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3 Ways LinkedIn Can Transform Your Professional Life

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Business, Career, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on 3 Ways LinkedIn Can Transform Your Professional Life

3 Ways LinkedIn Can Transform Your Professional Life

  Do you have a current LinkedIn profile?  If so, is does it present you in a professional light and generate activity to help you reach your career goals?  If your answer to either of the previous questions is no, then READ THIS ARTICLE.  You will learn why LinkedIn is so vital in the business world today and how to maximize it.  Did you know that if someone types your name into Google the first thing that will come up is your LinkedIn profile?  The reality is that whether you’re an employee applying for jobs or a business owner promoting your company, the majority of people will check you out online.  There are around 467 million users of LinkedIn with 2 people joining every second!  If you aren’t on LinkedIn you’re missing opportunities, period.  Here are 3 Ways LinkedIn Can Transform Your Professional Life!   1. Business  If you’re an entrepreneur, a well-written LinkedIn profile can help provide credibility and clarity of service.  One client came to us and said he knew that he needed to be on LinkedIn, but his bare bones profile wasn’t cutting it.  Potential referral partners told him that they weren’t sure of who he was, they didn’t know all the ways he could help clients, and thought he was just starting out in business.  This client was certified in his area with almost three years of experience in his current business and over 30 years of operations experience.  After giving him a LinkedIn Makeover, he went from generating 3 leads a week to 8 leads a week and referral partners were starting to reach out to him about business ventures!   2. Career  If you’re an employee looking for your next opportunity, LinkedIn can help you find it quicker than the traditional route of scouring job sites and looking for positions to submit your resume.  A keyword optimized profile can help recruiters find you and discuss possible roles.  There is even a feature for you to alert recruiters that you’re interested in new jobs, without letting your whole network know.  To be honest, I’ve spoken with many talented and qualified professionals who’ve been looking over 2 years for new jobs.  When I dig into their job search strategy, I usually find that they have no presence on LinkedIn or they have a bare-bones profile with nothing but basic information.   3. Professional Brand  Do you need a well-written profile if you’re not looking for a job or have more clients and customers than you know what to do with?  The answer is yes!  Even if you’re exactly where you want to be, a great LinkedIn profile enhances your professional brand.  Think of it as another way of marketing yourself.  It’s just like a website or a business card and can make or break your professional presentation.  If you’re in sales or other client facing roles, I’m sure you’ve noticed that people view your LinkedIn profile when deciding whether or not they want to speak with you.  LinkedIn can be your first impression, so make it a good one!   Now that you know a bit more about the benefits of LinkedIn, I’ll ask you again, does your profile present you in a professional light and generate activity to help you reach your career goals? ...

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My Top 10 Secrets of a Career Coach

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Career, Fly High, Millennial Employees, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on My Top 10 Secrets of a Career Coach

My Top 10 Secrets of a Career Coach

I facilitate a lot of workshops within companies to help groups in certain areas like leadership development, communication, and time management.  After completing the workshop, people usually come up and ask me questions or make comments about the content.  By far the number one question I get asked afterwards by employees (who pull me to the side) is, do you do resumes and career coaching?  It’s estimated that 70% of people are disengaged at work!  The questions I get asked inside of companies prove it.  Most professionals are unhappy and a large percentage of them are looking for another job.  For clients I have in this position, I like to let them know my top 10 secrets of a career coach. 1. Wrap up your current position  Are you ready to walk away from your job?  Are your finances in order?  As romantic as the idea of spontaneously resigning from your job is, I usually recommend against it.  It’s beneficial for most people to wrap up a lot of loose ends before leaving their job and have a solid plan (and savings) in place just in case things don’t go as expected.     2. Leave on a positive note This is can be VERY difficult!  I’ve had my fair share of toxic situations including negative working environments, pay discrepancies, and laundry lists of unethical behavior.  At my core, I’m a strategist and to be honest with you, there is rarely a time when leaving a job on a negative note is helpful for you in the long run.  You can’t put a price on your reputation or peace of mind.   3. Get clear on your career goals  Are there special skills or training you need to prepare for the next opportunity?  What are the exact steps you need to start another career?  If you haven’t given much thought to these questions, now is the time.  Having clarity is the first step towards achieving anything and having a breakthrough.  When I begin working with a new client, we go through a deep discovery process about them and what they want.    4. Decide on your priorities  Now it’s time for the purge.  Write down everything you’re looking for in a new position. After you’ve tackled the basic requirements (role, salary etc.) stretch yourself to consider what’s beyond those.  How long of a commute are you looking for? Do you want to go into an office daily, or have more flexibility?   5. Get a well-written resume  In today’s competitive job market, most people need an amazing resume.  Subpar resumes aren’t going to cut it in the age of Applicant Tracking Systems.  Most resumes submitted for jobs at mid-size to large companies aren’t even seen by a human!  The average corporate job posting receives 250 resumes, which is why I recommend serious professionals have their resume professionally written.   6. Step up your interviewing skills  Most people have no idea how they come across to others.  Self-awareness is usually lacking because the majority of individuals hang out with others who like them and exclude/shun/ignore people who don’t like them.  As a result, they never truly understand how they present themselves or appear in most settings.  An interview is all about appearances and how someone thinks you’ll perform based on your...

