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We All Deserve Fresh Starts

I love the first day of every month and I especially the first day of the new year.
I feel optimistic and empowered to plan and organize and accomplish great things.
Use this January 1st to get a brand new start.
Build upon your success with the wisdom you’ve acquired from past endeavors.
Most of all, be kind to yourself.
Negative self talk is so … 2012!

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Money and Miracles?

Marianne Williamson is coming back to the Authentic Living show for the second time this week to talk to us about her latest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles. Most of us already know several of Marianne’s other books, including A Return to Love, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change, for as Time Magazine puts it, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” We also know that thousands of books have been published on the subjects of work and money. And thousands of others on miracles. But bridging the gap between the work, the money and the miracle—now that’s a subject worth considering. On this, the day after Christmas, you could have a life-changing experience through this discussion. Don’t let yourself miss it!

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Money and Miracles?

Marianne Williamson is coming back to the Authentic Living show for the second time this week to talk to us about her latest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles. Most of us already know several of Marianne’s other books, including A Return to Love, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change, for as Time Magazine puts it, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” We also know that thousands of books have been published on the subjects of work and money. And thousands of others on miracles. But bridging the gap between the work, the money and the miracle—now that’s a subject worth considering. On this, the day after Christmas, you could have a life-changing experience through this discussion. Don’t let yourself miss it!

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Money and Miracles?

Marianne Williamson is coming back to the Authentic Living show for the second time this week to talk to us about her latest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles. Most of us already know several of Marianne’s other books, including A Return to Love, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change, for as Time Magazine puts it, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.” We also know that thousands of books have been published on the subjects of work and money. And thousands of others on miracles. But bridging the gap between the work, the money and the miracle—now that’s a subject worth considering. On this, the day after Christmas, you could have a life-changing experience through this discussion. Don’t let yourself miss it!

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12 21 12: The Mayans Flunked Big Time

The Mayan Calendar predicted that the world would end on 12 21 12 and here we are with no such event in sight.

I’ve heard 2 reasons why they were wrong:
1) If they were so good at predicting, why didn’t they realize their own civilization was on the way out?!
2) they didn’t count leap years, so even if they were right, the world would have ended about 2 years ago!

So why am I writing about this on a career success website? Two reasons:

1) Whenever possible, do not be the predictor of monumental failures, unless you have substantial factual proof or very strong predictors of potential failure. Optimism rules business. The ability to know you can manage huge issues is the backbone of success, so focus on successful outcomes. Promotions and leadership positions will follow!
2) No one wants to work with a negative person. It’s depressing and uninspiring and it repels people.
3) Control what you can control. Control the quality fo your work by doing what you say you will do. Under promise and over deliver. People will remember.
4) Appreciate and use the skills you do have and strengthen the skills you’ll need for the future.
5) Don’t let emotion dictate your mood. Many people actually wasted energy worrying about this, and if there was one very wasted emotion, it’s worry.

Good luck in 2013 – I’m hopeful that it will be a very good year!!

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What To Do If You’re Disappointed By Your Year-End Performance Review, Bonus Or Raise

This post originally appears in my Work In Progress blog for Forbes.com.

If your year-end review, bonus, or raise has recently been shared, and you are disappointed at the outcome, here are 3 steps to take now

  • Find out if the problem is specific to you or general across the company

Were reviews just tough all around? Did everyone get a puny bonus and/or raise? Checking to see if the bad news affected everyone isn’t to absolve you of trying to improve but it’s to make you aware if your company is in trouble. You want to focus your efforts on the right problem. If it’s the company in general, then you can focus your efforts on getting to a stronger, more stable company rather than focusing on fixing where you are.

  • Take a hard look at your own performance and self-promotion efforts

If the company did give out bonuses, healthy raises, and/or strong reviews to others, then you have to look at your performance. Do you have tangible proof that you did good work (e.g., congratulatory emails from colleagues, clients, or vendors)? Can you point to specific positive outcomes to which you contributed that benefited the company? If, after doing this research, you see that the review, raise and/or bonus that you received doesn’t reflect what you accomplished, then you need to do more self-promotion. You may be doing good enough work but if you aren’t telling anybody, then that won’t get factored into review, raise, or bonus decisions.

  • Ask for reconsideration now, not just next year

If the company indeed could have given you more and your self-review makes you confident you indeed deserved more, then schedule a meeting to ask for reconsideration within the next 30 days. You don’t need to stew in silence and wait till next year’s review cycle. It may be that all of the raise/ bonus pool is spent, but at least you set the stage for next year and at best there might be money still available.

