PositivityChange Post : Issue 37 : Change is the Only Constant

Hey everyone!

Welcome to June! There is a whole lot in store this month for PositivityChange.com. I will be posting more resources to help you manifest more positivity in your personal and professional lives. I will also be doing my version of summer school where I find new books and articles that you can read to stay positive while at work or vacation. Starting off this week, here are 7 books that Psychology Today recommends for summer reading: 

Reminder: This Friday at 8pm EST, I am hosting a FREE How to S.W.O.T. Away the Competition webinar where I will help you stand out from everyone. Join me here: www.carlarjenkins.com/swotwebinar.

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PositivityChange Post: Issue 32 : May Your Experience More Positivity

Happy May everyone! I have returned with an all-new issue. And with this being May and us being on the cusp of summer, I hope that your 2017 is heating up! My newsletter is always here to help! As always I am bringing you the best in positive change because I want you, name. to experience way more of it.

You have to start somewhere. If you are currently in a funk this May, here’s Success Magazine article giving you 7 tips on achieving a positive mindset.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 31: Creating More Positive Change

Hey everyone! Welcome to an all-new issue of the PositivityChange Post. In this issue I am highlighting all of the positive changes that are happening in the community around us. Amidst the news reports you wouldn’t think much good is happening; but, it is. People are coming together and implementing positive change in their neighborhoods. This issue provides you with more ways to experience positive change in both your personal and professional lives.

Youngstown (from my home state Ohio) is one of them. They are coming together teaching positive change in their schools which is commendable. http://wkbn.com/2017/04/22/citywide-youngstown-schools-event-promotes-making-positive-change/

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This Week in PCM: Someone Is Always Watching

Someone is always watching. Always. Regardless of what you do. Today I watch my book marketing agent LaTanyha Boyd do a Facebook Live where she complements me on my branding. This takes me by surprise because 1) I have very bad tunnel vision and 2) I have never seen her on any of my Earned Value Management Explained broadcasts. Her compliments get me thinking that people are always watching you no matter how much you think they aren’t. They also reinforce HOW I show up. I show up with a coherent message, signature look and a standard setting. These are three things that will set you a part from everyone else in the video marketing and livestreaming realm.

Have a coherent message

Don’t get on camera and start ramblingly incoherently. I know that sounds simple but you would be amazed at how many people are out there doing just that on video. Although livestream is still in its infancy, you can still present a coherent message by writing down an outline or some talking points. Remember, livestream be it Twitter Live, Periscope, Instagram Live, Facebook Live or YouTube Live, are video branding channels. If you show up rambling, speaking incoherently that’s how others will view your brand.

Have a signature look

This is a must for these reasons: 1) it makes you memorable and 2) dressing is nonverbal communication. Most people don’t  see dressing as nonverbal communication but how you dress communicates to people a whole lot of things. That’s why I wear a black top to all of my livestream videos. Black is a professional color and it is easy to repurpose. Many people on Periscope and Facebook Live repurpose their broadcasts onto YouTube. It is easier to repurpose a black top onto YouTube than numerous broadcasts with you wearing many different colors.

Black is my brand color. Color is very important for personal branding (yes, you ARE a personal brand!). Having a signature look with a specific brand color convey organization. The viewer knows that he or she is watching someone who is pulled together. Remember, as I have stated before: your dress is a form of nonverbal communication. Having a signature look communicates to the audience that you are a real professional.

Have a standard background

I have one place where I do all of my broadcasts. It is comfortable, well-lit and creates a positive customer experience. What goes on in the background is just as important as what goes on in the foreground. Shooting from one place gives the audience a specific kind of experience. Whether it’s your bedroom, home office, corporate office, cubicle or park bench, having a standard background projects stability and consistency with the viewer. If you or the people in your background are all over the place, then your audience will think the same.

Here are my three tips to make sure that you present a positive video image and message. Remember, whether you know or not, someone is always watching. To work with Phenomena Corporation, visit us at www.carlarjenkins.com/work and info@carlarjenkins.com

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 30 : Organized during Tax Time

Tax time has saved my tail this week. You’ve read this right! Tax time has saved me because it will give me a capital infusion to make my business cash flow positive. I admit that I am amazed that tax time is my saving grace (It always is when you don’t owe either the state or the federal governments). I am buoyed by this newfound good news because this entire second quarter I have been letting you know that I intend on being cash flow positive. Now I am in a position to realize this personally and professionally.

