Mindset

How to Dominate the World in 8 Fantastic Quotes

In mid-July I headed north to Portland, OR for my annual pilgrimage to the World Domination Summit (WDS). WDS is an event I plan my year around because it inspires me and helps me reground myself in my passion for the work I do and the life I reach for. To give you a sense of what it is like, I thought I would recap my favorite quotes from this year’s event: 1. To get yourself to do something you are having trouble finishing like writing a book, “Write a $1000 check to an organization you hate…

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Hamilton

Seeing Hamilton Recharged my Creativity

I’m not a fan of musicals. Typically, I’m checking my watch and wondering when intermission is. …And then last week I saw Hamilton. How I got to go was a true miracle. I had been wanting to go but not planning to due to the high cost of tickets and, truth be told, I was interested in the phenomenal success of the show but not obsessed with going. I could take it or leave it. Then, my dad called saying that he had won tickets for the matinee the next day. I happily said yes at my…

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The Question of Age: Part Two

(Last week we tackled part one of the sticky subject of age and the bias that may hold you back as an older job-seeker. Read part one, first.) Take care of yourself. Aging requires you to pay more attention to your body than when you were younger. It is important to listen to your body’s messages! Move your body, eat well, get enough sleep, drink enough water, and  keep your mindset in a positive place. Podcasts and guided meditations are my go-to resources. My current favorite meditation app is Insight Timer. Try the guided meditations by Sarah Blondin…

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The Question of Age: Part One

The question of age—I get asked about it all the time. It comes in several forms from people in their 40s, 50s and 60s: How do I deal with my age when looking for a job? What is your take on ageism in the career search process? And other related questions. It is a touchy subject, for sure. Yes, age is an issue in the job search/career transition process, though not as much as people think. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with it: Drop all but the last 10 years of experience off your…

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Pipe In Inspiration With Podcasts—Check Out my 5 Favorites

Are you interested in improving your work and personal life? Of course you are! If you want to improve your life, an essential ingredient for doing is a steady diet of inspiring material. Some people like to read, and if that is you, terrific! If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of picking up a book, but still want to be inspired, consider piping in inspiration by listening to podcasts. You can subscribe to podcasts on your iPhone or Android by clicking into the podcasts function. Podcasts are free to access, and once you subscribe they fill your…

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A Million Little Things

Over lunch, an executive client of mine and I were reflecting about her past few years of professional and personal development as we closed out the current phase of our work together. One thing she said really struck me. “What I’ve learned is that it’s a million little things, not the big things, that matter.” What did she mean by this? She was referring to all the mindset conversations we had had, the small tweaks to how she becomes more aware of herself and how she shows up in conversations with her in-house and extended team, and…

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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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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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