It always is a good idea to pay attention to opportunities outside your company. Just because you are open to opportunities doesn’t mean you are disloyal because you don’t have to accept other jobs. Even if you decide to stay where you are, exploring options will give you market knowledge, expand your network, and give you confidence that you could leave if you wanted to.

 

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Feasibility Study: Peace on Earth?

This is that time of year when we talk about it. We sing about it. We even pray about it. But no one really believes that we are actually going to have peace on earth, right? I mean, look around man! You can’t really believe that this crazy place is going to one day be all peace, love and joy, right? We are not those people. We are not the people who can facilitate this. We are people who are weak, sinful, and definitely incapable of joining forces to bring about a peaceful outcome. Naaah. It’s a nice thought and all, and we can wistfully speak of it at Christmas time, but no one in his right mind takes that stuff seriously. Well, today, we are going to take it seriously, right mind or no. We are going to really, out-loud consider it—even do a feasibility study of the possibilities and implications. Because if it’s not possible, we just need to shut-up about it. And if it is, well then, maybe we need to get busy on it. Don’t miss this one.

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Career Coaching Tips To Start Your Job Search Right In 2013

My latest career advice post for Work Reimagined covers 5 tips you can do NOW to set yourself up for job search success in 2013:

The first quarter of the year is typically a busy time for filling jobs. Companies with a calendar year budget have money to spend. The new year brings on new projects for which new staff is needed. Here are things to do NOW to maximize your job search chances in 2013:

  • First, think.

Confirm your target industry and the job function you want to go for. Decide on your ideal lifestyle, work environment and compensation. Identify your career objectives and weigh these against any family or financial constraints. (For example, what does your cash balance imply about how long you have to search?)

  • Update your marketing materials.

It’s not just about the resume. You also need an online profile, a networking pitch, and a cover letter template. You may need a more professional LinkedIn photo, or you may need to adjust your settings or learn how to use special features and applications. During the holidays, your networking should be focused on developing rapport—you shouldn’t go to parties to talk about your job hunt. But you will need a way to talk about yourself and your job search in the follow-up meetings you schedule after the holidays, and now is the time to develop it. In addition to a cover letter template, you need a cover email template that is much shorter than the traditional letter. Refine your marketing material now, before you hit the market in force in 2013.

Continue reading How To Start Your Job Search Right In 2013 at WorkReimagined.aarp.org.

I also elaborate on these tips in a special webinar for Work Reimagined: Countdown to Career Success in 2013. The live call has passed but you can still register to receive the free recording: http://www.profcs.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=A765C732-936D-4846-B912-FEBE1791F9DB&pid=469e2ce5c8654b5abb306524fe45c8c2.

 

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Feasibility Study: Peace on Earth?

This is that time of year when we talk about it. We sing about it. We even pray about it. But no one really believes that we are actually going to have peace on earth, right? I mean, look around man! You can’t really believe that this crazy place is going to one day be all peace, love and joy, right? We are not those people. We are not the people who can facilitate this. We are people who are weak, sinful, and definitely incapable of joining forces to bring about a peaceful outcome. Naaah. It’s a nice thought and all, and we can wistfully speak of it at Christmas time, but no one in his right mind takes that stuff seriously. Well, today, we are going to take it seriously, right mind or no. We are going to really, out-loud consider it—even do a feasibility study of the possibilities and implications. Because if it’s not possible, we just need to shut-up about it. And if it is, well then, maybe we need to get busy on it. Don’t miss this one.

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Feasibility Study: Peace on Earth?

This is that time of year when we talk about it. We sing about it. We even pray about it. But no one really believes that we are actually going to have peace on earth, right? I mean, look around man! You can’t really believe that this crazy place is going to one day be all peace, love and joy, right? We are not those people. We are not the people who can facilitate this. We are people who are weak, sinful, and definitely incapable of joining forces to bring about a peaceful outcome. Naaah. It’s a nice thought and all, and we can wistfully speak of it at Christmas time, but no one in his right mind takes that stuff seriously. Well, today, we are going to take it seriously, right mind or no. We are going to really, out-loud consider it—even do a feasibility study of the possibilities and implications. Because if it’s not possible, we just need to shut-up about it. And if it is, well then, maybe we need to get busy on it. Don’t miss this one.