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MHPChat Recap – Breaking Confidentiality

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MHPChat Recap – Breaking Confidentiality
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I’m Starting Over and It’s OK

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Change, Coaching, Uncategorized | 3 comments

ID-10079626A couple of weeks ago I decided to get a consultation on my hair. See, I have natural hair and I haven’t been on the creamy crack in years. The problem is I had severe breakage to the point that I could only wear my hair in a bun. Well it was time for a change. So I walked into Jody’s shop to see what could be done. And Jody was honest. She gave me several options and told me that she was not comfortable with trying certain hair styles due to breakage. I opted for the “Big Chop.” She gave me a chance to back out, but I knew that this was the best option. So I sucked it up, put my big girl panties on, and watched as my hair fell in clumps to the ground.

But there is a bigger lesson in all of this. Sometimes, you have to make drastic changes to experience growth. Whether you have to start over with your business or in relationships you have to have the courage to make the “Big Chop” in certain situations. Sometimes your business model isn’t working. Sometimes it’s just a bad relationship, no matter how are you try to fight through the difficulties. At some point to have to have the courage to say enough is enough.

I get it, change can be scary. But you don’t have to go through it alone. When I decided to make changes regarding my hair, I didn’t immediately get out a razor and shave away. I went and got a professional option first. The same can be said for business. If you suspect something isn’t working, or you aren’t quite sure how to change, seek help. Not sure what to do about a relationship, seek objective counsel. There is no shame in getting help. There is foolish in doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. The point is sometimes you have to start over, and that’s OK.

 

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Twitter Tools to Make Your Life Easier – Part 2

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ID-10088195I know that I have been remiss in giving you part 2 of Twitter Tools to Make Your Life Easier. Side note: if you’re not on Twitter by now, you should be. I have made more targeted connections on Twitter than any other social media platform. But there are so many tools out there, that I have to make sure I bring you only the best. There won’t be a lot on today’s list because I don’t want you to be overwhelmed. So here are some awesome tools to help enhance your social media experience in the Twitterverse.

Tweet Button – Have you ever been on a really cool website that you just had to share with your followers. Well, Tweet Button is the tool for you. It’s an Chrome browser extension that gives you the ability to tweet a website to your followers. It also shortens the link for you automatically. You will have download the extension though.

TweetDeck – Owned by Twitter, it is similar to Hootsuite. But it is meant to only manage your Twitter accounts. Like Tweet Button, you can download the Chrome extension for use. You can also download to your desktop for Mac or PC. The downside is it’s not supported on mobile devices. But it’s still very useful

TweetChat – Love engaging in Tweet Chats? Then check out Tweet Chat. You don’t have to download anything, but you do have to give it permission to have access to your Twitter account. The site is very user friendly. Just type in the hashtag you want to follow and get going. When you send tweets, it adds the hashtag for you and you follow the chat in real time.

Now those are all the tools for now, but now here are a few tips. It’s perfectly ok to repeat your tweets. Twitter moves quickly, and if some of your followers miss your tweet the first time around, sending again increases visibility. But don’t be spammy. And try not to have your tweets sound like ads. People who are noticed on Twitter a usually sending 10-50 tweets a day. Don’t feel bad for using tools like Hootsuite or TweetDeck. You aren’t the only one using them. And here’s one last tip. Many small businesses decrease their tweeting over the weekend. But people tend to spend more time on Twitter on the weekends than during the week. So be sure to have tweets ready to go on the weekends as well.

Well, that’s all for now. But be on the look out for part 3 coming soon.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

 

 

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3 Reasons You Need to Find a Niche

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many, many, moons ago when I was working on my Master’s, one of my professors mentioned the importance in finding a niche. He said, “If you do nothing else, find a specialty, a niche. There are tons of therapists out there, and you want to be able to stand out in the crowd.” He was right. People pay for expertise. They want to be able to find the right person to help them as quickly as possibly. For example, a person who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder would probably want to see someone who specializes in treating that disorder due to certain techniques that are effective for treatment. Why would he waste time with someone who treats general conditions. So, here are some reasons why you need to find a niche

1. Jack of all trades is master of none – That is a true saying. You can be good at a lot of things, but what do you want to be known for? Do you want to be none as a good programmer, or as the best app developer in the biz? Focus on whatever niche you are passionate about, and become the best at it.

