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Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

As business professionals, we know that the strength of an organization depends on good leadership, strong practices and focused effort.  Just as important, is the time awork life balancend dedication you apply to your health, well-being and life success. I like to call this the Business of Living. Today’s blog post guides you in how to clarify, measure and maximize success in work life balance.

Together in a coaching relationship, my clients and I create systems or processes in order to build a strong foundation first.  As they take a leadership role in their life, they begin to live a life of integrity – a life that makes a powerful contributions to themself and to others. A new self emerges with increased confidence, inner peace, happiness and the ability to attract greater opportunities for work life balance.

The Leadership Principle I’d like to share with you today is the Life Mastery Process.

There are four cycles to this process:

1. Self Awareness : The #1 indicator of success and happiness.

It’s the core of who you are – your needs, values, interests, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, talents, habits, experiences, etc.  This identifies your current state and determines where you want to go with your life.

2. Strategy/Structure:  Accountability.

This is about managing your progress with goal setting, boundaries, priorities, visualization, journaling, affirmations and other success practices that help you achieve your desired state.

3. Behavior Change: Creating changes that become automatic.

New behaviors might be setting boundaries, adding value, being present, managing your self talk, living with an attitude of gratitude, etc.

4. Results/Learning: What’s working and what isn’t?

As you experience change, you begin to apply what you’ve learned, further increasing your self awareness, and the cycle continues  – similar to the circle of life.

There are so many things in life that are competing for your time and attention.  If you don’t make a conscious effort to control your focus, and decide in advance what’s most important to you – you’ll be so pulled by the demands of the world that you will soon find yourself living in reaction, rather than enjoying a work life balance plan that’s designed specifically for you.

Remember: The first secret to creating change is awareness; becoming aware or conscious of what you’re doing allows you to make empowering choices.

Before coaching, many of my clients had struggled for years without finding success on their terms.   After coaching, clients have finally achieved their success by using the tools and resources provided in our coaching relationship. If work life balance is a MUST for you, start by contacting Joy at 952.471.2567 for a complementary private work life balance consult.  And similar to many of Joy’s clients, you’ll be living and loving, your work life balance dreams.

A celebration of moms.

A Celebration of Moms.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, it is the perfect time to acknowledge what Moms mean to us in our lives. Whether you are a Mom or have a Mom, there is no greater bond.

My three kiddos live in three different states, none of them being in Minnesota.  I was at a Women in Business event this week, and three of us sitting at the table together realized we were part of the Abandoned Mothers’ Club!  We’re not sure that’s the right name for the Club, and we liked the idea of creating this Club, getting together with other Moms who were supporting their children’s young, adult lives…wherever they may be…
 

In celebration of this special day – here is a token of our appreciation of you.

The Love of a Mother

by Anonymous
A Mother’s love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and painIt is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love awayIt is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking

It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems

It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation

A many splendor miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.

And now for the lighter side of motherhood – enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Get Noticed With Your Resume

Your resume is one of the most important parts of your portfolio. This piece of paper can often mean the difference bet ween landing your dream job or not. The thing about overwhelmed confusedresumes is that what works and what doesn’t work is always changing. As a best practice, it makes sense to update your resume before starting a job search or even better – automatically update it each year so that it is ready to go.

However, updating a resume is sometimes easier said than done. Whether you don’t have the time or you are unclear on what is working in today’s job market, taking the time to polish it and prepare it for distribution can feel daunting. To help you make sure that you make the best possible first impression, The Daily Muse, a website that offers great career and job search advice, has an extensive list of 45 Quick Changes that Help Your Resume Get Noticed.

You can view the entire article here: http://www.themuse.com/advice/45-quick-changes-that-help-your-resume-get-noticed.

They have their tips separated out based on time. For example, there are tips if you have 2 minutes, 5 minutes and 10 to 15 minutes. This will help you streamline your efforts so you know exactly what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.

Take the overwhelm and frustration of updating your resume by following the tips and advice from The Daily Muse.

And I’d really like to hear your favorite resume tip too. Share it in the comments below.