Category :Personal Development

The SMART New Year’s Resolution

When most people set New Year’s Resolutions, we are not very smart about them. We aim for the big-ticket items. The kind that gets us pumped up, emotional and excited.  But often, they fail us when moods, temperatures, and finances are down.  As the ‘newness’ of the New Year wears off, so does the excitement and commitment to the resolution.

I wrote before the New Year, that New Year’s Resolutions need a facelift.  To expand, this facelift can only be achieved by employing the S.M.A.R.T approach.

New Years Resolutions Are In Need Of A Facelift

I was not surprised to read that while over 40% of western hemisphere dwellers create new year’s resolutions, only 8% of us achieve them.

New Year’s resolutions, after all, are most directly, tradition; just as common as the historically-and-chronologically-incorrect-but-must-display manager scene where baby Jesus is met in the manger, at Christmas time, by the three wise men. And just as most of us have long ago heard Jesus was more likely born in the spring and visited by the magi over three years later, it’s a tradition we hold for the sake of tradition.

But that’s okay. There is a deeper emotional level added to a resolution when done at a time where senses and awareness are heightened. And the impasse between old and new is one of those times. As the current year slips from view and the new year rings, a stronger connection to the resolution can be leveraged. Resolutions set in emotion can help solidify commitments for a higher possibility for attainment. Still, many of us don’t achieve those New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions are in need of a facelift.

“The Famous Blarney Stone” 10 Ways to Empower your Communication – PART II

Learning to network starts in most uncomfortable places. I can be what I call an extroverted introvert. To those that know me, they would describe me as outgoing and personable. Still for some, not so much.  The truth is, life is short and time passes way too quickly.  There are far too many things pulling at us from all directions and I can get sucked into my introverted self when there are deadlines to meet or when a situation is just outside of my comfort zone. To give off that extroverted or even warm personality, I have to be extremely conscious of my communication style; body language, word choice, tone and genuine interest.

“The Famous Blarney Stone” 10 Ways to Empower your Communication – PART I

Learning to network starts in the most uncomfortable of places. I am an extroverted introvert, which really just means that until you get to know me and I open up to you, you’ll most likely think I’m a stuck-up prude. But if you know me, I can be outgoing and personable; if the timing is right. Still for some, not so much.

The truth is, life is short and time passes way too quickly. And there are far too many things pulling at us from all directions. I get sucked into my introverted self when there are deadlines to meet or when a situation is just within the outer limits of my comfort zone. To give off that extroverted or even warm personality, I have to be extremely conscious of my communication style; body language, word choice, tone and genuine interest.

Increase Your Earning Potential with 1 Amazingly Easy Habit!

“ABR”

There are moments that define your career. The first was the decision I made to fill in the gaps at work and learn something that was so out of my comfort zone it propelled me onto the fast and profitable track (read more about it here.)  There have been several more defining moments since. One that continues to stand out was at a time when I felt like all my chips were down. My CFO, Controller and most relied upon co-workers had left our company shortly after acquisition. I had settled in nicely working with the CEO. I had even become comfortable with it.  Shortly thereafter, he left as well.

Why Dreams Don’t Build The Life You Think They Will

This is not at all what I thought it would be

Ever wonder through that statement in your mind? “This is not at all what I thought it would be.”  I have. And I’ve meant it negatively until recently.  

I am often asked, “how did you get into Finance when you were headed down a music path?”

Seems odd right? My career and education started in music performance. I am a singer/songwriter and guitarist. I auditioned with 4 big name record labels and even have music published to iTunes. I have a passion for music and expression of creativity. Yet, I don’t pursue this or even do this part-time. In fact, it could be argued that I’m doing the exact opposite. From writing and performing at 15 to finance and technology now, what gives?  Supposedly two different sides of the brain even. But I don’t think it quite works that way.

They Rejected Her & Now She’s Scared! – Fighting Fear

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.

It’s been one of those years; the kind where things happen so fast, you’re left walking around in circles trying to catch up. This last year’s left me scratching my head in confusion but also in astonishment. It’s been a year and, well more like two years now since we put the kids into soccer. It seemed like a fun thing to do after seeing a picture of Adiah’s best friend playing on facebook.

The Organized Work Life

When my husband started picking up a clientele for the marketing and web-design arm of The Schlott Co., it was evident he all too much understood the stress and weight I carried through the workday.  How to meet deadlines, how to maintain sanity while being pulled in multiple directions, how to manage to work with others – nicely, and how to let it go when family and kids took center stage.

It can overwhelm us. We can feel disjointed from our goals and feel unorganized in how to approach our objectives.  We see a mountain of things that must be accomplished to meet the deadlines, with only 10% of those tasks being recognized or appreciated by those of whom we are meeting said deadlines.

The Four Agreements: Instantly Happier Today!

I recently watched a documentary entitled Happy. Contrary to my single objective when deciding to watch Happy and much to my dismay, I was not happy thereafter.  As summarized in this documentary, it would seem only retirees in Japan or Hawaii and hippies living in community compounds truly find happiness.  Not what I was hoping to discover, as I am not a beach person nor am I going to cook for 10 families once a week and share a bathroom with 5 other women down at the community compound. I would benevolently accept that I was doomed to being unhappy for the rest of my life. Imagine then, how pleasantly intrigued I was when my Mom came over for our weekly coffee and yoga and announced “you can be instantly happy, Sarah.  It is so cool how!”

You can be instantly happy. And it is SO cool how!

Learn To Love Your J.O.B In 3 Simple Steps

I got home late last night. A large project had allowed me to work from home the past 6 -8 months because I was putting in extra hours. However, some said the project was now keeping me at the office as the wind-down was approaching.  I had missed both breakfast and dinner.  But, I rushed home to make sure I didn’t miss the tuck-in. As I quietly talked with my son, he said to me “Mom, sorry you had to work late. I missed you.” My heart mush. I told him he didn’t have to be sorry; that I love what I do and I love being good at it. Job satisfaction can be considered lucky, for those that aren’t in their dream job. And even still, taboo for those of the population that still believe a woman’s place is only in the home.

I felt so lucky to have a compassionate son, and it had dawned on me that job satisfaction was not something some people are just lucky to find accidentally.  And I hadn’t always had it, and many times still hit plateaus and rough spots. But it is possible to create job satisfaction. Yep, as in power is yours.  All yours.

And we don’t always have to find a new company to create it. More often than not we can find it in our situations.

1. Analyze and recharge