Author Archive | Merideth Mehlberg

Think of Career Missteps as Failing up

It happens to all of us. We all have what we think of as failures, or missteps in our career (and our life). Whether we: Took a job that wasn’t a good fit Stayed too long in a toxic work environment Put out a program that didn’t take off in the market Crossed our boss, or Didn’t perform as expected and therefore got overlooked for promotion or even dismissed We tend to carry the scars – and often, the shame – of these experiences going forward. In fact, they can color how we feel about ourselves in…

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Making a Difference, One Family at a Time

The annual Jammie Drive we run touches two groups of people: those who receive the gifts and those who give them. The drive benefits residents of three East Bay Area shelters—havens for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. We provide cozy pajamas, socks and underthings, basics we take for granted, to these folks in need. We’ve run this program for four years now; it’s a big hit with local families and individuals looking to give back to their community. Here are comments from some of our donors about why they return year after year to participate: “This drive…

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On The Occasion of Thanksgiving

This has been a tumultuous year for many. In this time of uncertainty, I’m noticing that it is also a time of personal galvanization, a time of realizing that life is not a dress rehearsal. That engaging with life, rather than watching it pass us by, is essential now. For ourselves, for our children, for our world. I’m watching people wake up all around me, renewing commitments and taking action in ways that they had been avoiding or resisting, to finally break through barriers that have held them back from creating and living the life they want….

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10 Steps to Move Past Self-Imposed Limitations (Part II)

If you are up against something that makes you feel stuck, check out all my steps to help you move toward your goal. This is a continuation from my post last week. You can find steps 1-5, here. 6. Divide your stuck project into baby steps. If there is a particular area in your life that feels super stuck, it can feel like a mountain you are trying to climb. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can divide the project into small chunks, and then with some prioritizing define a pathway to follow to tackle things one…

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10 Steps to Move Past Self-Imposed Limitations (Part I)

Are you up against something that makes you feel stuck and like you will never be able to conquer it? I recently wrote an article about a stuck place I moved through, and it seems to have struck a chord with many. I thought I would reverse-engineer how I moved past the challenge and share the steps, so you can consider applying the strategies that resonate with you. 1. Move your body. We all know we should be exercising on a regular basis; if you are already into a regular routine, good for you. If you are…

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On Surrender and Self-Imposed Limitations

I’m working on reaching one of the most challenging milestones in my life right now. For the past 12 years, ever since I entered the coaching field, I dreamed of the day when I would achieve the pinnacle designation of the field, the coveted Master Certified Coach Credential (MCC). Granted by the International Coach Federation, the governing body of the field of coaching, the MCC is sought by many and achieved by few. I like to think of it as “the MBA of coaching.” I have played out the fantasy of achieving this many times, opening the email…

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The Secret to a Great Resume

The number one problem with resumes is they focus on a person’s past instead of their future. This may sound counterintuitive—isn’t a resume supposed to describe what you’ve done? Yes, and no. Yes, you need to describe what you’ve accomplished, but ONLY in the context of what you want to do next in your career. In other words, you must identify and highlight the projects you have worked on that you enjoyed, and leave off (as much as possible) the work that drained you. In my view, a resume’s true purpose is to convey a clear picture of…

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Project Kon-Mari: The Closet Edition

I picked up Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, several months ago, intrigued by the premise and longing for less stuff in my life (and in my closet). With kids and a busy entrepreneurial lifestyle, my husband and I are constantly looking for ways to pare down the stuff around us, to varying degrees of success. He likes to throw things out to cut down on the clutter; I like to have a system so things don’t get messy again. Since I’m often short on time, my…

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Is It Possible?

Is it Possible? That’s the question my clients keep asking me. It comes in various forms, such as, is it possible: To have flexibility and still be paid well for work I love? To land a good job after a certain age? To find a job that supports my dreams and goals? I get these questions all the time. The answer that immediately comes to me is—Yes! It is ABSOLUTELY possible, if you believe it is. But, it all depends on you. It is so easy to focus on all that’s wrong in our lives and in the…

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Big Scary Goals

I’ve been noticing a pattern, lately, with my clients…and myself. We all have a big scary dream that makes us shake with excitement and fear. Whether it’s: Writing a book Going back to school Running a half-marathon Letting go of excess weight Finding work that is more fulfilling, or Launching a new product or service We all have something we dream about accomplishing that scares the crud out of us. Can you relate? What I do know is when you come across the dream that makes you quake in your boots, it is a sign that you…

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