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New Year, New Career! How to Make Sure Your Resume Gets You an Interview

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Career, Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on New Year, New Career! How to Make Sure Your Resume Gets You an Interview

New Year, New Career!  How to Make Sure Your Resume Gets You an Interview

Welcome to 2017!  We are one week into the new year and I want to know, what are you going to be doing that’s new this year?  Most people come up with resolutions or list of things they want to do or achieve.  The sad truth is that they usually don’t stick with their plans or accomplish what they desire.  If you’re interested in turning your resolutions into reality, you can read more about that here.   One of the most common goals professionals have at the beginning of the year, is to find a new job.  There are a few things you need to land a position that progresses your career: 1. Clarity around what you want and what you’re looking for  2.  A well-written resume  3.  Solid interviewing skills  I work with career coaching clients on all three of these areas.  Today, we’re going to focus on your resume, aka your personal and professional, marketing materials.  It’s important to know these three must-haves to make sure your resume gets you an interview!   Customized for the position you want  Resumes are not one size fits all t-shirts!  It’s tempting to want to use the same exact resume to target various positions in different industries, but I highly recommend against it.  Unless you’re applying for similar positions, like project coordinator and project manager, you can be doing yourself a disservice.  The resumes selected most in Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are those that closely align with what the hiring manager or recruiter is looking for.   Utilizes the appropriate keywords  10 years ago, you could write a resume with colorful language and a unique layout that resulted in lots of compliments.  In today’s world, the majority of those creative and funky resumes are never seen by a human, because they aren’t selected for consideration by the ATS.  These software programs scan all submitted resumes and categorize them to determine who gets an interview.  Having your resume selected is all about using the right keywords, in a structured format that’s easily readable by an ATS.   Highlights your achievements  If you’re fortunate enough to have your resume selected for review by a hiring manager, it needs to stick out in order to get an interview.  What’s in the content of your resume?  The overwhelming majority of resumes are nothing but lists of job duties.  Hiring managers and recruiters already know what’s expected in the positions they are trying to fill.  It doesn’t tell them much about you to read that you “organized and filed records for later review.”  But to learn that you, “created and managed a new filing system that increased department productivity” gives them an idea of what you can bring to the role.   After reading about what makes an effective resume in 2017, how does yours stack up?  Are you confident that your resume would be selected and get you an interview for your dream job?  If you’re not sure, we’d like to help!  By popular request, I’ve designed a new service called the Resume Makeover.  It includes an initial, 20-minute Resume Consultation, our resume writing service (with up to 2 edits), and a Follow-Up Action Planning Session to help you get more interviews!   The first 10 people who purchase the service in 2017 will...

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No Hard Feelings – 3 Ways to Release Negative Energy and Move Forward

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Business, Career, Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on No Hard Feelings – 3 Ways to Release Negative Energy and Move Forward

