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Your Career: Resources, Tips & Inspiration for Life & Work

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Your Career: Resources, Tips & Inspiration for Life & Work

 

Your Career: Resources, Tips & Inspiration is a blog offering tips, tools, techniques and advice for career transition, discovery, assessment, planning, personal and professional development, effectiveness and success in life and work.

Sometimes we know where we want to be, but are not sure how to get there…other times we may feel a bit lost, stuck, confused or overwhelmed by the possibilities and options that accompany a lifework transition.

Career Transition: Resources & Inspiration will be updated regularly with strategies to discover, create and succeed in your life and work.

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Protected: Guided Imagery: Wise Being

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http://lifepluswork.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Guided-Imagery_Wise-Being-.m4a   Guided Imagery: Wise Being We are, each of us, filled with potential and are meant to thrive and grow into all we can be. All too often, this sense of potential, the realization of our emergence into our fullest self is difficult to access; we resist, ignore, or defend ourselves and become resigned to our life the way it is. We experience, what Robert Desoille, a French psychologist, terms, “the repression of the sublime”: a loss of connection, vitality,...

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Protected: Guided Imagery: Future Vision and Purpose in Work

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http://lifepluswork.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Future-Vision-and-Purpose.m4a   Future Vision and Purpose: Accessing your Creative Imagination   There are many ways to activate and access your creative imagination as a source of wisdom and insight. One of the most powerful methods is through visualization and guided imagery. This Guided Imagery exercise will facilitate your access to your creative imagination and your intuition. Before you Begin Find a place where you can be relaxed and uninterrupted. Be sure to have some paper,...

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Career Design System: 10 Steps to Guide Your Career Transition

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Career Design System: 10 Steps to Guide Your Career Transition

Career exploration and planning is a process that is organic and unfolding, rather than fixed and linear.  It can be helpful, however to have a map for the journey and this 10 step career design system will help guide your way....

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Artist Dates: Take Your Creative Self Out to Play

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Artist Dates: Take Your Creative Self Out to Play

  The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. – Julia Cameron http://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/artists-dates/   Scheduling a regular, weekly, 1 – 2 hours, to take your creative...

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Making a Difference: Dreams and Daring to Do

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Making a Difference: Dreams and Daring to Do

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.  We are all the same in this notion.  The potential for greatness lives within each of us.~Wilma Rudolph (The “fastest woman in the world” at the 1960 Olympics winning three gold medals, she had worn metal braces on her legs as a child.)  Making a Difference: Dreams and Daring to Do One evening, while sitting at home watching the news on television, Tim Jahnigen saw a film piece with a group of children, young refugees from Darfur, surrounded by barbed...

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9 Tips for Pro-Active Career Discovery, Exploration & Planning

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9 Tips for Pro-Active Career Discovery, Exploration & Planning

When working with clients, I encourage a creative and proactive approach to career exploration and planning. Even when the dream job/opportunity/project appears, we need to prepare for the inevitable external and internal changes that happen all along the life-work journey.   In the rush of personal and professional day-to-day demands and responsibilities we can lose touch with a sense of future possibilities and even a sense of who we truly are.   Here are some snippets of what I talk about with my clients around the career...

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Tips to Achieve Your Goals – The Mind/Body Connection

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Tips to Achieve Your Goals – The Mind/Body Connection

  I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.   ~ Arnold Palmer   Tips to Achieve Your Goals – the Mind/Body Connection In the previous post, “Tips to Achieve Your Goals in the New Year and Beyond” the work of British psychologist Richard Wiseman revealed that only 12% of New Year’s Resolutions result in success (a failure rate of about 88%).   Much of the research in the past 20+ years about...

