The Pain of Growing Vs. Remaining Stagnant

I have a very BIG CONFESSION to make:

I HATE BEING A BEGINNER!

 

As a Type A professional, I love being an authority. I truly hate being a beginner because that means that I am making dumb (in my mind) mistakes that I wouldn’t make being an expert. However, I know that this the start of the process towards becoming an expert. Still I detest this part of the journey because I am bumbling and feeling my way through the process until I start becoming competent. I have shot a FB Live video discussing my loathing about starting out as a beginner but it is better than staying stagnant.

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Catch Me Live at 8pm EST Tonight on The One Habit At a Time Show!

I have a big announcement: tonight at 8pm EST I will be a guest on Nkechi’s One Habit at a Time FB Live show. One Habit at a Time is a weekly show featuring guests who discuss how to break bad habits and implement good one. I am honored for this opportunity because it gives me a platform to discuss the importance of positive change and how to manifest it. Check me out tonight at 8pm EST on Nkechi’s FB page.

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I look forward to seeing you in the audience.

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Taking a Break

 

I am enjoying time off and smelling the roses (or in this case, the cherry blossoms). Giving my brain a break from routine and work to just enjoy other things is essential towards staying positive. It’s all a part of self-care. Downtime enables you to recalibrating and bouncing back better. It  also lets you avoid burnout. So take a break, go outside and enjoy life.

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Spring Clean Your Brand

Spring is here. Your personal brand should change along with it. You clean your inside and outside windows getting rid of the snow, sale build up and mildew. Now it’s time to do the same for your brand.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to wait until you are deeper into the year to change. No you don’t! Now is a great time to examine your brand by keeping what works and ditching what doesn’t. Right now, you have enough evidence to know what isn’t working. Why wait until July 1st, because that’s the halfway mark? Change your vision now especially if it differs from the New Year.

Vision – Your vision is how you see yourself. We are a couple of months into the New Year. Has your view about your career changed? If it has, change your brand’s vision statement.  Your brand cannot suffer blurry vision and still be strong and competitive in the global marketplace.

The next four things build upon your vision. They are: products and services, photo, content strategy and social media strategy.

Photo – how old is it? No selfies please. So what if you’ve taken it on the new iPhone? It is a camera phone; and a selfie is still an unprofessional photo.

Products and services – has your audience, industry or tech changed affecting your business? A marketplace shift means a pivot is needed to stay relevant.

Using myself as an example, I am a certified project manager. The project management’s industry certification guide has switched. This means that all of my project management products and services must be compatible with the new change. Stop fearing midyear changes because spring is still close to January. Market shifts don’t adhere to calendar. Change your products and services to adapt to the market.

Tip – you may say that you don’t have a product. Well, yes, you do: yourself. Your professional reputation and what you do are services that must be properly managed to achieve maximum exposure. Give you an example: the person who receives his promotion has managed his brand better than his coworker who hasn’t received one.

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Content strategy – renewed vision means renewed content strategy. Your life is different now versus January. Content means video, audio, photos and in-person communication. Has your industry changed since the New Year? If there are any new industry news, inventions, services or developments that have transformed your field, your content strategy must reflect these changes.

I will use the banking marketing department as an example. You work in the bank’s marketing department. Right now putting mobile messaging (Facebook Messenger and text messaging) on your resume, will get you hired faster than online banking. Mobile messaging is new, cutting edge with less people. Online banking is a more mature market.

Social media strategy –  this is a very big part of your brand. Here I am dealing with LinkedIn because it is the business social media. Review where your audience is. Check to see the activity and your participation in groups. If some of your groups have been inactive or your current career trajectory isn’t aligned, leave the groups. Quality over quantity is the rule. I have over 500+ connections but they are all relevant to my work history. You want a cohesive LinkedIn profile to attract the right people and propel you to the next level.

Now is as a great time as ever to spring clean your brand. Dust off your vision statement, photo, products and services, content strategy and social media strategy to rejuvenate yourself; and, make the rest of this year better than ever!

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How to Make Change Less Painful

Change is hard and it can be painful. We are creatures of habit; and, habit is comfort. We love routine for good or bad. That’s why habits are hard to break. Changing a bad habit is hard because that very bad habit makes you feel comfortable.

You are reading www.positivitychange.com because you desire positive change. Here’s a resource to help you ease into change. Quartz for Work says that a visualization tool can make it easier to implement change into your life. What more can you ask for? Here it is here: https://work.qz.com/1240167/change-management-is-easier-with-this-simple-diagram/

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Here’s to a Wonderfully Productive and Peaceful Week

This Monday morning I have just felt something in my spirit to write this affirmation. I want to have a great week both personally and professionally.

Affirmation: Here’s to a wonderfully productive and peaceful week full of favorable outcomes and full cooperation.