No Hard Feelings – 3 Ways to Release Negative Energy and Move Forward

When was the last time you got really angry?  Was your heart beating fast?  Did you feel like you wanted to explode?  Were you upset with another person, or just a situation in general?  How did you react?  More importantly, were you satisfied with your reaction to the circumstance a day later? I’ve always been a pretty calm person for about 95% of the time.  Prior to becoming a coach and running my own business, if you caught me at an angry moment (during that 5% of the time), it would’ve been best to move out of the way. 🙂  I was a very black or white thinker and if someone did something I thought was unfair, manipulative, or wrong they would be cut off.  I wasn’t vindictive or trying to get people back, in my mind I just decided that I didn’t want individuals like that around me. Even though I’d tell others about why I didn’t agree or like what they were doing, I usually didn’t give them a chance to correct their actions.  I was just leery of them moving forward.  I didn’t believe that by eliminating people so quickly, I was in fact holding on to negative energy or thoughts about them.  The reality is that you will have to release some people, jobs, ideas, and goals throughout your life.  There is a way to let things go and move forward without taking the negative energy with you.  Here are three ways to reflect and release negative energy!   1. Look at things from another point of view– When you’re angry, do you stop to consider other perspectives?  What reasoning might someone have for not agreeing with you?  Most people get so attached to their position, that they can’t see other valid points or concerns.  Do you demean others or insult those who don’t think like you?  The world of politics tends to operate this way, and it can be quite negative while creating stressful situations for those involved.  Simply consider another point of view without emotional attachment.     2. Take some time away-  If you’re fully immersed in a conflict, this can be very difficult.  The goal is to stop yourself from rushing to a conclusion, judgment, or a counterproductive reaction that you can’t take back.  It’s best to give yourself a day (or overnight) to think about something before making a decision that is emotionally charged.  This is a very different scenario than an instance where you need to make a powerful decision on something in your business or career in order to move forward (those should usually be done swiftly).  Remind yourself that the false sense of urgency leading you think, ‘I have to tell them this right now.’ is created in our minds (or the minds of other people).   3. Recognize that you can only control yourself-  Most professionals find themselves trying to control thoughts and actions of other people, along with the overall course of events.  You can do yourself a favor and stop!  The only person you can control is YOU.  No one can “make you angry” or make you do anything.  You have a choice in creating everything in your life.  With that understanding, mentally releasing negative people and situations that aren’t serving you can help...

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You’ll Lose Friends…The Ugly/Beautiful Truth About Creating Success

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Business, Career, Transitions Coaching | Comments Off on You’ll Lose Friends…The Ugly/Beautiful Truth About Creating Success

You’ll Lose Friends…The Ugly/Beautiful Truth About Creating Success

Take a moment to think about how long you’ve had some of your closest friends.  Are they from childhood, college, or did you meet them at work?  Friends usually make up a large part of your support system.  They are there to listen, help you solve problems, and have a good time with.  Some people spend more time with their friends than their family members.  What do friendships mean to you?  How important are they?  Whether you place a high value on friendships or not, everyone needs support. When I started my journey creating success in my own life, I never considered how the dynamics of relationships I had with people would change. I like peace and harmony for myself and others.  I’m usually recognized for my loyalty and reliability, traits that go hand in hand with friendship.  If I have a good friend in need, “Just call my name, and I’ll be there.” like the Jackson 5.  A lesson I’ve learned the hard way, is that some people close to you can’t handle your success. Here are some myths I believed:   Everyone wants to be successful- If you are growth minded and a goal setter it’s almost second nature to think that everyone else is this way.  The truth is a lot of people hold themselves back based on fear and self-doubt.  How many people do you know who won’t apply for a promotion or new job, because they’ve convinced themselves that it’s easier to stay the same?  Some people take it further and gossip about others who have the confidence to put themselves out there.  I’ve seen a lot of clients deal with friends and family members who try to talk them out of their dreams.   When you grow/change everyone close to you will support you- If you’re my friend, I want you to be your best.  I think that everyone is unique, so comparison is usually counterproductive.  In my personal experience, I’ve found that the majority of people don’t actually support your growth.  It’s been studied in psychology that most people are resistant to change, so they subconsciously (and consciously) look for ways to stay the same.  In the US, we live in a very competitive environment at school, work, and even on playgrounds.  A lot of people might see your growth as intimidating, as though you will no longer be on their level.   If you are humble, people will accept you- I personally like to fly under the radar, that’s just my style.  Regardless of what you do and say, some people will still feel threatened by your success.  I’ve seen friendships fall apart because one person got a new job, started making more money, or got a boyfriend/girlfriend.  There wasn’t any bragging or obnoxious behavior.  Instead others just decided the changes were too much and the friendships ended.   Having a solid support system is vital to your career and business success.  But it’s also important to know that you can’t control other people.  If you’re serious about creating success, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to release some people and their negative energy from your life.  It’s all part of the process.  Who are some new, supportive people you can add to your circle?     P.S.  If you liked...