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Tips to Achieve Your Goals: In the New Year and Beyond

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Tips to Achieve Your Goals: In the New Year and Beyond

Tips to achieve your Goals in the New Year and Beyond The new year brings the promise of new beginnings; we make resolutions to achieve goals, tackle projects, develop plans, make improvements.  And yet, the enthusiasm we may anticipate and feel at the start, is often quick to wane as January progresses. Research about the who, what and why around new year resolutions achievement and failure, was conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman, who tracked 3000 people wanting to realize success with their new year resolutions. When the...

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Interview Tips for Success: Tell Your Story

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Interview Tips for Success: Tell Your Story

          Interview Tips for Success: Tell Your Story   To truly stand out from the crowd of candidates and leave a positive, lasting impression, there is nothing quite as powerful as a good story ( or two or three). There are many “tips” for successful interviewing: Doing the “homework” to research the organization, mastering physical presentation – from posture to handshake to attire, knowing one’s resume inside and out. However, impressions with the greatest impact can made...

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Networking Tips for Introverts

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Networking Tips for Introverts

I am an introvert.   Networking has been a challenge for me throughout my career and is often a substantial barrier for my more introverted clients. In the next few posts, I will be offering some “tips and tricks” that I have found effective for maximizing networking opportunities, working with introverted “strengths” and finding success and even enjoyment at networking events. And, for all you extroverts out there – you will likely find these tips helpful, as well.   Networking Tips for Introverts...

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Tips for Overcoming Internal Barriers to Success

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Tips for Overcoming Internal Barriers to Success

“Criticism and self-criticism interfere with our ability to find our life purpose and live as strongly, passionately, and effectively as we would like to live.” – Dr Eric Maisel Tips for Overcoming Internal Barriers to Success One of the greatest obstacles to life/work satisfaction occur around the theme of self worth: thinking or feeling we are not quite “good enough” or deserving of the success we may have achieved and/or strive for in realizing our fullest potential.  If we are unable to fully internalize our successes and...

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Life + Work: Guiding Career Transition

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Life + Work: Guiding Career Transition

  Transition is the internal process of change Change is inevitable.  And, every change sets off an internal chain of events called a transition. Transition is a natural process that occurs within us.  It begins with an “ending” and ends with a new “beginning”. Depending on your life in the present and how you have dealt with transitions in the past, this process will vary in length, intensity and nature of your response. Transition will bring a range of feelings and responses – William Bridges, mapped out this process, from the...

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Tips for Getting Unstuck from the “Mean Reds”

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Tips for Getting Unstuck from the “Mean Reds”

  We have all had times when we experience the “mean reds”.  In Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golighty describes the “mean reds”to her love interest, Paul Varjak: Holly Golightly:  Your know those days when you get the mean reds? Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues? Holly Golightly: No.  The blues are because you are getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible.  Suddenly you’re afraid...

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The Days of Our Life: 28,835 Jelly Beans

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The Days of Our Life: 28,835 Jelly Beans

  Have you ever considered how the moments, days, weeks and months of your life accumulate into a lifetime?  And, have you every considered how we fill these “days of our lives”?   An average lifespan is comprised of 28,835 days.  In this compelling video, Ze Frank takes 28,835 Jelly Beans, which represent the accumulated days of an average life, and visually demonstrates what happens with the time we spend eating, sleeping, working, commuting, caring for others and our community – revealing what remains of our...

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Time Management and the Myers Briggs

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Time Management and the Myers Briggs

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. – Harvey Mackay   Time Management and the Myers Briggs Each of us has our own way of thinking about, relating to, and using time. It is as if we each live in our own particular time zone, with a consciousness of time that is colored by our individual personality preferences and motivations. The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator) is one...

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Breath Counting for Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

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Breath Counting for Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

http://lifepluswork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Breath-Counting2.m4v Click the “Play” Arrow for an audio version of breath counting:   Breath Counting for Mindfulness & Stress Reduction Our days can be busy, our minds can wander, we may experience stress or we may get lost in aimless thinking. It is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the internal chatter of our mind, or from the clatter of external distractions. Breath counting for mindfulness and stress reduction is based on a zen technique that is simple and...