2. Stand out in a crowd – When companies are looking to staff projects, they are typically looking for specific skill sets. And let’s face it, the economy is pretty bad, so companies can afford to be picky. they are looking for someone who can walk in and get the job done on time and under budget. So when you submit your resume or proposal to be a consultant on that project, what can you show that makes you stand out from the crowd? For example, there are many software developers out there. But if a company is looking for someone who is a LAMP expert, and you don’t fit the bill, you won’t get the call.

3. Increased income potential – I know, I know. You think that if you focus on a niche, that you won’t have as many opportunities. Not true. Having a niche actually can increase your chance for opportunities. If you are a consultant and are seen as the leading expert in your niche, then you can negotiate from a position of strength. And that’s always a good position to be in. Here’s another way to look at it. If the niche you have mastered is in demand, and there are a limited supply of people available in your niche, prices increase. If you don’t have a particular niche, and what you do in general is available in high supply, prices decrease. See how that works?

Now that you know the reasons to find a niche, what are you going to do going forward? Start with some research. What are the in demand skills in your profession? Identify your passion. What excites you about doing what you do? Finally, identify your target market. What segment of the population needs your services? Need some assistance with identifying your niche? Seek help. I can be reached at truechangelifecoach@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Life After Failure – Update

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This was Mark Sanford 4 years ago.

There he is. Confessing to being a cad. Notice his wife is not by his side. He is standing alone, as he should be, admitting to the world he is a failure as a husband and father.

And here is Mark Sanford today.

Mr. Sanford will be running in May for a seat in Congress. Let’s analyze this for a bit. I, in no way condone what he did in destroying his marriage and family. But there are some lessons to be learned here.

  1. Once you fail, own up to your failings. Don’t bother with the coverup, it just makes things worse
  2. Apologize, apologize, apologize
  3. Ask for forgiveness, but don’t expect forgiveness overnight. 
  4. Not everyone is going to forgive your failure. Or let you live it down. 
  5. Reflect on what you have done and resolve to do better. 
  6. Get back in the game. Mark Sanford could have rejected the calls to return to public life and stayed huddled in a corner somewhere. But he didn’t. Now, he is on his way to an election that he will probably win, given the fact he just won his run-off election in one of the reddest of red states.
In summary, you will have failures in life. That happens. Not everyone will be forgiving. But learn from it, and move on. If you made it to the top before, you can get back there. Mark Sanford had an EPIC fail that was broadcast around the world 4 years ago. Today, he’s one step closer to going to Congress. What’s your excuse?

Update:
And the comeback is complete. Despite some setbacks during the campaign, Mr. Sanford is returning to Congress. Not everyone has the gumption to rebuild after such deep personal failings. But it can be done. Congratulations Mr. Sanford. You’ve got  your second chance. Don’t screw it up.

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Motivation – Identify Your Why

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Motivation – the reason that spurs you to act in a certain way. It’s your why you do what you do. It’s the catalyst behind the achievement of your goals, small and great. Typically, you are trying to achieve goals to affect some sort of change in your life. Many people are in the habit of setting goals, but don’t achieve them. Part of the reason they did not achieve them is because they were not clear on their reason for achieving the goal or their why. So here are some simple rules on how to identify your why.

  1. Identify your goal. Ex – I want to lose 20 lbs
  2. Ask yourself why you need to achieve this goal. Brainstorm for at least 3 minutes all the reasons why.
  3. Identify the steps you will need to take to achieve your goal
  4. Ask yourself if the cost to change is worth it. Only you can answer this question.
Another reason people fail to achieve their goals is that the time and effort necessary to make the
change happen is beyond what they are willing to give. Change takes sacrifice.  That’s why it is so important to identify your motivation. If the change you are seeking does not meet a particular need, then you are not likely to achieve it because the level of motivation is not strong enough. 

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