Listening to our inner wisdom is a great way to help cut through the noise and confusion we often experience because we’re so used to making decisions from a solely logical or rational place. It can provide us with another perspective and greater insight to consider before moving forward. Because so many of us are used to making decisions from our rational or logical point of view, we often don’t know what it means to listen to this inner wisdom. How do we know when it’s trying to tell us something? Read on for three simple techniques to tap into your inner wisdom.Read More
Looking for a career mentor? Ask yourself these five questions first.
You hear a lot about the importance of finding a mentor to help you develop professionally and advance in your career, but finding a mentor and figuring out how to keep the relationship going is a whole different ballgame. While it’s best to seek a mentor from your current network of connections rather than asking someone you don’t already know, determining who that should be requires some thought.Read More
Feeling at a loss for what to do next in your career? One of the best ways to know what your next career move should be is to start taking what I like to call “inspired action.”
When you take inspired action, things suddenly start to flow. You feel a sense of energy, enthusiasm, or joy. This is different from forced action, which comes from feeling that you should take action. It feels forced, with a lot of effort and little motivation or enthusiasm.Read More
We all have it – that nagging voice of self-doubt that speaks up when we try to make bold moves. It might say things to us like…
- “You’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
- “You’re not qualified enough to do that.”
- “Why bother applying? There are so many other stronger candidates.”
It can be difficult to recognize when this voice of self-doubt, which I refer to as the inner critic, is speaking up or when we are being realistic in our thinking. In order to so, first it’s helpful to understand the motivation of our inner critic.Read More
Consider the following scenarios:
- When you fail at something, do you find yourself saying, “I’m no good at that” or “This is a learning opportunity”?
- When you see someone else succeed, do you find yourself feeling threatened, or inspired?
- When you have to put in a lot of hard work to accomplish something, do you think of it as a waste of time and effort, or a path toward mastery?
The way you approach these situations can give you an insight into two different mindsets: fixed and growth.Read More
Knowing your WHY, the reason you do what you do, is one of the best ways to live intentionally, inspire others, and build resilience – all of which are critical if we want to succeed in today’s world of work.Read More
What can you do when you may not have that official leadership role you feel like you need in order to make the kind of waves you’d like? A lot, actually. While you may not hold the title of “leader,” you bring a certain energy and influence to any organization you enter. And that’s what leadership is really all about.Read More
What do you do if you really need to stick it out in a job you don’t love? Practice job crafting, a concept researched by Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. Wrzesniewski has spent years researching how people make meaning of their work and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.Read More
I’ve shared a few of my favorite podcasts here on the blog in the past, and the list keeps on coming. Here’s a round up of my current favorites specifically meant to inspire you in your career and professional development.Read More
We’ve all been there before: bored at work, drudging through the daily grind as we live for the weekend. How can we go from this monotonous day-to-day to a more lively, engaging situation? By utilizing our strengths.Read More
Making a career transition requires us to get out of our comfort zones and into action. It’s not easy. Anytime we break away from our norm and aim to make a change, our inner critic often speaks up loud and clear. If you’re attempting any kind of career shift, chances are that you will at some point face a few limiting beliefs like the ones I’ve outlined here.Read More
You read a lot from me about the importance of values in our work because I believe that you should have a career that aligns with your values. Some may argue against this. Sometimes you just need a J-O-B, I get it. But wouldn’t life be so much better if you spent your days working in an environment or toward a cause that you believed in?Read More
Lately I’ve been enjoying taking a lunch-time walk with my ear buds in, soaking in some great podcasts. Most are focused on personal and professional growth or development of some kind, opening up dialogues with interesting guests about learning, decision-making, taking risks, and achieving goals. Here’s a round up of my current favorites.Read More
Have you ever experienced a huge accomplishment, only to immediately afterward: get sick, get into an argument, worry incessantly about something out of your control, get in an accident, etc.? This may not have been a coincidence. It may have been an Upper Limit Problem.Read More
I’m a planner, which means that I like knowing what’s coming next and anticipating changes in my future. I’m so much of a planner that you’d be surprised how long it took me to come to terms with the fact that things just don’t always go as planned.
For example, if you had told my 23-year-old self that one day I’d go to graduate school or move across the country, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. These things weren’t in my “plans.” My guess is that you’ve experienced a shift in your plans a time or two as well.
We can plan all we want, but when things don’t go as we originally expected, it’s often due to a chance meeting or opportunity. When it comes to career development, we sometimes forget what a large role chance plays.Read More