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 Post Issue 25 Taking the Pulse on Positive Change

I am very happy to have reached 25 issues with you! This newsletter always makes me think and gives me hope towards being optimistic about the future. Through this period, you have seen the changes. I have responded to subscriber surveys to give you, the reader, the stuff that you truly want in your inbox. This issue is no different. Last week I gave everyone a survey and here are the results: you want more professional resources. You got it!

I have found a change article from the Kotter International. For those who do not know, the Kotter International is one of the preeminent change management organizations in the world. It partners with Forbes and Huffington Post sharing its change management theories. In the Forbes article, Kotter International dishes on the five ways that both workers and companies can balance change without blaming each other. This article aligns with PositivityChange’s mantra of helping you manifest positive change in your personal and professional lives.

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This Week in PCM : How to Rebound from a Setback

 

Okay so you’ve had a setback or you’ll fallen off the wagon. It happens; but, of course, you ask ‘Well, now what?’ Great question. I have the answer because I’ve been there myself. Here are my 5 tips for snapping back from (temporary) defeat.

Admit the truth.

Don’t lie because it makes it worse. Admitting that you’ve messed up is liberating. You are not holding onto the what ifs. Honesty is very important here because once you’ve admitted that you are not where you want to be, you can restart and refocus on getting back up.

Assess where you are and how much farther you have to go.

You have to honestly assess where you’re at and decide if you need a new timeline. You may need a new plan and/or a workaround in order to get back on track. Revising your schedule when necessary means that you remove the pressure of the original timeline. In order to successfully restart, your timeline must be realistic; and, your setback has happened, therefore, your timeline must account for this.

Envision you finishing the goal.

Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves especially after a setback. Look, we are human, we err. We run amuck and astray. Life happens. We happen. This time when you pick yourself up, start envisioning finishing your goal. I recommend keeping a daily journal to chronicle your progress and thoughts. Write down how you will look and feel completing the goal. Saying that you will be happy is extremely general. Go beyond that and write down every miniscule detail because then you will know what it looks (and feels) like finishing.

Get an accountability partner.

Accountability partners work because when you are down or frustrated, that person will pick you up. You need to have this person or a group of people hold you accountable until you meet your goal. I use meetups to hold me accountable for learning new things and for continuous improvement. As a certified project manager, you need professional development units in order to maintain your certification. That means continuous learning. Life is full of peaks and valleys. Your accountability partners will pull you out of the valleys.

Detach yourself from the outcome.

I know that sounds weird but it is counterintuitive. Oftentimes how we see the outcome isn’t always how it happens. Our lives aren’t always linear. I have noticed that many times when you finish, you can way more than you’ve expected. Say that your goal is to get a promotion. You receive the promotion but you’ve also acquired new skills that you can transfer to other areas where you can seek additional opportunities.

These five tips will guide you from setback to success. Just remember, whether you are in the peak or the valley, dust yourself off and restart!

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Newsletter : Issue 22 : Spreading Positive Change Everywhere!

 

Hey everyone! This is Carla and I hope that you are enjoying February as much as I am! I know that Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday but I refuse to relegate love next week. I want to spread love and positive change everywhere! So right now I have decided to dedicate two weeks (thus far) towards spreading love. In this issue I will give you resources necessary to help you manifest positive change in both your personal and professional lives. Remember, achieving positive change is always an inside job!

It is very hard to create positive change. There I have said it! Positive change is harder than negative change because it requires more work. It is easier getting downsized than promoted. It is easier getting in a funk than coming out of one. However, just because positive change requires more does not mean that it is impossible.

Personal positive change

I have come across this resource from Tiny Buddha about positive change and energy. If you have read the blog, you would have seen some mindfulness articles. I am a big believer in mindfulness and shifting your energy. These activities take diligence and practice; however, they can be done. The article states that music is the easiest (but not the only way) to shift your energy. Myself, I love writing in my journal. It is organic and as soon as I write down my thoughts, I feel the energy leave my body and onto the pen and paper. Writing truly helps me when I am having a bad day and need to shift my energy quickly. Here is the Tiny Buddha article for other ways to positively shift your energy!

Professional positive change

We do not live in a bubble. Even if you are teleworking, you are still a part of a team. You will have some type of human interaction throughout the workweek. Therefore, it is essential that you guard your energy from certain coworkers or even managers. They could be energy vampires. Moreover, if you are at a company or in an industry where you are on the bad side of the business cycle, your environment will be filled with doubt. Here is a LinkedIn article giving you realistic steps towards dealing with change in the workplace.

Remember, every week I bring you the real about manifesting positive change. I can tell you from personal experience that it is not very. At times, it takes courage and a backup plan to realize positive change. I have been in toxic work environments. I have faced personal uncertainty; and, have come out of both of these situations better off.

Until next week, keep manifesting positive change in your personal and professional lives!

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Newsletter : Issue 21 : What Does Freedom Look Like to You?

 

Hey everyone! This is the last week of January and I hope that everyone is having a great start to 2017. Remember, PositivityChange is all about manifesting positive change in both your personal and professional lives. I have been busy on our Facebook page (You should join now if you haven’t already!) posting articles and videos. One of my videos is this week’s topic. What does freedom look like to you? This is a very important question and since we’re still in the first month of the New Year, why not ask it? This community’s goal is ensure positive change and better life experiences. This means asking the community thought provoking questions.

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New Positive Change Radio Episode:

This Thursday at 6pm EST, I am delving deeper into what does freedom look like to you because I want everyone in the PositivityChange community to have better tomorrows than yesterdays. Here is the link to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2017/02/02/what-does-freedom-look-like-to-you

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This Week in PCM : Removing Mental Clutter

Mental clutter happens to everyone regarding of profession or level of experience. This clutter hinders your productivity. And it strikes at the worst possible time, when there is a deadline something else important to do. I have three steps that will help you remove mental clutter and resume your productivity.

  1. Admit that you’re overwhelmed

Lying is the worst thing ever! Your mental clutter problem does not go away just because you ignore it! It only gets bigger.

 

  1. Pick one thing to focus on

Yesterday I was hit with a bout of mental clutter. I had all of these floating around in my head. There were:

  • the mastermind homework,
  • deciding whether to go to Fiverr to edit my book pdf down to a sample chapter to increase my email list
  • writing copy for my email marketing campaign
  • business development and,
  • taking recruiter phone calls.

All of these swirling around had me frozen by indecision for hours. Then I decided to do one thing: decide that I would edit my book into a sample chapter myself instead of Fiverr. Picking that first had freed from my mental prison. I took one simple action; and, it was liberating! Immediately after editing the ebook, everything else fell into place. I wrote the email marketing copy and created the URL shortener. I also decided to drop the mastermind homework because it was due Friday.

Shameless plug: You can read my FREE Expand Your Personal Brand sample chapter here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/freechapter

You can also buy the Expand Your Personal Brand book here:

http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/book

 

  1. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Keep doing #1 and #2 until you eradicate all of your mental clutter. Do not stop after removing one thing. The goal is to remove mental clutter completely.

Using these three steps will help you remove mental clutter, stop paralysis of analysis and create awesome results!

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I Want Your Personal Brand to Pop!

 Sign up for my FREE Expand Your Personal Brand sample chapter to unlock my secrets!

 Read the original press release here:

https://www.prlog.org/12614272-carla-jenkins-wants-your-personal-brand-to-pop.html

I want your personal brand to pop! It is important more than ever than you stand out in from the crowd. You are competing with so many people, you have to carve your own niche in order to be successful. That’s why I have written Expand Your Personal Brand.

My book eliminates the learning curve. It contains the lessons that I have learned through trial and error over my years’ in the workplace. Here is a sample chapter from my book. Avoid the same mistakes that I have made along the way by getting Expand Your Personal Brand.

Expand Your Personal Brand gives the reader 20 top business lessons that every professional must know to achieve branding success. After every chapter there is an exercise allowing to instantly get to work expanding your personal brand. Jenkins is generously letting people read a sample chapter of her Amazon bestselling author. I value people’s time and money so providing a free chapter is a great way to show my commitment to personal branding. Furthermore, I am very confident that the reader will like my content and message that he will buy my book.

Get the FREE Expand Your Personal Brand chapter here:

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Carla R Jenkins

Carla R Jenkins, the CEO of Phenomena Corporation, a Washington, DC- based project management consultancy. She is a two-time Amazon bestselling author of Expand Your Personal Brand and HER Chronicles 2. Moreover, Jenkins has been selected as a Sn.ips Social Media Network participant. Sn.ips is a social media campaign which connects bloggers with businesses for marketing campaigns.

In addition, Jenkins is a stellar expert specializing in business, branding, project management and positive change management. Carla R Jenkins is a business visionary and trailblazer who coaches and leads organizations and individuals in meeting their business, economics, branding and project management needs. Furthermore, in 10 years’ work experience, Ms. Jenkins has received 4 promotions in 10 years. She is also the chief blogger for PositivityChange, a positive change management blog, and PM.Expert, a project management blog.

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Newsletter : Issue 19 – Ready to Make Your Dreams Come True? Read This!

 

Hey everyone! I am back with an all-new issue dedicated towards making your dreams come true. I am all about positive change so why not especially on Dr. Martin Luther King holiday weekend? It is important that entering week 3 of this New Year, that we still sustain our momentum in achieving all of our personal and professional goals. I want to see you win!

