Overcoming Fear

October 5, 2017

Whether it’s starting your own business, implementing a big change, putting yourself out there for that promotion..these are things that require you go out on a limb and potentially set yourself up for failure. Unfortunately, when you do something potentially life changing like this, fear always comes creeping in to say “but what you fail?”. So, what if you fail? You get told no? You have to try again? These things are not the end of the world! What if you don’t fail? What if you get the promotion, or your new business thrives? These are the questions that as business men and women we need to be asking ourselves. To do that, though, we must first figure out how to conquer the fear.

Everyone knows that the fear of upsetting your life or livelihood is paralyzing, literally. You can get stuck in the position you are currently in, indefinitely! The challenge is figuring out how to unstick yourself. The what-ifs will always be circling, so the key is to determine the positive what-ifs. What if I succeed?

The other thing to consider is what might happen if you don’t take these risks. As humans, we are always worried about the outcome of the risk. What is the outcome if you don’t take the risk. Sometimes that answer is scarier than if you were to take the risk, so put yourself out there.

Putting trust in yourself and your abilities is not something that comes easily to some, and fear will try and knock you down even further. If this is the case, ignore it. You know what you are capable of and what you need to do. The time is always now when it comes to the game of life, so make yours a life you are proud of and one where you are in control!


Work isn’t work when you’re doing what you love…

April 14, 2017

5am comes around… Then 6… then 7, and finally your alarm goes off giving you just enough time to get yourself together and run out the door on your way to work. When you get there, all the reports you were working on the day before are still sitting on your desk staring at you and as you stare back at them, you begin to hear them give you your daily morning roast session with their snobby new-yorker accents; “Hey fellas, look who decided to show up today! Get a load of this guy, thinking he’s all special in his new shirt.” “Yeah, new shirt, new me, aye buddy? Who’s the new me? Pee-Wee Hermit?” You drop your bag and right as you open your mouth to give those papers what for you’re interrupted by the guy next to you. “You gonna get that? Or you just gonna stand there and stare at your desk all day?” “Great”, you say to yourself with a sigh, and pick up the phone just to get scolded for not having the reports done by now. “Those better be on my desk by noon. I don’t care what you have to do. Just get them done!” You hang up, pull out your chair, and sit down at your desk to the sound of the guy in his desk next to yours having his daily phone conversation so loud that you know every little detail about his entire life. You would gladly amputate your own ears and give it to him not to, but hey, what’s better than getting to know a guy through his conversations with somebody else while you’re trying to work, right? Just another day in the life…

However, lets take a step back and for just a moment, imagine that our job enabled us to wake up every morning and do something that we couldn’t wait to do. What if you dreamed about the love you have for your job and instead of waking up to an alarm, your excitement woke you up instead? Or if rather than getting picked on by a stack of papers every morning, you walked into the office and people cheered for your arrival? In other words… What if you loved what you do?

Getting to the point where you love what you do isn’t always easy, but I believe that if you apply these few simple principals, you can very well get on the right track to enjoying your day job…

 

Be patient and don’t do anything that you’ll regret:

Quitting your job and diving right into something you love sounds great when the thought first crosses your mind. But it’s important that you think long-term and remain practical with what you want to accomplish. That’s not to say it’s not possible, but just like every other good thing in life, it takes time and strategic coordinated efforts on your part to pull it off. There’s a lot of us out there who would love to tell our boss off and walk out of the office holding two middle fingers above our heads; but if you’re going to get to that “dream job” you want so badly, you have to do whatever it takes to stay sane and keep crawling closer to that goal. Even if that means having an occasional argument with a piece of paper so that you can get your frustrations out. We won’t judge you…

 

Set goals and hold yourself accountable to them:

If you don’t know where you’re going, there’s a much better chance of you staying where you are than if you did. Believe me, I get it; you’re sick of putting up with the same crap every day and you’re ready for something better; but if that’s ever going to happen, you’re going to have to be the one to make it happen. People you work with don’t care if you like or don’t like your job. You could work the same job and put up with the same BS for the rest of your life for all they mind; but that’s only because they don’t know your drive. Your ambition dictates your success. If you want to be able to one day wake up in the morning and make a living off of doing something you love, then you’re going to have to set your goals and hold yourself accountable for getting them accomplished. A change of lifestyle isn’t a sprint, its a marathon; but that marathon only begins when you do.

