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  • December 30, 2014

targetThink back to this time last year and the New Year’s resolutions and goals that you made – did you stick with them? If you’re like most people then probably not. What if this year could be different? It can!

TED tells us that there’s a science to setting goals. Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist at Stanford, shares four research-backed tips to help you craft and carry out successful goals below.

  • Choose a goal that matters
    Our brains are wired to love rewards so we often set simple goals but a meaningful goal requires going deeper. Think about what you want in the coming year and then ask yourself why you want that – three times in a row. This will drive home why that goal matters and that motivation can help you as you work toward that goal.
  • Focus on the process
    When we set goals, it’s easy to focus on the outcome when we’ve reached the goal. Ask yourself, what is the smallest thing I can do today that helps me reach my goal?
  • Frame your goals positively
    How you describe your goals makes a big difference. Focus on what you want to bring to life, not what you want to avoid.
  • Prepare for failure
    Moments of failure are inevitable but we can’t abandon the goal entirely when minor setbacks start piling up. Ask yourself, how am I likely to fail? That mental plan can help you react to things that might trip you up.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Life Coaching, Skills

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.

  • December 17, 2014

What would you transform about your career for 2015? Take advantage of these two spectacular offers from Rodas Coaching:

1. Free coaching strategy Christmas Wreathsession from now until December 31!

In this powerful 30-minute strategy session, Deborah will

  • Define your vision
  • Set challenging goals
  • Create a plan of action to help you achieve extraordinary results

2. 20% off coaching packages for the month of January

Push yourself to reach your dreams! Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness, joy and success.

 

 

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.

  • December 16, 2014

balanceIf you have trouble balancing your work life with your personal lie, you’re not alone. International Coach Federation points out that if employees don’t have a healthy work-life balance, then sooner or later he/she will have worse and worse results.

Below are a few things you can try to help balance out your life:

  • Schedule Down Time – We all schedule meetings and appointments, but do you schedule enjoyable things for yourself? Maybe a night out will recharge your batteries. You should make time for anything that helps you relax.  By scheduling something you can look forward to, you won’t feel so overwhelmed and depressed when you glance at your schedule.
  • Develop Healthy Patterns – Try to reduce inference. Adopt the rule of not postponing any case. Do everything only once.
  • Exercise – It can be tough to fit exercise into a busy schedule but exercise reduces stress and heightens feel-good hormones. Many people find that they are more alert, have better concentration and are more productive when they exercise regularly.

Posted in Career 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.

  • December 11, 2014

lightsThere are plenty of things to distract us from work the is time of year – holiday gatherings, office parties, traveling, etc. Luckily, Kory Kogan, a global productivity practice leader for Franklin Covey, spoke with Fast Company about how to focus on what you need to be successful this holiday season.

  • Be Intentional – Kogan recommends the 30-10 promise to stay focused during this hectic season. Before the week starts, spend 30 minutes thinking about what needs to be done and prioritize that list. At the end of each day, reconcile your list.
  • Take a Break – Research shows that even a 10-minute break during the day can increase productivity.
  • Say No – Don’t be afraid to say “no” to festive events. The key to managing holiday invites is being intentional. Decide what’s important for you at the moment and ask yourself whether each invitation is going to help you achieve that goal.
  • Set Expectations – Be realistic about how much you can do and handle. Let others know what they can expect from you to help ease your anxiety over full voice mailbox or a cluttered inbox.

You can see even more tips on staying productive during the holidays here.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Rodas Coaching, 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.

  • December 5, 2014

According to The Ladders, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career! Not only are you ten times more likely to land a job when your resume is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company through your connection, you’re more likely to be a good fit.

As your calendar begins to fill up with holiday events, remember to make networking a priority. Below I’ve rounded-up some of my favorite networking blogs for you.

Networking When You Want a New Career
How do you answer “what do you do?” when you’re looking for a new career? Use these alternative conversation entry points to help you steer networking conversations with confidence.

Networking Effectively – The Key to a Successful Job Search
It is important in today’s job market to do whatever it takes for you to stand out in the crowd. Use these tips to make your networking effective in gaining employment.

Find New Ways to Network
Networking is a lifetime process. Even after you find your new position, it is important to continue networking throughout your career and life to build strong connections. Strong, healthy connections keep us happy, healthy, and moving forward to create the life we desire.

Posted in Networking, 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.