What is The Most Important Project You Will Ever Work On?

I hope your answer is: Me.  
I hope that YOU are The Most Important Project You Will Ever Work On.
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The Project of You: Beyond High School
Always make time for taking care of yourself.  No one else has the ability to access your subconscious or conscious mind and know precisely what you need or want.  Only you can  find ways to be happy and healthy in your present moment.
In my practice doing executive coaching and leadership development programs, I am  reminded that everyone has a desire to learn and grow.  Change is constant and inevitable.
The majority of frustrations within most organizations can be solved with CPR, improving Communication, Perception/Process, and Relationships.
I have also worked with many emerging adults and young professionals who have benefitted by learning the key skills for success to become HHSS – Healthy, Happy & Self-Supporting.  It is never too early to start mastering these skills.
Want to give a Young Adult the Gift of Empowerment this holiday season?

The goal of this book is to provide you opportunities to spend small amounts of time in regular intervals to decide on the perfect life path for you to become

HHSS – Happy, Healthy & Self – Supporting.

By completing the readings and exercises in this book, you will:

• Learn to budget time for your exploration • Increase your self-awareness about your vision for your future

• Find your why and connection to the world beyond high school

• Improve your personal communication skills

• Acknowledge your core values to help you make future choices; and

• Begin developing ideas around the direction you want to head as an adult.

Does the process of choosing your path beyond high school feel overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be. Like many things in life the key success skills are simple to understand, yet not so easy to develop. Read and complete the exercises within and make it easy for yourself through guidance and practice. Use our process and take away your overwhelm with making your Project of You plan. Be ready for your future beyond high school!

What project could you possibly be working on that is more important than understanding and deciding what’s next for you beyond high school? You can use this book as a guide to begin your career exploration at any age. The five key skills will always be a resource for you. These are skills that you will use throughout your life no matter what path you choose beyond high school.

Everyone’s path is unique to them and it’s up to you to decide what you want to do next after high school to start on your path. Exploration, experience, and digging deeper will help you make a decision most closely aligned to your strengths, goals, and purpose.

This book can be used as an individual coaching tool with students or as the basis for a group coaching or classroom based setting. The lessons in the book can be used and selected as needed to create a custom program for a specific target goal or the lessons can be covered sequentially to establish personal success habits with students.

Contact Brenda@MarchForwardConsulting.com today to discuss Train the trainer programs, student classroom based programs, student group coaching or individual workshops based on The Project of You for your student, school or organization.

Learning Outside Your Comfort Zone

dscn0968We all love to linger in the regions most familiar to us, but it can be more than beneficial to explore those that we have never before set foot in. This idea can be applied not only in a traditional school setting, but also in everyday life. It’s the unexplored, the unknown, and the unfamiliar that hold truths about us we’ve never cared to reveal or discover.

Learn about: what you’re good at.

Now, I’m not talking about the skills and strengths that you’re most comfortable with, I’m talking about those that you don’t yet know of. If you’d like to take this in an academic sense, start with something as simple as choosing classes. While it’s blameless to hone in on your greatest assets to cut a clearer path for your future, branching out into fields that you are generally unaware of can allow you to learn that you have a knack for something else, as well. This can pave the way for a backup plan if what you usually focus on doesn’t end up working out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having more than one interest, and people who tell you to narrow yourself down are absolutely mistaken. Well roundedness is a feat in itself because it gives you options and expands your bounds of knowledge.

Learn about: what makes you happy.

Take a moment to think about a few little things that perk up your day on the occasion. It could be having lunch with a friend, taking a break from work to watch an episode of your favorite television show, or even something as small as lighting some candles and taking a bath. All of these tiny pieces help you brighten your mood and enjoy your day. If you can start incorporating these into your daily routine, your mood will improve simultaneously with your productivity. Learn how to set time aside for these things, but also how to expand your database of them. Try something new; when you are presented with an opportunity to experience something you haven’t before, take it! You may learn that it is something you can grow to love. If something is weighing down your life, let it go! Become “happy-smart”: learn what to add and take away from your life to make your time here the best it can be.

 

What I truly want to emphasize here is how important it is to learn the things about yourself that you do not yet know. In order to be the best version of “you”, you must understand every passion, gift, and intrigue that is a part of you.

-Olivia Hunt

How can you move up?

I was thrilled to again this year be a facilitator at the Business Education Partnership Luncheon.  Each of our 9 student speakers were amazing and shared the value of their experiential learning through internships, job shadowing and PFEW business camp.  
Being part of the link between local businesses and local school districts to help students be educated, experienced, and empowered is a passion of mine.  These students are learning that you need to develop new skills and challenge yourself to move up and be ready for the next step.
In my work with local businesses doing executive coaching and leadership development programs, everyone has a desire to learn and grow.  Each of us even as adults are never fully baked as Seth Godin reminded us in his 9/29 post:
Fully baked
In medical school, an ongoing lesson is that there will be ongoing lessons. You’re never done. Surgeons and internists are expected to keep studying for their entire career—in fact, it’s required to keep a license valid.

Knowledge workers, though, the people who manage, who go to meetings, who market, who do accounting, who seek to change things around them—knowledge workers often act as if they’re fully baked, that more training and learning is not just unnecessary but a distraction.

The average knowledge worker reads fewer than one business book a year.

On the other hand, the above-average knowledge worker probably reads ten.

Show me your bookshelf, or the courses you take, or the questions you ask, and I’ll have a hint as to how much you care about levelling up.

