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  • April 4, 2014

Tulips in a vase, focus on flower in foregroundJust like our homes, sometimes our lives and minds become cluttered. It’s time to clean out the old and let in the new! Pursuing a simple, sustainable, flexible,happier lifestyle means that you have to choose it. And that means choosing to lose some other things. It means getting rid of things that no longer work for you,it means updating the way you do things, it means freeing up some space for new and exciting opportunities and challenges.

Begin to update how you approach each day and free up space for the things that make your truly happy. Below are two steps to help you spring clean your life, clean out the clutter and get organized.

Clean Out the Clutter
Identify any negative habits and truly work to break yourself of them. Sweep out the tendency to gossip, as it wastes time and only ends up hurting others. Wash away procrastination to prevent the buildup of unfinished tasks from constantly preoccupying your mind. Kick anger and jealousy to the curb – if you feel you owe someone an apology, do it. And if you’re waiting for an apology from someone who won’t give one, accept that and move on. Cleaning out the clutter in your life is difficult, for sure. In fact, this first step is definitely the hardest one. But by throwing out the negativity in your life, you make room for more positive opportunities and personal growth.

Get Organized
As with any good spring cleaning plan of attack, after you’ve taken care of the clutter, it’s time to get organized. You need to decide how you’re going to effectively use all that new free space in your life.

  • Prioritize the things that are most important to you. Family, friends, career, fitness, travel, education, romance, a hobby … Whatever they are, list them out in order of importance.
  • Take a look at your day-to-day routine. How closely does your schedule align with your list of priorities? Is there something you aren’t spending as much time on as you’d like? Is there something you’re spending too much time on that isn’t adding to your happiness?
  • Think about how you could more closely align your schedule with your priorities. Ask the people around you to help you with this, for example, ask your boss for that well-deserved time off that you never seem to take, or ask a friend to exercise with you to keep you both motivated.

Spring cleaning your life is a concept many of us ignore, and we keep going about our old routines, hoping something will change with out any action on our part. The key is to get started. So this month do one thing each week to spring clean your life and discover what a fabulous life you can create.

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 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 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.

  • February 25, 2014

SONY DSCAs humans, we are inherent seekers of truth.  Whether we are trying to comprehend our true life purpose, make a truthful decision, or decipher if someone if telling us the truth, it is natural for us to extract truth from all matter of life. But your truth must be grasped firmly. So long as we are ready to face it, the truth is no further than a few steps down the inner road.

Alexandra Harra, a certified life coach, gives a number of routes we can take on our journey towards truth. Reflect on which of these approaches is best for you:

  • Honor your needs – There are questions you must ask yourself when faced with a choice: what, why, and for whom? Most of the time, the answer to each of these should include a “me” or “I.”
  • Listen – The people around you can help you establish truth, if you are willing to listen. Ask three people whom you trust fully for unfiltered advice. Listen openly and without interruption. A fresh perspective helps detangle truth from frustrating, personal sentiments.
  • Examine history – Truth represents itself throughout history. If you acted in a way that hurt you in the past, acting in a similar way will hurt you in the future. Learn from your own history and base your truth on the lessons you’ve learned.

There are a number of routes you can take on your journey towards truth. You can see all 10 approaches here.

Posted in health, 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 6, 2014

emotional intelligence at workEmotional intelligence, commonly described as common sense, is defined as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. Our emotional intelligence – the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others – can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success, and a lot of your success and happiness is dependent on how you interact with others—in all jobs.

What can you do to sharpen your emotional intelligence? CareerBliss spoke with a number of psychologists and experts on the topic to pinpoint practical ways to practice strong emotional intelligence at work.

  1. Set an Intention – To control an outcome, you first have to clarify your intention.  “Before you start a project, meeting, or conversation, ask yourself: What is my intention? What do I most want to see happen from this?” says Amita Patel, owner and founder of Aligned Holistics. If you didn’t get what you were looking for, consider rephrasing your question. Looking inwardly can boost your interpersonal skills.
  2. Destress – Stress is kind of like a fog machine for your emotional intelligence. When you’re incredibly stressed out, it’s harder to see interactions clearly. For instance, “Many of us suffer from Email Apnea. Simply put, it means we hold our breath as we’re checking & writing email like a bomb is about to go off. Focus on creating a rhythm of calm & steady breaths,” Patel says. This can help you relax.
  3. Practice Kindness – Simple acts of kindness is always great for building strong relationships in general. Even if it’s as small as flashing a smile and saying “good morning.” Patel suggests: “Hold an elevator door, thank someone sincerely, or listen to someone mindfully without distractions.”

