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Bringing Your Vision to Life




         P         rescriptions for Emotional Wellness for Employment-Seekers

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Bringing Your Vision to Life

Prescription for Managing Yourself for Success

Often times when we are between career succe...
Bringing Your Vision to Life

Prescription for Daily Success

Establishing a daily ‘work’ day outline is instrumental in h...
Bringing Your Vision to Life

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Talisa Thomas-Hall, President
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Job searching or starting a new business venture can be emotionally draining. Here Talisa THomas-Hall provides comprehensive guidelines for staying emotionally balanced while in employment transition. For additional career assistance, contact The CEO and ask about the Career Builder Program - Executive Coaching, Resume and Interviewing Preparation. BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com or www.TheCEOnet.com.

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  1. 1. Prescriptions For Emotional Wellness for Employment-Seekers Talisa Thomas-Hall, President The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO), Talisa Thomas-Hall, President 312-C Poplar Alley  PO Box 0852  Historic Occoquan VA 22125-0852  703.981.1143 www.TheCEOnet.com  BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com
  2. 2. Bringing Your Vision to Life P rescriptions for Emotional Wellness for Employment-Seekers Maintaining a balanced and emotionally stable life is a commonly expressed challenge for those who are between career successes, forming a start-up business or in career transition. Today, this is particularly prevalent due to the economy and its impact on America’s unemployment rate and small businesses and other organizations that have been forced into making difficult staffing decisions. Because we connect our core identity to our job titles and status, it’s common to lose self-esteem, a sense of pride and even dignity when experiencing job loss. The following, while not intended as medical advice, are suggestions for maintaining purpose, morale, balance and productivity during a period of unemployment or transition. In other words, “Tips to avoid getting into a depressed rut.” Prescription for Emotional Wellness and Productivity 1. Establish small goals Celebrating successes and maintaining a feeling of accomplishment add great value to emotional wellness. But often times, especially when our joy or self-esteem is already compromised, grandiose goals become unattainable, unmanageable, and another contributor towards feelings of failure. By establishing realistic, short-term goals and celebrating achievements regularly, self-esteem and the feeling of purpose are reinforced. To support success, your goals should be: a. Succinct b. Established daily Stay focused—Avoid c. Measureable d. Very specific in the task ‘Time-Slurpers’ e. With a specified completion date or time if able to achieve in a single day. 2. Be very determined Over compensate for the desire to stay in your comfort zone – in sweat suits and warm fuzzies. Get dressed in casual business attire, shave, put on the blush and lip gloss; begin your day with ‘purpose’ in mind even if you do not have face-to-face interviews scheduled. Adopt a mindset of success and courage to overcome Page | 2 of 5 obstacles. Don’t allow little detours to deter your path to success. a. Stay focused on your goals and purpose! b. Let nothing stop you from moving forward towards success. c. Keep searching – every ‘no’ is one step closer to that all important ‘YES’. d. Mantra of Job Search Encouragement: If I try, I might fail—If I don’t try, I will fail. e. No more excuses to avoid making the most of everyday with or without employment! 3. Create a daily ‘To Do’ list each night 4. Adopt a ‘NOW’ mentality April 10, 2010 a. Avoid procrastination. b. Avoid time-slurpers – those activities that absorb your time but do not add value to the accomplishment of your daily goals. c. Use your daily ‘To Do’ list as your roadmap to daily success…and stick to it as much as possible. 5. Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements at the end of each day. Be proud of your mini successes. Every daily success moves you closer to achieving the big picture. The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO), Talisa Thomas-Hall, President 312-C Poplar Alley  PO Box 0852  Historic Occoquan VA 22125-0852  703.981.1143 www.TheCEOnet.com  BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com
  3. 3. Bringing Your Vision to Life Prescription for Managing Yourself for Success Often times when we are between career successes, we tend to lose our sense of purpose. As a result we may find ourselves living unfruitful, unstructured and unproductive days. It’s important to realize that our life is ‘our business’ and we are responsible for managing our business efficiently. The following are tips to help you manage your days more effectively and instill a sense of purpose: 1. Establish small goals (PURPOSE) a. You are the boss! Establish a purpose (or goal for the next six months) with periodic measurements for success. b. Use Step 1 in the Prescription for Emotional Wellness and Productivity to establish short-term goals that add to the overall purpose. 2. Schedule your day. This helps to keep you in a business mentality, enforces business etiquette and adds to the feeling of having a purpose. 3. Be on time. Respect your own time and schedule as well as that of others. a. Map out your day as if you have a full work day. b. Establish a start and end time to your ‘work’ day so that you have balance in your life and designated time for doing job-related tasks. (See the following Prescription for Daily Success) 4. Be professionally dressed and prepared to follow-up on that next hot lead. 5. Be committed to your plan a. Remember that you are your own faithful and productive employee. b. Refrain from allowing wasteful distractions to absorb your ‘work’ time. c. Fulfill your ‘To Do’ list. Celebrate the small 1. Use a journal to manage your daily list with each list (day) having its successes! own page. Be Thankful. 2. If necessary, roll undone items to the next day and include a notation of the original entry date. 3. Daily items should not remain on your list for longer than three days. Page | 3 of 5 d. No more excuses for not accomplishing your daily goals! 6. Assess your actions daily a. At the end of each day, review your ‘To Do’ list and create a new one for the next day. b. Take a moment to appreciate your successes and determine your next steps. c. Document challenges and discouraging thoughts and commit to overcoming them by logical steps and by committing to “Living a Fearless Life”. You are more than able to achieve your goals and purpose. 7. Be positive and thankful April 10, 2010 a. Stay connected with positive people who encourage and believe in your ability to succeed. Connect with someone each day. b. Take a moment to acknowledge that grace and favor are upon your life. You are not traveling this road alone. Every step is orchestrated by a higher power. Therefore, regardless of what it looks like, your success, with determination and obedience, is inevitable. Take joy and encouragement in this fact! The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO), Talisa Thomas-Hall, President 312-C Poplar Alley  PO Box 0852  Historic Occoquan VA 22125-0852  703.981.1143 www.TheCEOnet.com  BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com
