Archive for the ‘Goals’ Category

Finding a Job: Moving from Employment to Engagement

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Previously, we talked about the challenges of finding gainful employment and how the rules are changing when identifying and interviewing for an opportunity.  Employers are savvy and know they can benefit from the amazing resources and talent available – so how do you make yourself standout from the crowd?

Consider the old way versus the new:  employ vs. engage.  Not only is this a different process, it’s also a mindset.  Companies are looking for talent that is fresh, updated, are quick learners and who can take the ball and run with it.  More of a “here’s what I can do for you” versus the old “here’s what I can do.”

Engagement is about getting people’s attention, offering something of value and then creating buy-in or participation.  It’s not spouting your accomplishments or data dumping, waiting for the other person to be impressed. 

As a Baby Boomer, your 30 years of stability aren’t necessarily a bonus – they may signal lack or creativity or innovation to a different generation.  Don’t take that as a personal slight – it’s just one more way the employment process has changed.  Instead, identify key successes, challenges resolved and obstacles you overcame to demonstrate your value and skills.

When writing UPSIDE, Bonnie and I were very aware of these shifts, so we dedicated an entire chapter on how to leverage your value by identifying your existing marketable skills.  You can download one of the key exercises, the Power Core, to jumpstart the process for free (http://upsidethebook.com/downloads.html).  Once you determine which skills are valuable in the current economy, you can then start identifying which industries need your abilities and offer opportunities.

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Boomers, Happiness and the American Dream

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Can you develop your own American Dream?  Can you accept that your lifestyle may be different than the last generation?  Can you still be happy?

In our book, Upside:  How to Zig When Life Zags, we discuss the meaning of happiness.  Our premise is that even during a recession and hard times, it is possible to be happy.  One of the core elements in the book is the idea that happiness comes from many things other than material possessions. We also emphasize the importance of reworking your American Dream to fit the new reality.

A new survey conducted by MetLife indicates that many are pursuing their own version of the American Dream.  Beth Hirschhorn, executive vice president and chief marketing, says “people are adapting and pursuing their own American dream.” There is a de-emphasis on material values, even to the extent of accepting lower living standards.

“The American Dream for many – higher education, owning a home, a great career, providing a financial safety net and building retirement assets – is either unachievable or irrelevant. Posted on:  Dream’s dark hour By GREGORY BRESIGER January 7, 2012

Survey spokeswoman Laura Adams, adds that the American Dream is less conventional and more personalized than previously defined. The average American wants to realize his own dream, not that of a group.

To realize your dream, take the time to discuss with family and friends the elements that determine real happiness.  Look at the components in our workbook, http://www.upsidethebook.com.  Take the survey developed by Sustainable Seattle, http://www.sustainableseattle.org/sahi/117-survey.

Wishing you a happy American dream and one that can be sustained.

Bonnie Michaels

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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids and Families

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Each year at this time, we make a list of things we want to change or improve. Some individuals make wishes—things they hope will occur in the new year.

At a recent winter Solstice celebration, we wrote on paper our passions—things that we can do in 2012 that make a difference in the world.  We then shared them with the group.

My suggestion is to expand this idea is to include children in the process. My friend, Judy Chiss, former educational director of the Children’s Museum in Chicago, said she was making a “wish booklet” with her children and grandchildren.

This concept has great merit for introducing the idea of goal setting to young adults and children.  It also offers the opportunity for a dialogue between family members.  It creates opportunities for expression and learning more about each other.  Imagine your child setting a goal to finish homework on time or not fighting with a sibling.  This intention offers opportunities for self-managing and awareness.

Parents, too, can set goals such as no email, texts or phones after work thus creating more chances for face to face communication with family members. Once these goals are said out loud, the family has a responsibility to work together to reach their goals.

New Year’s goals, intentions, and wishes can be an excellent way to achieve something important, especially when they are shared. Make a wish list with your family today and see how your family system can improve.

In addition check out our book, Upside: How to Zig When Life Zags to increase the probability of your success.

