11 Simple Steps to Help Build New, Better Habits

21 02 2017

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Forming a new habit or behavior more conducive to getting what and where you want to go:

How is this accomplished and how long does it take? Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process. Forming new patterns or habits may be gradual, little by little moving to a more positive and satisfying behavior.

Make small changes until a new pattern of attitudes and behavior is in place. You can also decide to stop a negative habit or attitude, like smoking, and go cold turkey and never smoke again.

New, more positive plans that you can implement with specific actions will take you closer and closer to the desired outcome and can be accomplished in a very short time. Once a decision is made, and acted on, you will reach a new, stable lifestyle.

Some helpful steps to adopt:

  1. Start simple: do not try to do everything in one day. Have a target that is attainable and keep at it for at least 30 days.
  1. Set your goals high, and break it down into small attainable steps. Losing 50 pounds may be overwhelming, but if you break it down to a smaller amount over a longer period of time then not only is it achievable, but easier to attain and maintain.
  1. Evaluate what knocks you off that new habit pattern. Strengthen and focus on the new habit.
  2. Establish relationships with people supportive of the new desired habit. Find role models. If you want to work out, establish relationships with people that go to the gym.
  1. Keep the desired habits or habit pattern actions in place for a minimum of 30-60 days. Easy changes will be incorporated quickly. Harder ones may take longer but do these daily.
  1. Schedule and follow through doing what you are committing to change. Create a strategy to apply consistently and improve your plan of action as results improve.
  1. Envision yourself having the end result. Keep reviewing and celebrating the benefits in your Journal.
  1. Review your Journal write-up, your game plan each morning, including the new habits. Track your progress.
  1. Put the new habit first, not last. If you want to start playing tennis, do not do it at the end of the day, rather do it when you are fresh and when you will benefit the most from doing so.
  1. Tell a friend or another about your new decision and invite their support. For example, I told my group of friends that I was writing a book. Each time I saw them I shared my progress as they asked about it. This kept me interested in a purpose for the book beyond myself, but envisioning the benefits for others as well. A purpose beyond mere self-benefits provides a greater-good purpose that means more value to all that are impacted.
  1. Determine what has to happen for you to know that you have a stable new habit by viewing your Journal entries progress feedback and acknowledge where you have achieved changed habits, and then define what is needed next to achieve the desired results!

How does one stay motivated?

What to do when:

There are moments where mood, fatigue, and lack of motivation, which are permitted, may create inconsistencies toward your desired goal and may cause your new habit to drop out.

Realize:

Minor setbacks are possible until a stable new habit is formulated and becomes a part of life. In order to motivate yourself and prevent set- backs, simply focus on your prior achievements and restore your purpose for change, and the benefits already achieved, and then re-commit with attention to consistency, no matter what happens in your life. Review negative thoughts and those folks with negative attitudes to avoid these. To have a more permanent change, you may ultimately have to change your environment and your schedule to match what works best for progress.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Dr. Gerald J. Regni!!****

 

About the author: The above article is an excerpt from The Job Book: Find Yourself and a Job in 30 Days written by Dr. Gerald J. Regni and co-authored by Diane Phillips. The authors have worked out a simple to follow, user friendly road map that anyone can follow to find a career that fits, where one will follow his or her passion in easy steps. Start Your Career Finding Adventure Today! READ A LIFE CHANGING CHAPTER FOR FREE by visiting www.thejobbook.info.

 

 

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Career Change? What You Need To Know Before Making The Transition

30 07 2014

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Circumstance in life evolve all the time. Some of these changes in life create an opportunity or need to change careers. This isn’t something that should be done impulsively, but should be heavily contemplated and considered. Here are some things to consider before actually making the change.

Change to What?

It goes without saying that the most important thing to consider is what type of career you want to consider. It’s important to never give up an existing job or career without a solid direction in which to head. It’s just a matter of deciding factors such as what you need, love doing, and where your talents lay.

Why is the Change Wanted Or Needed?

In order to prevent impulsive decision making, it is important for you to know why you are desiring of a career change. Do you feel stuck in your position? Do you wish to make a bigger difference and take on more responsibilities? There are many valid reasons to change careers, but sometimes, you may just be burned out or frustrated. A good vacation can resolve those feelings instead of a complete change of career.

What Are Your Life-Long Goals?

Every decision in your day should be part of a life long plan. The last thing you need to do is make a career change that is not consistent with long term goals. Why would you start a new career in the Midwest if you really want to live on the coast? Take a look at long term goals to narrow in on a career that fits for you.

