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Are You Feeling Stuck, Trapped and Fed Up?

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If you answered “Yes” to the above question, you are not alone. Many people are feeling just like you. They feel like the hamster – forever spinning its wheel but not gaining any traction. They are unhappy. Sometimes this unhappiness is about career, family, money, health, relationships or personal growth. At other times it’s the self-sabotaging conversations they have with themselves: “I can’t do it. I am not good enough. I don’t deserve it. It’s my fault. I am too old.” These negative self-talks don’t result in happiness, but in self-fulling prophecies. It’s worth knowing that whatever we focus on expands, so when we focus on negativity, that’s what we attract.

At this stage of your life, you may feel frustrated with the slow progress you are making, but don’t give up on yourself. It took you years to be where you are and it will take time to arrive at where you want to be. You deserve to live out your true potential, achieve your goals and realize your dreams. Figure out what’s holding you back, and take A.C.T.I.O.N.:

Abandon your old ways of thinking and doing things. If you continue doing what you have always done you cannot expect the results to be different.

Commit to letting go of what is holding you back so you can embrace your life with the vitality you need to take on your wildest dreams.

Tackle your goal one piece at a time. Break your major goal into manageable mini ones to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Invest at least one hour each day, without fail, to work on your goals and dreams. Business Philosopher Jim Rohn said,“Don’t sit idly by while your dreams diminish to memories, and your hope gives way to remorse; neither should you allow time to slip through your fingers like grains of sand. Sage

Open yourself to other opportunities if your Plan A didn’t work out. Create and enlist the help of a team of positive people who will support, encourage and inspire you to move forward and achieve what you want in your life.

Network. Although networking might make you feel queasy and uncomfortable, it is an important skill to learn. Just like any new sport or hobby, the more you network the more comfortable you become.

There is no reason for you to continue feeling stuck, trapped, fed up and unhappy. You can transform your life if you are committed to taking one small step every day. Ponder the following questions:

  • Who will you be when nothing holds you back?
  • What kind of life would you create, and what kinds of goals would you reach for if you weren’t restrained by limiting beliefs?

If you are ready to let go of the fears and negative self-talk that keep you from growing; if you are ready to create and live a happier life; if you are ready to renew and GROW, join me on this FREE Webinar on Thursday September 8 at 8 pm EST to learn more.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

 

It is 2016: Do You Know Where Your SMART Goals Are?

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It is 2016! Do you know where your SMART goals are?

Abraham Lincoln once said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Wise words indeed, but, how many people really set goals, even though they believe in the concept? Not too many.

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Goal setting might sound like a cliché, but it is a powerful exercise as it provides a sense of direction, helping us decide where we want to go and how we will get there. But, it requires SMART thinking. It requires that our goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely, and aligned with our deepest desire. Below are five SMART steps that could help you stay focused and achieve your goals in 2016:

SET GOALS INSTEAD OF RESOLUTIONS

It is common for many of us to make New Year’s resolutions. We are turning over a new page, everything looks and sounds exciting, and we resolve to do a lot of things. The problem is these resolutions are transitory. They disappear almost as fast as they are made. Goals, on the other hand, seem more tangible and realistic, and easier to be attained. Goal setting is a critical element of one’s career, or life, but it requires discipline and commitment. It doesn’t make sense to say, “I resolve to get a new job, change my career, or start a business”, then sit around and wait for them to fall in your lap. It’s not going to happen! You need to commit to a plan, follow up with action, then have the resilience to stick with it to the end.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

My well-used, dog-eared copy of Henriette Anne Klauser’s book, Write It Down and Make It Happen, is a great reminder that keeping your goals in your head won’t make them happen. You have to write them down. When you do this, you create a major shift and suddenly it makes you feel you are halfway there. So, write your goals down and make them happen.

ABANDON NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

This one saps every energy out of you. When you regularly engage in negative self-talks, or surround yourself with negative people, you are setting the stage for these negative behaviours to coalesce and hold you back from achieving your goals. Let go of negativity in all its forms and embrace positive, confidence-boosting self-talk.

REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS

It’s always a good idea to review your progress. Spend at least 10 minutes each day checking to see where you are. This ensures you are still on track, and demonstrates your commitment to the process. To keep you motivated, reward yourself for each milestone reached. These rewards don’t have to be big, but enough to encourage you to carry on.

THINK BIG!

It is often said that one of the mistakes we make in setting goals is not thinking big enough, but big goals generate excitement and passion. They might make you feel uncomfortable, but that’s OK. Don’t settle for goals that are too easy to reach. Strive for the ones that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone. If they appear too challenging, break them into small, manageable steps, but don’t give up, think big.

