This is a bit outside the realm of my usual tips on how to get past internal blocks, but a number of clients have needed to use informational interviewing in the past few months. I haven’t been able to find a good, comprehensive article to send them to in order to learn the nuts and … Continue reading Seven Steps to a Successful Informational Interviewing Campaign
In my last two tips I’ve described the benefits you get from using optimistic explanations when you have setbacks in your business (“What Optimism Will Get You”) and what the elements of such an optimistic explanation are (“The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You”). I have culled this information for business owners from Martin … Continue reading How To Get Optimistic
I need to share what I've been telling my therapy clients: Please turn off the news. Don't let your children see any more than they already have. If something really important comes out, you will hear about it from friends or family. In the meantime, the repeated exposure to what happened in Connecticut will start … Continue reading A Better Way to Respond to the Newtown Tragedy
Last week I started a series on the practical application of Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism to improve your results in your work. Last week in my post What Optimisim Will Get You I explained why using an optimistic approach can get you past some of your blocks and when to use it. This week I’ll … Continue reading The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You
I’m back! I took a few weeks off to follow Stephen Covey’s advice to “sharpen the saw” (and maybe get a little downtime in to increase my creativity), and now I feel ready to get back to work in a big way. While I was away, I spent some time re-reading an oldie but goodie, … Continue reading What Optimism Will Get You
In the last couple of weeks three of my clients admitted that they had been avoiding looking for a new job because they were afraid of going on interviews. These clients had significant reasons to go after new jobs (e.g., financial distress, an unsupportive boss, being in the wrong industry) which they recognized, yet they were … Continue reading When Fear of Interviewing Blocks Your Job Search
Now that Fall is really here and summer vacations are over, it’s time to start thinking about your next vacation. Really. You need to take breaks from work in order to do your best. A good vacation will send you back to the office refreshed, energized, and more creative. Go without a decent vacation too … Continue reading Four Rules for a Vacation That Helps Your Business or Career
Time for a confession: I get blocked, too. In fact, I had some serious internal blocks to marketing my business in the past, and I had to work very hard to figure out what they were and root them out. As I worked on my own blocks, I found it easier and easier to do … Continue reading Get More Done—Take a Break!
Last week I described why demanding perfection from yourself can sabotage your work or business. You can waste enormous amounts of time and energy feeling bad that you don’t do your job exactly the way you think you should, or perform better than everybody else, or get more done. You may put off taking action—speaking … Continue reading Don’t Wait Until You’re Perfectly Ready—Leap Before You Look!
Perfectionism is a block many people have that masquerades as a positive attribute. We often think that the drive to be perfect in what we do and who we are pushes us to achieve more in our work. It does, to a certain extent. More often, though, it slows us down or even keeps us … Continue reading A Simple Way to Escape the Perfectionism Trap