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Lessons from Linda Ron

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I had the amazing privilege to hear Linda Ronstadt share her life story @ WCU’s speaker series. I feel so fortunate to have so many opportunities being close to WCU.

Linda reinforced this Life Lesson for me:

Keep learning, trying something new, and staying positive!

From Rock N Roll to Country to Opera on Broadway to Mexican Music to writing her book Simple Dreams, she was always exploring and trying something new. While she had so many hits singing Rock N Roll, she was always ready for a new challenge. And even now that she is not able to sing due to Parkinson’s, she focuses on the positive and how she can give back.

This is an important lesson for all of us!  

Many of my coaching clients resist change because they have always done it that way or an unexplored fear is holding them back.

What you discover when you try a new process or procedure in your business or personal life, you will get a new and improved or streamlined result.

What is the overused cliché definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

It’s not easy to form new habits so try something new. Here are 10 simple ways for you to discover and develop new habits and skills:

  1. Take a class to learn a new skill or explore an area of curiosity
  2. Engage an accountability partner to question and challenge you
  3. Research areas of interest for your next career move
  4. Start a conversation with someone new in your field of interest
  5. Schedule an informational interview with a person you admire
  6. Volunteer for a non-profit or charity that interests you
  7. Write a blog post about something you are passionate about
  8. Read a book by someone you want to emulate
  9. Re-connect to a hobby or activity you enjoyed at a young age
  10. Join an intramural sports team or a gym or try a new routine

Experience is the greatest way to learn, so keep learning, trying new things, and staying positive!

This is my favorite of Linda’s many hit songs: Long, Long Time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-1t4-TDkIA

 

 

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Wishing You the Gift of Feeling “Forever Young” This Holiday Season!

This is a photo from a family Christmas a few years ago, my 3 amazing children are now Happy, Healthy, Self-Supporting adults.  I miss those days but love our new relationships and conversations.  They are all grown up but I hope they still feel Forever Young.

Some of you may be fortunate enough to be surrounded by the unbridled and positive energy of young children this season. If that is the case, I hope it’s contagious. If not, try to recall that feeling of excitement and anticipation from your childhood. Most young children are open to all possibilities; they don’t worry about the outcome.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush and potential stress of the shopping, cooking, decoration, and social obligations. But take a deep breath and relax and enjoy each little moment, connection, and conversation this holiday season. Be open and excited for any possibilities put before you,  without thinking about the outcome.

As my book coach shared last week:   “Small conversations can lead to big things.”

And as you all know change is an unavoidable constant. And small conversations can lead to big change. You never know what re-connecting to your inner child and re-connecting to friends and family members can bring for you.

While we all go through life trying to find Our Dharma: That which we must do”, and it often finds us if we stay open.

Bob Dylan never thought when he wrote his many hit songs, that one day he would receive a Nobel Prize for literature but he wasn’t focused on the outcome.  In his acceptance speech he wrote: “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon,”.

While Dylan’s “Forever Young” is not a typical Christmas song, this lyric is what I wish for you this Holiday Season!

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

And may you stay

Forever young

Listen to Dylan’s Forever Young:

And ENJOY every moment without considering the outcome !

 

 

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.

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:
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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: