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  • February 26, 2015

When you make choices based on your assumptions, you are letting the past control the future. Assumptions hold you back, because when you already “know” that something won’t work, you probably won’t even consider doing it. Even if you do attempt it, you won’t have a lot of energy for, or be engaged in, what you’re doing, since you don’t really believe it can work. When you hold on to your assumptions, you miss out on many possibilities.

Imagine this scenario: A new salesperson has done five sales presentations, and none of the prospective clients have decided to buy her product. If she makes the assumption that she is not good at doing presentations, then it’s unlikely that she’ll put her all into soliciting them. And, even if she does end up doing one, the catabolic energy she brings with her to the presentation may actually repel her potential sales (and without her even realizing it, she has created more proof that her assumption was correct.)

Here are some typical assumptions:

  • If I don’t do it myself, it won’t be done right.
  • My kids are lazy and unproductive.
  • I’m no good at interviewing.
  • No one listens to what I’m saying.

Because assumptions are primarily based on personal experience, they are internalized and emotional, and somewhat difficult to let go of. Delving deep to remove the emotion of the past experience may be necessary before moving
forward.

The main question to ask when challenging an assumption is simply “Just because that happened in the past, why must it happen again?”

Now, when you just “know” that something won’t work based on your past experience, recognize your assumption for what it is, question it, and consciously choose to let it go and to take positive action.

Posted in Career Coaching, Life 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.

  • February 25, 2015

balanceYour best work-life balance will vary over time, often on a daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you tomorrow. The right balance for when you are single, will be different if you marry or have children; when you start a new career, versus when you are nearing retirement.

There is no perfect, one-size fits all balance you should be striving to achieve!

The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives. However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us: Achievement and Enjoyment.

Focusing on achievement and enjoyment every day in life helps you avoid the “As soon as…” trap – the like-dulling habit of getting around to the joys of life and accomplishment “as soon as…”

Life will deliver the value and balance we desire…when we are achieving and enjoying something every single day…and in all the important areas of our life.

Are you ready for a coach to help you achieve work-life balance? Contact me today to get started on the path to success!

Posted in Uncategorized

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.

  • February 13, 2015

How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?

Reignite the passion you had on January 1st to make 2015 an amazing year for your career and contact Rodas Coaching for your free coaching strategy session from now until March 1!

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  • Define your vision
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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.

  • February 10, 2015

flip calendarDo you dread Sunday evenings? A poll conducted by Monster.com found that a whopping 78% of surveyed adults worldwide experience the “Sunday-night blues” thinking about returning to the office on Monday.

Rather than dwelling on unsettled business or upcoming deadlines, make an effort to enjoy the last bit of your weekend. Below are 5 things that successful people do on Sunday nights:

  • Spend time with family and friends – Successful people know that their weeks will probably be jammed so they make the most of their Sunday nights by spending time with loved ones.
  • Plan something fun – Being focused on the fun will take your mind off of Sunday-night blues.
  • Catch up on reading – Most successful people read every night before bed and Sunday night is a good time to catch up on any reading that has been neglected.
  • Relax – When you know that the week ahead will be busy, a good night’s sleep is essential.
  • Reflect – The end of the weekend can be a good time to take a step back and catalog your feelings. The process will provide you with a valuable emotional release.

What do you do to combat the Sunday-night blues? You can see the full list from Business Insider here.

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.