This month’s newsletter covers the high points of how to use your time during your job search to build and sustain momentum, even in the midst of challenges that include:
- Stakeholders on vacation
- Wanting to do everything but job search
- People taking their time with everything
- So much fun to be had
- Your family pressuring you to enjoy time with them AND find a job
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This isn’t the first year I wrote down my goals, but it is the first year that I accomplished two of my goals in the first half of the year. There were a few distinct differences between the ways that I managed my goals this year from previous years, and they probably aren’t what you think they are.
I thought less, felt more and acted without hesitation.
Whatever your goals, they should be a stretch from what you are currently achieving, and that usually means that you have to stretch, or expand, your comfort zone and do something you may be a little anxious about. Here are a few things that will help you think less and act more.
- Ask yourself before doing it, what is the best possible outcome? What would it feel like to get this outcome? Spend just a minute or so trying that on until you notice that you are actually generating excitement about it.
- Then, don’t think any more about it. Feel your adrenaline rising as though you are about to embark on an epic adventure. Capitalize on that momentum and trust that it is going to carry you to the finish line.
- Gather all the data you need in plenty of time to recall it from memory. Waiting until the last second to prep is a sure-fire way to anticipate and subsequently cause panic.
- Once you have spent time writing your goals down, make sure they are visible to you on a regular basis. Keep them in multiple places. The better you know what your annual chief aims are, the better you can recognize an opportunity when it passes your way.
- If you there’s an opening in conversation that enables you to segue right into a request or promotion of a value that you offer, JUST do it. The more milliseconds you wait, the less natural it is. Practice phrases like, “I’m glad you said that,” or “Speaking of.” Anticipate an opening like this when you visualize the ultimate outcome of a meeting, party or networking event.
- Spend time developing your brand; know what makes you a unique individual with something valuable to offer. Develop a way of describing the impact what you do has on people, companies, or whomever/whatever, in a few words. For example, “I teach professionals how to optimize their career trajectory and income using social media.”
- If, like me, you have to overcome self-limiting beliefs, develop a DAILY practice to alter your subconscious patterns. There have been so many developments in brain entrainment. The thing is, you must first recognize the self-limiting beliefs as a culprit before you would even think to take advantage of brain entrainment tools. If you are not familiar with the term, look up hypnosis, affirmations, incantations, meditation, EFT, NLP, binaural or isochronic beats, and subliminal video/audio.
Now that we have entered the last half of the year, rejuvenate your quests. Dig up those annual goals and try some of the tips above. Share your own in the comments below!
Saturday I was blessed to attend an Abraham Hicks event. It was amazing. I had so many questions answered. Even though I wasn’t chosen to sit in the hot seat and have my questions answered, those that were chosen were divinely chosen to answer my questions – except for one, which I will keep to myself for now.
Many, many nuggets of wisdom were dropped on the crowd of about 400, a lot of whom had travelled as far as from Connecticut to Virginia. Rather than using this post to talk about the revelations I received for my life, though, I’m going to share the ones that I recorded because they have universal appeal.
Enjoy! (BTW – follow me on twitter – @EpicCareering so you, too, can get the benefit of the many speakers that I see and events that I attend.)