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Why negative thinking gets negative results

Why negative thinking gets negative results

Why negative thinking gets negative resultsAt our house, I often say, “negative thinking gets negative results.” I say it often when my husband is watching Packer games. He will call the game lost when the other team gets ahead.

The problem is that there could be 3 quarters left when he declares the game lost. Plus, of course the players can’t hear him anyway. I had to say that again yesterday when the Packers played the Cowboys.

If you watched the game, there were many “heart attack” moments when the game could easily go one way or the other, down to the last seconds when the Packers finally won.

How I impact my business with negative thinking

While my husband can’t impact the game with negative thinking, you and I impact our own endeavors by practicing negative thinking. My marketing coach told me years ago that if I start thinking I can’t, I won’t.

I would look at the month’s revenue and panic. He would say, “Julie, what does the calendar say?” I would tell him the date. He would then remind me that we had agreed not to look at the month in the month. Meaning if it was the 8th or 15th or even the 26th, there is no reason to let negative thinking take over.

When you do that, it impacts everything you do. As a small business person, you can’t write compelling marketing content, you show it when talking to prospective clients, you stall on new initiatives. In other words, you will get negative results because you are impacting your actions.

How does negative thinking impact your job search?

Job search is one of the toughest things anyone will do. You don’t know the result and you have to rely on other people to get you to the win. Depending on the level of your career, it can take a long time to win. But if you give up, you are giving in to negative thinking.

  • Think positively as you create a dynamic resume showcasing your value.
  • Don’t let negative thinking get in the way as you start writing your LinkedIn profile
  • Ignore the black hole talk and get your resume in the hands of decision makers and hiring managers.
  • Stop thinking all this new-fangled networking stuff will never work.
  • Even when you get a rejection, send a thank you for the “no”

Job search is tough and I know my clients often battle fear as they look for the next opportunity. But they keep going. You need to keep going too. Don’t let negative thinking take over. One of the benefits of my career marketing service is the live sessions that let us talk through those fears as we are working on your resume or writing LinkedIn or completing other job search projects.

I personalize everything I do with clients so that their job search gets the individualized attention that they need. Let me help you win!

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Do you hold on to the old way too long?

Do you hold on to the old way too long?

Do you hold on to the old way too long?We all have things we hold on to for longer than we should because we are afraid to let go of old things or old ways of doing things. Perhaps we are afraid of anything new and different.

Why do we hold on to the old way or old things?

The answer is change is uncomfortable. Sometimes the answer is much deeper. Take the photo at the left. Pictured are two hairbrushes. The hairbrush on the left is decrepit, worn out and ruined because of age and overuse.

The hairbrush on the right was hardly used, albeit in my husband, Bill’s possession for more than 10 years. Yes, both are my husband’s hairbrushes. He has a hard time letting go. Bill tends to hold on to things for a very long time.

He had the hairbrush on the left before we were married 36+ years ago. As he recalls, he first got the hairbrush when his roommate left it behind in college in 1967. Yup, that makes it 50 years old this year. It was ruined when we met in 1979. But he held on to that hairbrush even when he had a replacement available and even when he could have bought any hairbrush he wanted. Bill finally agreed recently that he would change to the new brush now.

Job seekers hold on to old ways of job search too

When I work with job seekers, they are often stuck too in old ways of doing things. Someone called me and asked what is the most current way of writing resumes recently. The reality is though certainly things changed but there is no one “right” way. The right way to write your resume is the way to best showcase your unique value! Finding the right strategy for your job search is critical to your success.

I use a different strategy with every client. What works for an attorney may not work for a company President. The resume style that fits a VP of Global Sourcing may be all wrong for a Director of Strategy and Planning. The VP of Sales in IT software solutions for compliance needs a different kind of resume than a Director of Global Accounts, Private Equities, and Group Purchasing Organizations in OEM construction product sales.

Don’t hold on to the wrong job search strategy because it was the way you always did it before. I deliver individualized resume writing, LinkedIn coaching and profile writing to a diverse range of professionals in many career paths. As we work together, we discover the right path for you to help you reach new goals.

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Are you stuck because you are afraid of change?

Are you stuck because you are afraid of change?

Are you stuck because you are afraid of change?Regular readers know this is the year of my long-awaited new kitchen. I admit I have been stuck. Stuck by fears mostly. Afraid to take the chance. Sometimes we get stuck in a corner.