The Cost of Change

Any type of move or change in life usually has a financial cost involved. For a career change, that cost may come in several forms. You may need to relocate and incur moving and relocation costs. Also, career changes may require pay cuts as some industries have different pay scales that other do. More training and education may also be required to get the job you want.

What Does the Prospective Industry Offer?

Before deciding on a new career, you must be certain about the future prospects of a new career. You would not want to consider employment as a copy writer with a newspaper when most news is being absorbed by customers online. Writing for online articles or blogs may be the direction you want to pursue. Know what the industry has to offer and be willing to make changes as needed.

Will Additional Education Be Required?

A new career may require additional education. As an example, someone employed in commercial real estate can find an interest in business. If this is the case, the degree they have may be transferable. For someone interested in something more specific like civil engineering, without an engineering degree, opportunities for employment are slimmer. A professional with a master’s degree in civil engineering has even more options for work and salary.

Career changes can be useful in revitalizing your life and your career. It is important to carefully consider the options and ramifications before actually initiating the change. Most people change careers several times in their life. It is important to make it count.

Informational credit to Ohio University, which offers a master’s degree in civil engineering. For more information, visit http://engineering.online.ohio.edu/civil/.

 

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Anita Ginsburg!!****

Anita G.About the author: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about education, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.





5 Ways to Set Goals That Will Make You Happier

24 09 2013

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Guest post by Greg Weiss, Founder of TheFirstFewSeconds.com

You’ve probably set goals for yourself in the past. Maybe you met them. But how did you feel while you were working towards them? How did you feel afterwards?  Concentrate on setting goals that make you happy – you’ll be much more likely to achieve them, and you’ll enjoy the process as well. Here’s how.

1. Set goals that make you happy now.

Avoid goals that are about your happiness 6 months from now. Choose goals that make you happy now, today, where you are. Does this mean your goal should be to watch as many Modern Family episodes as possible? Not quite. But it also means that you shouldn’t set a goal to be 50 pounds lighter and in your dream job half a year from now. Instead, perhaps you could set a goal to only watch Modern Family while walking on your treadmill – or only watch Modern Family after you’ve sent your resume out to 10 different jobs. See the difference?

TIP: You won’t keep your goals if they require you to sacrifice something now for more happiness later. We’re just not wired that way.

2. Don’t let fear be your motivation.

When your goals are based on fear, they probably don’t make you happy. Here’s an example: the rent is due, and you’re afraid you won’t be able to cover it. So you set a “goal” to make $1000 by the end of the month. And then to meet your goal, you wind up accepting a job or taking on a project that doesn’t really meet your long-term goals, and you’re miserable.

TIP: Don’t allow fear to be the driving force behind your goals. Yes, it’s important to pay the rent. But don’t equate that short-term need with your long-term goals. 

3. Don’t set goals you can’t control.

The worst goals are the ones most of us set around January 1st of each year: I’ll lose weight! I’ll make more money! These aren’t things that you can control. Instead, you can set a goal to exercise for 15 minutes daily, or apply to 15 carefully researched jobs each month. Those goals give you something to check off. You can, at any point during the month, assess how you’re doing.

TIP: It’s far more motivating if you set goals that are independent of external factors – more dependent on what is controllable.

4. Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.

The best goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals: goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, and time-oriented.

  • Specific means clarify exactly who, what, when, where, how, and why. For example: I will send my resume out to 3 jobs each day by 2 pm.
  • Measurable lets you see how you’re doing. If you’ve sent out 3 resumes and it’s not 2pm yet, you’re on schedule. If you haven’t sent out 3 resumes and it’s after 2, you’re behind. Get back on track.
  • Actionable goals give you concrete assignments – in this case, sending out a resume. (The flip side is a goal like, “Get a new job.” What’s the action you take?)
  • Reasonable goals are those that can actually be accomplished. Sending out 3 resumes daily if you’re not currently working is reasonable. Sending out 25 resumes daily is not.
  • Time-orienting your goal gives you a deadline.

TIP: If you can’t measure it, then it’s far too vague to be a goal you can attain. As the saying goes, what gets measured, gets done.

 5. Choose positive goals over negative ones.

When your goal is “lose 15 pounds,” you’re setting yourself up for failure. Beyond the fact that the goal isn’t S.M.A.R.T., it’s a negative goal, so you’re moving away from something. A goal should be about moving forward – for example, “exercise for 30 minutes every morning at 6am.”

