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If you could choose a theme song for 2014, what would it be?
Usually I am full of energy this time of year. The warm – sometime hot – weather and the abundant sunshine naturally get my engines revving.
Typically, I’m busting with motivation to be more physically active, revitalize my social calendar, take on home improvement project, tackle a professional development project or learn something for fun.
Not this year.
It’s been unusually rainy and cold in the Twin Cities. I’m starting to wonder if spring will ever come …
Instead of waiting for an external cause to motivate me, like the weather, it’s time to stop making excuses and rev my own engine, so to speak.
Care to join me?
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Bonus: Because summer is coming, sunshine or not, I’m nominating Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” as our summer anthem.
Leave a comment with your suggestions for positive energy boosters.
Many of the Olympic competitors are not full-time, professional athletes. In fact, until the 1970s the Olympics used to be for amateur athletes only.
This means that most of the swimmers, runners, gymnasts, and the many other athletes competing in London do not earn a living doing what they do best. Most of them are students or working in job not related to their sport.
A recent Good Morning America/Yahoo! article profiled a few competitors from the United States and other countries who work as accountants, web designers, and garbage collectors.
Like many people, the job these athletes might not feel passionate about the jobs they go to everyday. Nevertheless, they have created a life for themselves that includes making a living and living out their passions.
What Does This Mean For You?
First, what is your career identity? Who are you?
Before you look for a job, or start a new hobby, you have to know yourself, and what it is you want to offer and employer or your community.
Ideally, you want a job that matches your passions and your career identity. The reality is that not everyone is hired to do what he or she love most. Others might find work related to their passion, but the job doesn’t pay enough, or the job is short term or part time.
Like the Olympic athletes, you can find ways to incorporate your passions into your life, even if you don’t get paid for them.
If sports are your passion, you could:
If music is your passion, you could:
Are you working in a job not related to your passion or true career identity? What are some ways you can incorporate what you love into your daily life?
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Don’t you love it when you are “in the zone” working on something you like? You can be at work or home, and get that buzz that only comes from being at your most creative or productive.
When I know I have to concentrate on a project in the office, I put on my headphone and crank up my neo-soul station in Pandora. There’s something magic about using music to tune out your surrounding and focus on your work.
That’s why this blog from the Time Management Ninja caught my eye: 5 Reasons You Should Use Headphones at Work.
It perfectly outlines the benefits of wearing headphones while you work. I especially like author Craig’s explanation the five reasons to wear headphones at work:
Read the whole article to get more tips and warnings about wearing headphones at work.
Does listening to music help you work better? How do you get in the zone at work?
We’ve all had job interviews that went well, and were shocked when we didn’t get a job offer. I bet it’s like a Grammy nominee favored to take home the music award but left empty-handed. Don’t let one (or a few) job rejections get you down.
Here are some tips to handle job interviews like you are part of the entertainment awards season:
Lean on your entourage.
Have a few friends or colleagues with which you feel comfortable talking about your job search. Ask for their perspective. Do they think there were things you could have done differently in the application process? Or were there factors out of your control that kept you from getting a job offer?
Be gracious in defeat.
There’s no TV camera focused on your reaction, but handle your disappointment with dignity. Thank the employer for considering you for the job. Ask if you can keep in touch to learn about future openings. Send a thank you note to all of your networking contacts who helped you get the job lead and interview. And move on to the next opportunity.
Attend the after party.
I said after party, not a pity party. Celebrate that you made it that far in the hiring process. Focus on what you are doing right and build on that. Take a minute to reward yourself for progressing in your job search. Look at it this way: It’s an honor just to be nominated for a Grammy. And it’s an honor and accomplishment to be called in for a job interview.
Get ready for the next event.
As soon as the Golden Globes are over, celebrities prep for the Grammies and other award shows, and then it’s on to the Oscars. Job interviews are similar. As you are mourning the loss of one opportunity, you are following up on other resumes you’ve sent, then you get a call for another job interview.
Are you ready for your spotlight?
Your goal is to get a job offer. Instead of imagining you’re giving an awards acceptance speech, picture yourself getting a job offer and succeeding in your new position.
The only way to get nominated for a Grammy or an Oscar is to do good work that people notice. Likewise, if you stop sending out resumes or talking to your network about job leads you will never get a job offer.
Keep at it – and keep looking up.
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