Rock Your Health: 6 Excellent Ideas to FIRE UP Your Work

Nurse Leader Insider, March 10, 2016

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Written by Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

F – Find new initiatives that make your job better and healthier. This is the “fuel for your fire” so keep abreast of new trends and bring people together who have passion for making things happen and hand the reins over to them.

I – Invest time connecting with staff. Ask as you shall learn what people want. The best ideas generally come from those around us, but we often don’t ask them for advice. Be the manager that asks!

R – Renew your commitment to your role on a daily basis. WHY did you take on the role of manager in the first place? WHAT is in it for you? Write that statement down, hang it where you will see it every day and read it out loud to keep your internal fire burning.

E – Energize yourself daily to keep your mind, body, spirit in balance. This is my number one priority because if I don’t take care of myself, no one else will do it for me. When I stopped working for a boss who controlled my time and my schedule and started working for myself, I make exercise my number one priority above all else, and have held to that commitment for the past 10 years and it is paying off every day. How are you keeping your life balanced despite all the stresses and strains of work and life? And how are you encouraging your staff to do the same thing?

U – Undo negative self- talk. This will do you in every time. The minute you tell yourself you don’t have time for something new, you don’t have time! It’s that self-fulfilling prophecy. “Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right.” - Henry Ford 1863-1947.

P – Plan, Plan, Plan. Create daily, weekly, monthly, 3-monthly, 6- monthly or a full 12 months in advance. Without a plan, you are lost. Trust me, whenever I have a plan I feel better and have success, when my plan runs out and I haven’t created another one, I “feel” lost.   Select which time frame works for you and get your team creating a masterpiece that will keep the flame burning.

So keep the flame alive, and don’t give up! As author Napoleon Hill said: Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit!

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