TIP:  In addition, make a point of phrasing goals with positive language – a goal should be about you want to do, not what you want to avoid.

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greg weissAbout the Author: Greg Weiss is the Founder of TheFirstFewSeconds.com.  His entire career history has focused on marketing and people, helping people relaunch and accelerate their careers.





2012’s Top 20 Posts on Your Career

21 12 2012

Top202012 has been a fantastic year for Campus to Career.  I’ve learned a lot through successes and failures this year.  Opening up this blog to select guests throughout the community has added a lot of value, both to me as a blogger and hopefully, to you as a reader.  I thought I’d share with you Campus to Career’s top 20 posts of the year.  Each is unique, bringing you a wide variety of tools to use in the job search or in your current career.  Listed in order of reader popularity, they are:

1. Co-Op vs. Internship: What’s the Difference?   – Have you ever wondered what makes a co-op different from an internship?  Check out this article to learn what sets them apart and which is the best fit for you.

2. Smile & the World Smiles with You    – Smile.  Just smile.  It’s good for your health and your career.

3. Quality vs. Quantity: 3 Points to Consider – Lessons learned from childhood that still resonate to this day!

4. 10 Simple Ways to Succeed in Your New Career – Starting a new job soon?  Here are 10 easy ways for you to launch your career on the right foot.

5. Lessons on Failure from Wile E. Coyote  – He’s still chasing the Roadrunner, but there’s a lesson in there. Click the title to read how Saturday morning cartoons do more than entertain.

6. Recovering From a Screw-Up at Work – Oops. You screwed up. So what? Don’t let it be the death of your career. Learn how to recover like a boss.

7. Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in…College? You’re probably thinking, “wait, I thought that was kindergarten?” Yes, but there are some great things you’re going to learn in college that will propel you into your dream job.

8. 5 Things Every Young Professional Should Know Before Hitting 30 – 5 things. That’s it. Zach Buckley provides some great insight into what exactly we need to do before we hit the big 3-0.

9. [INFOGRAPHIC] How an Applicant Tracking System Reads Your Resume – Where does your resume end up once submitted online? The recruiter’s desk? A black hole? Learn how the system analyzes the content on your resume.

10. Leverage Life by Maximizing Efficiency – Maximize efficiency, get more done. Simple enough.

11. Internship Advice from Vanilla Ice – Stop, collaborate and listen.  Seriously, though…there’s a career lesson in there.

12. 5 Reasons Why Athletes Make Great Employees – Why leave your participation in team sports or the fact that you’re an athlete off your resume? Read this article to learn how you can use your athletic involvement to position yourself for success.

13. 5 Things to Leave Off Your Resume – Drop ’em like they’re hot.

14. Top 4 Career Choice Tips for New Grads – Graduated or will soon? There are 4 choices you’re going to have to make. Check out this great post from Annie Favreau from Inside Jobs.

15. Goal Setting: Possible Dreams – If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

16. Landing Your Dream Job: Part 2 – The Phone Interview – Dogs barking in the distance? Annoying roommate practicing with their garage band? You might want to re-think where you take the phone interview. Click the link for a few more tips.

17. Career Services – Gaining Value for FREE (Part 2) – Not using Career Services on campus as a student?  You’re probably missing out! Take advantage of the free services…you’ll be glad you did!

18. Teamwork According to The Smurfs – What can little blue men (and a woman, sorry Smurfette) teach us about teamwork? More than you think.

19. 3 Strategies for Staying Positive during Your Job Search – You’ve applied everywhere. No one has called you. No emails in the inbox. You’re starting to freak out. Read this article to learn 3 ways to keep positive.

20. Branding Lessons from MTV – Remember when MTV actually showed music videos?  Seriously…they did.  Snooki wasn’t even a bad daydream in some director’s head at that point. Learn what MTV has to teach us about branding.

What is YOUR favorite post on Campus to Career?  Let me know.  I really value your opinion and insight.  That’s how this blog has evolved and how its able to bring you fresh content every week.  Blogs, Facebook and Twitter aren’t broadcast platforms to me.  They’re about building relationships and engaging in conversation.  So, let me know what you think.  Let’s make 2013 even better!

Thanks for reading!





Get Into the Zone & Change the World

18 12 2012

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Last week, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to work with The Soderquist Center during a week-long series of meetings focused on leadership.  There were a lot of takeaways from each session ranging from how each person’s personality is different, requiring us to work with each other differently to team building exercises focusing on trust.