I think Seth’s message is a great reminder to all of us that we should be lifelong learners especially if “you care about leveling  up”.
What skill do you want to learn at this point to become better in your current job or to start a new career path?
Go for it!
It’s never too late and you are never fully baked.
If you want to learn more about the BEP’s work check out the article from the Daily Local News:

 

Want a NEW perspective? Join us Sept 7!

Want a new perspective? Join us Wed Sept 7

If you like many of us are tired of listening to the candidates bash each other, come to a fun, interactive evening with the Young Empowered Speakers and Debaters.  They will give you a fresh perspective!

You will have an opportunity to listen to and interact with some brave students who have released their fears and will share their ideas.

 Admission to this event will be in the form of one non-perishable food item, which we will then donate to a local food drive to help battle hunger.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016    7:00 – 8:30 PM EST @ BiZtract    255 Great Valley Pkwy, Suite #140    Malvern, PA 19355

Can’t make it out, here are 5 other ways to find a new perspective when you are having a bad moment:

  1. Use your lifeline – phone a friend – not a text or email, a real old-fashioned phone call where you actually connect to a caring human being and brainstorm alternative ways to view and solve your current situation.
  2. Connect to nature – step outside and look around.  If you are lucky enough to have this be the view from your front door like my dear friend Holly, enjoy it. water is so soothing!  No matter where you look outside think about how much bigger your world actually is beyond this moment, the beauty of nature can make you grateful and thankful for what you do have rather than what is annoying you at this moment.
  3. Listen to music – what’s your favorite song? Put on your headphones and turn it up, no matter where you are! I have so many it’s hard to choose but for today’s blog, I’m attaching my friend Francis Dunnery’s “Grateful & Thankful”. My favorite line from this song: “It’s a myth to say we block things out, when we really block them in”. Not blocking things in will help you gain a new perspective, think about it.
  4. Exercise – go for a walk or a run, head to the gym for a yoga class, stand up and stretch. Just move and feel those endorphins.
  5. All of the above – always the famous multiple-choice answer, did any of you believe, if it’s a choice it must be right, like I did?   Grab your headphones, put your sneakers on and your dog’s leashes on, go for a walk in a spot you love, call a friend, connect with the beauty of nature around you, and/or listen to your favorite song or simply enjoy the silence.

Grateful & Thankful – Francis Dunnery

I hope you enjoy Francis’ song and that it may change your perspective if it needs changing at this moment! Happy TBT!

 

 

 

Reminder what matters

waitinginthewings    (My company at PFEW waiting in the wings before their marketing presentation)

Another reminder that it’s all about building and deepening relationships, giving back and working together.

As you may have read in my last blog post, I spent an entire week volunteering in Williamsport PA at PFEW, a non-profit educational organization. https://www.pfew.org

I work with students and young professionals to help them develop their “Project of You Plan: The most important project you will ever work on”.   I also work with businesses to improve processes, productivity and increase profits through individual personal leadership development and strengthening interpersonal and team communication skills.   In all my work, I consistently acknowledge that no one is an island and we all need to build and deepen our relationships.

Given this fact, I wanted to share this letter with you from the student who was elected the CEO of my team’s company at PFEW. I received this note the day that I arrived back home to my office, exhausted and deluged with e-mails and getting back to business. It made my day and re-affirmed that even though I wasn’t being compensated for my time, I was doing something valuable.

Grab a tissue before you read this:

Brenda,

Thank you so much for volunteering as a company adviser at PFEW this past week. It was extremely gracious of you to take off a week of work for the sake of teaching young men and women about the business world and themselves. You were always there for our team, calm and uplifting, willing to help us with our struggles. This was especially helpful and comforting for me. The first day that I was elected CEO of our company, I was very stressed and was not sure if I could do it. I expressed these feelings to you and you calmed me by telling me that I already had so many great ideas, that I was capable of leading a team, and most importantly, that you would be there to help me when I struggled. I cannot express how comforting it was to hear your kind words and willingness to help me succeed. Another instance that you helped relieve my worry and disappointment was the last time that I talked to you. I was very discouraged that after all of our hard work, we won nothing. You talked to me alone and told me that I had gone out of my comfort zone and lead my team very well. Reminded me that I had worked very hard and should be proud of myself. In a time that I was very disappointed, you uplifted me. It is obvious that you truly care for each and every member on our team and for that, I cannot thank you enough. You taught us a lot about business and the workplace such as having good communication with your team, but more importantly, you taught us about life and ourselves. You explained to us that we should do something in life that we are passionate about. Told us if we did follow our passion, we would be successful. You set an example of how to care for others and make them the best person that they can be. For your generosity, kindness, and care, I cannot thank you enough. You were a huge part of what made PFEW such a great experience for me. You have truly impacted me.

Sincerely,

Nick Duer

I feel very fortunate that my business is going so well and my clients are so understanding and flexible that I am able to close my doors for a week to give back. Many of you also donate your time and expertise to help others grow and you know how great that feels.

I truly believe that we are all here to help each other be the best we can be, right?

This student was not receiving a grade or extra credit for this letter.                                       Nick is a 3- sport student athlete, so his time is valuable. He took the time out of his busy summer schedule to thank me and deepen our relationship. It made my day since I had shared with my group the importance of making connections and deepening relationships.   Do you take the time to thank the people who help you along the way? Nick’s heartfelt letter was a great reminder to me what really matters!

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