Also this is the first time that I have gone to a tax preparer to have my taxes done. I will start doing this because they’re more knowledgeable than I am about this area. I will use an accountant or tax preparer again next year because it is just more efficient to focus on my area of expertise.

Now I do wish to impart a nugget of wisdom to you: save your tax documents to the cloud. I have made it a practice to save my documents to Google Drive. Having them stored on the cloud, has saved me time. I would have been sent back home to retrieve these documents if I don’t have them available to me. Therefore, I recommend that you scan and save this year’s tax documents to the cloud for easy retrieval. Don’t take my word for it. PC Magazine has rated Google Drive as one of the best cloud storage products. Read the article for more options!

In the vein of time management, I have found another resource giving you 66 time management tips. These are great for you to use during tax season and beyond it!

Positive Change with Home Organizing

Since we are organizing your taxes, we can also organize your home. From Good Housekeeping, here are 100 of its best organizing tips

Here is another article from Women’s Day magazine giving you 30 more home organizational tips.

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Spring Clean Your Digital Devices

Happy April everyone! Welcome to the second quarter. We here at PositivityChange hope that you are experiencing more positive change in both your personal and professional lives. We are still focused on spring cleaning. Most people think spring cleaning is confined to your house or your car; but, we live in a digital world and need to spring clean our devices too. This morning, I have migrated all of my project management videos from my phone to Google Drive. I have already posted them on Instagram and YouTube plus they are taking up data. I have them stored on the cloud plus I can start off my second quarter right with a clean slate! So here’s my reminder to you to start April and the second quarter by spring cleaning your digital devices. A clean slate = a clean break!

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This Week in PCM : 5 Ways to Stay Positive

When Negativity Rears Its Ugly Head, here are the five ways to stay positive!

We all have our ups and downs. No matter how positive we try to live our lives. We here at PositivityChange truly understand this which is why we provide resources to guide you through a rough patch. Here are my 5 ways to stay positive:

  1. Have a positive support group

Being superman is the worst thing to do right now. That’s what friends are for. And if your friends are responsible for the negativity, that’s what meet-ups and support groups are for! Find a positive support group that will help you through the storm. We have a Facebook group that will help you accomplish this.  

 

  1. Express gratitude

Be grateful for something, anything. Expressing gratitude stops the continuous negative thoughts. You don’t want to stay down. Expressing gratitude is the way to start climbing out of the pit of negativity.

 

  1. Find ONE thing that’s positive

I know that being a negative slump can be nasty at times. To halt the slide, find ONE thing that’s positive about yourself and your situation. Finding this one thing is your way of regaining control of the situation.

 

  1. Get some exercise.

Exercise is a way to shifting your energy. I walk every morning and it releases yesterday’s energy. In addition, I shift and re-center myself before work and the day gets started. Exercise has very good health and mental benefits. Moreover, exercise helps you focus on something different.

 

  1. Be pro-active and start planning your exit

You cannot stay negative because that’s regressive. You need to be progressive. Sometimes you have to leave your current situation when things don’t change. I know that it’s hard when it is a workplace. That’s why this step is planning your exit from negativity. Even if it is a lateral move to another department, get away from people, places and situations weighing you down.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-tips-stay-positive-negative-situations.html

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PositivityChange.com Post: Issue 26 : Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are having a positively spectacular week! Spring is nearly upon us and it’s this time of year where we start going through our stuff discarding what we won’t be using once the weather improves. We spring clean our houses every year. Why not spring clean our career? Think about it. We are in the third month. By the end of March, we will have 90 days’ worth of career information. We will have performance metrics. 90 days into 2017, we know what’s working and what is not working. Therefore, if some things are not working well, then it is time for a career pivot.

The PositivityChange.com editorial board has dedicated all of March towards writing down 20 reasons why you should consider a career pivot. There will be 4 articles containing 5 reasons per each article. Read the first installment here.

Spring Cleaning Podcast

If you are on the go (manifesting MORE positive change of course!), I have a Positive Change with Carla spring cleaning mobile apps episode. Hey, most people are on their cell phones. Chances are you are reading this email on your phone. Listen to my podcast episode to learn the latest spring cleaning mobile apps to get your life and career in tip top shape!

More spring cleaning resources!

Payscale has a great article listing 5 ways to spring clean your career. It is a great read which will give you insight on how to spruce up your career prospects. 