  4. 4. Bringing Your Vision to Life Prescription for Daily Success Establishing a daily ‘work’ day outline is instrumental in helping each day to have purpose; to providing a structure that is conducive to your successful completion of daily goals; to ensuring balance of ‘work’, family, spiritual, and ‘me’ time in your day (you deserve balance!); and to maintaining your professional etiquette, practices and awareness of timelines, deadlines, and organization. Following is a sample daily structure which includes components that may be replaced by your specific daily goals. In this example, the work day is established as 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Start End Task Purpose 5:30 a.m. Prayer/Worship/Meditation Cleansing, positive beginning to your day; pray and meditate on the positive – being thankful and asking for guidance, favor and grace for the new day. (If you pray, save your petitions for the evening prayer and do praise in the morning so that each day is started on a positive, optimistic note. This will support emotional wellness.) 6:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m. Physical Exercise In addition to the physical benefits, beginning the day with exercise has an amazing impact on living a guilt-free life. You are starting your day with a victory! Exercise also helps shake off the ‘blahs’ and invigorates the body and mind. Take a walk! 7:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Prepare for ‘Work’ Review your daily schedule. Get Dressed! Groom as if you are going into the office…maybe on a business casual day. Have a ready to wear interview- appropriate outfit on stand-by. Remember, you have a mission this day. Anything can happen and you have to be prepared. 8:30 a.m. Noon Work Use your daily ‘To Do‘List and appointment book to schedule this portion of your day the evening prior. Review follow-up emails calls etc., research new job Page | 4 of 5 leads, schedule and/or attend appointments. Noon 1:45 p.m. Lunch It’s important to step away from everything for a moment. The calls and emails can become a downer so take a moment each day to step away and get a fresh perspective. Go for a walk; do something positive. 1:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Work Appointments; visits to prospective employers, interviews, submit applications in person or online. Call someone positive…remember to attend April 10, 2010 networking functions periodically. 3:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Assess your daily progress Check your progress against your ‘To Do’ List; plan for the next few days; CELEBRATE your victories and do the next days’ ‘To Do’ list. The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO), Talisa Thomas-Hall, President 312-C Poplar Alley  PO Box 0852  Historic Occoquan VA 22125-0852  703.981.1143 www.TheCEOnet.com  BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com
  5. 5. Bringing Your Vision to Life About the Author Talisa Thomas-Hall, President With over twenty years of experience in association management, marketing, mentoring and community building, Talisa now leads organizations and individuals through the A – Z processes of bringing their vision to life. She specializes in growing organizations through strategic planning and marketing, branding, and building excellent customer and member relations. Her engaging and interactive presentation style has received outstanding reviews. From board focus groups to staff motivation – Talisa encourages people to think beyond the box and envision the possibilities…and guides them through the process of making it happen! Talisa is also a community activist with a heart for seeing people reach their full potential. In addition to her organizational seminars, her teachings and trainings include personal improvement sessions on professional etiquette, career advancement; resume writing, public speaking, developing a personal business plan, and personal re-branding. The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO) Services include: The CEO is committed to helping organizations improve organizational  Keynote Presentations effectiveness, positively impacting the organization’s bottom line. The CEO provides operational assessment and recommendations; strategic planning and  Strategic Planning marketing for improving effectiveness, efficiency, and revenue generation; and  Marketing team and leadership training to ensure ongoing progress. After all, a strategic or  Leadership & Staff Training marketing plan is not just another pretty document on the shelf…it’s a roadmap for success.  Board & Staff Retreats The CEO's staff trainings promote healthy morale, loyalty and individual  Organizational Assessment effectiveness. Trainings may be customized according to your particular  Personal Re-branding organization's needs or selected from our list of proven successes.  Career Guidance Seminars Customized seminars, leadership and board retreats, and focus groups The CEO offers seminar topics that are current and relevant to overall personal and professional success. Our Page | 5 of 5 pricing is always a fantastic value and the information shared is designed to be applicable for diverse levels of audience experience. Attend just one of our sessions and learn why The CEO receives rave reviews...we care about your success and want to partner with you in bringing your vision to life! Topics Include:  Building a Better Network  Fostering a Corporate Mentality in a Nonprofit Environment  Board Service 101  Personal Re-branding: Developing a Roadmap for Success April 10, 2010  Creating a Standard for Exceptional Customer Service  Motivating Staff & Volunteers to be Outreach Champions  Generational Marketing  Developing Cross-marketing Champions Contact The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO) for your free consultation today! The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO), Talisa Thomas-Hall, President 312-C Poplar Alley  PO Box 0852  Historic Occoquan VA 22125-0852  703.981.1143 www.TheCEOnet.com  BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com

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