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Disappointment- The Wonderful Stroke of Luck

Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”- Dalai Lama

Hello Fellow Followers! Disappointment in life is inevitable but what you do while experiencing disappoint can prove to be empowering should you choose to.

Here are a few quick tips from Lori Deschene –co-founder of Create your life story, on how you can bounce back from failure and turn it into success:

Define success on your own terms.

Failure is a subjective term. If you have very rigid ideas of what it means to succeed, you will often feel disappointed. If there’s one thing that’s certain in life, it’s that nothing is certain, so why pin your sense of self-worth to something that may or may not happen?

Find the value in failure.

If you’re looking for a job and you don’t ace an interview, you could either decide you failed at that interview, or you succeeded in learning something to help you in the next—which might be an even better opportunity than the one that just past.

Focus on the process, not the results.

Just because you didn’t reach a specific goal you set, that doesn’t mean you can’t still do what you’d like to do. It’s not over just because you didn’t create one specific outcome. The benefit of adopting a process-oriented approach is that it’s easier to be mindful when you focus on the action steps. This doesn’t mean you stop setting goals and measuring your progress toward them. It just means let each step fuel your sense of meaning, joy, and accomplishment.

Accept that it isn’t always personal.

As much as we’d like to believe hard works always pays off, sometimes there are things beyond our control that have nothing to do with what we did or didn’t do. This may be the reason a lot of people try and try again only to achieve the same results. We can always find room for improvement, but sometimes we need to accept that results aren’t always reciprocal to efforts. However, we increase our odds of creating results if we choose to move forward regardless.

Productivity- It’s Simple!

Greetings Fellow Followers! Today I’d like to chat with you about a problem that everyone runs into at some point- Productivity. No matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that can prevent you from staying at maximum productivity throughout the whole day. And I’m going to let you in on a well known secret…A lack of productive focus ultimately leads to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities and even termination-Yikes

So, if you are someone who has trouble staying productive at work, here are five simple tips to help you reduce that.

  • Take regular breaks
  • Pace yourself and balance your workload
  • Put your work first
  • Don’t open browsers unless you need them
  • Try to be happy and optimistic

 

Things may come to those who wait, but only those things left by those who hustle.

-Abraham Lincoln

 

Success by Sunrise

Rise and Shine Fellow Followers! How many of you want to be as successful as the most successful man or woman on Wall Street? How many of you would like to start your day off right and keep it that way?

Below you’ll find five tips from the Forbes magazine on activities that SUPER successful people before 8 a.m.

  1.  Exercise- Exercising before work gives you boost of energy for the day and even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a nice stretch or do a few bedside push up.

 

  1. Map Out Your Day- Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as you. The morning is a good time for this as it is often the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. Early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities

 

  1. Visualization-Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

 

  1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast -We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. Take the extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead. It will help you keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach J

 

  1. Make Your Day Top Heavy- here’s an easy tip to save yourself some stress- do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from your first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way.

 

 

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

 

The Power of a single word

“Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world”

-Thomas Carlyle

Greetings Fellow Followers! Last week we touched on the Power of persuasion and to echo off of that information I’d like your attention drawn to the power of words.

Researchers have found that the word you use to describe a car accident (“contacted” vs. “smashed”) paints the way eyewitnesses view the event. Another study found that simple stock names that are easier to pronounce lead to quicker gains post-IPO.

 

How a single word makes all the difference

In a study from the classic book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini tests were conducted on requests from a person in a hurry to use an in-office copy machine. The study examined how different requests might affect people’s willingness to allow this person to “cut” in line.

The participant simply stated on three separate occasions:

  1. “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine?” – 60% said OK

 

  1. “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I’m in a rush?” – 94% said OK

 

  1. “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make some copies?” – 93% said OK

Though the third request seemed rather elementary, it didn’t matter-The trigger word “because” was all she needed.

 

The takeaway: When you want people to take action, always give a reason.

 

 

 

The Basics of Persuasion

Greetings Fellow Followers! It’s no secret that persuasion is a useful tool in the business world, and in everyday life. But actually learning how to persuade is like learning a second language if it’s not your natural forte.

Below you’ll find a few quick basics tips of becoming more persuasive. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t need some handy ways to help you get your coworker to stop leaving their day old tuna sandwiches in the office fridge, or suggestions on how to get your significant other to help you make dinner tomorrow night.

 

THE BASICS

 Persuasion is not Manipulation - Manipulation is coercion through force to get someone to do something that is not in their own interest.  Persuasion is the art of getting people to do things that are in their own best interest that also benefit you.

 Persuade the Persuadable - Everyone can be persuaded, given the right timing and context, but not necessarily in the short term.  Political campaigns focus their time and money on a small set of swing voters who decide elections.  The first step of persuasion is always to identify those people that at a given time are persuadable to your point of view and focus your energy and attention on them.

You have to be Interested to be Persuaded  - You can never persuade somebody who’s not interested in what you’re saying.  We are all most interested in ourselves, and spend most of our time thinking about money, love or health.  The first art of persuasion is learning how to consistently talk to people about them; if you do that then you’ll always have their captive attention.

Reciprocity Compels  – When I do something for you, you feel compelled to do something for me.  It is part of our evolutionary DNA to help each other out to survive as a species.  More importantly, you can leverage reciprocity disproportionately in your favor.   By providing small gestures of consideration to others, you can ask for more back in return which others will happily provide

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

What’s Next?- After the Interview

Good Afternoon Fellow Followers! The economy is finally peaking uphill and that means it’s time to interview. Most have a pretty good idea of what to expect during a traditional interview but are equally uncertain of what to do after they interview. I came across an informative article by Ford Myers, the President of Career Potential- named “Follow up Steps after the Interview/Strategies to help you get the Offer”.

