3 Tips for Clarifying #Mission

November 12, 2019

– State what success means to you.

– List proud accomplishments related to your definition of success

– Identify personality traits to strengthen to attain desired gpal.

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

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Do you hold old or new views of work? What views does your organization have? Is it important to think about career and work in new ways?

Carole Kanchier, PhD, psychologist, educator, author of award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, describes innovative Questers with skills needed to succeed in uncertain times.  Kanchier’s ongoing research on lifelong career decision making is described in inspiring, Questers Dare to Change: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

                                         Old and New Views

Old Views New Views
Preserve Traditionalist qualities Strengthen Quester qualities
Career change — instability Career change — growth
Other-directed Inner-directed
Career growth – up corporate ladder Up – down – sideways
Employers look after workers Questers take charge
Identity is tied to what you do Who you are is important
Success means money, power Success is defined personally
One occupation for life Varied lifestyles
Retirement at 55 – 65 Retirement is age-irrelevant
To job search respond to ads Create own employment
Wait for layoff notice Anticipate layoffs
Use tests for career decision making Use varied strategies
Fear mistakes Learn from setbacks
Formal education needed for job entry Many routes to entry
Too old to learn Lifelong learning
Don’t question status quo Think critically

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

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In Flanders Fields

November 10, 2019

In celebration of our veterans on Veterans’ Day in Canada, US and elsewhere, I am sharing this poem by John McCrae, to honor of our brave, selfless veterans who gave their lives for world peace. May they rest in peace.

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
 
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. “In Flanders Fields” was first published on December 8 of that year in the London magazine, Punch.

It is one of the most quoted poems from the war. As a result of its immediate popularity, parts of the poem were used in efforts and appeals to recruit soldiers and raise money selling war bonds. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day and Veterans Day symbols for soldiers who have died in combat.

Veterans’ Day is an official United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans who served in their countries’ Armed Forces.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

God bless our veterans for their services and sacrifices they and their families make year-round. How do you plan to honor our veterans?

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, psychologist and author of award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Carole. Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz and 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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Veterans Day 2019

November 8, 2019

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Veterans Day, 2019, will be Monday, November 11th, 2019.  As a federal holiday Veterans Day is typically observed on November 11th every year.

Veterans’ Day is an official United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian public holiday, observed annually on November 11. This day honors military veterans who served in their countries’ Armed Forces.

Veterans take the lessons they have learned and the experiences they’ve gained and continue their service to our nation by strengthen

 Veterans Day, 2019, will be Monday, November 11th, 2019.  As a federal holiday Veterans Day is typically observed on November 11th every year.

Veterans’ Day is an officia l United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian public holiday, observed annually on November 11. This day honors military veterans who served in their countries’ Armed Forces.

Veterans take the lessons they have learned and the experiences they’ve gained and continue their service to our nation by strengthening our communities. They become our nation’s leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs.

Veterans are the most active volunteers working to improve communities across our country. Service goes beyond the uniform

This Veteran’s Day honor the men and women who have worn their uniform who continue to serve our country.

God bless our veterans for their services and sacrifices they and their families make year-round. How do you plan to honor our veterans?

Ways to Honor Veterans

– Organize a care-package party. But first learn what deployed troops want in their care packages.– Visit a veterans’ hospital. If you do not have a local nursing home facility visit an injured vets to help brighten their day.
Teach children about services veterans contributed to the country and encourage them to create a small a meme for a veteran.
– Encourage your child’s teacher to develop a Veteran’s Day lesson plan or project. Invite a local veteran to speak to your class about some of his or her experiences,
– Wear a red poppy to show support for veterans and active duty service member. The poppies are hand made by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation.
Acknowledge veterans in your workplace. Consider a special coffee break, themed snack or poppy cookies.
– Support veteran-owned businesses. Your local chamber of commerce may be able to help you identify these.
– Express thanks. When you see someone in uniform, extend a simple word of gratitude or small kindness to show how much their service means to you.
– Send a card. Compile a list of names and addresses of veterans you know and send them a thank you card.

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. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.

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– See self as a powerful person who makes contributions. Join a speaker’s group to practice.

– Engage audience. Know their needs and adapt presentation to these.

– Clarify goals, purpose and outcomes of presentation with host.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Dr. Carole Kanchier, gives additional tips for succeeding in your life career: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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3 Tips to Strengten #Risk

November 4, 2019

– Have a clear goal and a plan to achieve it

– Describe fears blocking you and list ways to minimize these

– View setbacks as learning experience as you move toward your goal.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional career and personal growth tips for advancing life career: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Are you wondering whether you should make changes in your career – and life? Are you satisfied with your job? Responding “yes” or “no” to the following questions, may help you get a clearer picture of whether you should consider a job shift.