Bonnie Michaels

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Your Life As Art

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Whitney Ferre believes that each of us in an artist, actively creating art called “life.”  Despite that fact that Whitney is not some who could paint or draw as a trained artist, she opened two Creative Fitness Centers that do just that – show people how to create change in their lives through art.

According to Whitney, natural talent is not the driving factor behind creativity.  Instead, it is the art making that creates the bridge from your logical, analytical left brain to the infinite, intuitive, miracle creating right brain.  Her results have been so exciting that her art classes led to a published book, The Artist Within, and also an online Creatively Fit program.  (www.creativelyfit.com)

The journey has not been without setbacks.  Amidst opening two art centers, having three children and publishing two books, Whitney also opened and operated two wine bars with a partner.  Unfortunately, the wine bars ended up in the red, which created much self-doubt. Whitney recognized the power of experiencing such kind of failure and refocused her vision on Creatively Fit.  She now coaches and has an entire team of Creatively Fit Coaches across the United States, Africa, Europe and Australia.

For Whitney, there is no greater joy than creating joy in others.  When her clients transform from “I can’t even draw a straight line” to creating their own art, her purpose is proven.  Whitney believes that art making is a portal to your higher, infinitely creative self and there is no greater reward that helping individuals experience this.

To learn more about Whitney’s amazing books, coaching programs, Creatively Fit Centers or to hear her speak, visit www.CreativelyFit.com or https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=575239571.  Whitney is also hosting a creative cruise, so come amplify your creative spirit!

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for www.UpsideTheBook.com, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch tomorrow on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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Leading Others to Success

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

 

When Sallie Felton works with a new client, one of her first questions is, “What would it feel like if your life were exactly the way you wanted it to be?”  It’s a thought provoking question from a woman who understands how intricate life can be.

After three years of intensive training to become a Professional Certified Coach, Sallie uses her own powerful life transition to lead others to success. Whether it’s identifying goals, working on relationships or beginning a new chapter in life, Sallie is your secret weapon to uncover the hidden obstacles that are holding you back.  An accomplished author and speaker, Sallie also hosts an international radio show, A Fresh Start with Sallie Fenton http://www.salliefeltonlifecoach.com/A_Fresh_Start_radioShow.html

Sallie’s own background of addressing the not-known and identifying obstacles is powerful.  She co-hosts a second radio show with Conway, her husband of 30+ years.  Entitled, Light at the End of the Tunnel, Sallie and Conway discuss the realities of managing and living with depression.  Often a taboo subject, depression affects millions but is often misdiagnosed or untreated. The response has been so popular the couple is working on a book together.

For Sallie, her mantra of “Start Where You Stand” is the North Star and guiding passion of her business. This idea that life begins in this very moment where you are is a powerful directive and the platform of success for her clients.  Sallie encourages people to ask for help and let others do what you don’t want to. She believes that investing time because you can or should is a disservice to your authentic self.  Your time deserves to be spent in pursuing your passion.

To find learn more about Sallie’s excellent books or to listen into her radio show, visit http://www.salliefeltonlifecoach.com/about_Sallie_Felton.html  or check out her FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/salliefeltonlifecoach — you’ll be glad you did!

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for www.UpsideTheBook.com, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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Fabulous is as Fabulous Does…

Friday, December 9th, 2011

For some people, wanting to make a difference sounds cliché; for Dawn Z. Bournand, it’s a life passion.  Her philosophy is simple: give the best of yourself as often as you can. Dawn was inspired to name her company “Fabulously Successful” to help others break out of their comfort zones to grow and reach out on the level they were destined to achieve.

Dawn’s approach is different from other life coaches. While she supports and empowers people to live their purpose and create their own version of fabulous success, she also believes that owning your own business can often be a great way to accomplish your dreams.  Dawn and her team focus on clients’ passions to determine how they may be able to weave them into their lives on a daily basis and perhaps even begin to make a living doing what they love. 

One of the keys to fabulous success, Dawn believes, is finding joy in all parts of your life.  As a mother of three young boys, she lives her message that life balance is not only possible but vital.  According to Dawn, when one lives their life purpose, they have a reason, a why and they move forward with these core values in mind.  That clarity makes it easy to decide the more important activities and release the rest.

The path to purpose has not always been easy for Dawn.  As an expat in Paris, she was surprised and depressed by the lack of career options.  Her turning point came as she silently prayed for guidance on a metro train, only to discover a phone message on her cell that would start her on her path to fabulous success.

For Dawn, touching just one person, igniting that spark of empowering others to excel is the reason she continues to grow her business.  www.FabulouslySuccessful.com now offers group coaching and a Fabulously Successful Elite Club for Women and will be adding personal VIP days and workshops in France and in select cities around the world – all designed to help women use their light to shine even brighter and inspire others.

Advice for getting on track with your life’s purpose?  “Go for it!,” says Dawn.  “Find a success buddy, group or coach who can help you through the rough spots.”  These rough spots can be the key to moving to the next level or taking your next step.  Learn more about Dawn at www.FabulouslySuccessful.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/dawnbournand.

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for www.UpsideTheBook.com, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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The Queen of Having it All

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Andrea Woolf wants you to have it all – the self-proclaimed “Queen of Having It All” discovered her gift of coaching others through challenges at a very young age. While other children played outside, Andrea could be found in her mother’s salon chatting with clients. Eventually, the client would reveal their personal obstacle and commit to specific action steps to resolve it by the time they left.

 

Andrea applied this talent to a very successful corporate career.  While juggling massive projects in a high-pressure environment, she still found that helping individuals achieve their goals to be the most rewarding.  When she discovered the role of executive coaching, Andrea says it was like “finding the glove that fit me.”

 

Her clients are fueled by Andrea’s core values of integrity, full self-expression and inspiring magnificence.  She believes that all business is created through powerful and connecting communication, which quickly leads to amazing results and successes.  Andrea is committed to inspiring others to own their personal magnificence by thinking and playing bigger while embracing the huge difference they make in the world.

 

Andrea certainly walks her talk, too.  A confessed ‘recovering perfectionist’, Andrea discovered many of the tools she coaches others with as she wrote her first book, Ignite Your Life! How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.  The need to write the ‘perfect’ book almost immobilized her, but lucky for us, she overcame her self-doubt and busy mind and voila, the book is now a reality!

 

Her advice to others?  “The only thing between you and your dreams is YOU!”  How very true – that’s why in order to have it all, you must let go of expectations and doubts and embrace the possibilities.  Learn more about Andrea’s inspiring work and sign up for your free chapter newsletter at www.IgniteYourLifeBOOK.com.

 

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for www.UpsideTheBook.com, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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Shared With LoVe

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It would be easy to learn Vicki Lickorish’s story and just wonder how she gets out of bed in the morning. But, if you meet Vicki, her enthusiastic and loving attitude would never reveal the challenges and heartbreak she’s faced.  She has rechanneled that energy into being an unstoppable force of encouragement and empowerment in helping others achieve their dreams.

Vicki’s first obstacle occurred upon discovering that her lifelong career goal of joining the police force was not possible due to being “vertically challenged.”  Not long after, she met the love of her life, who didn’t care that she is short, and they began planning a family.  Fate intervened once again.  A miscarriage left her body infertile, and Vicki felt as though not only was she denied her career dreams, now her dreams of a family were dashed, too.

Being the unstoppable woman Vicki is, she and her husband pursued IVF and were ecstatic to learn she was pregnant with quadruplets.  After a very difficult pregnancy, the babies were born but only lived a few hours.  Although heartbroken, Vicki and her husband tried again, and 5 months later were pregnant with twins.  Not long after, Vicki lost one of the twins but the other survived.  On March 19, Vicki and her husband become proud parents of a healthy baby boy.

