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Monday Rx: Don’t Quit…Finish Strong!

 

A woman was waiting to be interviewed for a job she could have done with her eyes closed. While she sat in the reception area nervously awaiting her turn, a little voice in her head started playing games with her. “Why do you think they are going to choose you? What if they say your are overqualified? What if you get the position and it doesn’t work out?”

By the time they called her in, she was sweating profusely, negative thoughts and doubt had dominated her mind to the extent that she could not answer some of the interview questions. She became tongue-tied, and in some instances, froze. She was ‘a basket case’, according to her. As you can imagine, she lost out on that opportunity because she spent the entire time thinking of what could go wrong.

This situation plays itself out very often, not only in interviews but in other aspects of our lives. Probably you are feeling inferior; that you don’t measure up. Or, it is taking you a longer time to find the job and you are losing hope. Or, you have heard it too many times that “You were a close second, but we chose someone who was a better fit”.

These things happen, but don’t lose faith in yourself? Don’t quit. Obstacles are thrown in our paths to test our patience, determination and tolerance level. Don’t allow these obstacles to take control over your thoughts and actions and stop you on your path to success.

Were you planning to quit today? Hang in there, give it another try, stick to it until it is done, but don’t quit. Finish strong!

Have a great week!

 

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A Career Coaching Moment: Make 2010 Your Best Year Yet!

Usually at the start of a new year, many people make resolutions, and with all good intentions, but sadly, 97% of those who do so, never follow through. The reason for this is a lack of commitment and determination. It’s sounds great when they say it aloud “I am going to lose weight this year”, or “This is the year I will get the promotion I’ve always wanted”,  or  “This is the year I will write my book”, but that’s as far as it goes. Not a lot of thought goes into how’s it’s going to happen; what steps come first; who will hold them accountable, or what do they have to give up?

What side of the equation are you on? The 97% who don’t or the 3% who do? If you are one of the 97%, now is a good time to reflect on what may have prevented you from following through in the past, and commit to doing things differently this year.

As you move forward to making 2010 your best year yet, remind yourself each step of the way that “successful people always do what unsuccessful people do not. Be the change you want to see!

Keep coming back to this blog for information on our Road Map to Career Success – 2010 Challenge.