After reading it I reminisced on a few times of when I was clueless as to what were the next steps in the interview process after I had interviewed with a company, it also reminded me of how I’ve grown since my earlier interview days.

Check it out!

“Follow up Steps after the Interview/Strategies to help you get the Offer”- Ford Myers article

By engaging these follow-up strategies after the interview, I foresee you will improve your chances of getting more offers, and you will also feel more empowered and effective throughout the hiring process!

 

  1. Set the stage for effective follow-up. The first strategy is to have a structured follow-up system in the first place (which most candidates do NOT). You should have a plan in place before you even get to the interview! This way, you’ll be able to “put the wheels in motion” immediately, and you won’t have to think about it! This step alone will relieve the pressure and decrease your anxiety. Plus, you’ll feel prepared, pro-active and more in control. Developing your follow-up strategy BEFORE the interview will even enhance your behavior DURING the interview.

 

  1. Act more like a consultant than an applicant. When you’re at the interview, don’t spend all your time trying to “sell” yourself. Focus instead on asking intelligent, probing questions about the employer’s business needs, problems and concerns (like a good consultant would). These questions should be based on the preparation and study you’ve done beforehand. Write-down the interviewer’s answers, which will become the foundation for your follow-up steps. Whenever possible, give specific examples (Accomplishment Stories) from your work history that are directly relevant to the interviewer’s stated challenges.

 

 

  1. Follow-up promptly and compellingly.Now that your interview is over, be sure to send your thank-you letters as soon as possible. These should be personalized to each individual (not generic), and must include specific references to each person with whom you met (something they said or contributed). Be sure your correspondence is as professional and clear as it can be, whether via e-mail or “snail mail.” If you promised to send the employer additional documents or information, do so promptly.

 

  1. Use every follow-up contact as a chance to build your value.After the interview, carefully review your notes, which highlight the company’s most pressing needs, problems and challenges. Identify specific areas where you have successfully addressed similar issues in your career. In your thank-you letter, include brief synopses of these accomplishments, tying them directly to the company’s stated challenges (usually in a side-by-side chart format). You can even support your “claims” by sending the employer actual samples of your work. Most companies want employees who are true problem-solvers, so this will prove that “you have what it takes” and that you can bring your special value to this organization.

 

  1. Be punctual and persistent.It shouldn’t even be necessary to mention this “strategy,” but some candidates sabotage their chances for the offer by arriving late to the interview, or by “dropping the ball” in the middle of the process. So, always call when you say you’re going to call and do what you say you’re going to do! Be meticulous in your business etiquette, which includes consistent, regular follow-ups by phone and e-mail. Be persistent in expressing your sincere interest in the opportunity, but don’t be a pest.

 

 

  1. Accept rejection gracefully.Assuming you’ve done everything you can reasonably do to win the offer, you must accept whatever decision the employer makes. If you get the message (directly or indirectly) that the company is not interested in you, or if they actually reject you, then all you can do is move on. You can’t “force” the interviewer to make you an offer, no matter how “perfect” you may have thought the job was for you.

 

  1. Turn defeat into victory.After being rejected, the first thing you should do (ironically) is to send a thank-you letter. You can really distinguish yourself from the other rejected applicants if you send this sort of polite, professional letter “after the fact.” Express your sincere appreciation for having been considered for the position, and wish the new employee every success. State that you would be happy to be considered for the position again, should the selected candidate not work-out for any reason. (You would be surprised how many times the “new hire” does NOT work-out). When the employer needs to find a quick replacement, there will be a high likelihood that YOU will be at the top of their list. In some cases, the employer may even be so impressed with your grace and professionalism, that they will offer you a different position at the company as soon as a vacancy occurs! If you genuinely liked the company, stay in touch with them over the long-term. Other opportunities will open-up, so make it easy for the employer to contact and eventually hire you.

 

The Professional Advantage

We’ve all heard how important it is to behave “professionally” in the work place and if you want to get ahead, be taken seriously, and have your boss think of you as an asset to the team –doing things in a professional way is vital, but depending on where you work and the type of job you have, this can take on many different forms. There are, however, quite a few common traits when it comes to being professional. And according to the monster career coach-This includes the following:

1. Competence. You’re good at what you do – and you have the skills and knowledge that enable you to do your job well.

2. Reliability. People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when it’s supposed to be ready, etc.

3. Honesty. You tell the truth and are upfront about where things stand.

4. Integrity. You are known for your consistent principles.

5. Respect for Others. Treating all people as if they mattered is part of your approach.

6. Self-Upgrading. Rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated, you seek out ways of staying current.

7. Being Positive. No one likes a constant pessimist. Having an upbeat attitude and trying to be a problem-solver makes a big difference.

8. Supporting Others. You share the spotlight with colleagues, take time to show others how to do things properly, and lend an ear when necessary.

9. Staying Work-Focused. Not letting your private life needlessly have an impact on your job, and not spending time at work attending to personal matters.

10. Listening Carefully. People want to be heard, so you give people a chance to explain their ideas properly.

Acting like a professional really means doing what it takes to make others think of you as reliable, respectful, and competent, and the more you put into practice the 10 points listed above, the better your chances will be to create a positive reputation for yourself which translates into raises, promotions, chances to work on projects you have an interest in, and the less likelihood of being downsized when layoffs are being considered.

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