My visit to the Canadian Immigrant Fair inspired me to “settle down.”
Some words or phrases change meaning depending upon where we utter them or our intended audience. When we talk about settling down it could mean to establish residence like the current over-arching task of my life right now. However, to settle down could also mean to put into order or subdue—to arrange or fix as desired. Getting settled down is the goal of not only new immigrants but of any of us as we break into new jobs, new businesses or new networks, and it’s not always easy.
- Establish residency—be present: In order to succeed in any country, organization or group you must really “be there” and that means paying attention when people communicate and spending time getting to know your way around. You cannot expect to enter any new situation or location and immediately be showered with praise, opportunities and money. You must establish residency and become a part of the community where you want to work and play, even if this community is an online discussion group.
- Subdue—control your actions: When your job research turns into several hours of Facebook time, or you miss a networking coffee because you forgot to put it in your schedule you probably have some issues controlling your time and tasks. The good news is we ALL have these issues at some time so you aren’t alone. The better news is that you can regain control by becoming more mindful of when you say “yes” or “no” to a particular activity. If you’ve got a serious problem with time wasting, get an accountability partner.
- Arrange as desired—move beyond goals to execution: Goals are great. They inspire us, they focus our attention, and they lead us to success…that is if and when we actually take steps to achieve them. So many gurus and adviser types tell us to set goals and “write them down.” However, far fewer experts talk about the need to break out the actionable steps that we’ll need to take to achieve each goal. Lofty goals like 50% more sales are built through daily steps like web copy review, lunches with vendors, and professional development for sales staff. To arrange your life or career as desired you need to look at the series of do-able steps you will take each day as much as you do those goals and affirmations on your screensaver.
About the fair: The Canadian Immigrant fair, hosted at the Vancouver Public Library and organized by Canadian Immigrant Magazine was really interesting. Commitments prevented me from staying all day, but I did meet some interesting people and get an overview of the agencies and services that are available to new residents of Canada. A lot of programs are focused on teaching English and providing the same type of training I do for clients, schools and other organizations—they didn’t know what to do with me as a new immigrant. 🙂 I am planning to offer some training myself in Business English & Communications with a more condensed timetable and focus, for those who cannot commit to several months of classes. I also met a fascinating author and multiculturalism expert, but that’s a topic for another day. Until then, settle down.