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...

Preparing for the Job Search

Every Thursday I stream a live video podcast, called "Your Story Within" that focuses on topics to help authors, job seekers, business owners, and other professionals. You can find all podcasts on my author website In the month of April, the focus is on helping Job Seekers find jobs through a series I am calling  "Ask An Expert." In Episode 11 of the “Your Story Within Podcast,” I was joined by special guest, Ruth Sternberg from Confident Career Search. Ruth discussed...

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? ...

The Power of Resilience

RESILIENCE AND POTENTIAL Let’s face it – life is good, yet at times, challenging.  To be successful, we must be able to pick ourselves up quickly after hardship.  Many of us let unfavorable circumstances hold us down and keep us from achieving our potential. How can you ignite the power of resilience? DON’T FEEL DEFEATED In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, the Bible tells us, “We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, we are perplexed but not in despair, we are persecuted...

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,...

6 Tips for Living a Life of Integrity

Integrity Dictionary.com defines integrity as "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. A pretty thorough yet straightforward definition. Another definition of integrity is "a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition," as in the integrity of a ship's hull. However, this definition has some relevance to the type of moral integrity that this article discusses. Think about it. Our integrity must be sound, as in, based on valid reasoning. Our integrity must not become impaired by difficult circumstances, outside pressure,...

Make a Change – It’s Never too Late!

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by several brave men and women who have had the guts to make a change later in their lives. Today, after you’ve taken a hard look at your current situation, I want to encourage you to make some big, exciting changes if you so desire. However, before you dive headfirst into the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to do a few things first. DECIDE WHO YOU WANT TO BE You were...