  1. Is your body sending you messages? Do you have lingering colds? Trouble getting out of bed on a work day?
    2. Are you constantly thinking, “I can hardly wait till Friday?” Do you often watch the clock?
    3. Do you frequently daydream on the job?
    4. Do you call in sick even when you’re not?
    5. Do you arrive late for work often?
    6. Have your performance and productivity slipped?
    7. Do you have many disagreements with colleagues or superiors?
    8. Do you feel withdrawn at work?
    9. Does the prospect of spending a whole day at work get you down?
    10. Will leaving the organization enable you to achieve your career dreams more quickly?
    11. Is your work damaging your self confidence? Your health? Your personal and family life? Other life facets?Scoring: Two or more “yes” answers suggest you are dissatisfied. The more times you said “yes,” the more dissatisfied you seem to be.
  2. To nurture your career, act
    If you’re convinced a job move is in order, go for it! Here’s some advice:
  • 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 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 alternatives. 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 the bank.
  • Avoid guilt. Don’t worry about letting everyone down, or what your colleagues may think.
  • Avoid idealizing your former position. Don’t mourn a job that is no longer meeting 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 prevail.
  • 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 financial  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. 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 often initially do – Do they say, “I’ve done my best. I’m only human.” Then they figure out what went wrong, modify their plans, and try agai
  • Dare to changeKeep the following in mind as you pursue your goal
  •  State what you really want, not what others think you should have.
  • -Write a paragraph outlining why you want it.
  • Affirm how your goal will benefit yourself and others
  • -Be prepared to make tradeoffs such as living on less while you return to school.
  • Work hard
  • Believe you will attain your goal.
  • Have a support system
  • Be patient as you work toward your goal

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Carole Kanchier, PhD, will help you 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

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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. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.

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– Know yourself and research job target.

– Prepare elevator speech and resume for each target, and contact hiring decision maker.

– Build online professional profile on social media channels. Network at business, community events.

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

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– Know and accept self. Clarify purpose

– List accomplishments in all life areas. Explore options in harmony with true self. Confront fears, release attachments.

– Devise plan and pursue desired goal.

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

Check audible: 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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© Carole Kanchier, PhD

Do you measure success by internal standards, rather than by status symbols or material wealth? Do you enjoy the process of learning, accomplishing, and mastering?

If so, you may have a high need for achievement. This personality trait is characterized by an enduring and consistent concern with setting and meeting high standards of accomplishment. The need for achievement motivates individuals to excel in activities important to them.

Research demonstrate that accomplished individuals, who regularly win awards, are driven by the effort rather than the result. Knowing you can attain a desired goal, enhances feelings of confidence and pride.

Where does the need to achieve come from? Some psychologists believe you are born with “competence motivation,” or the need for challenge and stimulation. Babies and toddlers have it.

Like toddlers learning to walk, many achievers fail several times. Most manage to extract lessons that subsequently enable them to succeed.

Michael Jordan, proclaimed by the National Basketball Association (NBA) as the “greatest player of all time,” said: “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Many Questers, described in “Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life,” share similar stories. Unfortunately, many people are taught it’s unacceptable to fail. They walk away from opportunities without trying. The New Year may be time to enhance motivation to achieve!

Are you motivated to achieve?

  1. I am determined I will succeed in everything I do.
  2. I feel great after completing a difficult task well.
  3. I would rather have a challenging job than a boring job that pays more.
  4. I don’t have much ambition.
  5. My successes are the result of hard work, determination, and some ability.
  6. Being successful in my goals is very important to me.
  7. I want a secure not too difficult job that pays enough to have a nice car and home.
  8. Once I master a task I move on to other new challenges.
  9. I set high standards for myself.
  10. I often do as little work as possible to get by.
  11. I feel secure in my relationships.
  12. I always try to do a little better than what is expected of me.
  13. I measure my success by standards set by my peers.
  14. I enjoy challenging things.

Scoring and Interpretation: One point for each “yes” to statements 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 14; and each “no” to statements 4, 7, 10, and 13. Add your points.

11 or higher: You tend to measure success by internal standards, rather than by status symbols or material wealth. You enjoy the process of learning, accomplishing, and mastering. Your work probably provides opportunities to fulfill these needs.

6 – 10: You seem to be a relatively easygoing person who is quite satisfied with your work and lifestyle However, you may tend to avoid difficult tasks for fear of failing. If you want to change, check your low scores for clues, then decide where you can make some modifications.

5 or lower: You may lack ambition or tend to have a rather lackadaisical approach to life. Do you tend to do as little work as possible and give up when the going gets tough? If you are happy with your lifestyle, that’s okay. If you are not, however, try doing something that will make you feel good inside. Volunteer for a cause that is important to you. Consider another job that will give you a better sense of accomplishment.

Tips for Achieving 

 – Set attainable goals. Set each new goal one level beyond your present level of accomplishment. Enjoy the process of achieving your goal.

– Experiment with standards of excellence. Set your own criteria. Instead of aiming for 100 percent, try 80 or 90 percent. Realize perfectionism is an unattainable illusion.

 – Learn from mistakes. Recognize that mistakes are part of the achieving process. Identify factors that may have contributed to a poor outcome, modify features, and move on.

 – Practice mindfulness. Purposely and without judgment, attend to the moment. Concentrate on each task. Attend fully to the report you’re reading. Give phone conversations unwavering attention.

 – Establish appropriate limits. Focus on activities that use your talents. Delegate or exchange tasks you dislike, aren’t good at, or find draining or time-consuming.

 – Enjoy successes. Measure yourself by what you have done, are doing, and can complete. Keep a weekly tally of accomplishments. Post this where you can read it often. Reward yourself for completing a challenging project.

Additional tips are described in Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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 Author: Carole Kanchier, PhD, career and personal growth expert, is author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life: Carole Kanchier inspires people to realize potential and look at career success in new ways. A registered psychologist, Dr. Kanchier pioneered the unique model of lifelong growth and decision making described in Questers Dare to Change.  For additional information, visit: www.questersdaretochange.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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