 

Think outside the box:

Yes, I know; everybody and their mother has told you this at least a dozen times throughout the course of your life; but it really is an important factor to consider if you want to be successful at doing what you love. For some people, they have the option to do what they love and be broke, or hate what they do and have money. If you want your options to be a little more welcoming then that, you’re going to have to get creative! Start thinking about how your passion can benefit other peoples’ lives other than your own and how you can get people to take interest in what you love doing. For example, if you could spend your days doing nothing other than playing golf and being absolutely content with that, then think about how you can get people to take interest in your golf playing passion. Give coaching lessons, start your own golfing youtube channel, host your own podcast of the conversations you have with influential people on the golf course, etc, etc… There’s always going to be ways to get paid to do what you love, but more times than not it’s going to be up to your creativity to figure out how to make that happen. Develop your plan, think about it logically, and don’t be afraid to fail. After all, some would argue that failure at doing what you love is better than success at doing something you hate.

 


Find a Purpose

March 30, 2017

It’s so easy to get discouraged or feel like you’re lacking motivation. When you’re young and early in your career a lot of the time you aren’t doing exactly what you would like, and later on it can feel as though you’re stuck in a rut or tired of where you are. There are many reasons why, and sometimes it is very justified, but if you find purpose in what you’re doing you will find lost motivation.

When trying to find a purpose in the middle of what seem like a pointless task there are a couple things that you should consider. First of all, think about who else might be benefiting from the work you are doing. It is helpful to look at the overarching picture rather than what is right in front of you. Also consider how the things you are doing now can affect you, or others, in the future.

That being said, it’s not always easy. More often than not it will seem like you are working for someone else and not helping yourself as much along the way. You really have to dig deep to figure out exactly what is important to you and why you’re doing the things you are.

What do you do to find motivation?

 


5 Ways to Kick Procastination

February 16, 2017

With the new year over a month away already, we are all starting to feel the lag. Procrastination is something that effects everyone, some worse than others, but it’s always there. Here are a few helpful tips on how to avoid procrastination in your daily tasks, until you make it to your much needed break!

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  1. The first thing is always make a plan. Set a goal for yourself, both short term and long term, and then work backward. Figure out what needs to be done first, and then get working! It always feels good to check something off a list so there is a little motivation to start with.
  2. Then, make sure to switch things up. If you have hit a road block, aren’t sure where to go or can tell nothing productive is happening just move onto another task for a little bit. Just be sure to circle back around!
  3. It’s important not to stress yourself. When making your plan or as things come up during the week move things around. You need to be realistic in your goals because when there are too many things on your plate you become less productive.
  4. Don’t forget to make some time for you. If it’s constantly work and no play you will always be procrastinating and stressed out. It’s vital that everyone has a little down time. When you’re at work that means take a break. Get out of the office for lunch. It also means when you leave work for the day or the weekend try to separate yourself mentally.
  5. The last point, and maybe most important, is be nice to yourself. Everyone procrastinates. Everyone gets stressed out. But be kind to yourself because it’s okay! The hardest part of a project or task (or going to the gym for that matter), is just getting started.

What are your best tips for avoiding procrastination?


