3 Culprits that steal our sense of career security and what to do about it

3 Culprits that steal our sense of career security and what to do about it

You ever fear losing something bad enough that you cling to it so tightly. You may not even be sure why you’re holding onto it so badly. That thing may not even be right for you and is causing more pain than happiness in your life. Still, you feel compelled to hold on to this thing because the thought of being without it is truly terrifying.

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Don't Wait

Don't Wait

Don’t wait until the holidays to be merry. We have all year for that. Start now.

Don’t wait until the holidays to give. The time is now.

Don’t wait for the holidays to spend time with your family and friends. We need each other more often than that. Start today.

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8 Ways for Dealing With Uncertainty

8 Ways for Dealing With Uncertainty

Leap and the net will appear.

Ok, so we’ve taken the leap. Now what? Where’s that pesky net? Any day now, we wait for the net to appear and wonder if it ever will before we come crashing down to the ground.

The space between leaping and landing is Uncertainty. Those moments when you wonder:

  • What if I made the wrong decision?
  • How will the bills get paid this month?
  • Will I have to go back to my old job?
  • Will I get kicked out of my apartment, have to sell all my things, and move back in with my parents?
  • How will this all work out?
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Words that Hurt Your Career

Words that Hurt Your Career

“Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me.”

Except when they do.

Lately, I have been noticing, especially from us ladies, this unconscious tendency to speak about ourselves in a negative way that can really take us out of our confidence. Especially when it comes to how we see ourselves in our career which then ultimately spills over into our personal lives. So let’s take a poll. How many of you have said these words recently, “I am not a public speaker. I am not a writer. I am not business savvy. I am not good with money. I am not qualified enough for that job. I have to stay in this job. I can’t afford that.” 

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Mindfully Handling An Apartment Leak

Mindfully Handling An Apartment Leak

About 1:45am Saturday night….

drip…drip…DRIP…DRIIIP…DRIIIIIP…

the sounds of water coming down woke me up out of my sleep. I sat up in my bed and looked around the dark room listening while my mind searched for answers of why I was hearing dripping water in my apartment. And most importantly where was it coming from?

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What's Draining You? 11 Energy Leaks in your career

What is energy?

Dictionary.com describes it as: “the capacity for vigorous activity; available power.”

Available power. Here’s what comes to mind when I hear “available power”. Take a look at this screenshot of mister Jax.

Isn’t he cute?! Ok, so he has nothing to do with the point I’m about to make. Where was I?

Take a look at the upper right side of the screenshot at the battery power. It reads: 56%. That is how much available power is in my phone right now.

A phone is built to handle all of our communication and connection needs. For example, 15-minute phone calls with friends, 15-minutes on Facebook, 10-minutes texting, 15-minutes checking emails, and 5-minutes looking up something on the Internet. Not to mention programs running in the background that drain battery power.

What about your available power?

Think of yourself as an iPhone.  So what might be draining you? Here’s what I found to be the top 11 energy leaks that could be depleting your ‘available power’ in your career:

Career Energy Leaks:

  1. Thinking about what you’d much rather be doing than what you’re actually doing in your career.
  2. Engaging in negative talk and complaining about your job with coworkers, friends, family.
  3. “Weighing your options” about a career decision and not actually making a decision.
  4. Fearing the thought of leaving your job and choosing to stay out of comfort.
  5. Coping with current salary while wishing for higher pay.
  6. Working with a sour boss/manager/co-worker.
  7. Comparing self to others who you think are more “successful” than you.
  8. Being in an irritable mood on Sunday evenings while prepping for the workweek ahead.
  9. Counting down the workweek until Friday and the weekend
  10. Worrying about job performance without clarity on what you’re doing well and guidance on how to improve.
  11. Dreading the thought of sending out your resume and interviewing.

Recognize where you might be expending your energy when it comes to your career. As infinite as your available power is, it is also precious; it is the source of your brilliance, creativity, and potential. When these energies are being blocked or channeled in unfulfilling ways, it’s easy to feel drained physically, mentally, and emotionally. Take a look at what activities feel energetically draining to you. How can you begin to recharge your available power? 

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