Just Before a Job Interview or Review

A job interview or employee review is not a test, it is an affirmation of competence or even better, excellence.

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance.

Of expectations and entitlements.

Before a job interview or review, write in one sentence why you have earned the opportunity for the job or pay raise and promotion.  If it can’t be compelling in one line, then you probably have no business applying or expecting much from a review.

Assess what you are worth by identifying your skills – things that you and your employer value or will value (i.e., ability to get along with others, to listen to new ideas, to complete projects on time or ahead of deadline, etc.).

Assign an annual salary value to your skills – not from the point of view of your employer or potential employer but based on other jobs similar to yours in related industries.

When applying for new positions, share a list of seven things that you can specifically do for your new employer (not a generic list of warm and fuzzy things) and – this is important – back it up with specific evidence that proves you’ve done these things before.

And, the day of the interview as you open the door to the office where it is taking place, say these words to yourself “I have earned the right to be here”.

Winging an interview or review is a waste of time but thoughtful preparation of the kind successful people do as described here is the best rehearsal for a good outcome.

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Stress Relief for Busy People

There is a saying that reminds us “if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person to do”.

Busy people are less likely to be stressed out.

Overwhelmed people who have trouble managing work, home and themselves are most probably going to complain of stress.

Manage your work effectively, reduce stress.  The secret?  Only 20% of everything you need to do daily is responsible for 80% of productivity.  Good time managers know multi-tasking is an excuse for bad prioritizing.

Phones work both ways – texting/emailing and calling.  Believe it or not, a short call takes up less time than continual emails.  Email to confirm, phone to discuss.

Saying no is okay.  Busy people who get more things done with less stress also know how to say no, I can’t – sorry.  Adding tasks on to an infinite list of things to do spells a life of stress.

See digital devices as tools not a way of life.

Not everything needs to be a burden on your shoulders.

But when you accept a responsibility, own it and see it as an opportunity to prove once again that busy people put stress in its place by creating a life of order.

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This Will Put an End to Haters

Cut off their air.

Ignore everything they say and do so they are living in an alternate universe – alone and sequestered.

The worse thing to do is listen to them followed by respond to them or maybe even chiding them.  Repeating their comments to others just gives them more power to be evil.

Haters cannot exist without an eager audience.

The 2016 presidential race is particularly full of vitriol that is hard to escape so it makes no sense to keep listening to repeat offenders.  Even one person makes a difference when that one person is you and your happiness.

Haters at work are always feeding on victims, but to walk away and leave them talking to themselves and not repeating their comments is certain victory over their harsh feelings.

Even comments such as – “that person is fat” doesn’t deserve a response if you are comfortable in your belief that we don’t judge people on their looks and their weight.

There is no disputing that if you take away a hater’s audience as often as possible, you win and they lose.

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The Chicago Cubs Curse

108 years later, the Chicago Cubs finally ended their long drought and won the 2016 World Series.

Theo Epstein, the team’s architect, dealt with another drought when the Boston Red Sox broke their curse 12 years earlier, but since 2011 Epstein has been putting the right pieces in place for what happened last week.

When negative things get into the head, they have the effect of being predictive.

The foul ball incident in a playoff series a number of years ago.

The feeling that the Cubs were actually cursed and would never get it off their backs.

People like “cursed” baseball teams also allow their success narratives to be stolen.  In fact, by believing even for a minute that something bad will happen again, guarantees it.

The Cubs had the best record in baseball this year, but they had to go down to the last inning of game seven to win.

They could have lost the big game if they wanted to continue buying into the folly of a curse.

But when they were down in game seven, an 17-minute rain delay forced the team off the field and into the locker room where we have learned Cubs’ leaders became vocal about playing to overcome the odds.

People who feel bad things are going to happen to them could benefit from a similar strategy.

Take a time out.

Adjust the thinking to be all positive with no regard for what may have happened before or fears that persist in the present.

Curses are excuses that are institutionalized in the minds of people who are inclined to let doubts influence their chances of success.

There is no such thing as a curse.

Only people who allow negative thoughts to become more important than talent, chance, preparation, motivation and singularity of purpose are cursed.

For everyone else, a curse is called inspiration.

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This is the Way to Guarantee Positive Change

The sure formula for an unhappy person is one who tries to change another.

Think about it – when most people talk about change, they want to change something or someone else.

Their boss, their spouse, their kids, their friends, the system, the world.

The best way to guarantee positive change is to not try to change anyone or everyone and focus on changing yourself.

The way you relate to your boss, how you treat your spouse, new ways to deal with your children, being a better friend before asking someone else to be one, not changing the system just your part in the system.

That’s how you change your world – starting at home with you.

Then, those around you can either adapt or run.

Before you know it, someone else has been motivated to change in a positive way because you went first.

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