The Road Not Taken

July 25, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by… And that has made all the difference.”  Robert Frost.

What road would you take?

Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life Job and Life, by Dr. Carole Kanchier, may help you decide. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

Questers Dare to Change transcends traditional thinking about careers and work, and describes a unique, holistic, model of lifelong learning, growth, and decision making.

Dr. Kanchier demonstrates how career and life transitions are linked to all areas of a person’s life.

 Informative and thought provoking, “Questers challenges readers to confront their lives in very basic, honest ways. Using research conducted on hundreds of thousands of adults, Kanchier blends motivational stories, questionnaires, and guidelines to help readers understand how they grow and change through life, where they are in their career and life cycles, and how tocreate purposeful, fulfilling lives. This leading edge, integrative, inspiring approach to career/life revitalization empowers readers to create desired lives.

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Carole Kanchier is available for consultations and interviews.

Carole Kanchier, PhD; carole@questersdaretochange.com; www.questersdaretochange.com

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach and author of Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.

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What to Say if You’re Told “Overqualified”

Tony is an electrical engineer who has managed several significant projects. He is hard-working, competent, seasoned and mature with numerous job successes. But he’s having a tough time finding a position. He’s told he’s “overqualified.”

“We’re really impressed with your skills and experience, but we don’t think you’re right for this position,” employers say.

Has this happened to you? Your work experience may gain the interest of employers but it may also scare them off.  If you can identify employer’s real objections, you can prepare for these concerns and address the issues head on.

Find out how you can present yourself differently. Talk with the people who interviewed you to get specific feedback. Ask them to describe their ideal candidate.

Dealing with objections

What do they mean by “overqualified?” They could mean any of the following:

Objection 1: “Your experience is too technical for us.” They may be feeling intimidated, or may not want to hear how it should be done.

Response:  You could say, “Things are always changing. I’ve done well in other jobs because I look forward to new challenges and opportunities to grow.  I expect to keep learning here as well as make contributions.”

Objection 2:  “You’ll want more money than we can afford.” They believe you won’t be happy with what they offer, or you’re more experienced than other employees.

Response: If applicable, give specific examples of how you helped cut costs or increased revenues in past jobs. Show how you can help them make more money that would justify the extra salary.

If your last job had many management responsibilities, and you prefer technical functions, say, “This position would allow me to focus on technology, the work I enjoy and do best.” If you’re looking for less responsibility, say “I may not be making as much money, but I ‘d really like this work.”

Objection 3: “You’ll find the work boring and leave when a better offer comes along.” They think you’ll jump ship when you get a better offer and they may not want to spend time and money training someone who will leave.

Response: Display your humility and enthusiasm. Show how you’ll be a great team member. Point out your longevity in previous jobs. Say, “As you can see on my resume, I’m not a job hopper. I commit to my employers.” or “I want to see the long-term results of my contributions.”

Offer to sign a contract committing to a specific amount of time with the company.

Objection 4: “You’re more experienced than what the job requires. The work pace, energy level, etc. require a younger person.” They may think you’re too old. As a mature worker they may assume you’ll be tough to terminate because of age discrimination laws.

Response: Show that you have vested pension rights from past employment. Make your age a strength. Stress maturity, judgment, perspective, dependability, a strong work ethic, and ability to handle stress.

Referring to your skills and accomplishments, show how you can produce.

Highlight your flexibility and openness to new ideas. Show that you love learning, have computer skills and keep up with changes in your field. Speak comfortably of your tolerance for ambiguity. Don’t forget your ability to mentor less experienced workers.

Objection 5: “You have the skill set. It’s a question of fit.” This could be something as simple as poor “chemistry” between you and the interviewer.

Response: Stress how you’ll enjoy the pace and energy of their organization. “The energy here is so positive, uplifting, and motivating. I know I’d do a terrific job.”

Outline qualifications

Point by point show employers how your qualifications match up.  Give employers a reason to buy your skills.

If all else fails, ask: “What can I do to convince you that I’m the best person for this job?”

Don’t forget to research the company. Know their mission and culture. Get an updated job description. Find out what they want in prospective employees.

Remember, an interview is a two-way street.

Questers Dare to Change You Job and Life https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963 by Carole Kanchier offers additional tips to ace interviews and strengthen traits required to succeed at work.

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Authenticity: Be Yourself

Questers Dare to Change Shows How

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life                   https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963<

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life

The word, “authenticity” comes from the Greek root authentikos, meaning “original, genuine, principal.” Authentic people are genuine, self actualizing and have a sense of purpose. Along with fearless passion and courage, they possess strong mental discipline. 

