3 ways to make 2013 better than 2012

What I’m about to write is nothing new. It is all based on information I’ve read, been taught and experienced about emotional intelligence. I’m in the process of  helping Spanish people to look for jobs in the UK. Often what many lack is a decisiveness, a belief in themselves and the “get up and go” attitude that employees crave.  A company is an organization of people. The way those people see themselves, relate to each other, and to the company’s vision, is vital.  So, here are three tips I would give everyone to make this year better, unrelated to the economic climate:

1)   Think in positive. Focus on what you DO want and not what you don’t want. When we spend our time endlessly complaining about what we don’t like and don’t want, it’s usually what we get.  For example, instead of thinking “I hope I’m not unemployed for too long”, think “I REALLY want to get that job. I’ll get it, and if I don’t I’ll get a similar one soon”.

2)   Be creative. There is not one but infinite ways to get to where you want to be. Don’t get obsessed by the how and focus on the what. Take risks and have fun trying out different things. Focus on your eventual success rather than being weighed down by fear of failure. For example, if I want to become a clown, I could go to clown school, teach myself and practice at home, become an online clown, or just go out on the street dressed up as a clown and see what happens…The important thing is that I’d enjoy the process!

3)   Be decisive. Figure out what it is you really want and go for it. Do whatever you have to do to find out what that is, but don’t lose another second. It could be in any or in ALL areas of your life. Again, don’t worry abou the how, just focus on the what. Once you are moving towards those things you will feel an incredible motivation and inner strength that overcomes your lower moments. “But I don’t know what I want!!!” Start writing, go away somewhere, read, take an emotional intelligence course, close your eyes, breath, look deep within you… We all have dreams.

These tips are more powerful than they seem; have a go at applying them. You may be extremely surprised at what you find.

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La Crisis…Time to Take Action Kids.

‘La crisis’ is trying to back us into a corner. Many people are living in fear, giving up their dreams and surrendering to a closed and somber negativity. I don’t deny that the crisis and all its threats are real. If you have a job in Spain (or anywhere) now you are lucky, especially if it’s one that truly motivates you, as is my case. Yet hiding away is not the solution. It is the hour of the entrepreneur and the SMEs (Pymes). Inaction is a crisis’ best friend. To create employment and money injections we need to create business. We need to find out what and where the international markets are, and what skills we need to fill niches quickly and easily.

If you you don’t have the right skills, go out and get them (¡fórmate!) or look for someone who already has them to join your team. Teamwork, hard work and creativity are more important than ever. In our 2.0 world, information is abundant and start-up and marketing costs are low. And in an ‘espanglis’ world we should feel particularly fortunate: English and Spanish (along with Mandarin Chinese) are the top languages in international business. So, eyes open and minds alert. It is time to turn our ‘miedos’ into productive energy, to take some risks, and to assume responsibility for our actions.