It’s Time to Review 2013 – and Plan for 2014


New Year’s Eve is almost upon us, and this is a perfect time to take stock of how we did this past year and to set our course for 2014.  To that end, I am including my Year End Review in this post.  If you take the time to answer these questions, you will be able to bring closure to 2013 and make a good  start for the coming year.

2014-calendarYEAR END REVIEW

As we approach the New Year, it’s a good time to turn inward and do some reflecting on what this past year has brought and what the promise of the New Year — 2014 — is to be.  Here are some questions for doing some thinking (and writing) about.

1.  What are your disappointments and incompletions?

Let’s go ahead and acknowledge what these items are.  Then it will be easier to decide what you want to do with them in the upcoming year.

2.  What are your completions and your accomplishments in ’13?

Please, don’t skimp on these.  The “little stuff” counts!  No modesty allowed.  Let’s validate any and all accomplishments, both personal and professional.  Look through your organizer, your task completion list, etc. to remind you. It’s amazing how easy it is for all of us to minimize or even forget the good stuff. Let’s focus on all the positives.  It’s uplifting — and we can capitalize on the principle “you attract more of what you put your attention on.” Continue reading

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Happy holidays!

Give peace a chance smallerTo all my friends of the Christian persuasion, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

To all my friends of the Jewish persuasion, I hope you enjoy your movie and Chinese food.

To all my friends of other persuasions, I hope you get through these holidays in one piece.

And to all, I wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

To your success,

Coach Ted

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Are You A Warrior?

For many, the term “warrior” brings up images of war and connotes violence or domination.  But in its truest form, warrior energy is about a “never say never” attitude, a fierce determination to succeed, that we would all do well to tap into on a daily basis.

Are you willing to do “whatever it takes” to achieve your dreams?  Take the Self-Quiz below to test whether you are being a warrior for your business and for yourself.

1. I don’t let “reasons” stand in my way of getting the job done. If something isn’t working, I find anther way that will.

2. I don’t let the fact that something is “hard” stop me. In fact, I do the hardest things first.

3. My actions stem from my choices. Once I have chosen, I do whatever it takes (ethically) to accomplish my goals.

4. When a task seems so huge that it is daunting, I break it down into simple, doable steps and start on the steps, one at a time. Continue reading

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7 Methods for Uncovering Your Perfect Career

Are you feeling stuck in your career?  Is Employee stress and burn out causing dissatisfaction in your life?  After all, you are at work some 8 hours a day or more.  That’s 1/3 of your day if you don’t count sleep.  That’s a long time to be dissatisfied.

If you feel stuck, here are 7 great ways to help find your ideal career:


1.   Brainstorm on a sheet of paper
I’ve talked about this before and it’s a strategy I use all the time.  Take a pad of paper and write down at the top your objective in question form.  Then, simply list out 20 answers to your question.  For example, you could write “What would I do if I didn’t have to be concerned about money?”  Then stay seated for a half hour to an hour coming up with answers to that question.  The key to this exercise is coming up with 20 answers – don’t quit until you have 20 answers.  You can repeat every day until you get the answer you seek.

2. Ask 3 close friends
Sometimes our friends know us better than ourselves.  While meeting with one of your friends, mention you are at a crossroads in your life and career.  Ask what they think you’d enjoy doing.  You might be surprised at how easily they can zero in to your strengths and abilities and report a perfect job area. Continue reading

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Black Friday Blowout: 75 Self Help Products For 0.23 each! ($2075 Value)

I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of a “Cyber Monday Firesale” before,
but I really need you to pay close attention to this opportunity
starting today on Black Friday or I guarantee you’ll be regretting it

Here’s a massive collection of 75 self help products – the
largest compendium we’ve ever offered online:

75 self help products



And they are all waiting for you to download right now, but there’s
a catch…

Because it’s a “firesale,” it means that you need to take swift
and decisive action TODAY or the longer you delay it will cost you

You’ll see exactly what I mean here:

This is your opportunity to get your hands on a huge, mega
collection of 75 of the newest, most powerful self help products
available online today…

But, hesitate and you will lose…

For every day you wait, the already astounding Cyber Monday price will
rise and if you hesitate today, tomorrow I guarantee you’ll be regretting

These tools will cover EVERY life challenge you are facing,
– now AND into 2014 and beyond, just take a look at what I’m talking
about here and go for the gold:

To your success,

Coach Ted

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Be Do Have

“The way to do is to be.— Lao-tse, Chinese philosopher.”