Authenticity does not come from title, social stature, or wealth, but rather from how we live. That is, how we go about pursuing our purpose and making a contribution in our own unique way. Authentic people prevail in changing times because they are in harmony with the energy of the universe. Most Questers, described in Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, are authentic: www.questersdaretochange.com.

How authentic are you?

Check qualities you possess.

– Try to perform daily activities in unique ways

– Work hard

– Share honest opinions

– Enjoy being alone

– Self aware

– Curious

– Love intellectual stimulation

– Respect others

– Enjoy inter personal relationships

– Seek new opportunities

– Exude vibrancy

– Care about environmental issues

– Live in the moment

Scoring: The more statements you checked, the more authentic you seem to be.

Fostering authenticity

To be authentic, you must understand who you are, who you want to become, and contributions you intend to make to make the world a better place.  Be self-guided, real!.

– Strengthen Quester traits. Take the Quester Quiz: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/services-2/quester-quiz

– Build self esteem. Confidence gives you courage to set high expectations, to risk, to grow, to be authentic. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Prepare a list of positive achievements and personality characteristics. Post this where you can read it daily. Don’t change to please others or compare yourself to or compete with others.  

Stretch yourself. Constantly push the envelope, raising standards. Challenge conventional beliefs and paths. Travel uncharted territories. Although this may invoke disappointments, accepting and growing through challenges enhances authenticity.

– Be in the moment. Engage yourself completely in the activity at hand.

– Maintain perspective. Time and distance can make mountains seem like molehills. Don’t let what happened yesterday affect what will happen tomorrow. Face each challenge with an open mind.  Look upon setbacks as one step toward growth and authenticity.

Take comfort in uncertainty.  This unchartered path evolves moment-by-moment.  Realize the path is the goal. Everything is workable. 

– Focus on the positive. Look for and expect good things. Each time you catch yourself thinking something negative, replace it with a more positive thought.

– Strengthen resilience. Note what you’ve learned from traumatic experiences. Indicate how these have made you stronger, wiser, more authentic. Identify early cues that you’ve ignored, and what you’d now do differently.

– Bolster courage to risk. Review three successful risks taken. Note what made these successful. Identify perceived barriers for taking another risk, and explore ways to overcome them.

– Manage fear. Identify worrisome issues. Minimize these by researching relevant information and resources. Live in the present. Let go of “attachments.”

– Create a life in which you continue to grow and have choices. Make choices in harmony with your authentic self. Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life shows how. http://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

Dr. Carole Kanchier, career and personal growth expert, is a registered psychologist, coach, speaker and author of  award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.

Check audible Questers: https://www.audible.com/pd/Questers-Dare-to-Change-Your-Job-and-Life-Audiobook/B07VZNKGJF?asin=B07VZNKGJF&ipRedirectOverride=true&overrideBaseCountry=true&pf_rd_p=34883c04-32e5-4474-a65d-0ba68f4635d3&pf_rd_r=TN801GRP49AWQSSYMDYC1

Dr. Kanchier offers coaching and speaking engagements on topics related to being the real you.

Contact  Carole Kanchier; carole@daretochange.com; www.questersdaretochange.com

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#Colors Affect #Mood

July 12, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

How Colors Affect Mood and Performance

When I wore black to business meetings in San Francisco I was perceived as sophisticated. However, when I wore black to meetings in certain small school districts, I was considered aloof. A change of wardrobe color altered perceptions.

What do the colors you wear say about you? Colors you wear may affect your mood as well as how others perceive you. Work environment colors also matter.

At a subconscious level colors affect people in different ways. Colors can send positive or negative messages. Using colors effectively to dress, decorate your office or design your web site can put you ahead of the competition.

What Colors Convey

Research on the psychology of color consistently demonstrates that colors evoke emotional, behavioral and physical responses. Advertising executives know that a product can have a completely different impact if the packaging color is changed. Psychologists have found that certain colors in our environment help or hinder performance of certain tasks. Mental concentration is best in cool environments while exercise is best performed in warm environments.

Generally, warm colors such as red and its neighboring hues on the color spectrum are active, exciting. Cool colors such as light green, blue and violet are passive, calming.  Reds tend to stimulate the central nervous system, increase bodily tension, while cool colors release tension. Meanings change with lighter or darker shades of colors, and different cultures have differing views.

Research suggests that blue is the most favored color, followed by pink, green, red, purple and black. Brown is the least popular, followed by white, yellow and orange.

Personality traits are reflected by your preferred color. Extroverts like red, introverts blue. Yellow is the choice of intellectuals, and well-balanced individuals tend to wear green.