Putting these tactics into practice is a great way to connect your mind and heart for more success and happiness at work.

Posted in Career Coaching, health, Rodas 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.

  • November 26, 2013

cornucopiaFor many of us, Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day that involves eating lots of good food, spending time with family and maybe watching a football game or two. Most importantly, it’s a day to count our blessings and give thanks. The positive benefits associated with gratitude are many, and there are ways you can keep the attitude of gratitude going strong in your life every day.

Here are some ideas:

  • Live in Thanksgiving every day by giving to others. This can be something like helping out a neighbor, spending time with a friend who’s having a hard time, donating to a charity, or doing volunteer work.
  • Every day think of one thing that you are grateful for and write it down on paper. Spend a few minutes immersing yourself in this feeling of gratitude and offer up your thanks, whether through prayer or just a simple thank you to the universe.
  • People want to feel appreciated, so express your thanks to a family member or friend who has always been there for you. Say thank you to people you meet throughout the day, such as the helpful grocery clerk, the co-worker who did a good job, or the person who lets you go ahead of them in line.
  • Give thanks for the food you have every day, and reflect upon the nourishment it gives to your body.
  • Show your gratitude to the earth we live on by treating it with respect. Recycle, cut back on electricity use, conserve water and any other steps you can take to keep the planet healthy.
  • Find gratitude in the mistakes that you make. Realize that these can be valuable opportunities for growth and learning.
  • Spend some time walking through your home and notice the things you are particularly grateful for. Or, you can think about special memories that come to mind in the different rooms of your home. Offer a prayer of thanks or spend some time in joyful reflection.
  • By making gratitude a part of your daily life you can create more joy in your spirit and in the lives of others. Keep gratitude alive in your heart and make every day Thanksgiving Day.

Posted in health, 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.

  • August 29, 2013

Question markAs we head into the dog days of summer and speed toward the Labor Day Weekend and the final few months of 2013, Jay Block wants to know… what’s new with you?

If we are not creating anything new on a regular basis, we are probably heading in the wrong direction… and blaming others or finding excuses. If we are not consistently creating something new… we are destroying possibilities and potential.

New Mindset

Success, achievement, and happiness are NOT born out of negativity and pessimism. All too often we hear the cliché “maintain a positive attitude”… but simply pay lip service to it. When we are feeling unhappy or experiencing adversity, we are told to: “grin and bear it” or “make the best of a bad situation.” The problem is that we are not taught how to maintain a good, positive attitude in the wake of setbacks, obstacles, and unexpected circumstances that throw our lives into chaos.

It is difficult, at best, to create anything of substance with a negative outlook, self-doubt, pessimism, or an apathetic and indifferent attitude. So the first step to creating anything new is to manage our mindsets. We can do this by:

  • Focusing on what we have, and all that we have to be grateful for (more than you know)
  • Surrounding ourselves with positive people and avoiding negative voices of influence
  • Exercising and living a healthy lifestyle because “motion creates emotion”

New Thoughts

New thoughts can be destructive and inhibiting only if our mindset is not functioning at peak performance levels. With a healthy and positive mindset, we can now create new, empowering thoughts.

It’s been repeated throughout history that you can’t fix a problem with the same mind that created it. No matter how hard we work or how committed we are to achieving our goals, if we don’t continually rethink what we think we know, the same thoughts will become old-thought gatekeepers; and no new viewpoints or considerations are possible.

New thoughts create new goals, new dreams, and a new life because new thoughts create new beliefs. New thoughts that create new beliefs have the influence to empower us to lose weight, stop smoking, repair damaged relationships, overcome life challenges, land new jobs, enhance business opportunities… new life opportunities. When we create new thoughts and new beliefs, we then create new habits. We can do this by:

  • Asking higher quality questions such as, “what is possible for me that I current believe is impossible?” This is known as the Socratic methodology. The Socratic Method is universally recognized for being the single-most effective critical thinking process there is. New thoughts and new beliefs derive from asking ourselves, and others, high quality questions that lead to high quality answers.

So, hey… what’s new? Hopefully you won’t respond… “Same old same old.”

{Check back next week for part two of this series}

Posted in health, Life Coaching, Rodas 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.

  • June 3, 2011

Here are 5 steps you can begin to use today to create your amazing life:

 

  1. Weed out the things you don’t want in your life
  2. Write your dreams down on paper and look at them every day
  3. Be Thankful
  4. Speak your dreams and desires out loud on a regular basis
  5. Take Action toward your dreams every single day

 

Enjoy the rest of your week

Posted in 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 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.