07 Jan

Using Your Mind, Body and Spirit to Stay Focused

Blog No Comments by Susan McCuistion

Mind Body SoulIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Yeara��s resolutions about a lot of thingsa��losing weighta�� exercising morea�� volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

Wea��ve all done it: We set goals that wea��re sure we can accomplish, and then we get distracted. Sometimes, we can get back on track pretty easily. Other times, those distractions completely sidetrack us to the point we end up so far away from where we started that we wonder how we got to where we are.

We started the month giving you ideas about how to take small steps towards big goals. So, what do you do when you are frustrated, hit a wall, or dona��t know what to do next? First, know that it probably happens to everyone. Second, understand that ita��s how we deal with our perceived setbacks that determine whether we actually reach our goals or not. Third, take a deep breath, sit for a moment, and just be buy celebrex online without prescription, buy Zoloft online. .

Sounds a little counter-intuitive, doesna��t it?

There are many techniques to get us refocused on our goals. Some just involve sitting and being still a�� like meditation. Others are more active, like yoga or journaling. Whatever you do, choose one that works for you. There is no right or wrong way to get refocused. The point is to get back on track with your goals.

Refocusing Through Mind
Journaling is a great way to work through frustration and lack of focus, and all it takes is paper and a pen a�� or even just type away on your computer. Write whatever comes to mind a�� free-flow a conversation with yourself, dump your thoughts, or just plain vent a�� but dona��t judge what comes out. Try to write 2-3 full pages without stopping. By the end, you may find you are actually finding solutions to your challenge that will take you the next step towards achieving your goal.

Refocusing Through Body
Take a walk or a run. Do some yoga. Punch a bag. Whatever you choose, get physical! Exercise is a great way to de-stress and work out your frustration. Plus, when you can get away from your usual surroundings and focus on something else for awhile, you free y our mind from whatever you were stuck on and become open to new ideas.

Refocusing Through Spirit
You dona��t have to have a guru, burn incense, and chant for meditation to work. All you need to do is sit down in a quiet place, away from distractions, and focus on your breath. Breathe in for four counts, and breathe out for four counts. You may notice that your mind starts to fill with chatter. If it does, just let it go and refocus on your breath. After a few moments, you will notice your mind is clear, your energy is renewed, and you are able to refocus on the task at hand.

It is important, with any of these methods, to set aside time daily to practice them. Dona��t wait until the frustration builds up to the point that you feel stuck and unable to do anything. As you learn to use the methods to refocus on your goals, you will find that not only will your frustration decrease, you will discover answers to your questions, new ideas to examine, and a way around that little molehill you once thought was a mountain.

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04 Jan

Staying Focused Starts with Self Assessment

Blog No Comments by Mary-Frances Winters

Self AssessmentIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

Staying focused is a lot easier if you have a template that you can complete and refer to often as you set and achieve your goals.  The goal setting process should start with a deep self assessment where you honestly answer some questions about who you are, what gives you the greatest satisfaction, and the gap that exists between what you are currently doing and what you aspire to do or be.

Goal Setting Self Assessment Worksheet

::Download Your FREE Goal Setting Self Assessment Template::

Agree

Disagree

 

If disagree, honestly capture why you disagree

Identify ONE thing that you can begin to do to turn the disagree into agree

I am currently working in a job that I love.
I know exactly where I want to be career wise in 5 years and I am on track to achieve that goal.
I know my strengths and areas that I should develop more fully.
When I set a goal, I can stay focused on it and most often achieve it.
There are no limitations on what I can achieve

For example, if you are not currently working in a job that you love, and you identified that the one thing you could do to be able to agree with that is to gain clarity on what that job would be, that becomes your first goal.

Here is a sample of what a completed worksheet might look like.

Agree

Disagree

 

If disagree, honestly capture why you disagree

Identify ONE thing that you can begin to do to turn the disagree into agree

I am currently working in a job that I love.

X

I don’t like my job but it pays the bills I can identify those things I really love to do and explore the jobs that would be a match.
I know exactly where I want to be career wise in 5 years and I am on track to achieve that goal.

X

Five years seems like a long time. In this job market there are no guarantees. I think it is useless to plan that far out. Once I understand the types of careers I think I would love, I can begin to set actions to get me there. For example, I might have to go back to school.
I know my strengths and areas that I should develop more fully. 

X

I kind of know what I am good at but I don’t get to do that in my current job. I have not really thought about my weak areas. I can write out a list of strengths and see how they match with what I love to do.
When I set a goal, I can stay focused on it and most often achieve it.

X

Stuff seems to always get in the way of me being able to stick with a goal. I can start small like spend 15 minutes researching careers I think I might like
There are no limitations on what I can achieve

X

There are always limits. This seems like pie in the sky, unrealistic to think there are no limits in life. I can develop a vision board where I identify what it would look like if there were no limits.

::Download Your FREE Goal Setting Self Assessment Template::

Stay Focused!

02 Jan

Sweat the Small Stuff

Blog No Comments by Mary-Frances Winters

It is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

You may have heard of the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff–and it’s all small stuff written a number of years ago by Richard Carlson. While I basically do agree with his philosophy of not worrying about things that really don’t matter, I encourage you, as you begin to set your goals, to start small and stay small achieving “baby” steps towards the main goal.  You might say this sounds like bad advice, whatever happened to dream big…reach for the stars?

I truly do want to encourage you to reach for the stars, to follow your dreams and to believe that you can do and be whatever it is that you set your mind to doing.  If you believe it, you can achieve it!

However sometimes when we are thinking BIG, we miss the steps that are going to be necessary to get us there. We are so busy thinking about the end goal that we make unneeded mistakes along the way that can set us back. These mistakes not only set us back relative to how long it might take us to get to where we want to go but also can set us back mentally.  When you start having small disappointments, you may become discouraged and abandon the entire goal.

So let’s take an example of a career goal that you might set for 2013 and how you can put small steps in place to help you reach it.

Goal: Enroll in a program to achieve an additional certification in your field.

Small Step #1: Research the program options and costs.  The first road block might be cost. You find out the tuition and gulp because there is no way your budget can handle this. At this point, many might just give up the goal.

Small Step #2: Rather than give up, your next move might be to find out if there are scholarships that could help you or if your company has tuition assistance.  OK, so you did not find any scholarships and your company will not cover the cost.

Small Step #3:  At this point, many more of us might say, this is just not going to work. However, the next step might be to find out if the school has a payment plan where you can spread out the payments. You find out that they do. This is encouraging however, the payment requirements are still outside of your reach, or so you think.

Small Step #4:  Examine your monthly expenses to see where you might be able to cut in order afford the payments. Many of us waste more money than we think in the course of a month on nice to haves, but not necessaries.

At this point you may decide that you still cannot achieve this goal at the present time. It still does not mean you have to give it up. Put a plan in place. Start saving now.  Set a new target date for achieving the goal and stick to your plan. Each month that you put away the amount that you budgeted, you are getting closer to the goal…one step at a time.

When our goals are too overwhelming it is easy to just give up.  Take one small step at a time and congratulate yourself for each milestone.  It is easier to stay focused with this approach!

Stay Focused!