This is how bad I have been stuck: (don’t laugh – at least not too hard)

  • For longer than I can remember, we keep the oven door closed by putting in the screwdriver.
  • The burners don’t connect right so before we turn them on, we push them tighter with a big fork.
  • The microwave makes sounds like gunshots and doesn’t turn, but it works if you are creative.
  • We glued the parts back on the dishwasher and stuck a nail in the track so the track doesn’t fly off.
  • There is no flooring because the linoleum was so badly ripped that I tore it out — in 2009.
  • The sink cabinet doors were removed when we moved in.
  • One of the lazy susans is just a shell because I pulled it out when we moved in. That was 1992.
  • Several of the kitchen drawers have been glued back together.

My fears had me stuck

I know the kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to redo. We bought the house in 1992 to remodel but we just never got to the kitchen. But I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen so I was sabotaging my own happiness.

At first we did entertain a little, but over the years we just stopped having anyone over for dinner except the boys friends. It is kind of embarrassing to be so stuck.

Regular readers may remember that the cabinets and new countertops are on order, the laminate flooring has actually been downstairs in boxes since about 2009 but I wanted the whole deal, the whole kitchen, not a band aid of a new floor. We talked to the appliance store and yesterday one of my favorite clients affirmed that the brand I am choosing is still a great brand and well manufactured in the USA. I’ll order the appliances soon.

We’re taking a risk, we putting ourselves further in debt and we are leveraging my son’s house to get the equity. But we will have a new kitchen this year. Maybe soon I will let you peek at before photos.

Son, Dan, the contractor will drive the project. I have seen his work before and I am excited. He was 5 when we moved in here.

What are you stuck with?

Don’t stay stuck in the same job because you don’t know if you have the ability to move on.

Imagine a consultative, collaborative, and interactive process where you and I talk through your job search from resume to LinkedIn to cover letter to how to go beyond exasperating online applications and find hiring managers.

You don’t have to imagine. This is what I do as a career professional and resume writer. I evolved as technology transformed job search and rapidly adapted to new ways of communicating. My clients may be half way across the country or the world but together, we share coffee, laughs, concerns, and turn a scary job search into creative, consultative writing sessions

Let me help you get out of stuck and into the career of your dreams.

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What 3 things are you going to do better in 2017?

What 3 things are you going to do better in 2017?

What 3 things are you going to do better in 2017?This is that time of year when we all focus on what we are going to do better. What are you going to improve, enhance, correct, or exceed? Many times those who call them resolutions are throwing in the towel before noon on January 1.

I no longer officially make resolutions. I believe in continuous improvement. You see those words in industry often. If you develop an attitude of continuous improvement, you don’t stagnate.

Throughout the year, I try to keep improving. Of course I fail sometimes. Failure is essential for you to succeed but you have to be willing to get back up, dust yourself off, and as the song says… “Start all over again.”

My top 3 things I will do better in 2017

  1. Take better care of me. 6+ years of total focus on growing my business has made me unfit. My back has started acting up with bouts of excruciating pain. See below for my first step.
  2. Stay connected with clients and build a better follow-up system. Solo entrepreneurs struggle with the problem of trying to offer client service, do marketing, and keep in touch. See below for what I will do to make this happen.
  3. Manage office paperwork better. Goes with #2. Too much incoming and not enough system. See below for actionable steps.
  4. Oh there is much more so I am going to leave these at the top and build out a longer list of things for action later. Continuous improvement, you see.

What actionable steps will I take to work on my top 3 things?

  1. Health steps — I already made an appointment with a chiropractor. I didn’t have to think twice about which one. This one is one in my network, actually, I have more than one but I have known this one for years and know their reputation. Always research experts and word of mouth is amazing.
  2. Customer Relationship Management Follow up steps — Last year I asked for a recommendation for a CRM and someone in my network with expertise in working for a major CRM (hear that? Word of Mouth recommendations) recommended Pipedrive. I am still building it but feel confident that I can use it going forward. Combined with Todoist, my Task tracker, I am excited about planning.
  3. Organizational Management — Again, I use Todoist to help me. I just have to build tasks and schedule them instead of letting me procrastinate. I also have used Flylady (Don’t laugh at the name, her systems and tools, when I follow and use them, make me so much more successful!

None of the above are affiliate links, I just love them enough to share.

What are the top 3 things you are going to do better in 2017?

If one of your top 3 things you are going to do better in 2017 involves job search, let me know. I would be happy to be your guide and help you get over any roadblocks stopping you from successfully winning your outstanding new job.

Key to any changes and doing things better are actionable steps. A wishing and hoping is one thing but to really success, you have to create the plan and then work the plan. Today there are experts and tools for almost any need.

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