Use Color Positively

Use color to trigger desired emotions. Surround yourself with favorite colors to lift your spirit.  In addition to selecting colors that suit you, attend to how you feel, and the message you want to project.

When dressing for important meetings, plan your wardrobe to achieve impact.  If you wear more than one color, combine the meanings to create your desired effect.

Remember to dress with authority. The dark suit, navy or medium to dark gray, with a crisp shirt and contrasting tie is appropriate for men. A conservative navy, gray or tan business suit is suitable for women.

Create Desired Effect With Color

– Red exudes power, energy, excitement and passion. It makes peoples’ hearts beat faster.

Wear red when you want to be assertive, need an energy boost or exude sexuality. Red is effective as an accessory to project energy. Avoid red when you feel nervous, want to elude attention.

– Orange represents creativity, confidence, joy, sensuality and ambition. It suggests vibrant health and has positive effects on emotional states.

Wear orange when you want to have fun, heighten creativity or heal emotions. Avoid it when you feel restless, dependent, fearful, want to relax.

– Yellow is associated with happiness, freedom, optimism and mental concentration. Yellow speeds metabolism. Some shades suggest cowardice; golden shades promise good times.  

Wear yellow when you need to attend to details, maintain mental alertness, feel happy. Use sparingly because it can be overpowering. Avoid yellow when you’re fearful, want to evade attention, relax.

– Green suggests security, abundance, love, growth, luck and balance. It’s also associated with envy. Forest green projects conservatism, wealth, but olive green may represent illness.

Wear green when you want to see things from a different perspective, need to feel grounded, calm, generous. Don’t wear it when you’re confused, feel stagnant, want to be alone.

– Blue represents authority, structure, communication, dependability, trust and loyalty.  Some shades or too much blue can project coldness.

Wear blue when you want to exude power, have mental control, be conservative, respected or communicate an important message. Don’t wear blue when you feel isolated, depressed, critical.

– Gray is practical, timeless, cautious, successful and solid. Some shades are associated with age, depression, lack of direction. Excessive use of gray leads to feelings of being invisible, but a touch adds feelings of stability.

Wear gray when you want to feel self-sufficient, isolate yourself.  Avoid it when you feel lonely, stressed.

– Brown is associated with stability, honesty, practicality and commitment. Wear brown when you need to work hard, be a team member or organized. Avoid it when you want to expend energy, play, feel insecure.

– Pink represents love, affection and serenity. Wear it when you want to feel feminine, lovable, need to concentrate and listen. Avoid pink when you feel vulnerable, insecure, fragmented, are giving more than receiving.

– Purple is associated with prosperity, spirituality and sophistication. When overused it communicates ostentatiousness.  Wear purple to project wisdom, trust, release destructive emotions.

– Black represents power, elegance, discipline and mystery. Sometimes, it’s associated with evil and grieving.

Wear black to communicate an authoritative image or protect emotions. Since too much black can overwhelm some, don’t wear it when you want to establish rapport.

– White symbolizes purity, cleanliness, safety, completion, strength and neutrality. Wear white to feel peaceful, convey a well-balanced, optimistic personality. White is most effective as part of an ensemble. Too much can project coldness, isolation.

Make a great impression. You’re that first flash of color others see!

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach, speaker, and author of Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963. Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, and other institutions of higher learning. Carole Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential

Dr. Kanchier is available for consultations and interviews.

Contact; carole@daretochange.com; www,questersdaretochange.com

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Questers Thrive Today

January 10, 2021

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Are you a Quester? Would you like to become one? Who are Questers, anyway?

Questers are growth-oriented individuals with a sense or purpose, confidence, resilience, perseverance, and will to risk, who are redefining how we look at career and work!

 
Check your Quester traits: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/services-2/quester-quiz/
 

We are all born with Quester qualities. You can see these characteristics in babies and young children. They continuously explore the world around them. Infants reach out to grasp their parents’ ears, eyes, or clothing and objects in their cribs. As they learn to walk, they have fun exploring every cupboard in their homes.

Children learn to crawl, walk, and build with blocks by persevering and risking. They are not deterred by falls. There is no word for failure in their vocabularies. Children feel good about accomplishing challenging tasks, as you can see by their sparkling eyes, excited waving of arms and legs, and smiles and laughter.

Unfortunately, as people grow older, many lose this excitement for learning; they forget the good feelings that come from accomplishing difficult tasks. Various reprimands, don’ts, shouldn’ts, and shames result in embarrassment or fear of trying and failing. Many adults set up barriers to growth that are manifested in expressions of resistance such as fear, denial, impatience, false beliefs, and low confidence. They lose touch with their inner child and their Quester traits.