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Spring Clean Your Career with a Pivot

 

Springtime is often a time when people start reevaluating their careers. We are already a couple months into the New Year and you can see (or not see) progress. Here at PositivityChange.com, we aim to supply you, the reader, with all of your needs to help you manifest positive change in your personal and professional lives. Let’s start with a definition. A pivot is a change in direction. After a couple of months, some people are feeling stuck in their job. This year is starting to look like last year. You want change; however, in order to change, you must do something different. So viola! This March we are starting a spring cleaning career pivot series. This series will cover the top 20 things related to why you are considering a career pivot. This series will be 4 parts. This first article covers first five career pivoting reasons.

  1. The passion is gone
  2. Sunday nights fill you with dread
  3. You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement
  4. You’re going nowhere
  5. Everyone else is doing it

The average person does not know what career pivoting is. Yes, you are making money but your paycheck probably hasn’t kept pace with inflation. You admit that things aren’t the way they used to be at work. A couple of years ago, your salary would be sufficient to live and have some money left for play. Now it appears that inflation is taking all of your free money away.

Furthermore, your work environment has changed and not for the better. You are not alone in having a shrinking paycheck. This has hurt morale. People are dreading going to work. You cannot believe that there is a disconnect between what you read about your company in the papers versus what is actually happening in the workplace. Furthermore, you don’t understand why you and your colleagues’ paychecks are shrinking but upper management’s seem to be expanding. These are signs that you need a change.

I have included Inc magazine 20 ways to tell is you need a career pivot. These are 20 red flags for pivoting. This is an exhaustive list because career pivoting is not a minor undertaking. Your career impacts your life and deciding to move must be done carefully. Your personal life is funded by your job. These five things tell you that it is time to move on to someplace else where you can thrive personally and professionally.

The passion is gone

When you first started, this was your dream job. You awoke everyday with purpose and passion about your job. However, now the tables have turned and that passion has been extinguished. What once ignited you no longer did. You are now looking for challenges and more rewarding work.

Sunday nights fill you with dread

You know that you have a problem when you are giddy to leave the office on Friday yet dread Monday mornings. It is reported that the majority of heart attacks occur Sunday night because people fear returning to a job that they hate. If you are feeling this way, don’t kill yourself, decide to pivot.

You’re counting the years, months and days until retirement

Work shouldn’t be like prison. You are not serving a 30-year sentence. You can move freely to another position. If your job has become an environment where you are literally counting down the days until you qualify for retirement. You would be more productive spending your life somewhere which you can flourish and contribute in a great environment.

You’re going nowhere

Careers are all about upward mobility. Although you are producing great work and are highly professional, you have noticed that you are being bypassed for promotions. It is subtle occurring over years. At first you’ve thought that it is because of the new boss or administration; however, after years of happening you’ve reached the conclusion that you’ve been shut out. In addition, you notice that you are being excluded from meetings and other highly visible events. You’ve plateaued. Once you’ve realized that you are not going to receive any more promotions, then it is time to go and look for a new job.

Everyone else is doing it

If your work environment is that toxic that everyone is jumping ship during the first time an opportunity is presented, then you need to reevaluate your staying. There are many reasons for people abandoning your company: it is in a dying industry; it is under investigation; it is a toxic work environment; or there is no chance of promotion. Your career is more than just one job and if the reasons that I’ve mentioned are reflected in your company, then it is time to move on to another position.

Look forward to the next installment (6-10) reasons to career pivoting.

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The First 60 Days of the Year

Hey everyone! Can you believe that today is March 1st. It is the 60th day of the year and a great benchmark to look at your progress. I have experienced a lot of positive and negative growth these first two months. PositivityChange has grown too. We have incorporated Facebook Live, created more freebies and have crossed the 25th issue threshold. I have some more freebies and articles that will help you make the next 60 days even better!

I am focusing on time management because time is the one commodity that once it is spent, it is gone forever. 60 days are already gone. It is essential that you manage your time during the next 10 months to experience more positive change in your life. Moreover, this PositivityChange email list’s goal is to provide its readership with the best resources to have it experience more positive change!

Last year I wrote about assessing your 60-day progress. This article gave the reader guidance on how to see what is and is not working. http://positivitychange.com/2016/02/60-day-check-up/

Moreover, I am offering you my FREE time management replay that I did this past December detailing 10 ways to get more time back in your day. http://positivitychange.com/timemanagement

Finally, if you dislike where you are right now on March 1st, here is another article to help you regain focus. http://positivitychange.com/2016/09/week-pcm-retraining-algorithm/

Let March 1st be the beginning of the new 60-day period. Hopefully, these resources will help you become better.