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Discouraged with your job search? Try positive thinking. Norman Vincent Peale and Wayne Dyer are just two of the prominent people who advocate the power behind positive thinking. And just how does positive thinking relate to your job search?

See yourself not as you are, but how you want to be. Visualize your bank account with the large pay check you’d like to have. Imagine yourself smiling and satisfied with your work. See yourself surrounded by competent coworkers. Get the idea? See the future as you’d like it to be and watch reality conform to it.

You can even take this technique a step further using affirmations. Affirmations are declarations of how you want your life to be using the present tense and omitting the word, don’t. For example:
· I am happy and fulfilled in my work.
· I make more money than even before.
· My boss and coworkers appreciate me and my contributions.
Write your own affirmations and read them at least three to five times a day.

Another way to stay positive is to create a vision board or treasure map. Cut out pictures and words from magazines depicting the future you want and paste them on the inside of a manila folder. You can even print them from the Internet. Your pictures can include a scenic view from your office window, an organized desk, laughing coworkers, and money. Words you choose can include “fulfillment, satisfaction, enjoyment, appreciation, money, and fulfilled aspirations.” Get the “picture?”

Don’t believe these technique works? Just ask your friends who use them to tell you their stories. Better yet, try them yourself and tell others your own stories. The bottom line is to focus on the way your want your life and career to be, believe your desires can become reality, think positively, read your affirmations and look at your treasure map daily, then enjoy the journey of walking into the future you create for yourself.

Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC and Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coaches

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Career HabitsI am excited to be featured in this article on regarding the top habits for career success. Keep in mind everyone, that these can vary according to your role, industry and company. I encourage you to think about specifically for what you do – what would make you most successful.

Use these tips as a starting point and narrow yours down for your job. Think about your daily recurring tasks, your schedule and your peak performance times, as well as your boss and your role within your organization.

Improving your current position is one way to move closer to your dream job. Sometimes we are closer than we think!

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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SuccessHere is a great article on LinkedIn about what successful people avoid saying. The 7 Things Successful People Never Say.

My favorite is, “This will just take a minute.” I’m guilty as charged; I use this one all the time. It’s partly because I’m impatient, partly because I’m an entrepreneur and move forward too quickly sometimes.

Be more clear about what you need from a conversation from someone – the goal, purpose and outcome – as well as the realistic time-frame. It’s more respectful to you, and to them. They can plan ahead if needed and if it will take longer than they have at that time, they can say it needs to wait.

You and I can work on it together :)

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Vacation PolicyA friend of mine recently applied for a job with a company with no vacation policy. Meaning, you have unlimited vacation days as long as you performed in your job.

I heard about this trend again on the Today Show last week. I think it is still a new concept and I will be curious to see how it catches on. I think the factors to consider are – it sounds great, and I think for many people it would work well. But for others who need structure it’s not a good policy. So it depends on the employee. Some are empowered by this kind of freedom, some would be lost without it.

My client, Jason in Arizona, recently said he needs structure, at least some element of it. This policy probably wouldn’t work for him. But I like the idea and I am curious what you think. Please weigh in by commenting below.

Here’s a good article from for more on this topic.

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

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WorkOne of the toughest things about change in the workplace is there is a lot of resistance to it. Resistance is all about not truly understanding why the change has come about. Why can’t we stay in the status quo? It’s helpful if leaders take the time to explain to employees the “why” of change and to paint the picture of how the change is going to increase revenue, improve employee satisfaction, or make things run more smoothly. If you are one of those employees who is resisting the change or a manager responsible for making change happen…below are five tips to help yourself or others move along the spectrum of acceptance.

1. Ask for understanding. Talk with a manager or supervisor to understand the bigger picture. Discuss how the change is going to affect your job. You may find that it does not which may be a relief. If it does, then ask some probing questions:

  • How specifically will the processes or procedures you use now be changed.
  • What is the timeframe for the “new” ways to take effect.
  • What training will be required of you.

Having this knowledge will help alleviate concerns. Be proactive, don’t listen to the gossip going around the company of how “bad” this is going to be. Straight answers from your manager or supervisor are the best.

2. Focus on what you are gaining, not what you are losing. In times of change, everyone focuses on what they are losing. Often, change can be a welcome job enhancer by moving out of a comfort zone and into a stretch zone. It could also use talent that plays to your strengths. New work relationships may result if there is restructuring going on. So, reframe a perceived loss by asking what am I gaining?

3. Be patient with yourself. Learning anything new takes time. You may find yourself working crazy hours because there is a steep learning curve. But, in six weeks time – it will become the new normal. Cut yourself some slack!