You have Quester qualities within that you can strengthen if you desire. The personality you developed throughout your childhood and adolescence needn’t be your wardrobe for life. You can do a complete makeover anytime you want!

Strengthen Quester Traits

Clarify purpose. Identify themes: absorbing childhood activities, proud accomplishments, when you’re most energized  a favorite Halloween costume.

Be authentic. Do what’s right for you. Ensure actions are consistent with thoughts and feeling. Set goals in harmony with your purpose.

– Build confidence. Focus on the positive. Avoid, “I can’t.”  Don’t compare yourself with others. Judge accomplishments against personal standards and strive for excellence.

– Continue to learn. Read, take courses, volunteer. Challenge conventional beliefs. Recognize and seize opportunities. Find better ways to do things. Try! Place no limitations on yourself.  

– Strengthen courage to risk. Review three successful risks taken. Note what made these successful. Identify perceived barriers for taking another risk and explore ways to overcome these.

– Manage fear. Identify worrisome issues. Minimize these using appropriate information and resources. Live in the present. Let go of “attachments.” Form a support group.

Create a life in which you can continue to learn, grow, and have choices. Life is an opportunity, take it, life is an adventure, dare it! Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life shows how! 

Request a complementary copy of chapter 1:  www.questersdaretochange,com/free-chaptet-1/

A gratuitous pdf review copy of Questers is available from author, Carole Kanchier, PhD: carole@questersdaretochange.com

Check Paperback and Kindle editions of Questers: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

 
Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach, speaker, and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with clients representing varied disciplines. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.
 
Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; http://www.questersdaretochange.com
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Do You Have #JobBurnout?

January 2, 2021

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Are You Headed For #JobBurnout?

If you are you irritable, usually tired, feel powerless about your job, hate going to work, you may be headed for job burnout.

#According to the World Health Organization (WHO) occupational burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress with symptoms characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.

 While burnout may influence health and can be a reason for people contacting health professional, it is not itself classified by the WHO as a medical condition, The World Health Organization states that “Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life “

Occupational stress has been defined as a “global epidemic” by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization. The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses billion of dollars a year in absenteeism, low productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, and other stress-related expenses.

Of course, stress is a factor in every one’s life, particularly during major events such our current pandemic as well as usual stressors like marriage, divorce, or buying a home. But according to the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, which rates the levels of stress caused by such events, many of the most stressful events are related to the workplace: mismatch between personal characteristics and job, business readjustments, firings, changes in financial status, altered responsibilities, switch to different line of work, trouble with superiors, variations in work hours, retirement, and vacations.

Employers need to play a big role in addressing burnout by paying attention to whether employees have a sense of community at work, strong social relationships, a collegial environment, a workload that’s not too burdensome, a sense of agency at work, and a healthy work-life balance.

The new WHO definition also requires that to diagnose burnout, mental health professionals have to rule out anxiety, mood disorders and other stress-related disorders.

What Does This Stress Quiz Say About You?

Answer “yes” or “no:”

1. I’m irritable.

2.I am always tired.

3. I have little to say to people

4. I have no time for leisure activities

5. I’m inefficient

6. I use of drugs to cope with job pressures

7. I feel powerless about my job; lack feelings of success or challenge

8. I forget appointments, deadlines or personal possessions

9. I have insomnia, headaches, colds

10. I hate going to work

11. I’m pessimistic

Interpretation: If you answered “yes” to 6 or more, you may be stressed.  Fortunately, stress is preventable and can be a catalyst for growth.

Managing Stress

• Seek challenges at work or in leisure activities.

• Engage in positive self-talk. Tell yourself, “I’m OK just as I am…” Realize you don’t always have to prove something.

• List job energizes and stressors. Focus on positive responsibilities; intersperse negative activities with short breaks and rewards. Avoid unnecessary meetings and delegate.

• Keep problems in perspective.  Failures can be learning experiences.

• Rejuvenate yourself using strategies like meditation and creative visualization. Sleep at least seven hours.

• Eat well, exercise regularly, develop support systems, and play. Try hosting a costume party or playing a game you enjoyed as a child.

• Listen to yourself. Attend to dreams, sorrows and beliefs. If you want time to watch your children grow, don’t play golf with colleagues.

• Consider a job shift or seek professional consultation.