I have been working hard on realizing my own personal and professional goals. Personally, I have made a concerted effort to upload my weekly goals onto my 2017 Pinterest vision board. I copy and paste my MS Word accomplishments onto MS Paint then upload it every Friday night to keep track. I have created this system because my 2016 Pinterest vision board hasn’t held me accountable. I am realizing the results on my newly implemented accountability hack:

Below are two articles from the PositivityChange archives related to making your dreams come true:

Positi­vityChange Articles:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/01/5-ways-to-convert-your-dream-into-reality/

http://positivitychange.com/2016/01/this-week-in-positive-change-management-setting-clear-goals/

I have included some other very good articles about making your dreams come true.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-morton/10-easy-steps-to-making-y_b_6014030.html

http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/3-proven-ways-to-make-your-biggest-dreams-come-true.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Dreams-Come-True

The bottom line is that I want this newsletter to equip you the skills necessary to experience positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Facebook Live – What are you putting up with?

I am in the mastermind and I have to read a book. Its first chapter ‘What are you putting up with?’ hit me like a ton of bricks because it has verbalized my life. Watch my video here:

What Are You Putting Up With?

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Positive Change Radio Episode – 5 Ways to Convert Your Dream into Reality

This week’s I will be broadcasting an all-new Positive Change Radio episode this Thursday at 6pm EST. Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2017/01/19/5-ways-to-turn-your-dream-into-reality

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Newsletter : Issue 17 : Pivot on Positive Change in 2017!

 

Happy New Year everyone!

This year I am pivoting my life and career towards growth and experiencing more positive change. I am also in a very different position now than when I started this blog in July 2015. I am relying more on blogging than working a job. Also 2016 was my first full year of blogging. This demanded a whole lot of commitment. My 2016 highlight was the December time management series because I felt that these articles helped so many people maximize their time. I did a lot of livestreaming (mainly Periscope and Facebook Live) to expand my message. I ended the time management series on a high note with the FREE YouTube Live time management webinar. You can watch it here: www.positivitychange.com/timemanagement.

In 2017 my goal is to bring more positive change news. I will supply more change management resources. Also I will do more livestreaming and events. Speaking of events, this Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 12pm EST, Goddess Fish will host my Expand Your Personal Brand workbook Facebook party. I have decided to kick off 2017 with a party because I want people to manifest positive change in their personal and professional lives. My workbook accomplishes this for less than $10. You can buy it here: www.expandyourpersonalbrand.com/workbook.

 

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Here’s to a productive, prosperous 2017 filled with positive change!

7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker

 

There are seven days left this year. There is still plenty that you can do starting today! I am creating a 7-step goal tracker to help you optimize your time and maximize your output. Below are the December time management series articles:

Happy December, there’s still plenty to do:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Three Things to Do with Three Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/two-things-two-weeks-left/

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/ten-things-ten-days/

Time is your most precious commodity. It is essential to effectively track your time, resources and progress. Below are the seven steps towards to creating a goal tracker.

  1. Determine what are your definitions of success and progress

These two definitions are indispensable towards creating the goal tracker. Your success definition is what your outcome will be. Your success definition answers the question of what you want to accomplish. Your progress definition is your quality policy. When you measure progress at each milestone, has your product met the quality standard to go to the next phase? If that product does not meet the quality standard then progress has not been met. You cannot advance forward.

  1. Know your resources and people

You have to make sure that you have all of the people and resources needed to execute. If anything is missing, then you must create a contingency plan.

  1. Add milestones

The milestones are the beginning of creating the tracker. You need to start filling out the schedule.  The milestones are the points where you evaluate if the product or work in its current form has met the quality policy.

  1. Write down change management procedures.

A change management plan is necessary because the one thing that is certain is uncertainty. Usually, people create the goal tracker first. However, I think that accepting that change is always going to happen, creating the change management plan first is imperative. For instance, a change management plan tells you how to respond when a product does not meet the quality policy. Some of the things that this plan answers are how do we incorporate changes? When and where do we flag them? Who can approve changes? Creating the change management plan gives you a ready-made answer.

  1. Use 3-point estimation to create contingency plans.

I am introducing a project management concept. The three-point estimate takes the most optimistic (MO), most likely (ML) and most pessimistic (MP) and divide them. Here is the formula:

MO+ 4(ML)+ MP

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This formula gives you the most likely goals tracker. Another reason why I introduce most optimistic and most pessimistic is because of change. What if you are advancing ahead of schedule, how do you respond to this? The most optimistic schedule will help you. Remember, that only thing that is certain is uncertainty.

  1. Monitor the progress.

Once you create your tracker and start working on your goal, you need to monitor progress and make adjustments accordingly. Consult the change management plan if necessary.

  1. Have a lessons learned section.

A lessons learned section details what has gone right and wrong during this time period. It is very important to assessment what has just happened because you can rely on it in the future. Don’t reinvent the wheel every time. A lessons learned section helps you with this.

Reference: http://www.pmi.org/passport/mar09/passport_mar09_seven-tips-on-how-to-build-a-solid-schedule.html

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