One of the most memorable quotes from the meetings was that of an executive who said, “I strive to keep all my relationships in the positive to neutral zone, never letting any of them cross the line into the negative space.” 

This resonated with me.  Too often we find ourselves spending time thinking about what we’re doing or how we’re doing it would be disapproved by someone in our negative space.  This affects productivity, among other things.  Why?  Rather than focusing on the positive outcomes, we’re too worried about damage control.  We’re thinking of how that person will shoot down our ideas.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Jim Collins has taught us to exercise productive paranoia in his book Great by Choice, but there’s a fine line between that and toxicity.  By keeping your relationships positive or neutral, I think you’ll find that there is more time to focus on innovation and creativity, continuing to improve those relationships, thus increasing their value.  So before you open you mouth with a snappy response, fire off the email with ALL CAPS, or take a jab at someone else’s expense, think about how you can move their relationship with you to the neutral or positive zone.

Keeping all relationships in the positive or neutral zone is one of my personal goals going forward.

There are a lot of bad things happening all around us throughout the world.  I don’t have to provide examples.  All you have to do is read the headlines.  I’d like to encourage you to think about all the positive things we’re accomplishing in the world, possible things that were once thought impossible.

I mentioned earlier that keeping all relationships in the positive or neutral zone is one of my goals.  It’s not a 2013 goal.  It’s a forever goal.  Want to change the world with me?  Let’s do it together!

For a little inspiration, check this out:

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year.  I challenge you to read it without tearing up.  I failed that challenge…

I’d also encourage you to check out Enactus.  Enactus, which was formerly known as SIFE, is an organization that is enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. We’re a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.  In 2012, Enactus students in 39 countries put in more than 7.2 million volunteer hours to empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.  I’m proud to be part of this organization as their VP of Career Services, helping these fantastic young leaders prepare for their careers after college and assisting our valued partners with a tailored recruitment strategy to help them achieve maximum ROI.  Check out www.enactus.org for more information.  Here is a quick link to some of the projects they’re doing to truly change the world.

Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Let’s change the world now. 

As always, thanks for reading.





3 Strategies for Staying Positive during Your Job Search

6 03 2012

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There are few things in life that are more challenging than being unemployed when you’d like to be employed. In today’s challenging economic atmosphere, more and more people are finding themselves out of work and feverishly scouring the job market for their next career opportunity. That being said, this means that many people are dealing with long days of unemployment. While having the skills and charisma to land a position is key, there is something very important to be said about job candidates with positive attitudes and self assurance. Try these three strategies for saying positive during your job search.

Keep a Productive Daily Schedule

Maintaining a regular schedule during your unemployment is essential for staying positive and keeping active. It can be easy to fall into an unhealthy schedule when you have fewer responsibilities during the day. Many of us are tempted to sleep until noon and be fairly inactive when we have no specific responsibilities during the day. However, maintaining a relatively normal daily schedule can help you stay on top of your job search and keep a positive attitude. As you’ll hear time and time again, your job during unemployment is finding a new job. It should be approached with the same passion and commitment. Set a schedule: wake up at nine am, take a shower, get dressed, and start looking for jobs. Structure creates balance in life. Don’t let unemployment break that balance.

Set Conceivable Goals

Goal setting is important at any stage in a person’s life. Without solid goals it can be very hard to stay productive and positive. Most all of us are programmed to want to achieve things for ourselves. By setting realistic and achievable goals during your time of unemployment, you can help stay busy and focused while also finding ways to feel positive about your progress. Take your job search seriously every single day and create goals that can help you accomplish things in that search. Monitoring your progress with your goal setting will help build your confidence and keep up your momentum.

Find Something You are Passionate About

Hobbies are an important thing to maintain during any point of our lives. Whether you are working full time, maintaining a part time job, or in search of something new, a hobby is essential for keeping your head on straight and staying level. All too often, people get too caught up in their work lives and forget to find something outside of work that inspires them. Particularly during unemployment, a hobby can be a useful and productive thing. Searching for job opportunities all day everyday can be an especially exhausting experience. Find a hobby during your unemployment that you are passionate and excited about. This can hobby can be an asset during job interviews and will help keep you relaxed during your search.

This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from accredited online colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.





SHIFT_ Your Mindset

7 02 2012

“SHIFT_. A single word that captures the passion and commitment that has revived and drives our future. Everything we touch, we shift. And everything we shift, we try to make better and uniquely Nissan.