• Refer to “Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life” which shows how to minimize burnout

Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Carole Kanchier, PhD, shows how clarify life career goals, and develop a master plan for moving forward. Get a copy of Questers Dare to Change: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/15r-Life/dp/08408963  

 Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, keynote speaker, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with varied individual and organizational clients. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole is available for consultations nd interviews

 
Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; www.questersdaretochange.com
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Ready for New Career?

January 1, 2021

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Are You Ready For a New Career?

You know that something’s missing but you can’t put your finger on it!

Are you wondering whether you should make changes in your career — and life, or stay put?

Are you satisfied with your job?

Respond “yes” or “no:”

1. Is your body sending you messages?  Do you have lingering colds?  Trouble getting up work days?

2. Are you constantly thinking, “I can hardly wait till Friday?”

3. Do you frequently daydream at work?

4. Do you call in sick when you’re not?

5. Have your performance and productivity slipped?

7. Do you have many disagreements with colleagues or superiors?

8. Will leaving the organization enable you to achieve desired goals?

9. Is your work damaging your self confidence, health, or other?

Scoring: Two or more “yeses” suggest you may be dissatisfied with your job. To nurture your career, act. If you’re convinced a job move is in order, go for it!

Career Transition Tips

–  Define and overcome barriers. Describe any blocks that are preventing you from making a move. Examples could be fear of losing a secure income, pension or other benefits; fear that you will lose power, prestige; fear of having to live up to an image, making a mistake, or being embarrassed; not knowing where to begin a new job search; or guilt that change may interfere with relationships.

–  Know that you have many exciting options. These include changing departments in the same organization, shifting employers, changing occupational fields, becoming self employed, taking a sabbatical or going back to school for upgrading or retraining.

–  Investigate options. Research and planning will reduce risk. For example, if you want to return to school or start your own business, and fear reduced income, you can learn to live on less, work part-time while pursing your goal and borrow money from family or a financial institution.

–  Avoid guilt. Don’t worry about letting everyone down, or what others may think. Don’t mourn a job that no longer meets your needs.

– Don’t stay in a job you dislike because of security. Security is wishful thinking today. But developing positive attitudes, believing in yourself, working hard, and developing the will to risk will enable you to succeed.

–  Realize that change involves tradeoffs. Change may involve some temporary personal or financial sacrifices. But most Questers agree that in the long term, their gains far outweigh their losses. Greater satisfaction, independence, flexibility and control over personal and work lives are some benefits acquired.

– Listen to your self. Don’t base your self-respect on what other’s think. Clarifying and listening to your feelings will help you identify what you really want. If you make the move that’s right for you, you will succeed. Better relationships with family and friends are often added benefits.

Don’t make excuses. Be honest. If you feel stagnant, deciding to stay can be as traumatic as moving. Staying in a job with no hope of advancement or satisfaction is self defeating and risky. Stress, illness, and loss of enthusiasm, self-confidence and employability may result.

– Don’t be afraid to fail. Setbacks are learning experiences. Successful changers eliminate much failure by planning and persisting. If they do fail, and they do, they say, “I’ve done my best. … I’m only human.” Then they figure out what went wrong, modify their plans and try again.

Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Carole Kanchier, shows how to clarify life career goals and develop a master plan for life career success. Give yourself a New Year’s gift:. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/15r-Life/dp/08408963  

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, keynote speaker, coach and author of Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with varied individual and organizational clients. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole is available for consultations and interviews

 
Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; http://www.questersdaretochange.com

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Embrace Change in New Year

December 31, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Questers Dare to Change Shows How

 

https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963
Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life

Based on Dr. Carole Kanchier’s ongoing research with thousands of adults, award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life redefines careers and work, and shows how “Questers” prevail in turbulent times.

Check your Quester traits: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/services-2/quester-quiz/

Please request a pdf review copy of Questers Dare to Change: carole@questersdaretochange.com

Please review sample book chapters: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/book/excerpts/ and Carole’s blogs: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/blog.

Carole would love to share experiences on the life career quest with readers and viewers, and is available for interviews and consultations


Carole Kanchier, PhD
Registered Psychologist, Educator, Newspaper/Digital Columnist

Blog: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/blog

Author, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life: Email:carole@daretochange.com;   carole@questersdaretochange.com

QUESTERS DARE TO CHANGE YOUR JOB AND LIFE

– Paperback edition of Questers: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

– Check audible version: htps://www.audible.com/pd/Questers-Dare-to-Change-Your-Job-and-Life-Audiobook/B07VZNKGJF?asin=B07VZNKGJF&ipRedirectOverride=true&overrideBaseCountry=true&pf_rd_p=34883c04-32e5-4474-a65d-0ba68f4635d3&pf_rd_r=TN801GRP49AWQSSYMDYC1

