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My Best Year Yet: The Top 3 People, Authors and Coaches Who Made It So

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2016 has truly been a spectacular year for my personal and my professional life. I definitely give praise to God, especially because the family members whose health had caused grave concerns in the past all seem to have made tremendous recoveries.

As I reflect on this year, I want to give praise to the mentors, coaches, teachers, and authors who have been the most influential to my best year in business yet.

Before I do that, though, I would like to pass on the utmost gratitude to all of my clients from previous years, this year, and certainly the ones who fall in both categories and allow me to make ongoing contributions to their career. It is only because you are there to allow my gifts to help you that I can fulfill my purpose. As a fan of words, I do not feel like I could ever adequately express just how grateful I am for you.

Now that has been said, I need to acknowledge the people who have enabled me to make increasingly greater contributions to my clients through their wisdom and teachings.

 

THE PEOPLE

Firstly, thank you Ford Myers. From my first few months in business through now being considered a fellow veteran of the industry, I want to thank you for the contribution you made to me, such as letting me borrow your Ultimate Career Guide through writing the foreword to my new book. You helped me build a strong foundation from which I could build my own solid business and reputation. And, thanks to the professional that you are, the industry as a whole in our region has been able to make a greater impact in the lives of corporate professionals. I very much appreciate the times that we were able to sit down and talk philosophy and pragmatism. I hope we will be able to do more of that in 2017.

Ed Samuel, thank you for introducing me to CCI Consulting. You have changed my perception of the quality possible in outplacement programs. You put a tremendous amount of time and energy into your service to others, and as a result, thousands have been able to make their own great contributions. When it is your time to finally slow down, I hope that you will be fully satisfied, joyfully floating on the ripples that reverberate back-and-forth through the pools of professionals who have been impacted by your effort, wisdom, and passion.

Lisa DeLuca, if there is anyone out there who questions the dedication of undergrad career services, I will point them to you to see the optimal example of the positive impact that is possible when career services establishes itself as a progressive partner firmly integrated into an effective preparatory undergrad curriculum. But that’s just who you have been for academia in general, LeBow, and its students. For me, having been self-employed for nine years prior to joining the adjunct faculty, I was encouraged by your patience, compassion, and guidance as I embarked on my own new career adventure. And, I have been impressed with your trust in my experience and how much you and LeBow value that. It has given my confidence and my credibility a boost that has enabled me to reach and help so many more people in 2016.

 

THE BOOKS

These are some books that created a shift in the momentum of my business this year.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Not only did I read more this year because of the practices that I adopted from this book, but I also grew at an exponential pace. This book and the Facebook community are directly attributable to my growth. I urge you to join a community and read this book, but especially without hesitation because the author is currently fighting cancer. I fully expect that he will recover and come back stronger than ever, but don’t miss your chance to get to know him.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Though I listened to the free audiobook available on YouTube, I recommend that you get the printed copy. I struggled to take notes at the pace that I could listen, and that is about the pace that he delivers the goods. Because of this book not only do I focus more of my time on the things that I enjoy and do best, but I also have been able to help my clients do more in less time. Both are critical when you are working and you begin to transition as well as when you are not working and need income.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I learned and teach a lot from this book and because of it I can be more accountable as a coach. In turn, I help my clients achieve better results. I can better understand their tendencies around forming good habits, and help them create an environment that is more conducive to long-lasting positive change that will help them achieve professional as well as personal goals now and in the future.

 

THE COURSES

Since reading The Millionaire Mindset in 2012, I have allocated 10% of my revenue toward education and training, and because of The Miracle Morning, have been more regimented than ever about investing 10% of my time to these pursuits. With more revenue than any other year that I’ve been in the business, I have made a record investment in my own professional development. Here are the courses and coaches that made 2016 my best year yet.

