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  • 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.

  • January 6, 2014

2014_2The new year is upon us which means a chance to start fresh. If you weren’t seeing job search success in 2013, now is the perfect time to get a new job with these new year’s resolutions for job seekers from Spark Hire.

1. Clean up your resume. Make it one of your job search resolutions to craft a new resume. Assess your resume, and determine which items should stay and go. For instance, if you graduated from college ten years ago, your GPA and extracurricular activities aren’t super relevant anymore. Make sure your contact info is up-to-date. And with that, make sure your resume style is up-to-date as well.

2. Commit to networking. If you get pale and clammy at the thought of networking, don’t worry — it happens to a lot of people. But they get over it, and one of your job search resolutions should be to get over it too. Commit to attending one networking event each month, which can include fun events like happy hours or in-person and online career fairs.

3. Invest in the interview. This particular job seeker resolution is two-fold. First, invest in a great interview ensemble. If you’re searching for a more traditional job, go with a nice suit and tie. However, if you’re interviewing at start-ups or creative agencies, lose the stiff look and go with something fun, yet professional. Secondly, practice, practice, practice. Finding a job is like a job in and of itself. You must prepare, and be ready “to work” at a moment’s notice. Develop answers to those common interview questions like “Tell us about yourself” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Research companies with whom you’re interviewing or at the very least interested in working for, and come up with a list of questions that you have for them.

4. Get your head in the game. Every job seeker goes through dry periods, and when that happens to you, you need to be mentally prepared. Keep in mind that the perfect job is out there for you and that it’s just a matter of timing. What you can do in the meantime is get your name, face and experience out there.

Allow me to help you begin the new year stronger than ever. If you are interested in learning more about Career Coaching, contact me for a free consultation.

Posted in Career 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.

  • 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 25, 2013

It’s time to beat the heat this summer and treat yourself to opening the door to cooler and more fulfilling days ahead on your journey!

I would like to offer you the following life and career coaching opportunities through July 31, 2013:

  1. Buy One Get One Free – Purchase 5 coaching sessions and receive the second 5 FREE for a total of 10 sessions
  2. Referral Program – Refer someone and if they commit to any coaching package, you will receive the same coaching package for FREE

May your journey be filled with abundance!!

 

Posted in career, 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 20, 2013

Are you familiar with Emotional Intelligence?  Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  It’s commonly described as common sense.

Why is emotional intelligence important?  Studies indicate at least 27-45 percent of your success on the job relates to your ability to use emotional intelligence when relating to others.

Whether during an interview or in an important meeting recognizing your own emotions and how to handle them is extremely useful.  Having the ability to recognize the emotions of others and being able to adapt is also useful in your career.  Typically people with high emotional intelligence make better employees.  They have better decision-making abilities and job satisfaction and are able to nurture professional relationships.

Strengthening your emotional intelligence can help for numerous reasons – handling conflict, building trust, negotiating outcomes, and making good decisions.  In order to enhance your emotional intelligence, you need to become familiar with your own feelings.  Take a minute to pay attention to your feelings (not your thoughts!) and learn from them.

Posted in career, 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.

  • May 7, 2013

It’s one thing losing your motivation, but quite another when you have no obvious exit route.  Some people feel stuck in a job they hate. So how can you stay motivated?

1. Switch off for a moment or two – Take a break, daily

When under pressure at work, our brains are programmed to do more, not less, argues Dr. Michael Sinclair, a consultant psychologist and clinical director at the City Psychology Group. This combined with a perceived lack of appreciation for your efforts, is likely to start the slow slide to becoming demotivated.

“Your mind is racing between fear of redundancy, pressure to perform, a lack of appreciation and a constant need to be connected,” he said. “Create space between the demands of your job and provide some relief. If you’re always doing, how can you expect to regain your energy and enthusiasm.”

2. Give your manager a reason to appreciate you

The old saying still goes,  work smarter, not harder.  Make sure the hours you are at work are productive and that you are producing results on a regular basis.  Continue to develop  your skills, talents and abilities.  Specialize in something that you will be recognized for and that will add value to the company.

3. Reflect on your past and how you got here

Are you really working in the right sector or job? What made you enter this field in the first place, and did you fall into your current niche or should you be looking at alternatives? Before you can move forward, it is important to look back, reflect and set yourself up for success.

4. Connect with your colleagues and others in your industry

You’re unlikely to get out of your current rut in isolation.  It’s important to connect with your colleagues. Stop thinking about tasks in terms of career progression and start doing something that is likely to elicit some enthusiasm.

Engage with colleagues or counterparts in  projects that are innovative, and inspiring.

5. Create a Plan, don’t panic about the future

If you hate what you’re doing now, and can’t see any way out, the prospect of sticking with it for the next 20 years is a daunting and unappealing prospect. However, think about where your sector is going and what you need to do to thrive in the future.

If you feel you are in a dead end job, then it’s time to not only think about moving on, but to begin to take action to make that move a reality for you.  Appraise your options, know your skills and what you need to develop to succeed.

6. Recognize the difference between a bad day and a slump

Do you really hate your job, or do you just need to make some changes? Will a heart to heart with a mentor or manager help make some tweaks to your position that could reengage you?

You have to distinguish between whether what you’re feeling is a natural reaction to stress or a broader dissatisfaction.

7. Get an outside objective opinion

Take a step back from your current position and assessing whether you really have the right personality to succeed in the job.

Posted in career, 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.

  • April 9, 2013

Most people in today’s world will find themselves having between 3 and 7 careers over their lifetime.  Mid-career is that point after entry level and about 10-15 years out in the workforce.  It is here, were you will find yourself being asked, “what skills do you bring to the table,” and “can you demonstrate your ability to lead a team.”

Many find themselves asking after 10 or 15 years, is it time for me to make a mid-career change.  Is it time to transition into something else where I’m not so bored, or someplace where I feel inspired?  Once you begin asking those questions you begin the journey of looking for more meaningful work rather than looking for just another job.

In the Transition:

Once you decide to make the transition, it is important to get focused, set up a plan and a strategy to execute that plan.  If you are in need of help during any time of your mid-career change, ask for help.  Most people do not want to do this type of work alone.

Posted in career, 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.

  • April 3, 2013

This is a great time of year to spring clean your resume.  Here are some spring cleaning tips to following in order to create the resume that is going to put you above the rest.

1. Cut everything except the last 10-15 years.

2. Remove information that does not represent your current value.

3.  Add new accomplishments and/or measurements.

4.  Focus on information that is specific to your career goal.

5.  Remember that your resume is a living document and should be reviewed every season.

Posted in career, 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.

  • March 6, 2013

In today’s world, if you are job searching, it is time to create a social media job search strategy.  This will help you find more opportunities and make more connections then you would using conventional methods of looking for that dream job.

Below are 5 best practices to begin your job search strategy:

  • Let people know you are looking for a job on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Make sure your social media profiles are all professional.
  • Plan the social media strategy that is right for you. (A career coach can always help in building this strategy.)
  • Join LinkedIn groups.
  • Start a Blog related to your career interests.

There are many more tips and tools to use in your social media job search.  The goal is to get started and to make sure you are using social media to help you in finding your next career.

 

 

 

Posted in career, 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.

  • December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from Rodas Coaching

Give the Gift of Coaching this Year!

Now, until December 24th, Rodas Coaching is offering a

50% discount on every available coaching package and assessment.

Coaching packages make great gifts for a friend, colleague or

family member, or yourself!

Call or e-mail today to take advantage of our great holiday offer.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a New Year of creating the life you were meant to live!

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**This offer ends on Saturday December 24th**

Posted in 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.