Informative, Thought-Provoking Interview Questions

l Who are “Questers?” What are their characteristics? How can people find out if they have a “Q” type personality?

l Check your Quester traits: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/services-2/quester-quiz/

l What can people do to develop Quester traits?

l How does “the seven year itch” apply to career transitions – voluntary and involuntary?

l How can a person turn a job loss into a victory? Survive in the current job market?

l Many people are holding on to jobs they dislike/ Is this wise?  

l How can people stay optimistic during job search? Is it realistic to dream big?

l How can adults find work that matters to them and gives them a sense of meaning, purpose and direction?

l Why did you write Dare to Change?

l You share very interesting stories about people who’ve made unconventional career moves. Tell us about some.

lYou have an interesting chart of old and new career attitudes. Please share some old and new views.

l What are some career transition Do’s and Don’ts?

l Is it too late for a person of about 55 to change jobs or return to school?

l What are some great strategies for landing a job?

l What about people who want to change their lives but are afraid? How can they overcome the fear?

l Can people who are not by nature risk-takers develop the will to risk?

l What factors should people consider when making career decisions?

l How can people tell if they’re ready for a career change?

l  What can a person do to present a dynamic image?

l How can a job searcher stay motivated after getting numerous job rejections?

l What does “retirement” mean to you?

l What are some common excuses people make for not following their dreams?

l How can people use intuition for career decision making or job search?

 

 

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is a newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with clients representing varied organizations. Dr Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole may be contacted for interviews and consultations.

Contact Carole: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; http://www.questersdaretochange.com

Questers Dare to Change: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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You Are What You Think

December 30, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD        

 “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” –  Earl Nightingale

Belief is a thought in your mind. As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his mind, body and circumstances. Prayers are answered when the individual’s subconscious mind responds to the mental picture or thought in his mind. This law of belief is the hidden reason for psychological truth, and the secret operating principle in all world religions. Essentially, answered prayers are the realizations of your heart’s desires.

To change your world, you must change your mind from the inside out. All the beliefs and tendencies that were instilled in you from birth are still with you and they have the power to manifest in and influence your life.

The tendency of your subconscious mind is always lifeward. Your subconscious is always reproducing according to your habitual mental patterns. Infinite intelligence and boundless love are available when you can draw these forth.

Your subconscious mind works according to the law of belief.

All your experiences, events, conditions and acts are produced by your subconscious mind in reaction to your thoughts. Your prayer is answered according to the universal law of action and reaction. Thought is initial action. The reaction is the response from your subconscious mind that corresponds to the nature of your thought. Fill your mind with the concept of harmony, health, peace and goodwill, and wonders will happen in your life.

Whether the object of your faith is real or false, you’ll get results. Your subconscious mind responds to thoughts in your mind.

Your conscious mind is active, focused thoughts; and your subconscious mind involves automatic mental processes (such as directing your breathing and heart beat). Your subconscious mind is able to tap into all of your memories (even ones that you cannot consciously remember) and takes emotionally-laden messages seriously.


Lesson: If you consciously believe something, your subconscious mind is ingenious in finding solutions to your problem. An example comes with the well-known placebo effect. If you give people a sugar pill and tell them it will cure their disease, many people will be cured. Their belief in the cure provides changes in the biochemistry of the body that causes the body to go back into a healthy state.


The subconscious power must, however, be directed by the conscious mind, and that is your responsibility.

Tips for using mind power

1. Look within. Picturing your desired end result in your mind causes your subconscious to respond and fulfill your mental picture.

2. Ask your subconscious for help. If you tell your subconscious that you want to awaken at 5:30 am, it will awaken you at that time.

3. Convey your goals such as completing a course within a time frame to your subconscious, and it will obey. Every thought is a cause and every condition is an effect.

4. Like a ship captain you must give the right orders. Never use expressions such as “I can’t.” Your subconscious takes you at your word. Affirm, “I can do all things through the power of my subconscious mind.”

5. The law of life is the law of BELIEF. A belief is a thought in your mind. Believe in the power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen and prosper you.

 

You are the captain of your soul (Subconscious mind) and the master of your fate (Conscious mind).  Change your thoughts to change your destiny — and manifest your desired 2021 goals.

Numerous techniques for directing the subconscious, like affirmation and visualization, are explained in Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life by Dr. Carole Kanchier. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/15r-Life/dp/08408963  

Carole is available for consultations, coaching and speaking engagements.