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10 Ways to Grow Your Business Faster

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on 10 Ways to Grow Your Business Faster

10 Ways to Grow Your Business Faster

A common thing I hear from new and more established entrepreneurs, is that they want to see more growth in their business.   Growth can mean different things to different people.  For most of the clients I’ve worked with, growth includes getting more clients, having a consistent flow of prospects, getting more referral partnerships, and making more money.  What would success look like in your business? One of my favorite quotes is that “success leaves clues.”  When I think about all of the business owners I know who are reaching their goals, they have a few things in common.  It’s important to know what you need, before you need it.  The idea of being proactive instead of reactive can be the difference between choosing to flourish and choosing to struggle.  Here are 10 ways to grow your business faster!   1. Be Open-Minded  When someone makes a suggestion or offers constructive criticism, how do you respond?  Regardless of what you think or may have heard, everyone who’s successful in business has learned from someone else.  Whether that was from books, programs, or through conversations growth occurs when people exchange ideas.   2. Get Clear on Your Service/Product  Usually when people are first starting out, they don’t have clarity around what services or products they want to offer.  Most entrepreneurs are passionate about many things and think that they can piece together everything and create a business.  This isn’t a proven strategy.  Having clarity around one thing to bring in revenue is the way to go.   3. Understand Your Ideal Client  Once you’re clear on how your business helps people, it’s time to focus on who is most interested in buying.  The temptation is to focus on reaching anyone with a credit card.  You’ll be successful sooner, if you zero in on one specific group of people with similar characteristics and beliefs.  Those are your ideal clients.   4. Put Yourself Out There  Are you kind of sort of promoting your business?  This is when you hide behind your computer and online tactics like SEO and social media.  Yes, online marketing is important, but its not what’s going to get you a steady stream of clients when you are a new business owner.  You’ve got to be out meeting people in person!    5. Talk to Coaches or Mentors  When people choose to be a lone ranger and try to “figure it all out themselves,” they usually: 1. – run out of money or 2. – quit on themselves and their business.  Talking to a coach or mentor can save you time, energy, and money in the long run.  It’s about how hard and how difficult you want to make things.   6. Ignore the Naysayers  When you have big ideas and audacious goals, there will be naysayers.  These are the people who tell you that it’s not possible to be successful because you’re not smart enough, rich enough, your ideas aren’t viable and so on.  In short, you need to ignore these people and limit your time around them.   7. Avoid Time Wasters  There are so many things out there that can consume your time.  Distractions can even be disguised as important things to do, but in reality they push you farther away from your goals.  Avoid spending...

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Think you don’t need help? 3 Tips to Overcoming Invincible Syndrome & Creating Success!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on Think you don’t need help? 3 Tips to Overcoming Invincible Syndrome & Creating Success!

Think you don’t need help?  3 Tips to Overcoming Invincible Syndrome & Creating Success!

Can you ask for help?  Or do you think it’s a sign of weakness or ignorance?  Most people are taught not to ask for help or to do so sparingly.  What’s crazy about that is the most successful people in their careers or business are NOT doing everything themselves!  They are seeking counsel and employing others to do a lot of the work for them.  Trying to go it alone is stressful, difficult, and usually one of the experiences that causes people to quit on their dreams.  A lot of new business owners develop what I call Invincible Syndrome.  I went through it myself, when I became an entrepreneur.  This is when you’re so passionate and excited about your business that you think it’s invincible.  You might have been extremely successful in your previous job, so you think growing your business will be easy and that you can do it all yourself.  This thinking can be dangerous and put you out of business before you really start. Ambitious professionals who work inside companies can fall prey to Invincible Syndrome as well.  Maybe you think that your productivity is excellent and you’re providing all of the creative solutions in your department.  It’s only natural that you’ll be promoted or considered for a new role.  Sometimes if you’re great (and have an observant and appreciative manager), you’ll automatically be considered for new opportunities.  But what happens more often is that professionals work themselves into the ground and don’t attain the results their looking for.  Here are 3 tips to overcoming Invincible Syndrome and creating success!   1. Know what you don’t know  I’m sure you’re amazing at many things, but where is your experience lacking?  A lot of creative entrepreneurs and artists are great at composing a masterpiece but don’t understand how to operate a business.  When I was first starting my business, I was skilled at coaching and consulting but not proficient with online marketing.  It’s important to recognize what you don’t know and get support from a coach or mentor.   2. Release what you don’t enjoy/you’re not good at Do certain activities drain your energy?  What do you hate doing?  Realize that the tasks you don’t enjoy are someone else’s strengths and you’ll be a lot happier (and more relaxed) once you release those things.  Many business owners are trying to do everything in their business, but deciding where to strategically invest your time and money will yield much higher returns.       3. Isolation is the enemy of success If you have big goals, then being alone and isolated is one of  the biggest obstacles you can face.  Success doesn’t exist in a vacuum!  Having others to learn from, talk to, and strategize with will move you forward.  We can consider our friends and family as supporters but when it comes to helping you with your career or business, they rarely have the experience necessary.  Who is in your career support system?   Do you have Invincible Syndrome?  Where in your life have you been overconfident based on past success?  Knowing what you don’t know, releasing activities and tasks, and having knowledgeable support will help with creating success you desire.  What can you commit to that will help you get results in your career or business?  ...

