Watching the news, I am inundated with a series of negative events after another. Just recently, China’s stock market crash is being felt throughout the world.

This challenge of maintaining the glass half-full attitude can even come from the simple transition of summer to the inevitable winter. It can come from adjusting from the slower more relaxed summer hours to the busier regular hours.

As a business owner and manager, the challenge is trying to keep our employees happy and positive as this has a huge impact on their ability to be productive. This can be particularly true if the job requires front line interaction with your customers.

In light of recent troubling news events, I’ve drawn up a list of 5 simple actions you can implement to encourage a positive workforce.

  1. Recharge the batteries

Low energy can be a barrier to maintaining a positive outlook. If you sense fatigue among your workforce, you may need to reenergize them. For example, giving staff the option to work from home one day a month, or the ability to leave early on Fridays of a long weekend, can be just what is needed to provide balance to your employees.

  1. Create a company team/club/activity

Company softball teams are a great way to boost health and morale within the organization. Softball teams are the most popular but it can just as easily be a hockey team, a bowling team, a book reading club, or any activity that involves group cooperation. The purpose of these activities is to create fun and also encourage employees to support each other by thinking positively (cheering). You may even want to consider running a team activity where you give back to the community like Habitat for Humanity.

  1. Praise and acknowledge

There is a level of uncertainty brought about by difficult economic times. For some employees it may cause uneasiness about job security, prospects, and career progression. Therefore, it is even more important that you assure your employees through recognition of their work. This can be done from a small scale through cards or treats to remind your staff that you appreciate their work, or even on a a bigger scale by implementing an employee recognition program (e.g. Employee of the Month).

  1. Hire a professional

Depending on your workplace environment and the situation you may want to consider reaching out to a professional to mediate. Look to your EAP services for motivational speakers, seminars, counselling programs, personal coaching, or even a nutritionist. Your employees will appreciate all the resources you can bring to them, particularly if they are feeling stressed.

  1. Last thing: It starts with you.

As a leader within your organization, employees look at you to set the tone. As a decision-maker you have the ability to influence the direction and culture of the organization. Therefore, as Gandhi famously said, “you need to be the change that you wish to see!”

What is your mindset? Is the glass half empty or half-full?