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Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart [Monday Rx]

 

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Begin each day with a grateful heart! This image was scooped from Kimberly Allison’s Google+ Page, so attributes go to her (and the proper owner).

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! While today is Columbus Day in the US, it’s Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada. It is an opportunity for us to look back and be grateful for what we have, knowing that so many people all around the world are facing arduous situations. What are you grateful for?

The five points in the image above are appropriate for today’s Monday Rx. They might not be the typical Thanksgiving message, but let them serve as encouragement to you, whether in your personal life or your job search:

  1. Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. Well, if it’s a positive opinion and a true reflection of you, then you have nothing to worry about. If it’s a negative one that doesn’t ring true, don’t dwell on it. You have far better things to do.
  2. Never let a bad day let you feel like you have a bad life. How unfair this would be to the other 365 days? Put things into perspective. It can’t be all that bad.
  3. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. This is sound advice for those of us who gave up on a dream, or something, and are now lamenting the fact that we allowed ‘could’ve, should’ve, and BUTs’ to get in our way.
  4. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Sometimes you have to be proactive. Take a risk; reach out for help or advice. Your effort could open a window of opportunity.
  5. Begin each day with a grateful heart. If you are able to read this; if you have food on your table; if you are fairly healthy; if your family is well, then you have much to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!