4. Be an advocate for the change. Those around you will be struggling with resistance. Misery loves company. Stay out of the complaining and whining that others do. Help colleagues to understand the big picture. Step out and be a leader yourself in helping make the change happen.

5. Take care of yourself. Change is stressful and it takes a toll on the body. This is the time to hit the gym, take a walk, meditate, reflect, eat healthy. Taking care of the body, helps the brain to also chill out.

The old saying goes, change is inevitable, growth is optional. So true. Change can be viewed as an opportunity to reach a higher potential. Growth always includes some kind of change and learning. So, take the time to understand, focus on the gain, be patient, be an advocate and take care of self. Change is always around the corner — go with the flow!

Hallie Crawford and Katie Weiser
Atlanta Career Coaches

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Co-workersI was honored to be a guest on Gretchen Carlson’s Fox News Show Real Talk, live from New York last week. How do you handle when your boss interrupts you, much less a chatty co-worker? Go here to find out more :)

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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Co-WorkersYour talkative co-worker wants to talk to you all the time about conversations totally unrelated to work.  You have work to do and the quicker you do it, the quicker you can go home instead of working overtime.  What do you do?

Co-workers can interfere with your time if you let them.  Your goal is not to let them.  How?

Here are some effective ways to handle those oh-so-talkative co-workers:

  • Say, “I’m sorry, I can’t talk right now, but would you like to have lunch with me today and we can talk then?”
  • Put a note on your cubicle or office that simply says, “Not available until 2:00 p.m.”
  • When your co-workers walk to your desk, stand up to encourage them not to sit down.  Say, “I’m working on something now, but I can meet you to talk at break this afternoon at 3:00.”
  • Put books or papers in your empty chair so your co-worker will have to stand up.
  • Walk to the door of your cubicle or office so that your co-worker will follow.  Explain you are unavailable due to deadlines but would like to talk later.

The key to the effectiveness of all these strategies is following through in actually meeting your co-worker at break or lunch to chit-chat.  In doing so, you demonstrate that you want them as friends and you are modeling effective time management skills for them.   You may not be able to break their talkative habits, but you can control when you allow them to interrupt you while you’re working.   And, the more you can control when they interrupt, the sooner you can go home at night.  Isn’t time management a wonderful thing?

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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New JobI wanted to expand on my recent video blog post about being thrown into the deep end at work because I’ve had this topic come up several times in the past few weeks with clients. And I was honored to be interviewed by Matt Jones again with Q100 and the Cumulus group of stations here in Atlanta. Having this happen to you, whether it’s a new job or a new role within your company – even a promotion – can be overwhelming and stressful. And it can happen to any of us. In some cases, we take a job even if we don’t feel completely qualified because we really need the paycheck. In other cases we may have sold ourselves too well. One of the toughest things about this situation and you can feel completely out of control. You accepted the job, asked for it (in the case of a promotion or transfer) and it can be hard to admit you’re underwater. What do you do? Here are 7 steps to take – in this order – to manage the situation as best as you can.

  1. Don’t panic. First, don’t freak out. And don’t assume you can’t do the job. Take a step back, analyze the situation and think about what’s going on. Is it a lack of manpower, lack of training or lack of process that’s creating the stress? Write down each thing that is the problem area so to speak and create a plan. Doing so will help you feel a greater sense of control again. And remember – they hired you, they must’ve seen something in you that can do the job. Step into it.
  2. Create your own training program. Define your goals with your boss and create an educational plan even if it will take several months to complete. Talk to your supervisor and your co-workers as well to find out their goals and how yours fit into their or are impacted by theirs. Then start small with manageable goals-for example, what are the top 3 things you need to learn in the next 30 days?
  3. Find classes, online or otherwise. There are so many free and low cost educational options out there, especially on the internet ( is one example). Prioritize what’s most important to your career path and your current position and start there.
  4. Manage up. If you are swamped, there’s a chance your boss is too. It’s imperative to manage up with your supervisor. Ask them what their expectations are of you and how your performance will be measured. When and how will you be evaluated? Maintain open lines of communication with your boss, suggest weekly or bi-weekly meetings, whatever’s appropriate.
  5. Take co-workers to lunch to learn the ropes. Ask for advice, learn from them. Pick their brain about who knows what or who is best to turn to in your organization for specific advice or help with things only people who have worked there for a while would know. Find out the culture of the organization and who to turn to when you need assistance.
  6. Go to HR to find out about education benefits. They may not have any but if you don’t ask, you won’t know. And they may be willing to help in some way or create a new policy to provide assistance. At the very least they could give you time during work hours to attend a course.
  7. Find a mentor. A mentor can be inside or outside the company. You can have more than one but no more than 2. Part of Tip #6 and getting to know who’s who in the organization can be part of your process of identifying a possible mentor.

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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