SHIFT_ thinking changes the way we look at things, the way we do things and the way we react to life around us.  It’s no longer about just doing, but doing for a purpose, doing effectively. It is change, but change driven for better, faster, higher performance. We are not afraid to take the lead at times or to stretch the boundaries in wider, better directions. When you change the way you look at reality, you will find that amazing things can happen.”

Why am I talking about an automotive company?  Look a little closer.  You see, shift happens.  Things change.  Life moves on.  What Nissan has discovered is that you’ve got to keep moving toward your goals, whatever they may be.  Curveballs will be thrown at you!  To help you catch some of those wild pitches (or better, yet – help you knock them out of the park,) here are a few examples of how my mindset has shifted regarding some of the social tools I use (yes, this still relates to your career):

Twitter:

  • Original mindset: This weird, new tool has no value. Why would anyone care what I think? And who really wants to know what I had for lunch?
  • Current mindset: This awesome tool keeps me connected to the world in real-time.  News, humor, relevant articles – you name it, Twitter has it!  It’s all about how you use the tools, not the tool itself.  Ever used a sugar packet to level a wobbly table?  It’s up to YOU to find the value!

LinkedIn:

  • Original mindset: It’s the professional space online. I should be using it for business, connecting only to people I know.  Oh, and I might as well copy what’s on my résumé into my profile.  It’s the same thing, right?
  • Current mindset: LinkedIn is valuable, but again, it’s all about how you use it.  I use the platform to connect with people (and continue to connect with them after the initial invitation) in my network, along with people I’ve never met.  WHAT?  Connect with someone you DON’T know on LinkedIn?  There’s value in doing this.  Expand your network.  We’re all connected by fewer links than you think!  LinkedIn is also great for group participation and to establish credibility.  Know the answer to someone’s question?  Build your reputation!  By the way, I still don’t link all my tweets to LinkedIn.  For me, it’s distracting.  Sure, I cross-post sometimes, but EVERYTHING isn’t worthy of LinkedIn.  Know your platform and purpose.

Facebook:

  • Original mindset:  Facebook isn’t for me.  Why?  Actually, Facebook wasn’t available to me when it first launched (I’m not THAT old) and I didn’t have an .edu email address, which was required for users at that time.  When the platform opened up its membership, I joined just see what everyone was talking about, connecting with long-lost friends and family members.  I posted pictures…some weren’t too flattering.  After all, who would use Facebook as a job seeking tool?
  • Current mindset:  Facebook is the future.  Most of us already know this.  Why do I say that it’s the future?  Apps like BranchOut and BeKnown are bringing a new side to Facebook that allows job seekers to build their professional profile, without it being linked to their general profile (you can still have a locked-down Facebook page, but the apps open the professional information up for outside viewers, like recruiters.)  Think of this:  Facebook has nearly 800 million active users.  It’s where people are spending their time – day and night.  I check my social profiles and email every morning before getting out of bed.  That’s a powerful sense of connectedness!  We all like to share things on Facebook.  What this does is give others a sense of our personality and culture fit.  It’s who we are at our core.  Think about that before you question recruiters using it as a research tool.  You have the power to work this in YOUR favor!  YOU control what YOU post (and who sees it, who tags you in photos, etc.)

Pinterest:

  • Original mindset: What is this and why are people posting pictures of food or their newest craft project on Facebook?  That feature can be turned off, by the way.  Hint, hint.  Why would I want to even entertain another social sharing tool?
  • Current mindset:  I joined.  To my surprise, it’s quite useful!  I use Pinterest for moments when I need some inspiration or motivation.  I use Pinterest to help spark creativity as well.  The next time you hit a wall trying to squeeze creativity out of your fried little brain, check out the site.  You’ll be surprised at how refreshed and inspired you are when you get back to work on the task at hand, including your job search. NOTE: Pinterest, like many other social sites, CAN BE A TIME SUCK!!  Again, you make the rules.  It’s up to you regarding how you use the tool.  PS. If you have any delicious recipes, I’m happy to serve as your taste-tester.  🙂

One platform I’m missing is Google+.  I’m still in the infant stages of discovery with this tool.  The original mindset is this: What makes it so special, so different than anything else out there?  That’s the million dollar question that a lot of people are asking.

You tell me – what do you think about Google+ or any of the other sites covered in this post?  How are YOU using them for your job search?  How has your mindset shifted?  Please leave a comment below.  I want to hear from you.

As always, thanks for reading!