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...

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...

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...

How Your Decisions Indicate Your Direction

While we can’t control what life throws at us, we are in full control of our choices, actions, and responses. We can let "destiny" happen to us as inaction carries us along, or we can make deliberate decisions that will steer our destiny in the direction of our dreams. Below, I will show you how our decisions indicate our direction and how we can be more deliberate in what direction our lives are heading. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS If your mouth...

5 Simple Ways to be More Intentional

Over the past few months, I have not been intentional with my time. I have often felt like I’m running on autopilot, more than I care to admit. I get up, I clean the kitchen (I am notorious for not doing it after dinner), feed the dog, make coffee, and scroll social media. For hours. Before I know it, it’s lunchtime, and I have completed absolutely nothing. Then I try to work frantically to play catch-up while helping my...

A Referral is your Ticket to a New Job

The other day a person asked why I always say referrals are better than submitting online applications. Referrals are your ticket to a new job! The biggest reason – Employers love them! Why do employers love job referrals? How about I give you eight reasons! Eight Reasons Referrals Rock According to Kristina Martic, there are eight really big reasons why you should get a referral when applying to a company of interest. Employee referrals: have the highest ROI reduce time to hire reduce cost...

Networking Effectively

As a result of the pandemic, people have been asking how they can effectively network when no real face-to-face events are occurring. Below are 10 tips to help you network effectively using LinkedIn. ☑ Tip 1: Host a Virtual Meetup Start by reaching out to some of your LinkedIn several contacts using an online service like Zoom, Skype, etc. There is no need to present on anything, just focus on bringing people together. Format: Similar to face-to-face meetups where you ask each...