A year went by before Vicki learned the unthinkable – her husband, best friend and emotional rock was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.  Within a year, she lost her soul mate and at 31 was widowed and a single parent.  To top it off, Vicki underwent a hysterectomy to stabilize her challenged health.  For Vicki, this tremendous time of challenge was an opportunity to recreate her life – a rebirth of sorts. And that’s what she did.

With unconditional love as her guiding star and core value, Vicki studied how our emotions shape and influence our lives.  She works with individuals to help them let go of past events, emotions and beliefs to achieve their goals and dreams.  And if anyone is qualified to do this work, it is certainly Vicki Lickorish!

Her advice to others: “Never plan too far ahead!”  Vicki believes that life is meant to flow and that when we set unrealistic goals, we miss out on the wonderful opportunities along the way.  Vicki’s coaching work empowers people to follow their dreams by letting go of our self-limiting thoughts and negative relationships in our lives.  She won’t promise you an easy path, but she does believe the results are worth the journey! 

For more information, visit Vicki’s site, www.combinedenergies.co.uk, or visit her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sharedwithloVe .

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for www.UpsideTheBook.com, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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Illuminating the Sacred: Living with Passion and Purpose

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Curiosity is a driving force for Rebecca Matias. Her own journey in becoming a successful business coach involved hours of soul-searching, working with life purpose coaches and channeling her passion to help other women succeed.

Living her passion gives Rebecca clarity and purpose to be fully authentic, honest and fair in helping people live up to their highest potential.  Like so many of us, she faced a fair amount of setbacks in establishing her business.  With no budget to spare, she watched YouTube to learn how to set up her own social media and websites – including HTML code.  Even though Rebecca’s business as a speaker and success coach is profitable now and includes assistants and web support, she started with nothing but a vision and her passion.

Oh, and she runs her full-time business in addition to being a stay-at-home mom.  Understanding that her family is a major core value, Rebecca establishes her priorities and adheres to them.  The result?  A feeling of being blessed to live on purpose, serving others in a heart-centered way and actualizing her deepest beliefs so that the zigs and zags produce upsides instead of upheaval.

Rebecca speaks and coaches others on illuminating the sacred within.  She is definitely a Spirited Woman as well as an Upsider (not to mention a fellow redhead!)  Learn more about Rebecca’s work at: www.yoursoulnavigator.com and join the Spirited Woman ShareFest on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/317750188238198/

This eight-part blog series, exclusively for UpsideTheBook, highlights the Every Woman Visionary. Each of these women, along with myself, are featured in the first-ever Spirited Woman 2012 Directory: Resources For An Inspired Life! (www.thespiritedwoman.com) set to launch on 12/12/11. It is an exciting time for women, and the FREE magazine-style digital directory – rich with inspirational stories, resources and more – is our gift to you. Women from six countries and over 25 states participated in the directory.

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The Rules Have Changed

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Today, November 27, The Diane Rehm Show, www.thedianerehm.org, focused on the loss of the American Dream. (I encourage you to listen to the podcast.) There were many poignant stories of individuals who followed the rules—did everything right and still fell behind.  There were many reasons why—loss of job or health, cost of health care, lack of education, government services, union issues, housing, etc.

As we know, in this political climate it will be a long time before the government is able to do anything substantial. However, there are still some things individuals can begin to do on their own.  In Upside:  How to Zig when Life Zags, we encourage individuals to reinvent their American Dream—that means start over.  Wipe the slate clean of expectations, things that worked in the past.  In today’s world, we must constantly invent. We must also think about alternatives in every aspect of our lives—where and how we live, how to educate our children, how to save money, and how to protect our health.

As I watched the frenzy on Black Friday, I was amazed that people are still being tempted to spend even during these difficult times.  I have nothing against purchasing goods but that day could have been spent enjoying family and brainstorming the next steps for many during this transition.

None of this is easy but we aren’t alone.  We must find the courage and the mental and physical resources to move on and find the answers.  We must be strong and commit to being resourceful and find others with which to share the journey.

I wish you luck on this difficult journey.

Bonnie Michaels

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