I’M PICKIN’ UP GOOD VIBRATIONS

I’M PICKIN’ UP GOOD VIBRATIONS

The familiar past becomes the predictable future.  (Dr. Joe Dispenza) The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. (William James) I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative.  (Michael Losier) It doesn't matter whether you like the music of The Beach Boys, believe in the Law of Attraction, or if you've never heard of either one! At its essence, research in quantum physics continues to highlight the power our minds have over our lives.  More than you realize, success or failure really does often hinge on how you think and feel.  I have found examples time and…

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Resigned?

Resigned?

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I am changing the things I cannot accept.”  (Angela Davis) Resigned:  adjective.  Having accepted something unpleasant that one cannot do anything about. Most of us have points in our life where we face a fork in the road.  Midlife and mid-career can be one of those points. We're ready for something different. We're tired of the same old thing day in and day out. But how to figure out what's next? We struggle over making the right choice.  We want an EASY button.  We hate feeling stuck but expect instant solutions and “aha” moments.  Too often, we take the path of least resistance because we’re too tired, too overwhelmed, over-committed…

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Are You MASTER Of Your (career) Domain?

Are you MASTER of your (career) domain?

"Switching from one career to another can be scary, but it can also be a thrilling experience.  Look at it as an opportunity to really go after what you want to accomplish in life and make a difference in the world.  The key is to take small, conscious steps and prepare yourself for a successful transition."  (Jack Canfield) Are you the master of your career domain?  What's your ultimate career goal?  Do you have a long-range plan with specific objectives and a time line to keep you on track? What interim steps must you take to position yourself for success? Or, maybe you're just muddling along hoping for the best... The reality is that most of us settle for less…

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Ready To Play A Bigger Game?  It All Starts With A VISION QUEST!

Ready to play a bigger game? It all starts with a VISION QUEST!

"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."  (Oprah Winfrey) "A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more."  (Rosabeth Moss Kanter) "Vision always precedes strategy."  (Michael Hyatt) What exactly is a vision quest?  Maddisen K. Krown writes that a vision quest is most commonly used as a rite-of-passage ceremony practiced by certain Native American cultures performed to mark significant life transitions or changes.  Says Krown:  "The vision quest can be a powerful way to acknowledge, mourn, release, welcome, and celebrate important life transitions of any kind.  They give us the opportunity to turn changes into sacred…

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Free Yourself

Free Yourself

Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.  (Drew Houston) Every human has four endowments--self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination.  These give us the ultimate human freedom...The power to choose, to respond, to change.  (Stephen Covey)   This weekend, we in the US will celebrate Independence Day--July 4th.  For most of us, we're focused on barbecues, the beach, fireworks, and leaving work early.  We don't always focus on the fact that it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. Freedom means different things to different people.  In the US, we are privileged with bountiful freedom that many…

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RESOLUTION REDUX?

RESOLUTION REDUX?

I can't believe it's June!  Where does the time go?  If you're goal driven--whether it's a list of New Year's resolutions, work or business deliverables, or some other form of "just do it" list, June is a good time to review your progress. So, how would you rate your progress?  Are you on track or have you misplaced your list?  Wherever you are in your progress, mid-year is a good time to reevaluate your goals and objectives for 2017.  Here are some questions to get you started: How do I rate my progress on my 2017 goals? Where am I off track and, more importantly, WHY am I off track?  (Some ideas:  your list of goals is unrealistic, you don't…

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Do You Control Your Money Or Is It Controlling You?

Do you control your money or is it controlling you?

Quick question:  Does money drive your choices or does it support the life you want to live?  If you were on more solid financial footing, what opportunities would be open to you? Our financial situation is often the first thing that comes to mind when we start ticking off the reasons why we can't do something.  And far too many of us use money mindlessly.  We just keep spending and accumulating without giving any thought to how our large and small financial decisions affect our present and future life options. Here are 10 pivotal money questions to ask yourself: How would you rate your current financial situation? Do you know exactly how much debt you have?  If you carry a balance,…

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Are You Moving Toward Or Away From?

Are you moving toward or away from?

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night and wonder whether your life makes sense or where you're headed? If you feel as if you're just wandering along on your life's path with no real sense of direction, it can be difficult to know what course correction(s) you need to make to make sure you don't find yourself at the end of the road only to realize that you're nowhere near where you thought you would be. If you want more clarity, imagine yourself on the winding path shown above.  Now, without thinking about it too much, ask yourself where you're headed.  Are you moving toward something GREAT?  Is your direction purposeful and well-thought through?  Is it…

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Make Time To Smell The….Tulips

Make Time to Smell the….Tulips

Crazy busy.  Time crunched.  Too much to do.  We wear our busyness like a badge of honor.  Listen to a group of coworkers or department heads and it's a constant stream of "one upmanship" about who's the busiest. Be honest with yourself.  If there are things you want to do but never get to, stop using "busy" as your catchall excuse for not making time for what really matters.  Of course, the first step in making time for the important stuff in your life is to KNOW what matters to you.  To get focused, create a list of the top 10 things you would like to do more of and, for each item, ask yourself if you're REALLY too busy…

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10+ Ways To Revitalize Your Career NOW

10+ Ways to Revitalize Your Career NOW

Is your career advancement at a standstill?  Not sure what to do next?  Here are 10 ways to get your career moving in a positive direction: Forget job titles and focus on skills and achievements.  What have you learned in the last 12 months?  What projects have you implemented?  Any new responsibilities?  Any new clients or new offerings?  Have you broadened your network or increased your visibility? Initiate greater responsibility.  What new skills or responsibilities would add to your skill set and position you for a jump up the career ladder? Create a one-page action plan to make it happen.  Think win-win.  How does the added responsibility improve your role or that of the department or your boss?  Assure your…

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