Wednesday, July 17, 2019

21 Ways to Advance Your Career and Life by Pat E. Perkins

It can be quite challenging working in a career whether you’re in corporate or you’re a corporate refugee who’s started a business. I’ve personally experienced both sides of the scenario and have faced some of the situations you may be facing when you don’t know what to do to advance to the next level.

Even after completing my successful 20-year career and launching a sustainable business over ten years ago, there are proven strategies that I coach my clients to implement to maintain a steady foundation and positive stride.

In service of you and to take some of the concern out of how to continue to maximize your career, I’ve put together a list of strategies you can incorporate, just don’t attempt these all at once. You see there’s not just one secret or one way to advance, but I personally know at least 21 ways that could benefit you exponentially if you choose to take them on within your career, your business or your life.

Here are 21 career advancement strategies I highly recommend you add to your leader’s toolkit: 

1. Do more than what is asked or expected of you.

2. Join an industry organization and volunteer for a leadership position. 

3. Invest in a professional resume and/or career bio…always be ready to shine.

4. Develop an internal bio and send it to highly influential leaders for their review and feedback. 

5. Volunteer to lead or support a highly visible philanthropic event and make it a huge team success. 

6. Obtain a mentor in each of your developmental areas (one is no longer enough). 

7. Develop a professional board of directors made of individuals inside and outside of your organization. 

8. Set up a frequent 1:1 status session with your manager and your manager’s manager to manage up. 

9. Introduce people in your network on a weekly basis…tighten your net. 

10. Set goals and stick to them…make them visible and review daily.

11. Take on or launch a new initiative, project or program – high profile, high risk, high reward. 

12. Develop a Signature Talk based on your subject matter expertise…be known and share your message. 

13. Love what you do…or learn to love some aspect of it. How can you hate your career and expect to thrive in it? 

14. Write industry articles. Start with your company or industry-related newsletter. 

15. Show up at least 5 minutes early for every meeting, conference call or event…set a new standard. 

16. Join Toastmasters or enroll in a communication course…speak exceptionally well. 

17. Learn to listen AND ask powerful questions instead of having all the answers. 

18. Delegate powerfully to your team and allow new leadership to arise.

19. Know the Mission, Vision, and Values of the company by memory. 

20. Pray for your co-workers and clients…yes, even those you don’t like. 

21. Know your numbers…budget, sales, revenue, expenses, etc.

22. Bonus: Make it a point to have fun every day…people love to be around high energy. It’s infectious!

The list could go on…

The bottom line: Take on daily practices to grow and evolve as a leader. It’s your career, choose to advance it!

“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” ~Peter Drucker

Find out more about Pat at
Twitter: PatEPerkins

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

3 Steps to Reclaiming Your Freedom by Yvette Gavin

Stuck. The one word I hear the most when talking to others about their current career state is stuck. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals, the concept of being unable to move from an undesirable position or place is depriving people from experiencing true freedom.

To be stuck implies having to deal with someone or something unpleasant because there are no other choices available. The truth is that there are options and the only person that can move you from an undesirable situation is you. Stuart Wilde, a British writer, lecturer and teacher, said “If you are not totally free, ask yourself, why? I like this quote because it reminds me that I cannot be stuck and free at the same time, but more importantly, Wilde’s quote reminds me that it’s my responsibility to maintain my freedom.

Why do people stay at a company or in a role that causes them to feel stuck? There are tons of surface reasons but to boil it down to one phase, it is a lack of faith in themselves and a lack of faith that there is something bigger and greater for them. It breaks my heart to see people going through the motions because no one---employer or employee--- wins while working under the mindset of being stuck.

If you’re feeling stuck now, here are three things you can do to reclaim your freedom:

1. Love Yourself - Loving yourself is not about being selfish or self-centered. Loving yourself is about taking responsibility for your own development, growth, and happiness. It means accepting your strengths and weaknesses, making a commitment to work on building and correcting what needs to be done within. When you love yourself, you know your value and teach others how to respect you and your talent.

2. Have Faith – Having faith is believing in yourself. Faith is the knowing that you can and will live your highest dream even when it doesn’t look as if it’s possible. When you have faith, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the most perfect way.

3. Do the Work – The Greek saying, “Faith without Works is dead” reminds us that where there is real faith/belief we are to act upon it. The work is doing in the natural what you can do to light the path to your desires. If you desire to become unstuck in your career, it will require energy from you. Start today with disciplining yourself in one area of work. Your work could be updating your resume, having a one-on-one with your leader, going to a networking event, or taking a career growth development course.

Why do you think people stay in a career where they feel stuck? What advice do you have for someone feeling stuck in their career? I would love to hear your feedback.

Learn more about Yvette Gavin via her website at and follow her on Twitter @yvette_gavin

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Self-Love Builds Self-Confidence by Sharon Smith

“Kindness is not just about how you treat others; it’s rooted in how you treat yourself.” — Londro Rinzler

The dating world can be a place where rules do not seem to apply. What works for one person can blow up in the face of someone else. Even though this is true, there are some general truths that apply to everyone while dating, no matter who you are.

One of these truths is that self-confidence is attractive. People who are more self-confident tend to have more success when dating because it is a trait that is very obvious to potential mates when getting to know each other. So, what is the key to self-confidence? It is self-love. Loving yourself and treating yourself well is the first step to developing self-confidence that will radiate to other people and help you find more success in other areas of your life including dating.

The More You Want to Please Others, the Less Happy You Are
How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t care what other people think” and you've thought, wow, I wish I could feel that way. For most people, the answer is a lot. It is difficult to brush off what people think of you, and because of this, many of us tend to try and please others all the time. When you try to please others, you spend all your time and energy focusing outward and have nothing left to care for yourself. The irony is, the more you focus your energy on loving yourself and less on pleasing others, you will see that you will be happier and that happiness will result in better relationships more than people-pleasing ever will.

Avoid Those Who Bring You Down
Another impediment to loving yourself and growing your self-confidence are negative people who, either purposefully or by proxy, bring you down. Self-love grows through focus and positive energy, people who bring negativity and drama into your life suck that positive energy away. Take inventory of your circle and cut off those individuals that are negative and surround yourself with people that are positive. It can be hard because some of the people bringing negative energy are loved ones, which includes family.

Make Time for Yourself
You cannot practice self-love without knowing yourself well and many people really do not know themselves in a very deep way. Spending time by yourself is an important piece of this. Yes, it can be hard to get away and get moments for yourself but it is an important piece of self-love. Take time to do things you enjoy and create the time to be alone. When you know what makes you happy alone, you will better understand what will make you happy in a relationship and that will build your confidence.

Self-love is not always easy, but it is a must in developing healthy relationships and friendships. Trust me, it's a process. By following these few simple tips, you will be able to practice loving yourself more. So take time for yourself, trust the process, and remember you have to love yourself before you can love someone else.

Learn more about Sharon at Twitter: @CoachDate