C is for Career

What's the Difference Between a Job and a Career? Have you ever thought about the difference between a job and a career? While we often use those words interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between the two. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re working a job or a career is to examine your mindset. Are you working this position as just a means to an end?  Do you work just to support your basic needs but aren’t passionate...

B is for Balance

Feeling Balanced is About Effective Time Management In today’s current work environment, many of us are working from home part-time or full-time. I know I am not the only person struggling to focus at home when my kid needs help with something, or the laundry needs switching out, or I think of something late at night, and decide to get a jump-start on tomorrow. When I constantly allow myself to be interrupted, I am not nearly as effective as I could...

Asking for a Raise

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of asking for a raise, you’re not alone. Why is it so difficult to assess our strengths, then ask someone else to recognize our worth monetarily? The fear of rejection is real. Being rejected after asking for a raise can sew seeds of doubts about our value as a professional. That’s a challenging situation to put yourself in, and it’s no wonder why many people avoid asking for a raise. But don’t...

Do you need a reset

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON I've been struggling for the last two weeks to buckle down and get my life organized. I feel like I've been busy, busy, busy, but treading more water than swimming laps, if you know what I mean. I've been doing a lot of stuff but not getting anything done. I'm going in a million directions and failing to go anywhere at all. Have you ever felt like that?  Your mind feels cluttered, your...

What Does a Book Editor Do?

Why do I need a book editor? With the myriad of resources available to new authors, it’s easy to think that you don’t need a book editor. But that is a rookie mistake, and I’ll tell you why. Book editors, like myself, put a fresh set of eyes on your work. Have you ever read something someone else had written and found simple mistakes?  When we’re writing, our brains fill in gaps and gloss over mistakes because we read what we...

I Hate My Job! Now What?

If you’re reading this article, chances are pretty good that you have at one time hated your job. We’ve all been there. But what – if anything – can we do about it? You could always quit, of course. But quitting is likely not your best option. You can probably do some things to improve your job satisfaction without completely throwing in the towel. What if I can’t quit my job? If quitting your job isn’t an option, your first step should...

How to Stop Procrastinating

STOP PROCRASTINATING We all procrastinate. I successfully did it all day today, and I find myself writing this blog at 7 p.m. the night before it’s due. But I had a good reason – I was doing taxes. But we all have a good reason to put off our responsibilities, don’t we? To stop procrastinating, we need to know a little more about it. Procrastination comes in many forms, which we’ll discover below. But is this an inevitable part of life? ...

Senior Enlisted – Defining Characteristics of a True Professional

SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBER TALKS PROFESSIONALISM I shared a conversation recently with a senior enlisted member of the special operations community, who prefers to remain anonymous. In this article, we'll just call him Senior. He and I were talking about professionalism. I wanted to know the things that make operators respected in the community. As a beloved leader himself, he had some incredible insights, and I can’t wait to share his tips with you. PROACTIVITY Senior says a true professional won’t wait for someone...

How to Nail Your Headshot

Last week on the first episode of her new podcast, Your Story Within, Dr. Jeannine Bennet spoke with professional photographer Laura Hatcher on the role of a good headshot in landing a job. I took notes and have some quick tips for you below. REMEMBER TO RELAX If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, you're not alone. Laura recommends that her clients wear clothes that fit well and don’t cause self-consciousness. If you’re constantly tugging at your clothes, you will...

Oh Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

POWER OF WORDS Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those "Don't listen to the mainstream media" type posts. (However…oh never mind.) I think this post is going to surprise many readers, but in a good way. Today, I want to open your eyes to the power that not just words, but all sound, has over your health. BE KIND TO YOUR PLANTS Have you ever seen the experiment where people give two healthy plants the same food and water,...