Are you one of those people that when the phone rings your first thought is Oh No, what is wrong, what has happened?. in this day and age of bad news all over social media and in the news it is hard not to have negative thoughts. This article gives some solid advice on how to turn your thoughts around and train yourself to push the negative thoughts away. Check it out and let me know if it which step works best for you!
If you are to stop negative thinking, it is imperative that you challenge your mind-set and cultivate behavior which accentuates positivity.
Don’t discount the power of LinkedIn. Many of our customers wonder why they are not getting hired or getting interviews. When they come to us for coaching it is sad to see how many don’t use LinkedIn or even understand it. It doesn’t matter what industry or what your job, we recommend everyone have a LinkedIn profile and use it often. This is the online face of your professional experience just like your work attire, it needs to be current. Check out these tips on what Not to do on LinkedIn. Go forth and update your profile today!
With over 414 million users, here’s what most LinkedIn members are doing wrong.
Great advice on how to be mindful throughout the day!
Words to live by: “Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.”
In my opinion most of us have too much stuff. “Stuff” – you know all the trinkets, personal possessions, material things that are cluttering our houses and our brains. On a scale of 1 (100 items) to 10 (hoarder) where do you stand? Come on, be honest. I am around a 5 I believe and am working hard every day to get rid of more stuff. My ultimate plan is to downsize in one of the popular Tiny Houses (500 sq feet or less) but I haven’t succeeded yet.
How to do feel about stuff? Check out this article from Jeremy McCarthy and his views on stuff. Makes you think about how you can do more to stop drowning yourself.
My rule is that every item I bring into my house, an item of the same size must come out. If I buy a new shirt, I have to get rid of an old one. This rule helps me to at least keep me from getting more stuff than I have now.
How do you handle your stuff? Do you need help downsizing and organizing? What is your downsizing goal?
Let me know and Happy Downsizing! Suzy
I love this quote from Dolly Parton, “Don’t get so busy making a living you forget to have a life.”
Answer these questions and see if you are really living your life or just going through the motions:
- How many times did you laugh today? Do you know that children laugh on average about 300 times per day. Adults, maybe a dozen….
- What was the most fun thing you did all day? No, going to sleep doesn’t count…
- How many hugs did you give or get today? Hugging and human touch are so important for people’s well being. I don’t recommend you take this as an invitation to become some freaky “hugger” at the office! Take this as an invitation to hug the ones you love!
Try to answer these questions honestly and add a little fun in your life! Have a great day!
Check out this article by Kerry Hannon, leading expert on Retirement and Second Careers. Kerry outlines some steps to take when thinking about and planning your next career. http://www.consumerreports.
Taking baby steps – so many people wait to retire and don’t “test drive” what their day, week or life will feel like when they retire. Many people have feelings of loneliness, depression and generally feel like they no longer have purpose in their life. By taking baby steps and trying different things out while still working, they can ease into their new career and retirement. Personally, my plan is to take a “test drive” or sabbatical every 5 years until I fully retire. So far, I have taken one sabbatical and loved it! I have another 3.5 years before my next “test drive” so I am busy taking baby steps now and planning what I might do next.
I also totally agree with staying financially and physically fit. If you are financially healthy you will feel less stressed and less fearfully of experimenting with different options. Everyone knows that if you are physically fit you will be more confident, creative and have more energy, all important attributes of people being successfully in new careers.
Why don’t you take Kerry’s steps to heart and make plan for your success? I would love to hear your thoughts and plan, so please share your comments and your exciting plans.
via #OneMoreDay of Travel: Priceless… (Kids remind parents to take their vacation days) – YouTube. Don’t you just love this video from Mastercard! They absolutely got it right with this one! Wake up Americans and take those vacations!
I am one of those people that plans vacations all year long. If I don’t have a vacation coming up, I get irritable and antsy. Today for 2015 I already have 7 vacations planned for this year and that only covers Jan-June. Yes, some of the vacations are just an Saturday night out of town but all of them count to me as time away from the everyday hassles of life and an each represents an incredible opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. Take a hint from these kids and plan/go on vacation!
Please share your plan or your travel stories with me and maybe I can be inspired to plan my July – September Trips!
Who said that only college students could take a “Gap” year? Personally I love the idea so much I decided to take my own “Gap” year or self funded sabbatical, as I like to call it, in 2013. Having time to recharge my batteries, volunteer, read, travel and just have fun did a world of good for me. I highly recommend that everyone try to schedule a “Gap” or sabbatical in their near future!
Check out this article on some fun ideas and let me know if you need help planning how to take a successful sabbatical!
For years, I have been conditioned to start fresh every school year in September as many of us are when summer comes to an end. I can remember getting excited about meeting new people, having new classes and a change that comes with the cool crisp air and the crunch of leaves under my feet. With the crisp fall season upon us, I find this a great time to make a new list and tackle some new goals. I strive to get clarity and realize a new focus for myself and I recommend each of you do the same thing.
What is this fall bringing you? What are the new offerings and plans to keep your customers engaged? What ideas do you have for enriching your life and your work? Here are a few of mine. Let me know yours?
- Change one bad habit? What is your biggest time waster during the day? Surfing the web, chatting with friends, day dreaming? For me I find filing emails a daunting and arduous task. My goal for this fall is to send less email.
- Changing clothes the same as changing seasons – if you have clothes you have not worn in a year get rid of them. Donate them to charity. Pair down your wardrobe by a few items. Try this trick to keep yourself in control. Every time you purchase new clothes, replace or remove the same amount of clothing from your closets and then will keep you in check.
- Customers, how often to speak to your customers? Make a plan to reach out this month and see how their business is changing. Don’t call to sell them something, call to talk, really talk about what is happening in their world and how you might be of service to help them reach their goals. You might be surprised what you learn.
- Get out and exercise. Now is the best time to work on your health. It is important for you, your business, your family and your sanity. Try this trick for getting circulation during the day. Each time you use the restroom, stop and do 50 jumping jacks. Yes, you need a proper place and shoes to do it, but it is well worth it. On some days I do as many as 300 jumping jacks. It is a quick way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping. It also helps stimulate new ideas.
Are you moving too fast? Have you forgotten how to enjoy life? Checkout this Ted Talk by Carl Honore’ on the Slowness Movement. I can not agree with Carl’s findings and strategies more. I too miss those days of being able to read to my kids and share in the bedtime ritual. If you have young kids, please view this video and be proactive about slowing down, they will not be kids forever! You only have one life to live – live it with intention and enjoy the moments. Carl Honore’ Praise of Slowness