Winning the Game of Money, John Assaraf

It was actually years ago that I invested in this program, and I did go fully through it, and it did make an impact, but I had two babies at home. Unless you’ve been there, it is challenging to describe how the needs of two little humans can fracture your focus. I will never regret my decision to work from home with my kids, but if I could change anything about that time in my life it would have been to be more at peace with that life decision and not feel as pressured to keep a certain pace with my business. Feeling ready to refocus with my oldest attending a full day of school, I repeated this course in the spring this year, which was exactly when the shift occurred.

I enjoyed a very steady pipeline of great clients, was invited to participate in or speak at great events, and was offered unprecedented opportunities to partner with organizations I respected. In the past 10 years of being in business, especially when my children were babies, revenue was so unpredictable it was very challenging to make plans, like committing to family vacations. This is the first year we were able to do that, and my husband and I even went on a romantic getaway of our own. While self employment offers freedom to manage your own schedule and choose who you work with, it is not really freedom unless you have the resources, time, and money to do what you wish. I got my first taste of that freedom this year, and I thank John Assaraf and this program for that. If you are on my mailing list, then you have been informed of this program before. If you are not on my mailing list, please join to stay informed of influential resources like this as I discover them.

Consciousness Engineering, Vishen Lakhiani

I have been a member of MindValley for many years now, and have had it to thank for new spiritual awakenings and awareness. In 2016 the founder, Vishen Lakhiani, a curator of consciousness courses, started his own series. He interviews thought leaders covering a variety of different realms of life, learning, and spirituality. Each interview is like a system upgrade download, intended to level up your systems for living that enable you to progress and grow at an exponential pace. This means that the 10% of my time that I have been dedicating to my own professional development has actually produced exponential results.

However, what I see is being the most beneficial components of this course to my clientele have been the inspiration that he and his coaching cohorts are to me, helping me to find a vision of my own future in which I am making a contribution to millions, and some of the stories are just every day people who either experienced extraordinary events, or who experienced ordinary events and created something extraordinary from the experience. The more I expose myself to these real-life stories, the greater the gravitational pull of my hope is, which makes me more excited to get out of bed in the morning, and pushes me to complete a milestone before I rest my head for the night. Anytime I have a commute of 45 minutes or more, I listen to this program. I do not think I can count on both of my hands and toes how many times I have cited this course to my clients, especially when they start to doubt if their dreams are possible. I have come to see belief as a critical ingredient to epic success, but it does not always come easily. Consistent reinforcement is necessary sometimes to generate the kind of belief that turns what is possible into what is probable. That is the major contribution that this course has had on me and my clients in 2016.

Journaling Mastery, Derek Rydall

Because of The Miracle Morning, journaling, aka scribing, has been a part of my routine. I have always been a fan of journaling. Many of the books that I read have journaling components, and, though it takes that much longer to complete these books, they tend to have the greatest impact on my self-awareness and, therefore, the actions that I take toward my vision. I do not know if this 30-day course is still available for individual purchase, but I can tell you that it inspired me to create my own 30-day journaling guide, which is available as of this Wednesday: Laser-sharp Career Focus: Discover your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days.

It wasn’t just the format that was inspired by Derek, however. As the world’s leading expert on the Law of Emergence, based on his teachings I changed my paradigm and the model that I used to help my clients discover their purpose and passion from one that is less about receiving input and more about guiding them further inward to help them acknowledge what is already within them and wanting to emerge. It changed the whole process from one of pushing to allowing oneself to be pulled, which requires a lot less motivation, a force that most of us cannot sustain long enough to overcome challenges and create our dreams.

 

Next week I will share with you what is on deck for 2017. I have a full library of books, courses and events that will help me continue my personal and professional growth sprint and enable me to assist you even better in yours.

 

Have a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!

 

Listen to Daylin Leach’s Epic Career Tale

Listen to Daylin Leach’s Epic Career Tale

Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach changed my mind about what being a politician means. I might have continued to believe that in order to become a politician, you had to be vanilla, tone down your EPICness, cohort with crooked people, or live in constant scrutiny. You may disagree with Senator Leach’s platform and his party, but I hope you will appreciate his candor, personality and his reasons for pursuing the EPIC career of a politician. We also have video of our interview.

Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s Epic Career Tale

Listen to Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s Epic Career Tale

Dr. Zimmerman knew from an early age that he wanted to help people, but how evolved over the years, and it would appear that he was very right about his calling. Students at Minnesota State University were so hungry for what Dr. Zimmerman was teaching that they were willingly waiting two years to take his course. Since leaving academia, his lessons have been highly demanded by Fortune 100 companies.

Want to shorten your commute?

Repeating Patters by Luton from Flickr

Repeating Patters by Luton from Flickr

My brother used to commute from Conshohocken, PA to NYC when he was first married. It was twice as long a the hour commute he used to make from Schaumburg, IL to downtown Chicago after he graduated from college. Eventually, the trains proved to be too unreliable and he wound up staying with my cousin in Long Island during the week and living with his wife on the weekend. He’s a jet-setter, though, and it comes with the territory of working in aviation.

There were a lot of high-paid consultants I used to recruit who would live in completely different cities from their spouses. That’s not for me! I’m a homebody. I like to be planted with my family. Moving from one market to the next to find the next best radio job was something I was not willing to do to get where I thought I wanted to go in radio. That was a good thing to recognize early in my career.

In my suburb there are a lot of business parks (which enables the property owners in my town to enjoy very low taxes!). Some you wouldn’t even notice unless you were looking for them. A few are very large and are home to some pretty big companies. I’ve lived four different places in my town and there was always a business park a bike-ride away, but not until I actually started riding my bike through the business park near me did I realize what a gold mine of intelligence you can gain by paying attention to what is actually IN them.

For instance, not only did I take note of several small biopharmaceutical companies that I either never knew existed or had no idea were located so close to me, but I also found a huge building with no signage except for trespassing warnings and high-tech gates and cameras. I thought of two clients right away, one of which has top secret security clearance. On another day I had a different local client in mind and set out to find a potential target company for him and came back home with five different companies to look up.

Don’t think for a minute that walking into a company is a dead job searching method. It still works ALL THE TIME. At age 55, my uncle proudly earned his HVAC certification. He was not encouraged by the results of applying online;  he was sure his age was always going to be an obstacle, until he tried walking right in with his résumé. He’s been the Facilities Manager there for four years now and never knew he could love a job so much! His wife-to-be even turned down a tremendous opportunity that would have required relocation because my uncle was certain he would’t find another job he could love as much.

I recommend this over ANY method if you are looking for a job in your neighborhood. Companies love to hire people who can walk to work if need be. It is a very low risk hire because people who work close to home rarely ever leave for a better opportunity (unless they are like my brother.)

You can tell a lot about a company by seeing their location in person, too. You can deduce what kind of people work there and imply how well paid they are by the cars in the lot. You may be able to tell how old a company is by the age and appearance of the building.  If you see that the company has a recycling dumpster in their lot and solar panels on their roof, they are most likely committed to being green. There’s nothing like not having to drive to work if you are committed to reducing your own carbon footprint. If the grounds have picnic tables outside, come back some time at lunch time and see if there are actually groups of employees having lunch together.

These business parks sometimes have daycare centers within them, and some may also have a health club.

 

I know some parents who treasure their commute, actually; it is their “me” time. They are the exception, I find. Most of my clients don’t feel that they have enough time to do the things they need to do, let alone the things that they want to do, and they resent spending so much time getting to and from work. If this is you, grab your bike or your walking shoes and a notepad or smartphone. Do some local reconnaissance. As with all other job searching best practices, before you approach any of these companies about employment, find out what they are all about. Check LinkedIn; you probably know someone who works there. Find out how you can be of value to them as an employee and identify other reasons why you would want to work there so you can prepare a strong pitch. Practice your pitch until you are confident.

 

It takes a lot of guts, grit and gumption to take this approach, but the results can be EPIC – in your career and your life!