Prepare for an Exciting Career Journey in 2017

As you gear up for the holidays and some well-earned time off, you can also use this period to review your past year of work and see where you want to go in 2017.  Whether you’re looking to secure a new job offer, advance at your current company or start a new business, you can journey down the road toward your goals. Before you start the trip, however, you need to fill your car with fuel. Accomplishments fuel career aspirations.  An accomplishment is simply an example of your work that has made a difference to your organization or client. There are many ways to track accomplishments, and one way is a victory journal. To start your journal, make a note any time you receive a congratulatory job well-done from your boss or a colleague. You can include anything you did well, such as the quarterly report you slaved over. You can also incorporate any responsibilities you had that were new — such as a solo client presentation. Try to make entries in your journal each month. As you … [Read more...]

Quiz: 8 factors to predict if you’re going to succeed

Have you ever said to yourself, “If only there was a way for me to know if I’m going to succeed in achieving the goal I’ve set or the task I’ve set out to do BEFORE I actually invest a lot of time, money and energy”? Well, I can tell you there is! Based on my 16 years of experience as a coach and consultant, I can say there is a way for you to predict if you're going to persevere and follow through with your goal. Here are 8 factors to predict if you’re going to succeed in reaching the goal you’ve set. Read each sentence carefully. Then for each one of them, score yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not at all, and 10 being absolutely. Quiz I take 100% responsibility for where I am in life. The goal I’ve set is based on at least one of these: my passion, values, or life purpose. The goal I’ve set is in line with my strengths and talents. I’m focusing on just one goal at a time (and not pursuing multiple different goals). I have the ability and resilience to cope … [Read more...]

Are You a Job Title or a Personal Brand?

What do you say when people ask you, “What do you do?” or “What’s your job?” If you’re like most people, you answer with either your job title or the industry you’re in or the company you work for. And THAT’S what makes most people generic, replaceable and just another cog in the wheel in the eyes of the people who matter to them professionally. The key distinction is: Are you a job title or a personal brand? The Difference between a Job Title and a Personal Brand Let me explain what I mean. You have two choices when you want to talk about what you do. You get to decide if you want to be generic or specific. You can be a job title or a personal brand. It’s all up to you. For example, you can say, “I’m a nutritionist.” OR you can say, “I treat your kid’s illness with my proprietary diets.” Another example: you can say, “I’m a real estate agent.” OR you can say, “No matter how bad your credit is, I can help you buy the property of your choosing.”  The difference is in the ‘promise’. A … [Read more...]

The Surefire Way to Choose Your Niche and Specialty

A super-important factor in attracting more clients is to choose your niche and specialty carefully. Your niche or target audience is actually the people you want to work with; people who will pay you directly for your services, their sponsors, or people who influence those who’ll pay you. Your specialty is the specialized service or value that you promise to deliver to them. Lots of self-employed people and professionals have a difficult time choosing a niche/specialty and I’ve covered the importance of this in my previous posts. It all boils down to this simple concept: as Grant Leboff says, “Which would you rather be, a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond?” Anyway, in this post, I’d like to give you a step-by-step approach and a surefire way to choose your niche and specialty. Pinpoint Your Niche Write down your wish list. Think of all the different audiences that you wish to reach out to. Against common wisdom, don’t try to hold the brakes here. Think of … [Read more...]

The Perfect Way to Break Down Your Business Goals into a Plan

Some of my clients sometimes complain that they have clear long-term goals, but although they’re exhilarated by their vision, they’re lost as to what the necessary steps are to get there and how they should go about taking action on them. In this blog, I’m going to talk about how you can break down your goals into a plan by “reverse engineering your goals”. Just a quick note What I’ll be focusing on in this post is the skill of how to break down your goals into actionable items by reverse engineering them. However, I’d like to mention that your inaction regarding your goals might also be due to other common factors such as the following: You doubt your ability to succeed because there’s a voice in your head that says, “You’re not good enough”. To learn about your inner critic and how to deal with it, I highly recommend this video by Rick Carson. You think because you’ve failed frequently in the past, you won’t succeed this time, either. You have a limiting belief that the … [Read more...]