Are you in the driver’s seat managing your career or are you a passenger waiting to see what direction it takes? If you are not clear about your vision, strengths, values, and goals you may be passively watching the road as opportunities come and go without recognizing the possibilities in front of you, and taking action.
Your Life Coach will show you how to take charge of your life and career. You can’t control the road hazards and detours along the way but you can choose how you act and react to your environment.
You have a vision for what you want in your life and career. If you take the time to write it down, reflect, clarify and see what is most important based on your values and strengths, you will have a clear picture for your life and career. A clear vision will drive you to make plans and goals that fit your values. Understanding your values and what is most important to you will take you on the ride of your life. With a Master’s degree in Career Counseling and 15 years’ experience, Nancy has the expertise to help you create your map for success.
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A couple of months ago I was having a lovely pre-valentines day dinner with my husband when my doctor called and told me he was sorry to give me the news that I have cancer and would need surgery. It was a shock, and I didn’t know what to expect. A large mass in my kidney, the doctor said. That didn’t sound good. I told my husband that I would have that glass of Merlot after all.
I got a roomette on the train with a big window. I was ready to be inspired to write the great novel. My computer was in my bag in the seat across from me as I gazed out the window looking at the mountains, snow capped trees, and rivers. I was mesmerized. I took lots of pictures and sat in awe of the nature surrounding us.
When I got back home, I interviewed a local entrepreneur about his businesses successes, motivation, and plans for 2016. Jim Brown is a cowboy married to a ballerina. It was very interesting to hear how they bring the two themes together in their Bravos restaurant. Read more of his success story.
You show your style in what you do, how you look, what you say, and how others perceive or react to you.
What’s inside is the substance. Without that you don’t have a resume, profile, book, or whatever you want to show people. But unless you can draw the person in to see the substance it goes nowhere.
Take a moment to think about your business. Imagine what you want your customer to feel when they meet you. Do you want them to feel relaxed or energized? Do you want to look efficient and functional or warm and fun? Do you want your voice to sound warm and passionate about what you do or cool and professional?
Whether you have your own business or you are in the business of looking for a job, working for an employer, or writing you want to find the style that truly reflects the you that you want to present. Notice how your customer or employer reacts to you. Are you getting the result you want?
- Am I presenting my best self for the situation?
- Will I need to check my vocabulary for power words?
- Is it time to revisit my goals to make sure they reflect my values and strengths?
- Are there other opportunities that are a better fit for me?
Style matters because it is how you show yourself to others. Unless you attract your audience with your style, they will never see the real you and what you have to offer your employer or customer.
Many people are working on Thanksgiving Day as well as other holidays, some providing necessary services so we can enjoy the holidays, while others are working to earn extra money and benefits.
Although everyone appreciates people working in necessary support services, many Americans are not supportive of stores being open on Thanksgiving. Retailers open on holidays to keep up or get ahead of what other stores are doing. What do you think about the trend toward retailers opening on Thanksgiving to get ahead? Is it a service to customers and employees or just another way to make a profit?
Traditions are important to many people and change can be disruptive. "It is healthy for employees to get a day off during the holidays, especially for Thanksgiving Day because it really is a time to show gratitude." said W. Ballard, the Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence for the American Psychological Association. Can you be grateful for your job while working on a holiday especially one with Thanks in the name?
For those who choose a career where they know they may be working on holidays to help people in crisis and emergencies, they are often thankful they can be of service on holidays. Those without families in the area who want to earn extra income are thankful for their jobs in retail.
Whether you are working or expecting someone for dinner who ends up on the job, you can create a holiday of giving thanks for the opportunity to work.
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