How to Be Assertive Without Alienating Your Partner

How to Be Assertive Without Alienating Your Partner

Asking for what you want—and setting boundaries around what you don’t want—is a key life skill. But sometimes in our enthusiasm to practice this skill, we over-do our own assertiveness and end up with a partner wh… READ MORE

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

You were born with the ability to do whatever you want to do. People like the Wright Brothers, Nikola Tesla & Oprah Winfrey have shown us that humans can fly, transmit electricity wirelessly and inspire millions of … READ MORE

How to reinvent your career in 9 easy steps

How to reinvent your career in 9 easy steps

Are you an employee, business owner or manager who suddenly finds it necessary to reinvent your career due to the economy, a lay off or going out of business? Or, do these uncertain times simply inspire you to make a ch… READ MORE

Let Your Light Shine

March 8, 2015 | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Let Your Light ShineYou were born with the ability to do whatever you want to do. People like the Wright Brothers, Nikola Tesla & Oprah Winfrey have shown us that humans can fly, transmit electricity wirelessly and inspire millions of other humans across the planet, regardless of race or socio-economic status.

You, as a human, are powerful beyond your wildest dreams.

The scary part is, once you know that…what do you do with it? That’s a lot of responsibility, right? Not to mention a lot of WORK. It’s much easier to say, “What? Lil’ ol’ me? I’m just tryin’ to get along.”

Fortunately, one of the greatest things you can do with your life doesn’t require much work at all. It is to simply SHINE.

You already work really hard. Every day you manage your household, work to provide for your family, and sometimes even have to deal with people and activities you dislike. Shining is so much easier than all that. In order to TRULY SHINE, all you have to do is start doing what brings you joy, appreciate that you are doing what you love, and share your gratitude with others. You don’t have to turn your life and your family upside down by ‘giving it all up’ to chase after happiness.  No, it is MUCH simpler than that.  It’s about taking one thing that you have wanted to do, and doing it.  Plant that garden, take that sewing class, put down your deposit for that cruise. These are the things that make you shine. Then others see it and want to shine too.  And when everyone you know is shining brightly, people will start gravitating in the direction of the light.

By shining your light and showing others how to do the same, collectively we will TRULY make this world a brighter place.  Go SHINE your light today.

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How to reinvent your career in 9 easy steps

February 2, 2015 | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Time to Reinvent

Are you an employee, business owner or manager who suddenly finds it necessary to reinvent your career due to the economy, a lay off or going out of business?

Or, do these uncertain times simply inspire you to make a change?

If so, you may wonder if you can make a fresh start without having to start over.

The good news is you can. Here’s how:

1. Feel Your Feelings…

Get angry or frustrated or confused or scared or excited…. It’s natural and healthy. No need for the stiff upper lip and no need to deny any enthusiasm. Respect your feelings, and then move forward.

2. List Your Passions

Ask yourself: What do I like about me? What do I do better than anyone else? What do I own or use that makes me unique, whether it’s the tone of my voice or music collection or…?

3. The Value of Values

Discovering what we value can be elusive especially under the influences of the “shoulds” from society and loved ones. It can help to ask yourself: what is most important to me? Security? Freedom? Independence? Money?

4. Having Strengths is Not Enough

Know your strengths, yes, AND remind work contacts and networking buddies where you excel. Be visible. How? Listen to and collaborate with others; share your ideas; if you’re working, participate in meetings and accept projects that highlight your skills.

5. Say “Yes” to Everything

Saying “yes” to all opportunities is a powerful expression of self-confidence. It attracts more (and better) opportunities and choices—you can always change your mind.

6. Transferable Skills

Instead of starting something entirely new, you can start by building on what you already know or have done. For example, from accountant try a transition into financial planning; from teacher to social worker; from real estate agent to tour guide, etc. If it worked for you in the past, it could serve you well now.

7. The Secret to Reinvention

Don’t know what to “change into?” That’s okay. The only way to find out is to experiment. Volunteer, do work experience, temp or take part-time work in a field you’ve always been curious about as a career. The best place to start is to follow whatever you’re drawn to—trust your instincts.

8. Find Support

You’re not alone. There are always others in a similar position as you. This is no time to be isolated. Networking with others via interest groups, small-business networks and manager support associations leads to new opportunities. Let people know you’re looking for work or customers – it’s not begging, it’s marketing.

9. Turn Lemons into Lemon Meringue Pie

If it were impossible to fail, what career would you choose, today? Is it what you are doing now? If not, could this transition be the time to make a significant change?

If you are seeking career assistance please contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today. Mobile 0414 511 455

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Decisions

February 2, 2015 | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

DecisionsThere’s a great old song by the group The Lovin’ Spoonful with the line that asks “Did you ever have to make up your mind…say ‘yes’ to one, and let the other one ride?” While the song laments the need to choose between two girls, choosing one thing and letting another go is a common predicament of everyone’s life.

Considering your choices is the easy part of making a decision. The hard part comes when you have to make up your mind and move in one direction at the expense of another, often while moving into the unknown.  After all, if we KNEW the outcome, the decision would be much easier, right?

For many people, “buyer’s remorse” enters into the picture when the choice they made was not a clear and convincing decision, perhaps due to a quick timeframe or insufficient information.

So how do you minimize buyer’s remorse so you can feel more confident about your decisions?

  1. Get as much information as you can in the amount of time you have.
  2. Write a pros/cons list.  While this is an old trick, it’s still tried and true.
  3. Get quiet to listen to your instinct, the universe, God or your source (whichever is best for you).
  4. Seek the counsel of others you trust. Don’t listen to the naysayers or people who are not credible in the area of your concern.
  5. Realize that MOST things are not irrevocable.
  6. Immediately lock in on the benefits of your decision.  Don’t focus on what’s wrong (because nothing is perfect). Focus on what’s right.
  7. Affirm how your decision is moving you toward your ultimate goal.
  8. Decide, commit and go for it!  Commitment means that once your decision is made, you “go with it” and make the best effort you can to ensure success.

Isn’t it true that you lose more sleep over decisions you haven’t made, than decisions that have been made with conviction?

What decisions have you been putting off that you can make today?

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