5 Benefits of Interns

January 19, 2017

When looking for a little extra help for your business or you need a little boost you should always consider hiring interns. Many times employers may look to part time employees or temporary positions, but there will always be students looking for work experience. Why not consider hiring them? Here are five potential benefits of hiring an intern:language-school-834138_1920

  1. A trial run. Who doesn’t like to see what they’re getting before they actually commit? When working with an intern you’ll get to see how they operate within the company culture and their work ethic. If they seem like a good investment for you business you can offer a more permanent position, and if not that’s fine too.
  2. A fresh perspective. It’s so important for you and your business to evolve and get a fresh set of ideas to change things up. That’s exactly what an intern can do. They’ll be coming from a much different background and can shine light onto new possibilities or areas of growth you might not have considered before. You never know what could be brought to the table.
  3. Catch up on work. An intern will be coming into this position hoping to gain real life experience and learn what the field of work is really all about. It’s your chance to finish up projects that have taken a backseat, catch up on reports, and really finish all the smaller things that need done but you always seem to run out of time for. Let them do real work and you’ll both benefit in the process.
  4. Enhance employee retention rates. Again, this fails back on the idea of getting to know the employee before you offer a full time position. If you know they are hard workers, team players and get along well within the company before you hire, chances are they will stick around.
  5. Gain a brand advocate. The students will spread your business throughout their campus and social media. Without a doubt the interns will take their experiences back to campus and talk to their friends and classmates. They will post on social media, their family will want to know about their experience and they will want to share with friends what they’ve been up to. Inevitably, your name will be passed around and you’ll get some free advertising.

Holiday Party Tips

December 22, 2016

This time of year many of us have busy calendars packed with parties, parties, parties. It’s an excellent time to let people know about what you do and how you can help them.

Or is it?

A better approach, instead of launching into an elevator pitch, is to simply sit back and listen to them. Ask them questions. Let them talk.

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In other words, practice active listening. This establishes a clear connection between you and whoever you are conversing with. Active listening shows a mutual understanding between both parties in the conversation. The goal is to show that you care and are interested in whatever is being said to you, so start by doing small things such as nodding and repeating some things back to show you understand what was said. And always ask questions!

Not sure where to start? Here are a few questions to help you get the conversation going:

  • “How do you spend your time?” is one of my favorites. They have an opportunity to answer it however they see fit: work, family, charity involvement, sports, etc.
  • “Where did you go to school?” is another great question. It allows you to learn about their background and gives them a chance to tell their story.
  • “How long have you lived in this area?” allows them to speak about their connection to the community.
  • “What’s your favorite holiday tradition?” gives them a chance to tell you a personal story you’ll remember.

The idea is: talk less about you, and learn more about them. You’ll be surprised at how easily the conversation flows.

What are some of your best tips to maneuver holiday parties?


4 Ways to Get Rest

December 9, 2016

As a business person, especially entrepreneurs, you are constantly going. The stress that you may feel at work will often carry over into your daily activities and tasks. This can result in poor rest, which is never good for your mental health or productivity! Here are a few simple ways to find time or improve your rest:

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  1. Take a day off. By this I don’t mean take a day off, spend it at home, and constantly check email and take phone calls. Take a day off and actually take it off. Unplug for a minute and let your self recharge. Disconnect from email, don’t take phone calls, just focus on you.
  2. Avoid distractions. When you are trying to rest or sleep avoid annoying distractions, no matter how small or large. This mainly includes your phone. Just turn it off and get a good nights sleep. If you decide you’re going to bed early to catch up follow through, turn everything off, and enjoy a good sleep.
  3. Meditation. If you find that you can never clear your mind of worry and distractions, try meditating.  Take ten minutes out in the morning to do literally nothing. Just focus on your breathing and clear your head for the upcoming day. You might be surprised at how much better you feel. Here are a couple tips on meditating for busy beginners.
  4. Regular vacations. I don’t mean every three months you have to take a two week vacation. Instead, regularly take at least two at a time completely off. Your body needs the time away to rejuvenate, and your mind needs it to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Making time for yourself is so important, and getting proper rest will positively influence so many different aspects of your life. Take the time out to recharge!

How do you make time for yourself?