You now have some additional tips to help you set SMART goals in 2016. Take the process one step further by sharing your goals with a circle of people who want to see you succeed; those who will encourage and inspire you when the going gets tough. Commit to your plan and become your own success story in 2016. Happy New Year!

It is Time for Reflection, Resolutions, Goal Setting AND Action

Time For Reflection Message Means Ponder Or ReflectThe New Year is usually a time for reflection. We reflect on what went well and what didn’t, and then we begin, with all good intentions to make resolutions or set goals. But, before the end of January, goals will be forfeited, resolutions will be broken, old habits will seep in, and we are back to where we started. We default to complacency and inertia and never take the action necessary to accomplish our goals.

Resolutions never spur me to action because I perceive them as fleeting clouds ambling along without a clear sense of direction. On the other hand, goals appear more tangible, as if they can be touched, so I am a bit more motivated when I think in terms of goals.

Whether you subscribe to resolutions or goal setting, following through with action is a must. Write down your goals, review them regularly, then act. Begin by using the ACTION plan laid out below:

A – Abandon the old ways of thinking and doing things. If resolutions didn’t work, get smart, and set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

C – Commit to your goals. Commitment is necessary for success.  Set aside at least one hour each day, no matter what, to work on the goal – whether it is to research your target employers, arrange informational interviews, or network with people who will keep you on their radar for opportunities that may be of interest to you.

T – Tackle your goal one piece at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Break the major goal into manageable mini goals. Keep yourself motivated by reward yourself when each mini goal is achieved.

I – Invest the time and resources necessary to achieve the goal. Too many people wait until the last minute to start working on their resumes, for example. A hastily put-together resume and cover letter won’t reach your intended audience. It takes a carefully orchestrated plan and that takes time.

O – Open yourself to new opportunities. The promotion you were expecting may have gone to someone else, or your recent interview did not end with a job offer. Instead of staring at those closed doors, look for other windows of opportunity to showcase your brand accomplish your goal.

N – Network. As a job seeker, or someone in career transition, you need to invest time in your networking efforts. It is said that sixty percent of a job seeker’s time should be spent on networking. Many people have negative connotations about networking. They view it as a dirty word instead of relationship-building, and that takes a lot of time and effort.

If you are ready for a new job or a new career, set SMART goals, review them regularly then take action. You might surprise yourself.  Share your experience or thoughts here and let’s discuss.

 

Ditch Your Resolutions and Set SMART Goals in 2012

January is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about New Year resolutions, or is it? How many of your 2011 resolutions did you keep?

For several years now I have been advocating that people set goals instead of make resolutions. Goal setting helps you to decide what you want to achieve and create a step-by-step plan to do it. Resolutions, in my humble opinion, are ideals that are short-lived. Most people give up on them within a few short months. Goals, again in my opinion, are more realistic. You lay them out, break them down into small manageable steps, and they suddenly appear achievable.

The SMART acronym – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely – is usually the centre of any discussion on goal setting, but for this article, I have put a new spin on it:

Set Goals and ditch resolutions. As stated above, resolutions are transitory, so set realistic goals and then commit to them. Goal setting is such a critical element of one’s career, or life that it requires discipline, commitment and desire. Don’t just say “I need to get a new job, or I need to change my career”, then sit around and wait for it to happen, because it won’t. Create a plan.

Make it happen. Keeping your goals in your head won’t make them happen, but if you write them down and surround yourself with a circle of people who will hold you accountable, a major shift will take place.

Abandon negative self-talk and fear. These attributes – negative self-talk, being around negative people, and a fear of failure – coalesce to hold us back from achieving our goals.

Record and Review your activities. Identify and record the steps you needed to achieve your goal. This act of recording is essential to making your goal come alive. In writing them down, they become clearer to you. After that, spend as little as 1o minutes each day to review your progress.

Think Big and Bold! It is said that one of the mistakes we make in setting goals is not thinking big enough, but big goals generate excitement and passion. If you stretch yourself to set a few big and bold goals, it should be enough to capture and hold your attention.

2012 will be your banner year, if you focus, invest in yourself, and stick to your plan. Set your SMART goals and see what’s possible for your life. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and inspire you and share in your successes. Take time to reward yourself for each accomplishment, however small because these tiny rewards will serve as motivators for you to keep on going.

Become your own success story in 2012! Remember, “Successful people always do what unsuccessful people do not”. Be the change you want to see!

A Happy and Prosperous New Year from The Wright Career Solution, the company that moves your career forward…one step at a time!