“The way to be is to do.— Dale Carnegie.”

“Do be, do be, do.— Frank Sinatra.”

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How can I navigate a successful midlife career change?

This article that appeared in the Minneapolis StarTribune Jobs section is a good summary of most of the steps needed to make a successful career change at midlife.  I particularly like that the first thing the author mentions is the need to identify your passion and asks “What would be your dream job?”  So many discussions of changing careers skip this critical step and jump right to asking about your skills and interests.

I also like how he recommends using LinkedIn to find professionals in the areas that you are exploring in order to research what the skills, work experience and education are of people who work in those fields. This has the advantage of you finding out this information before you go on any information interviews allowing you to use those more effectively.

Here is the first part of the article:

Ask Matt: How can I navigate a successful midlife career change?

Article by: MATT KRUMRIE 

Dear Matt: I’m in my 50s and am forced to change careers because of an unexpected health issue. What advice do you have for me?

Matt says: This is unfortunate and challenging, but not impossible, says Sue Plaster (, a Twin Cities-based career adviser who works with clients in all different circumstances to help them find and pursue career opportunities. While Plaster wasn’t forced to make a complete career change, she made the move from full-time corporate employee to her current role as a consultant just a few years ago. And as someone who is also 50-plus, Plaster understands the challenges you face.

“To make a career change after many years, you will need to understand yourself and your skills,” says Plaster. She also suggests giving some thought to the types of positions you want to pursue, plus the specific industries where you’ll focus.

To read the rest of the article….

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Making a Career Change? Make an Attitude Change First!

The success of a career change and your attitude go hand-in-hand.  Believe it or not, your mood during a job search campaign can affect how your entire career turns out.  It is quite common that job seekers, when writing a resume for a career change, will let their frustrations and anxiety take over.  This can create a presentation that is too wordy or repetitious.  This happens when the person writing a resume tries too hard to make themselves stand out in fear that they are underselling themselves.  Instead, what they are doing is actually reducing the effectiveness of the document by developing hard-to-read content with many redundancies, irrelevant points, and an obvious display of anxiety.

Another problem that can affect the outcome of a career change is having a negative attitude about a job search altogether.  Nobody likes having to look for a new job.  It’s tedious, stressful, and extremely time consuming unless you have a positive, optimistic attitude.  Attitudes are contagious and can be detected a mile away by a hiring manager or recruiter.  Anyone who has been in a successful sales or management role will tell you this. Continue reading

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Are You Living in Sync with Your Values?

Fulfillment in life is related to how well you are living in alignment with your values. Values are not morals.  They are principles by which you live. They are the essence of who you are—not who you think you should be. For instance, money is not a value, whereas the things that money might buy, such as free time, risk-taking, and being of service are values. When you’re aligned with your values, you feel inner harmony, your choices are more easily made, and your actions are in accord with your true self.

Values - Star Trek shrunkIf you don’t know what your own values are, you could very well be living your life based on someone else’s – a parent, a teacher, a mentor, or those held by the culture that surrounds you.

Take this quiz to see how well you are living in sync with your values.  Answer True or False for each statement.

1. I have spent time clarifying my values and can easily articulate them. Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

What is a miracle? A miracle is defined in the dictionary as “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.” But life is full of miracles both large and small.

I came across this brand new video from Marci Shimoff the other day, and I want to share it with you.  In it she tells the beautiful and moving story that she read in helping put together the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books.  Listen and I think that it will bring tears to your eyes as it did mine.

So, I thought I would share with you a story in my life that I think of as a miracle: Continue reading

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