5 Ways to Maintain a Positive Personal Outlook

October 14, 2016

Working in the business world is stressful, and often we forget how important it is to create you time. Your mental health is so important, and it’s true that a healthy mind creates a healthy lifestyle. That being said, the importance of creating and maintaining a strong belief in yourself is critical. Here our five suggestions on how to best create a positive personal outlook:

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  1. Maintain physical health. While this may seem arbitrary, good physical health generates positive energy. Mental and emotional health is directly related to our physical health. Taking care of yourself applies to all levels, and if one is out of sync it can affect everything.
  2. Keep good company. You are the company you keep rings true. If you are surrounded with negative people you are bound to be affected by their energy. Be sure that the people in your circle are supportive and positive of you and your ambitions.
  3. Don’t do everything alone. While it’s important to make sure you have good people on your team, you need to make sure you have people on your team. Period. Having one person standing behind you voicing their support and encouragement can make all the difference.
  4. Get inspired. Look to your superiors, your peers and your mentors. Pay attention to those around you and take action on the things that light your fire. Read and learn. Find the things that you think are important and then just go do it.
  5. Think positively. This may be the most important tip of all. No matter if you are trying to start up your own business, move up the ladder in your current company, or just find a job in general you need to maintain a positive attitude. The way you respond to the situation around you is the one thing you will always have control of, so make sure to take advantage of it.

What tips do you have to maintain a positive outlook on yourself and your ambitions?

 


Handling Diversity in the Workplace

September 15, 2016

Working somewhere with a largely diverse staff is a positive thing. New ideas are brought to the table and different perspectives are offered. Unfortunately, while many positives are associated with diversity, it can also make workplace tensions run high. Diversity is a sensitive topic to many so it can be hard to reach a good balance or sometimes even to have productive conversations.

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It’s important to keep in mind that diversity encompasses more than just race or ethnicity. It is religion, socioeconomic statues, gender, sexual orientation, etc. As a manager it’s important to keep this in mind. The definition of diversity is constantly evolving so consider all possible factors.

It’s important to celebrate the diversity of your workplace in order to create an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere. Make all employees aware that it is important to be celebrated, not ridiculed. Oftentimes jokes or possibly unintended prejudiced comments can make people more uncomfortable than an outright insult. Make it clear what language is and is not accepted.

Most importantly, know your staff. Understand their background, their sense of humor, what gets them excited. Ultimately, if you know your employees well everyone will feel more comfortable, thus creating an inclusive environment. As employees it is your responsibility to get to know your peers. Make friends and learn from one another to better improve both yourself and the company.

In what ways do you promote diversity in your workplace?


3 Tips for Using Slang in Marketing

July 22, 2016

In the past using slang or texting lingo in a professional setting has been frowned upon. However, there is a time and place for everything. If you feel as though your image or brand could benefit from using this type of language, here are three useful types to use.

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  1. Know your audience. Using texting phrases or slang in your marketing strategy isn’t a good idea if it doesn’t relate to those you are talking too! If you are trying to create an advertisement for 15 year old girls, YES. If you are creating an advertisement for medical professionals, NO. While this may seem simple and obvious many companies have tried to jump on the bandwagon even though it was inappropriate for their audience. The best advice is to be aware of the crowd you are trying to entice.
  2. Know the shelf life. It’s important to consider how popular the slang is. If you are trying to stay current and up to date, make sure the language is also current and up to date! For example, right now ‘bae’ and ‘omg’ are popular ones, but ‘yolo’ is something that was very popular but quickly went out of fashion.
  3. Know your platform. Not every marketing resource you have should incorporate slang. Right now a very popular platform for this is Twitter. It’s not texting, but considering the audience and the limited characters it makes sense to utilize the lingo. You relate more to your audience and come across as more tech savvy.

Remember that while in many cases this can be a useful, productive tool to remain cautious and aware of what you want your personal brand to look like, your audience, and your platform. Using slang can hurt you just as much as it can help you.