Contact Carole; carole@questersdaretochange.com; carole@daretochange.com;http://www.questersdaretochange.com

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Job Search During Holidays

December 29, 2020

* Job Search Tips for Holiday Season

– Know yourself and job target

– Prepare an elevator speech

– Network at holiday events

– Build an online professional profile on social media channels

– Present a professional image online and in person

– Send holiday greeting cards and emails to well-connected friends and work-related contacts

Review the many suggestions offered in award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life which redefines lifelong career decisions making. Paperback edition: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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 Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with clients representing many disciplines. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.

 
 Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; www.questersdaretochange.com
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Integrity at Work

December 28, 2020

3 Tips for Having Integrity at Work

– Be honest. trustworthy, accountable, maintain confidentially

– Adhere to Golden Rule

– Work diligently, follow company policies

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional tips for growing personally and professionally : https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963.

Get the audible version: https://www.audible.com/pd/Questers-Dare-to-Change-Your-Job-and-Life-Audiobook/B07VZNKGJF?asin=B07VZNKGJF&ipRedirectOverride=true&overrideBaseCountry=true&pf_rd_p=34883c04-32e5-4474-a65d-0ba68f4635d3&pf_rd_r=TN801GRP49AWQSSYMDYC1

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 EMBRACE CHANGE IN THE NEW YEAR 

Questers Dare to Change Shows How

 

The New Year is a great time to reexamine life career goals and plan for success.

Inspiring award winner, Questers Dare to Change redefines career advancement and shows how Questers navigate lifelong career decisions.

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Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life

Based on Dr. Carole Kanchier’s ongoing research with thousands of adults, award winning, Questers Dare to Change redefines careers and work, and shows how “Questers” prevail in turbulent times.

Check your Quester traits: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/services-2/quester-quiz/

Please request a pdf review copy of Questers Dare to Change: carole@questersdaretochange.com

Please review sample book chapters: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/book/excerpts/ and Carole’s blogs: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/blog.

Carole would love to share experiences on the life career quest with readers/viewers, and is available for interviews and consultations

Carole Kanchier, PhD
Registered Psychologist, Educator, Newspaper/Digital Columnist

Author, Questers Dare to Change https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VVF5TX1/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_MNttFbNBAZ4ZQ

Blog: http://www.questersdaretochange.com/blog
Email: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com

– Paperback edition of Questers: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

Informative, Thought-Provoking Interview Questions

Who are “Questers?” What are their characteristics? How can people find out if they have a “Q” type personality?

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Are You Ready for New Career?

December 26, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Are You Ready For a New Career?

You know that something’s missing but you can’t put your finger on it!

Are you wondering whether you should make changes in your career — and life, or stay put?

Are you satisfied with your job?

Respond “yes” or “no:”

1. Is your body sending you messages?  Do you have lingering colds?  Trouble getting up work days?

2. Are you constantly thinking, “I can hardly wait till Friday?”

3. Do you frequently daydream at work?

4. Do you call in sick when you’re not?

5. Have your performance and productivity slipped?

7. Do you have many disagreements with colleagues or superiors?

8. Will leaving the organization enable you to achieve desired goals?

9. Is your work damaging your self confidence, health, or other?

Scoring: Two or more “yeses” suggest you may be dissatisfied with your job. To nurture your career, act. If you’re convinced a job move is in order, go for it!

Career Transition Tips

–  Define and overcome barriers. Describe any blocks that are preventing you from making a move. Examples could be fear of losing a secure income, pension or other benefits; fear that you will lose power, prestige; fear of having to live up to an image, making a mistake, or being embarrassed; not knowing where to begin a new job search; or guilt that change may interfere with relationships.

–  Know that you have many exciting options. These include changing departments in the same organization, shifting employers, changing occupational fields, becoming self employed, taking a sabbatical or going back to school for upgrading or retraining.

–  Investigate options. Research and planning will reduce risk. For example, if you want to return to school or start your own business, and fear reduced income, you can learn to live on less, work part-time while pursing your goal and borrow money from family or a financial institution.

–  Avoid guilt. Don’t worry about letting everyone down, or what others may think. Don’t mourn a job that no longer meets your needs.

– Don’t stay in a job you dislike because of security. Security is wishful thinking today. But developing positive attitudes, believing in yourself, working hard, and developing the will to risk will enable you to succeed.

–  Realize that change involves tradeoffs. Change may involve some temporary personal or financial sacrifices. But most Questers agree that in the long term, their gains far outweigh their losses. Greater satisfaction, independence, flexibility and control over personal and work lives are some benefits acquired.