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I can’t afford it! 3 Ways to Find the Money to Fund Your Dreams

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on I can’t afford it! 3 Ways to Find the Money to Fund Your Dreams

I can’t afford it!  3 Ways to Find the Money to Fund Your Dreams

When was the last time you said, “I can’t afford it”?  Were you thinking of buying new clothes, shoes, or dining at a nice restaurant?  How did you feel at that moment?  Not being able to afford something you really want is one of the most disempowering situations you can experience.  It’s as if there is nothing you can do about it.  For most people, money is an obstacle or an excuse.  I speak with people all the time about things they want to do like leave a job, start a business, or work with a coach.  When it comes down to taking action to follow their dreams they say, “I can’t afford it.”  All the while, they’re buying the latest smart phone every year, going to the movies three times a month, and eating out 3-5 times a week! It’s quite simple, we buy things that we prioritize and if our checking account isn’t overflowing, then we believe that we can’t afford anything else.  I was guilty of that too in the past.  There’s rarely a perfect time for anything and most transitions require that you get creative!  Do you really want to create success for yourself?  If so, then you’ll find a way to make things happen.  If not, then you’ll stay right where you are: stuck, confused, or wondering what could’ve been.   There’s a great quote by Thomas Jefferson: “if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”  Here are 3 ways to find the money to fund your dreams!   Borrow it  Who do you know that supports your vision?  Is it your mom, dad, significant other, or best friend?  These people are the ones who want you to succeed.  There is probably someone in this group who would be willing to loan you the money.  Just explain why you need it and work out a repayment plan with them.  This is usually the fastest and easiest way to get the funds you need for things that can move your career or business forward.   Use a credit card  There are credit cards you can get with one year of interest free payments.  Do you believe that you will be able to pay back the money in one year?  If you need money for an investment, like working with a coach on your business it’s probably worth it.  I don’t personally like to invest in things without at least a possibility of a 2x return on my investment.  For example, people who work with a coach usually see a 7x return on their investment!   Plan it out  If you’re completely averse to borrowing money from a friend or a credit card company, how can you create a money plan with your current resources?  Do you need to save a certain percentage of each check you get from work?  Really think about where you are spending money that you don’t realize.  Come up with a plan and stick to it!   You’d be surprised at what you can purchase with just a few months worth of savings.   Where is the money going in your life?  If you find yourself believing that you can’t afford to reach your dreams, it’s time to reevaluate your funds.  There are plenty...

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5 Things Successful New Business Owners Know

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on 5 Things Successful New Business Owners Know

