Should You Reroute or Recommit?

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Why settle for a life you like when you can have a life you love? What’s holding you back from reaching out with both hands to grab hold of your dreams? Maybe you can’t put your finger on it. You might even have begun to think that the impediment isn’t something you can resolve. You wonder if maybe your aim was off the mark and the reason you can’t bring to life the world you’ve envisioned for yourself is that you’ve gotten it all wrong. Before you give up on those plans, let’s talk. Maybe You’re Right Sure, it’s possible…

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Job Hunting When Your Resume isn’t Goldilocks

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You just finished reading “Love Your Life: Cultivating Your Vision and Tending Your Dreams.” You completed the exercises in the book and have come to the realization that you’ve reached a point in your career where it’s time to shake things up. You’re ready to take a chance and toss your hat into the ring for that supervisory position that was just posted. Maybe it’s something more than that and you’re ready to stretch into an entirely new direction and pursue a different field altogether. Either way, there’s a hurdle you need to jump: Your work experience doesn’t exactly match…

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Finding Peace in Sea of Change

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Your life is changing. Whether you’re the catalyst behind the metamorphosis or change has been thrust upon you, it can be an unsettling time. There’s an uneasiness in letting go of the familiar and stepping out into new frontiers. How do you find balance and peace amid upheaval? Hakuna Matata You may recognize this Swahili phrase from the song in Disney’s Lion King. The phrase loosely translates to “no problems” or “no worries.” A problem-free life is an unrealistic goal. You’re going to have setbacks and challenges, even if you’re on a path you’re excited to pursue. The philosophy in…

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5 Steps to Conquer Fear in the Face of Change

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Are you afraid? Maybe you’re about to take on a new set of responsibilities in your current profession. Perhaps you’re preparing to dive into a completely new career path. Maybe it’s a new direction in your personal life. Whatever it is, change is afoot. Does it scare you? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. In fact, some of those who said “no” are also a bit frightened too; they just aren’t saying it. It is completely normal for you to experience feelings of fear and uncertainty. You are in the process of recreating your life. Of course, that can…

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Receive the Gift of Constructive Criticism with Grace

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Receiving feedback on your work is always an incredible gift. It can offer affirmation that you’re on the right track. I t can also offer input to help you communicate more effectively or to take your next steps on a more clearly illuminated path. While accepting positive feedback is a skill most of us can easily cultivate, learning to respond to constructive criticism with an open mind and a dose of grace can take a little more work. Start by mastering these 8 steps. Stop Before you respond, take a moment to measure whether your emotions are in the driver’s…

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Move Forward by Expanding Your Skill Set

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In 2006, Facebook left its collegiate confines and Twitter hit the internet. The social-media-as-business-tool momentum would take a few more years to find its feet. The iPhone made its debut in 2007. In the decade since, tech has taken a bigger role in our personal and professional lives. How we interact, how we work, how we relax are all influenced or touched by technology and that tech evolves at an ever-increasing rate of speed. What does that mean for you? Unless you just entered the workforce, the world in which you began your career has changed. The change may be…

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4 Tips to Making “Work at Home” Work

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You’ve done it. You’ve been diligently getting your ducks in a row and you are now embracing your entrepreneurial spirit. You’ve traded in your commute for your very own home base.  Or you’re not launching your own business, instead; you’ve found a position that allows you to work from home (even some of the time). For many of us, this is the stuff dreams are made of, right? Working from home offers a lot of perks ranging from increased flexibility to reduced costs (good bye gas and tolls!). On the other hand, working at home isn’t as simple as settling…

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Map Your Own Course to Success

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Odds are the way you answered that at 5 years old changed by the time you were 15, and perhaps a few more times before you arrived where you stand today. The question to ask now is “Are you were you want to be?” and if not, “What’s keeping you from getting there?” Naming the roadblocks that are holding us back is not often the challenge. We can point to a lack of resources or opportunities. We can identify missing skill sets or a row of doors closed off to…

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Take the Wheel and Steer into Change

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Life changes every day. Sometimes we’re bystanders watching the world unfold around us as we go along for the ride. That can be frightening. It’s the reason Disney World’s Space Mountain amps up the thrills: you can’t see the dips and turns coming. You can’t prepare and you certainly can’t steer. Sound familiar?  It’s time to slip into the driver’s seat of change and take control of steering your future.  These 4 tips will help you embrace change and steer yourself through the curves. Go in with your eyes open One of the biggest mistakes we make is grabbing hold…

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