– Listen to your self. Don’t base your self-respect on what other’s think. Clarifying and listening to your feelings will help you identify what you really want. If you make the move that’s right for you, you will succeed. Better relationships with family and friends are often added benefits.

Don’t make excuses. Be honest. If you feel stagnant, deciding to stay can be as traumatic as moving. Staying in a job with no hope of advancement or satisfaction is self defeating and risky. Stress, illness, and loss of enthusiasm, self-confidence and employability may result.

– Don’t be afraid to fail. Setbacks are learning experiences. Successful changers eliminate much failure by planning and persisting. If they do fail, and they do, they say, “I’ve done my best. … I’m only human.” Then they figure out what went wrong, modify their plans and try again.

Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Carole Kanchier, shows how to clarify life career goals and develop a master plan for life career success. Give yourself a Christmas gift. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/15r-Life/dp/08408963  

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, keynote speaker, coach and author of Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with varied individual and organizational clients. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole is available for consultations and interviews

 

Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; http://www.questersdaretochange.com

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Greet New Year with Optimism

December 20, 2020

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

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Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life Shows How

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You create your own life script by the thoughts you think, and you have the power to change these.

One of the most significant findings in psychology over the past decades is that individuals can choose the way they think.

Research indicate that optimism is vitally important in overcoming defeat, promoting achievement, and improving and maintaining health.

Studies show that optimists do much better in school, at work, and on the playing field. They regularly exceed the predictions of aptitude tests, and when they run for office, they are more likely than pessimist to get elected. Their health is very good and they tend to live long healthy lives.

Optimists hope for and expect the best. They usually achieve happiness and success because they learn from their mistakes, and think positively about what they want. They create their desired positions and lifestyles.

How optimistic are you?

Answer yes or no.

1. I usually count on good things to happen.

2. It’s easy for me to fall asleep.

3. I’m usually confident I’ll achieve my goals.

4. If something can go wrong for me, it will.

5. I’m always hopeful about my future.

6. I enjoy my friends and family.

7. In uncertain times, I usually expect the best.

8. I don’t usually expect things to go my way.

9. Overall, I anticipate more good things will happen to me than bad.

10. I don’t get upset too easily.

Scoring: 2 points for yes to 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9; and 2 points for no to items 4 and 8. Add your points. The higher your score, the more optimistic you seem to be

 Tips for becoming optimistic

You can learn to be optimists by changing your attitudes and learning a new set of cognitive skills.

– Practice positive self-talk.  “I like myself because … “  “I can … “ “I will … “  Use positive statements about such things as being healthy, being in control, or being blessed. Write down affirmations. For example, “I can change … “

Don’t criticize or complain. Think of ways to improve the situation. Avoid phrases such as, “I can’t or “I’m too old.”

– Read inspirational books and listen to positive message tapes.

– Focus on your successes. Create a “success” collage by gluing pictures together that illustrate who you want to be and what you want to accomplish. Include the goal you want to attain, how you want to look, and the personal and professional image you want to project. Look at it every day.

– View problems as challenges. If you lose your job, for example, consider it an opportunity to pursue your dream.

– Count your blessings — not your troubles. Put enthusiasm into your work. 

– Write down negative thoughts and feelings. Indicate why you feel this way. For example, when adversity strikes, listen to your explanation. When it’s pessimistic, dispute it. Use evidence, alternatives, implications, and usefulness as guides. Replace negative thoughts with more positive ones. Each time you catch yourself using a negative phrase, say, “Cancel, cancel.” and replace it with more positive thoughts.

– Take your mind off “problems.” Get involved in activities that focus your attention away from the problem. For example, go to movies or concerts, meditate, listen to music or invite friends over for dinner, engage in physical activities.

– Greet others with positive, cheerful statements. Smile. This generates enthusiasm, friendliness and good will. Associate with positive, happy people who will give you support and encouragement as you work toward your goals. Make other people feel important — and do it sincerely.

Look for and expect good things to happen. Success is 15 percent aptitude and 85 percent attitude. Your attitude will determine your success in your new venture. Fill your mind with happiness, positive and constructive thoughts, desired outcomes, and helpful ideas. You’re special and have unique talents. You’re a winner.

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life offers additional tips for enhancing optimism. Self determined “Questers” described in Questers Dare to Change, shows how to clarify life career goals, and develop a master plan for life career success. Get a copy of Questers Dare to Change: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/15r-Life/dp/08408963

Please request a pdf revIew copy from author, Carole Kanchier, PhD

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, keynote speaker, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning, and worked with varied individual and organizational clients. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole is available for consultations and interviews.

 
Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; http://www.questersdaretochange.com
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