When we are driving, there are guidelines for us to respect and adhere to. We have to stay between certain lines. If we do not, we could end up colliding or even worse, crashing into someone else. This is also true in our lives. Stay focused on driving in your lane. No need in looking over at Sally Sue and Jimmy Jack Joe, they are on a different journey than you. You can not be them and they can not be you! Full focus ahead!! You are on your way to wonderful! DRIVE!!!!! Your divine destiny is waiting!
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I absolutely love October! I love the cool weather, the changing colors of the leaves, and the fact that October ushers in the last quarter of the year. This can be a great time to reflect and think over the year thus far. Take a moment to think about all of the wonderful new people you have met. Take a moment to write down the years’ most valuable lessons. Recognize those things that are still challenges for you and also be sure to celebrate the success, no matter how small or big.
The 4th quarter is a time to make some decisions. It is prep time for a wonderful new year ahead. What changes do you need to make in regards to your thinking? Your habits? The company you keep? Where does there need to be more development? You know what these areas are and in order to strengthen yourself and accomplish all of your goals, you must have a play to ‘run’! Who are the key players who need to be with you on your field? Go ahead and get them warmed up and in the game and please bench the habits, thoughts, and people who need to be on the sideline!
Most of us have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, right? And most of us have also probably heard the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ However, we all have done just that haven’t we? We have judged a book by its cover. We judge a lot of things by their covers, do we not? I believe that we do, and I also believe that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to promoting our personal brand.
Facebook, which I call the Godfather of all social media at the time of this writing, has established a very casual atmosphere as far as picture sharing goes. People take pictures with their family while on vacation, they share pictures of themselves relaxing at home or out on the town with their friends. It’s a common finding on Facebook. What has also long been custom on Facebook is a very casual profile pic. Most people post a selfie to present their profile picture and call it a day. What has become even more of a trend currently is the car selfie. People wait for a good hair day and take a casual picture of themselves sitting in the car. Again, this is the norm on Facebook and other more casual social media sites. My question to the business professional and job seeker is whether or not such a casual pictures serves as the best presentation of self on a business site such as LinkedIn. Sure, a selfie is fine. Nothing necessarily wrong with it; but is it the BEST presentation of you and your personal brand?
I think that everyone has to consider their personal brand and image online and ask whether or not the pictures and posts permeating their social media platforms conveys them in the way that they most want. If I want a prospective business partner or customer to see me as a serious professional, does my presentation of self convey that; do I look like I have arrived in the big leagues or do I look like I’m making my way to the big leagues and perhaps having a rough go of it.
No matter where you are at in your professional career it is always a good idea to take a moment to assess your accomplishments and your future goals. By taking the time to pause and connect to your professional activity, you will start to see which areas need more of your attention. Where are your strengths? Where are your challenges?
Look for ways to add shine to your strengths. There may be additional opportunities for you to serve with your gifts through volunteer work, mentoring, or even coaching and teaching someone else. We often become sharper with our own skills when we take the time to pay it forward and teach someone else.
Explore books, blogs, and special interest groups in your local area or online that focus on your particular career specialty. Always expand the breadth of your knowledge and understanding and stay on top of the current trends in your field. This is going to give you the slight edge that you need to accelerate your succes.
Taking an online class or a continuing education course could also help tune up your career. Many colleges and universities offer great classes that can help expand your knowledge base.
Learning never ends and when you are learning something that you are passionate about, it will motivate you and help keep you excited about your future. If you are in need of a career tune up try some of these tips and tools and you will find yourself meeting with great success.
As the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn is a powerful publishing platform. If you have a business, it is important that you are taking advantage of getting your brand in front of the millions of professionals using the site. Join me at the Breakthrough Business Group meeting at the Spencer Road Library on Wednesday, November 19th 2014 from 7:00pm-8:00pm and learn more about how you can best use Linkedin to promote your business.
So often we set our sites on starting something that we have dreamed about and we don’t begin because it seems like it is too big for us. We make all types of excuses…”I’m too young.” ‘I’m too old.” “I don’t have enough money.” “I’m not smart enough.” The lists goes on and on and on. These excuses are dream thieves and what I call progress punks!!
What we have to realize is that all it takes is a start, a beginning. In the book, The Slight Edge, author Jeff Olson calls it, ‘starting with a penny’. Your dream, your success, your skill level, your wonderful relationship, your ideal health, may not be where you dream for it to be but little by little and day by day you can take baby steps to get there.
What is your dream? What is your picture of success personally? Professionally? Where will you be? What will you be doing? Who will be with you?
First, you must have a clear vision of what you want to do, where you want to be and a plan to get there. Several years ago, I came across a book by David C. Campbell titled, If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll Probably End Up Somewhere Else. The title of this book alone speaks volumes. Each of us must take the time to get still and get quiet and explore what it is that we want from our lives. Everyone is super busy, caught up in the myth of multi-tasking, tweeting here and facebooking there that we often neglect to stop to check in to our own lives.
Whether it is better health, better relationships, establishing a new career, gaining a new job, creating wealth, starting your own business; no mattter what your dream or goal start to do something small towards that today.