New job offer. Relocation. Tons of change. Excitement in the midst of fear. But it comes with the territory. Getting up and going to another land…faraway. Giving up the familiar …
What have I done? This is crazy!
New job offer. Relocation. Tons of change. Excitement in the midst of fear. But it comes with the territory. Getting up and going to another land…faraway. Giving up the familiar is no Snack. It is scary… but when we do it, we learn new things about ourselves and about others.
Have you ever watched HGTV’s House Hunters International? Well if you have, you would know that those who take on moving from one country to the next have brave hearts. They give up jobs, family, friends, and often wish they could take their home culture with them. Often they must give up a lot. China! New Zealand! Paris! Japan! The Caribbean! and more for those fascinating new ventures!
We often say we want a change yet we want to hold onto the familiar. It’s normal. In my early career managing international HR, I had the task of sending executives to relocate overseas. It intrigued me so much that I studied Cross Cultural Management. It was often a challenge for those who took the step. But those who embraced the host culture survived beyond the honeymoon stage. They became acclimated to the new culture filled with its languages, people, food, and new experiences.
But like anything else, it works if we stick with it. Naturally if you find yourself among those who don’t like the experience after you’ve done it, no problem. At least you can still say “I did it“!
Only the adventurous can gleefully say “what have I done? This is crazy!” with a smile and the satisfaction of new learnings, and exposure.
Cheers to the new adventurous you!
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Whatever it is…Bust the Fear! A few years ago, I did something exciting, some may say crazy! I jumped 14,000 feet out of an airplane! Believe me I was really scared as the plane Ascended, but I did it anyway. I have always maintained, that we should do some things even when afraid. Follow fear and you talk yourself out of getting out of your comfort zone. Ask yourself, what do I have to lose? Where will I be this time next year if I don’t make that move? What steps do I need to take?
As I prepared to jump, I planned. I searched for a reputable company with a track record of safety and success. I completed paperwork, insurance and more. Then I stepped out and had the most wonderful experience as I did the tandem jump and floated in the air looking out on the horizon.
That was me. You must create that mindset. Have a Conversation. Ask yourself, what do I want to do? What are the steps I will need to take to get to my goal? Personally, I like vision boards. Like Magnet, they helped steer my way. For example, when studying we are often encouraged to look to graduation and put up that picture where you can see it every day, not Bury it. For me it was my research project. I was not interested in doing a research to place on a shelf at home. No. I wanted it to help others who wish to develop their leadership skills and become successful. So that’s exactly what I did. My research ended up being published in the Journal of American Academy of Business Cambridge (JAABC). It was also published in books, and I use the basis of my research and interest to encourage others through coaching. That’s my passion.
So, go ahead, bust out that fear! Develop that new mindset!
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Is that coming from a place of Inability or Fear?
To become a Paragon leader within your circle of influence, you must decide….and when you do, get rid of the ‘can’t‘, because you can.
Being a leader is 24-7 job, and educational opportunities to improve yourself are everywhere. Learn from your friends and family and sometimes complete strangers, and you’ll find opportunities at every turn
– Byron Scott and Charles Norris
Leader. Where are you now and where do you want to be? In the book Slam Dunk Success, Magic Johnson articulated in the Forward that most people think you win then you become a leader. But it’s the other way around. You’re a leader first, then you win.
Leaders are everywhere, and so are leadership opportunities. Punctured or not, Magic urged that you may be an entry-level employee or a middle manager, but not to worry. Every department is looking for a leader. To have the courage to stand up and take the lead, you will become successful.
Leadership is innate. Leaders are constantly changing the world around them. They may be involved in business or in the community. Opportunities abound.
Leadership is foresight. Manage yourself. Think of where you are now and where you want to be. Then take the steps ….one at a time. Try. Learn. Fail. Get back up and do it again. You will succeed with hard work and persistence. As always, don’t give up.
Life’s Good! The future’s bright, beautiful, and inviting! New grads saunter excitedly about their achievement. With innocence, they smile, move, and they plan creatively. But as they take the next step, confusion appears often disparagingly. As they stare, the future becomes fearful…oblique.
