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  • March 28, 2014

build self confidenceLife these days can be hectic. With all of our to-do lists and commitments, life can seem pretty overwhelming. For a better and simpler day, try a combination of the following tips from Huffington Post:

  • Slow Down – If you feel constantly rushed then slowing down occasionally is a must. You need to know when to take your foot off the gas a rest a little.
  • Forget the Small Stuff – Vilfredo Pareto’s 80/20 rule states that in any particular pursuit that we undertake approximately 80 percent of the results may come from just 20 percent of our efforts. What this means is that some of us are spinning our wheels most of the time. Try to identify the 20 percent that really matters.
  • Learn the Power of No – Learn to say a polite “No, thank you” to invitations that don’t let you spend time with those you care about or are things that get you closer to your goals.
  • Limit Negativity – Don’t even entertain it. Reduce external negative voices by surrounding yourself with the right people as much as possible.
  • Give Back – The things that give us the best feelings or that we’re most proud of often involve giving or providing a service to someone else. Make giving back a constant goal.

Living simpler often means we live better. You can see even more tips for embracing the power of simpler living here.

Posted in health, Life Coaching, 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.

  • March 21, 2014

linkedin makeoverWhen was the last time you evaluated your LinkedIn profile? You don’t need to do a full analysis, just a quick check up to see if all of the important information is there. If you have 10 minutes to spare then you’ve got time for a LinkedIn profile makeover.

  • Update your profile photo – Is it time to update your profile photo? Careerealism recommends using a head shot that zooms in on your face so that viewers are able to recognize you if they met you in person.
  • Infuse your title with keywords – The title/tagline block is where LinkedIn draws keywords from when ranking profiles in searches. You have 120 characters to clarify your skills, credentials or career goals.
  • Warm up your Summary – Many profiles are written in the third person, but first person language is warmer and carries more of your personality.
  • Add to your Skills & Expertise section – LinkedIn allows you to list up to 50 skills and areas of expertise on your profile so take advantage.

LinkedIn is important to career management these days so take a few minutes to freshen your LinkedIn profile. You can see more tips on updating your profile here.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, LinkedIn, Social Media

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.

  • March 5, 2014

build self confidenceHow strong is your mental health? Huffington Post defines mental health as a psychological concept that encompasses emotional intelligence, grit, resilience, self-control, mental toughness and mindfulness. It’s the reason that some people are able to overcome any obstacle, while others crumble at life’s daily challenges.

The ability to cope with challenging emotions and situations is a significant predictor of our success and happiness. The most capable individuals in this way are able to turn an obstacle into a source of growth and opportunity. So, how do they do this? What tactics do they use to overcome adversity?

Below are 5 essential habits of mentally strong people:

  • They see things objectively – The way we perceive a situation has a huge power to either help us or harm us.
  • They let go of entitlement – An attitude of entitlement can make it more difficult to deal with challenges.
  • They keep a an even keel – Emotional stability and the ability to keep a cool head is an enormous asset when it comes to dealing with challenges.
  • They live in the present moment – Being present allows you to see things as they really are.
  • They know when it’s time to let go – Just as important as perseverance is the ability to recognize that you can only control your actions, not the results of those actions.

You can see the full list of habits and practices here.

Posted in health, Life Coaching, 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.

  • March 3, 2014

How many times have you decided to try something and everything you do to attain a goal just doesn’t seem to be working, whether it is a new career, relationship or something about money? Why is it that some people can keep going and others just give up?

It’s all about Mindset! That’s right, MINDSET! Do you wake up every day saying, Good God it’s Morning or Good Morning God!!!! The latter seems to produce something in people which keeps them going and moving forward to obtaining their goals.

This idea of Mindset, can also be used in the job search. Jen Weigel, in an article in the Chicago Tribune writes that “98 percent of employers thought it was more likely that a person with the right mindset could develop the right skill set instead of the other way around.” So just think, if you are job searching, and you begin to shift your mindset to being more positive, you may be able to land that next job.

This week, ask yourself, “What mindset do I want to have?” and go out into the world to practice any new mindset that you choose. Pay attention to how life changes with your new mindset.

 

Posted in Career Coaching, Life Coaching, 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.