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  • April 25, 2011
Every day we experience the natural dance between forward progress, backward
steps, side to side movements and standing in place. At times we make great
strides towards goals, and success seems to come easily. At other times,
success is slower in coming, if at all.

This week I want to challenge you to explore success. What gets in the way of
your success? Here are 4 questions for you to think about in regards to success.
If you’d like to answer these questions and send your responses to me this week
at Deborah@rodascoaching.com, I’d like to offer you a complimentary coaching
session. Here are the questions:

1. How do you measure success?

2. What do you do to ensure you will be successful?

3. What success do you want in your life that is missing at the moment?

4. What holds you back from being successful?

Here’s to your success this week and always!!!

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Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • April 19, 2011

This weeks Celebrations: A time for renewal, rebirth and new beginnings

The arrival of beautiful blossoms and lush greenery wouldn’t be the same without the memory of the long, dark and gray winter.

So too the celebrations of Easter and Passover are dependent on the dark months before this special time. This year, the observances of the Christian and Jewish holidays are in line, emphasizing connections to the seasonal renewal.

This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, marked the beginning of the Christian Holy Week.

As the sun sets another rite begins in Jewish households with Sedar dinner in observance of the first night of Passover.

As many Christians return home for Easter, so too do many in the Jewish community for Passover.

A little history:

The word Easter is from the Greek word pascha (derived from the Hebrew word pesach). And it refers to the Passover story.

Rejoice in the opportunities that come to you this week.

Easter and Passover are about renewal and unity!

Find some time this week to spend with family and friends and don’t let this special time Pass you Over!

Posted in Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • April 11, 2011

Now that we have entered spring time, it seems as though there are even more things on our plates to get done every day.  Stress Management is a term that is widely used and everyone has advice on how to deal with stress.  If you are feeling stressed this week, I challenge you to think about Control, and how much Control do you really have over your stress level.  The simple realization that we are in control of our life is the foundation of stress management

At times it seems as though there’s nothing we can do about our stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all of our errands, and our career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But each one of us has a lot more control than we might think.

It’s time to take charge of your life.  Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Creating a balance life is the ultimate goal, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

Here are 5 top ways you can distress your life this week:

  • Practice saying “no” – Know your limits and stick to them.
  • Avoid people who bring stress to your life – If someone consistently causes stress, attempt to turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
  • Control your environment – Create a place of calm and peace in your home, and step away from being connected 24 hours/7 days a week.
  • Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list.
  • Pare down your to-do list – If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

 

 

Posted in career, health, stress management

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • April 4, 2011

We hear this term often.  What does it mean and how can you use it to move yourself into a career that brings you joy, happiness and success?  Career Development is a term used for the methods an individual uses to advance in their career. Included in career development are one’s educational qualifications, skill sets acquired, self-actualization or personal fulfillment, and recognitions and acknowledgments gained over a period of time. A career-development plan is the key to making sure you continue to develop throughout your lifetime.  Career development is as important today as it has ever been.

Below are actions you can take to enhance your career and continue your development to creating the career you desire and deserve.

  • Set goals
  • Design your own development
  • Stay Competitive
  • Be Flexible
  • Demonstrate Professionalism and Desire

Other important steps you can take to further you development, include:

  • Education: Find courses that will teach you how to do other tasks at work. Sometimes your employer will pay for these courses, and other times the employer won’t. If you feel like it is necessary, spend the money.
  • Identification: Pay attention to the other positions at your company in case there is downsizing or a merge. If you don’t know what other employees do on different floors or in different departments, you may not know your competition.
  • Significance: Ask your boss what other tasks she’d like you to take on. Although some of your talents may not be used at this company, your boss knows the tasks that are necessary.
  • Potential: Evaluating your resume can make an employer realize just how much of an asset you are to the company. Regularly update your resume when you have acquired a new skill, especially during annual evaluations when it is time for a raise.
  • Time Frame: Set a goal of how long it will take you to learn a particular craft. Make sure to stay on track to learn it.
  • Networking: Attend conferences and meeting with other companies to find out different ways for your employer to profit.

My challenge to you this week is to take a serious look at your skills, talents and abilities in your career.  If you see a need for development, do one thing this week that is going to move you forward in your career.  Make your development a life long journey.

Enjoy your week!!

 

 

Posted in career

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.