Renowned author, speaker and coach Brian Tracy, asked his followers to share one piece of advice that they would give a new grad. Excitedly followers jumped in with voices that echoed Natty instructions galore:
- Have a vision about the future that truly excites you, then go ahead and build skills, habits, and attitudes that will make your vision a reality. If you are ambitious, read Elon Musk: Tesla, Space and a Quest for Fantastic Future. Read a lot but never confuse reality and fantasizing. Don’t read when you have to be working or spend time on social media when you have to be doing the actual work.
- First you Learn and after that remove ‘L’ from that (earn)
- Be patient
- Persistence, discipline, and dedication
- Work harder than anyone else
- Don’t get a career – build a life
- Spend your time wisely. Never waste it
- Always stay true to yourself
- Don’t be afraid to fail, laugh it off and jump right back in again, do it when you can. Make comebacks easier. Timing.
- Make sure to do what you really love to do
- Stay disciplined. Never stop reading and exploring. Get up soon when you fall.
- Believe in your ability even if you are the only one who does
- Keep your debts LOW and your savings rate HIGH. That way, should you find yourself in a job or situation tht you hate or have outgrown, you will have the resources/ability to move on. Always have an EXIT Plan and Exit Fund. Never settle
- Be yourself, do your best, never give up
- Do what it requires to achieve the goal but do it with good in mind
- Understand emotional intelligence
- Be authentic
- Follow what you love. Do what you love
- Observe. Absorb. Ask quality questions. At the end of the day, self-evauate. Devote your mornings to listen to Brian Tracy and other motivational audios. Then apply
- Read books
- Be intentionally clear
- Know what you want
- Start and don’t quit
- Never ever OVER PROMISE then under deliver
- Learn to plan
- Show up
Great advice for grads and even those of us who have moved ahead with years of experience. There’s always opportunity for change. To recoup, to pick up the pieces, and begin or get on track again.
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It’s the most devastating news! I sat across from Kate with her manager. We shared the news that today was her last day. It was nothing she had done wrong. It was simply a change in business strategies. Over 50 percent of employees had to go. Kate was one. She cried. Begged. Pleaded. She had kids, and was the sole provider. But there was nothing we could do. She had to go, as did the others. It was a Uniform strike across the board.
Have you or anyone you know ever been blindsided by such horrific news? You worked hard. You were a Natty and diligent employee who went above and beyond the call of duty. Yet, it was now your time. You wonder how you can survive. Life seems insurmountable. I am here to tell you that you can survive. Here are 7 Steps that will help to guide you through such trying times of change.
Discover The 7 Essential Steps to Busting Those Career Barriers & Land That Dream Job
1. Busting the Fear (New Mindset)
2. Refocus: Your Brand Their View (CV/LinkedIn Profile & More)
3. Job Search: Apply the Right Techniques
4. Ace That Interview!
5. The Aftermath (what to do while waiting)
6. Happy Landing (The Job)
7. Acclimated (Settling in the New Role)
If these steps resonate and you need help getting started, let’s connect today. Download the full details of the 7 Steps to Busting Career Barriers as you ride the waves and Blossom to a new mindset to land that new and exciting dream role!
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I smiled, then replied…”You can. You will”…
My daughter’s little 6-year-old said to me after his ceremony “what if I can’t do 1st grade work?” I smiled, then replied…”You can. You will. They will teach you“. But what if I don’t listen? Again, I smiled…
Aren’t we all like that lil 6 year old? The world often seems bigger than us. We receive the new job, the new position, the contract, the opportunity, the leadership role, the marriage proposal, the news of the pregnancy… We are thrilled! Over-joyed! But soon… as we reflect…, we begin to ponder…”can I do it?”
My response is always – YES! Brassy you! Yes you can do it! Often with new ventures or experiences, our goals seem insurmountable especially from a distance when we can’t see our way. We falter. We fuss. We’re afraid. These are all very normal but like I’ve always said, don’t let fear stop you. Don’t Blink. Make that bold move. Do it in Portions. Do it even when you’re afraid. Who knows? You may even Surprise yourself!
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