At first I was reluctant to share my affirmation because of the holiday, however, I’ve told myself I can always reshare it again tomorrow and the next day. I can recite affirmations at any time. Don’t be constricted by when and what time you share them because affirmations are good for you.

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Respect Your Limits

I have received this golden nugget while participating in today’s TheSwayLife Twitter chat. I am telling the moderator about how I stopped blogging on www.carlarjenkins.com because I had so much stuff going on in January. She said that sometimes you have to respect your limits. Isn’t that a word. Yes, my blog’s Google Analytics and Alexa numbers are in the dumps; but, they can be recovered. I am happy that I have recovered bouncing back and contributing on both here and www.carlarjenkins.com

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There Is Room for Everyone!

Oftentimes people feel as if you are competing against others, and quite frankly, the world. However, you are really only competing with yourself. I have shot this video because I am very proud of my friends’ accomplishments. I’ve seen how far they’ve come and what they are achieving. I am happy to see their personal and professional growth; and, am not threatened by it. I have never understood why anyone would be mad that someone achieves something before you. Actually, it makes your journey a whole lot easier because you have a roadmap. And with so many new tech discoveries and fields opening up, there are bound to be even more opportunities, and, more firsts; thus, proving that there is room for everyone!

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Want to Work with Me in 2018? Here’s How!

2018 is (literally) right around the corner! I welcome any and all people who want to work with me. A little about me: I am a certified project manager who loves helping people achieve results by streamlining your time and money. Everyone wants to have a better 2018 and I would love to be a part of it with you.

What You Will Get? Results!

My goal is to help you get them personally and professionally.

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  • Project Management : Certified Project Management Professional, served as corporate trainer teaching professionals project management both in person and online.

Watch and Learn More About How I Get My Clients Results

Here is How To Work With Me

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Don’t Discount December! There’s Still Plenty To Do!

Many people are looking past December ahead of January and the New Year. This is a bad mistake because there is still so much that you can do right now. Personally, I have received my second training request approved this week. I also receive my application/suitability letter from the training facility because I am going through a third-party vendor. Now if I were complacent packing it in and pressing the reset button in a few weeks, I would have missed this opportunity. Yet, there is still plenty that you can do in December.

Here are ten tips that will guide you through completing your goals, decluttering your environment, increasing productivity and morale plus building future momentum.

  1. Don’t Panic, Get Organized!

This is not the time to freak out! You have a short time period to accomplish something. Besides panicking is a time waster that you can ill-afford with a deadline right around the corner. Getting organized is a much better way towards spending your time. Organize every outstanding task regardless of time period. Right now during this stage, you just want to acknowledge everything around you.

  1. Focus on the now!

Now we are whittling down on what to do in a time crunch. You have only ten days to complete something; therefore, anything over ten days needs to be abandoned immediately. You need short-term wins right now.

  1. Make lists

Take all of the short term tasks and list them. You want to know all of the outstanding tasks that you still have to do during this ten-day time period.

  1. Prioritize

List these tasks in order of importance with the ones that have the biggest consequences (positive or negative) first. This helps you see where you should throw your attention.

  1. Break it down even further

Many people stop at prioritizing because they feel like listing all of the tasks means that they have accomplished something. That’s wrong because even though something will take less than 10 days does not mean that it is a priority. Some tasks can actually harm your progress towards the most important tasks out there. Eliminating the non-essential short-term tasks save time which you have very little of to begin with.

  1. Schedule down time

You are not a machine! You are a human who eat and sleeps. Oftentimes, when creating the schedule, people leave these things out and the results are disastrous! Remember, that on average a person works 6 ½ hours of an 8-hour day incorporating lunch and scheduled breaks. Be realistic when creating your schedule.

  1. Build in a buffer

Just like you have built in breaks for the people, your schedule needs a buffer too. A buffer gives you leeway just in case something takes longer than expected. I recommend having a 1-2 day buffer on a 10-day schedule just in case. If you are under the gun, you don’t want to create a schedule with no wiggle room. One thing is for certain: there are always surprises which is all the more reason why you create a buffer to protect you from uncertainty.

  1. Set up a goal tracker

You do have to measure your progress in real time. A goal tracker keeps everyone honest by tracking how many milestones and tasks are completed within the allotted time.

  1. Reward Yourself for Progress

This is a morale booster. Reward yourself and your team whenever you have completed a milestone. You are celebrating progress; but also it boosts the morale of your team because you are closer towards your goal.

  1. Kill the Inner Critic

Last but not least, kill the inner critic! Negativity has no place here. Regardless of who did or did not do whatever, you have ten days remaining to accomplish something. The last thing you need is negativity and infighting. Killing the negativity and dissension are two ways towards ensuring that you complete your tasks in ten days.

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