5 Things Successful New Business Owners Know

Starting a business can be scary!  Leaving the comfort of a steady paycheck, set job description, and 9-5 hours for the unknown is frightening for a lot of people.  Even if they don’t love their job, most professionals don’t take the leap into entrepreneurship out of fear.  I understand this and truly believe that being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone.  If you aren’t open minded and willing to take risks, staying in a job could be ideal for you.  There is nothing wrong with that!  Life isn’t a one-size fits all t-shirt. I’ve worked with a lot of new business owners making the transition from a job to making more money with their own business.  This is a time to have a solid exit strategy and clarity around the type of business you want to create.  If they feel prepared, a lot of new business owners develop what I call Invincible Syndrome.  I went through it myself, when I became an entrepreneur.  This is when you are so passionate and excited about your business that you think it’s invincible.  You might have been extremely successful in your previous job, so you think growing your business will be easy and that you can do it all yourself.  This thinking can be dangerous and put you out of business before you really start.  In my experience, there are 5 Things Successful New Business Owners Know:   1. Plan Ahead  Planning is vital.  Even if you’re one of those people who’ve been successful “winging it” through life, going with the flow, or taking things as they come the reality is that those beliefs aren’t going to cut it with your business.  It usually takes a while before a business owner has a steady income.  Are your finances in order, with enough money to last while you are trying to get a client or customer?  The entrepreneurs who reach their goals plan their marketing, business development, and cash flow far in advance.   2. Be Flexible  The key is to be a flexible planner.  While you definitely want to have a plan and process for things, keep in mind that obstacles and new scenarios will come up.  How can you adjust things on the fly to keep moving forward?  If you’re too stuck in your routines then it’s possible to miss the new opportunities that come.   Being flexible helps you build momentum and you never really know what’s going to happen next, so don’t close yourself and your business off.    3. Network A Lot  Unless you have some sort of business funding, most new entrepreneurs don’t have a lot of money for marketing.  Despite what you may have heard, putting thousands of dollars in digital marketing and social media is not the best idea when you’re first starting out.  Networking with other professionals face to face is a much better strategy and will get you results (signed contracts and paying customers) a lot faster.  Successful new business owners are out meeting people and getting referrals.   4. Be Organized  Without some sort of system for keeping records, business files, supplies, and your money it will be very tough to reach your goals.  If organization isn’t your thing, then I suggest you get help with this NOW.  You could get a cleaning service...

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10 Secrets to Moving Through Transitions…Faster!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Fly High, Transitions Coaching, Young Professionals Coaching | Comments Off on 10 Secrets to Moving Through Transitions…Faster!

10 Secrets to Moving Through Transitions…Faster!

Have you noticed that most people are in a state of flux?  Looking for another job, moving to a new place, or starting a business are some common examples.  Change is happening all around us, and considering ways to proactively plan for success is one of the smartest things you can do.  Moving through transitions used to be very hard for me.  I love routines (it may sound silly I know) and I didn’t like monkey wrenches being thrown in my plans.  But as I got older, I learned that resisting or trying to control change is impossible and a waste of time.       Now as a coach and consultant, my main job is helping people and companies get from where they are, to where they want to be.  There are some things you can do to reach your goals, even during periods of uncertainty or change.  Here are 10 secrets to moving through transitions, faster!   1. Know what you want  If you’re feeling confused, stuck, or lost it’s probably because you don’t know what you want.  Or it’s possible that you don’t feel strongly enough about it.  Get clear on exactly what you want to achieve!   2. Understand what resources you need  What are the skills and requirements necessary for the position you want?  Are you prepared for an interview and able to complete the tasks on the job? Understanding what tools and resources you need set you up for success.   3. Plan how to get there  Planning is fundamental and can help save you a lot of time, energy, and money.  Doing the right things out of order can be extremely frustrating, because you feel like you should be making progress but aren’t.  Spend time dedicated to working on your plan.    4. Organize your calendar  How are you spending your time?  Most people are moving aimlessly from task to task or trying to handle the crisis of the day.  Schedule the things that will move you forward, sync it to your phone, and stick to it!  If something isn’t on your calendar it’s easy to forget or not keep the commitment.   5. Create systems  Structure = Freedom!  Even successful people who like “taking life as it comes” or “doing things differently every time” have systems to get things done.  The most spontaneous businessman still has meetings.    6. Take action everyday  Momentum leads to success.  It usually takes a lot of action on your part to facilitate some change.  If you want a new job, spend at least 30 minutes daily looking for positions.  If you want to grow your business, research new prospects everyday.   7. Move through the fear  At some point you’re going to wonder, ‘Can I really do this?’ ‘I don’t have the time, money, or brains to make this work.’  This is fear showing up to keep you in the same place.  To get something you never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.  Are you aligning yourself with fear or faith?   8. Network strategically Whatever your goal is, the overwhelming odds are that you’ll need help to get there.  Research shows that the people with the most personal contact to decision makers are usually hired for jobs and win business.  One of...

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