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Work Your Package™ – Kinetic

Work Your Package™ – Kinetic

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Kinetic—You are a force of nature with the ability to move in and around obstacles. Don’t let one discouraging experience stop you from pursuing any of your dreams.

An object at rest has potential energy. However, an object in movement, in any direction has kinetic energy. I am not an expert on kinetics. I am, however, an expert in giving up when “obstacles” stand in my way of a goal. I have a list of things that I want to achieve but I have allowed obstacles to stand in my way. I admit, I’m a work in progress and I’m working my package but when I’m disappointed by a setback, I stop moving.

If you have a dream, doing nothing will not get you any closer. Movement in any direction will produce the energy (excitement) you need to reach your goal.

Movement x Excitement + Hard Work = Success

Some people think that the path to success is straight with no detours. There are multiple detours, setbacks and failures along the road to success. Even when there’s failure, use the momentum to continue to move forward.  The answer won’t always be clear and you will have to think unconventionally to overcome obstacles and that’s okay. Don’t stand still. Don’t give up. Keep moving!


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro

Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Work Your Package™ – Remarkable

Work Your Package™ – Remarkable

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Remarkable—You leave an indelible mark on everyone you meet whether you intend to or not. Make a conscious effort to leave people a better disposition than you found them.

Earlier this year I coordinated an annual meeting for the DE-MD-DC Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. During the planning meetings, I picked up a habit of calling the women I worked on the planning committee with cute names of endearment like Pumpkin, Pookie, Honey and Sugar. When the meeting officially started, one of my responsibilities was to welcome everyone to the meeting give a few housekeeping rules. Well, in front of about 120 of my peers, I used a few if not all of those cute names. I didn’t do it for show, they rolled off my tongue as easy as my name. But what it did was take me off of the superficial pedestal that meeting coordinators can be placed on. (What do you mean you don’t know? You are the meeting coordinator, you should know everything!) Throughout the entire meeting, I continued to do the same thing. I couldn’t remember everybody’s name but I knew faces so rather than insult someone by calling them by the wrong name, when called across the room I responded with “Yes, darling.” After the meeting was over, I received this email from a first time attendee:

“Thanks you so much, Pumpkin poo!

Just to let you know that you will definitely be remembered.  You were such an inspiration to me and Pam, as new comers to IAAP.  The organization is great, and with a little more support from our job, we will be attending many more events.  Your spirit was awesome and definitely helpful…keep up the great work!”

The email was completely unexpected and it spoke to how you can leave an impression on someone without knowing it. Had I let the intermittent frustrations I felt change my disposition, her experience could have been totally different.

I’m not saying that you should walk around with a smile plastered to your face when you would rather be curled up in bed having a good cry. I’m suggesting that you make a conscience effort to be responsible for the energy that you bring in a room and present to people you interact with on a daily basis. I am fortunate to have remarkable friends. And I can tell you from personal experience, there hasn’t been a time when even after the most casual of conversations that they have not left me in a better mood.


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Work Your Package™ – Original

Work Your Package™ – Original

Work Your Package logo_v9Original—Plenty of people have the same talent. It’s the delivery of that talent that makes you an original.

Did you know that there has been 26 women that have hosted a talk show? Which one sticks out in your mind first? I’m willing to bet Oprah Winfrey. She might not have been the first or the last woman to host a talk show, but there will always be only one Oprah.

Imitation might be the best form of flattery but it doesn’t allow who you present yourself to world in a way that accurately shows your natural talents and gifts. Think about a time when you had an idea/vision/thought that you took time to plan and execute. Think about how happy you were when you completed it. The feeling of euphoria wasn’t because you completed the project it was because you were able to see a physical manifestation of your creativity. I had that feeling of bliss when I completed redecorated my daughter’s room while they were visiting with family. Was it a lot of work? Yes. Did I grin ear to ear when I finished? Absolutely. It was the vision I had in my head. I know there are hundreds of pictures on the internet with this color scheme but this room is unique to the vision I had and therefore makes it original.

I encourage you to embrace your originality and display it creatively whenever and wherever you can.


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Work Your Package™ – Wisdom

Work Your Package™ – Wisdom

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Work Your Package™ doesn’t just apply to your outward appearance. It’s how you manage your life and everything in it…home, work, health, family  and relationships. It’s how you navigate turbulence when things don’t go as planned. It’s how you pay it forward when you have overcome an obstacle.  Regardless of what you think you may be lacking, you already have what you need to be extraordinary. There’s only one you and only you can deliver the gift you were put on this earth to give to others. Stop thinking you aren’t enough or too much. Get up, get moving and Work Your Package™.

Wisdom—Intuition, a gut feeling, a hunch…all part of your wisdom at work. Listen to it…it will not steer you wrong.

My brother and I call it the little birdie. The little voice that pops into your head when you are a millisecond from making a decision to either go left or right. It shows up when you are contemplating taking the local streets or getting on the highway only to find out there was a massive traffic jam on your route home. It shows up when you are ready to overextend yourself by saying yes when you know you must say no.

The little birdie is not some cosmic, new age way of thinking. It is your gut at work based on an accumulation years of experience and making mistakes. Nothing irritates me more than to hear someone say, “I don’t know why I keep making such bad choices.” Really? Please ask me because I’ll tell you. You keep making bad choices because you won’t listen to the little birdie sitting on your shoulder squawking and begging you not to go down the same road again. History repeats itself because you are listening to ill-equipped external counsel. TRUST YOURSELF. I don’t want to hear “But Ayanna, I just don’t trust myself to make the right decision.” I call shenanigans on that way of thinking. When you are faced with a decision your first instinct is usually the one you come back to even if it takes you a month to make a final decision.

 

 


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Being Transparent

Being Transparent

Being emotionally and authentically transparent is not easy nor is it convenient. I’ve been transparent in moments when I would have rather been quiet and blend into the background of a conversation. However, one thing I know for sure is if you have survived something that you thought might have killed you and you share your story, if just one person benefits from your selfless act of laying your soul bare then it is not in vain. Now I’m not saying to go around telling the world your story. Some people don’t deserve to hear your story because they would probably revel in the fact that you aren’t as put together as you portray yourself to be. However, when the right people are present it will be overwhelmingly clear that you need to speak up.

I’ve shared the story of my infertility journey at moments and in places where you wouldn’t think the topic would come up…like an administrative professional training seminar. But a funny thing happened when I did, I was approached during one of the breaks by a woman who had also battled infertility. She extended an invitation to me to share my story. In October 2013, my story along with many others will appear in the first issue of a magazine dedicated to hope and healing for women in different stages in their infertility journey. To say that I’m honored is an understatement. I am humbled and appreciative that she trusted me enough offer the invitation. The opportunity share far outweighs any fear I may have had about being judged. The opportunity presented itself because I was willing to be emotionally and authentically transparent. My definition of being emotionally and authentically transparent means speaking your truth and sharing your story without expecting anything in return.

I’ll be sure to share the link to the magazine as soon as it is published. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to share because you never know who you might help in the process.