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Creating a Career Advantage: Your Unique Value Proposition

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Creating a Career Advantage: Your Unique Value Proposition

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov In a busy, competitive world, our attention and energy can easily become focused on addressing the external expectations and demands of our jobs. And, we may find ourselves so distracted by this outside noise, that we neglect hearing our own voice; establishing our own set of criteria for what we want and need from our career and life. Taking the time to assess, embrace and articulate our true talents and gifts, as well as our...

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Navigating Career Transition: 3 Tips for the Road

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Navigating Career Transition: 3 Tips for the Road

Something has ended…we are not yet at the new beginning…we are in transition.  Career transitions are rarely easy, but they are filled with opportunity to reflect, explore, create, rest, anticipate, dream, review, revise and prepare for something new to begin. As we travel along the road of any life-career transition, there are some steps we can take to maximize and ease the way:   1) Seek support and talk it out. Whether we reach out to family and friends, or seek out a professional counselor, therapist, spiritual advisor or...

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Career Planning Process: How to Get from Here to Where You Want to Be

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Career Planning Process: How to Get from Here to Where You Want to Be

Career planning is a process of discovering who you are and what is most important to you in your life and work. It is also about understanding the world of work and finding economic opportunities to meet your needs, wants and dreams. Ultimately, it involves creating a plan and then taking action to succeed in bringing the best of yourself to the work that you do. You can Discover, by asking: What are my talents, passions, and strengths? In what ways do my personality, interests, values and skills combine to make me, unique? What do I need...

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Career Transition: Begin with an Ending – End with a New Beginning

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Career Transition: Begin with an Ending – End with a New Beginning

Every transition begins with an ending.  We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up the new one – not just outwardly, inwardly. ~ William Bridges Throughout life, we will journey through many transitions: endings, beginnings and the places in-between. Career transition is a time when we can take the time to reflect and review who we are, what we have experienced, what is important to us moving forward.  The author and consultant,William Bridges, spent a professional lifetime researching and describing the process of...

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Career Crossroads: Tips for Choosing a Career Counselor or Coach

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Career Crossroads: Tips for Choosing a Career Counselor or Coach

Wherever you may be on your life/work journey, an experienced career counselor or coach can provide you with the personalized guidance, expertise, information and support to identify and realize your goals. Here are some tips for choosing a career counselor or coach:    About You What do you want to achieve in a counseling/coaching relationship? What are the ways a counselor/coach can best work with you? What specific needs do you have regarding your career exploration and planning? What type of commitment are you prepared to make: Time?...

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The Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, Strong Interest Inventory®, skills/values assessments inform your self-discovery for a more fulfilling life-work path.Assess Your Strengths: Career Assessment Workshops Life + Work administers a variety of assessments, including: the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, Strong Interest Inventory®, FIRO-B™, TKI, Enneagram of personality, SkillScan, a variety of values assessments and guided reflections to inform your journey of self-discovery for a more fulfilling life-work path. These can be done in a private,...

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Life + Work  offers counseling, coaching, facilitated workshops and programs, designed to provide you with information, structure and support. Create a vision and strategy to align your work with the life you want to live: explore your options, identify your goals, and create your plan – we help you move from dreams to action! Career Counseling & LifeWork Transition Coaching   Read More: Career Counseling &...

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Life + Work offers tools for personal and professional effectiveness, we work with you to gain the information and skills that will enhance your life-work success: from business etiquette to managing the complexities of workplace politics, from strategically building your “brand” to life-work balance and integration.   Step into Your New Beginning!

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Tips & Advice for Your Life + Work,  as featured in the media. Links to read examples of life and career themed articles in the media, featuring our expertise:                CAREER COUCH A Gateway to a Career Through Volunteering By EILENE ZIMMERMAN Published: May 5, 2012 Read More     ________________________________________________________________________________     7 Things You Do Every Day That Make You Age Faster From slouching over your cell phone to skipping out on in-season foods,...

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