Turning Ambitions Into Achievements: Planning Your Route To Career Success

If somebody asked you what you’d like to be doing in 5 years, what would you say? Many of us have career aspirations, but we never quite manage to turn ambitions into achievements. There are many reasons why we don’t always hit targets, and often, we come across hurdles or experience life events that get in the way. Sometimes, obstacles are inevitable, but you should never let your own lack of confidence hold you back. If you have goals in mind, and you’re desperate to succeed, you’ve come to the right place. 

Changing career

Often, in life, we don’t always start our careers doing a job we love. It’s very rare to accomplish everything in your first position and to reach the dizzy heights during the first few years of working. If you’re not doing what you want to be doing, or your desires or interests have changed over the course of time, there’s no harm in thinking about changing career. This is a bold move, especially if you’re worried about your income, but you don’t have to hand in your notice straight away. It’s hugely beneficial to explore your options while you’ve still got a job, and to do some research to find out more about what you want to do, and how you can pursue that avenue. It may be as simple as applying for some positions that appeal to you, or you may need to undertake further study or gain certain qualifications. Once you know what you want, you can start planning a route and taking steps towards that new career. 

Setting up on your own

Have you ever thought about setting up your own business? Being your own boss can be an incredibly appealing option, but it might also be a daunting prospect. If you’re ambitious, hardworking, driven, and you want to take charge of your schedule, your income, and the way you spend your working hours, you’ll probably find that the hard work is worth it. If you do plan to launch a new business, conduct extensive research to find out more about the marketplace and your target buyer, and think about how you’re going to get your new venture up and running. If you want to launch a youth development business check out my Called to Cultivate Youth Development Program Masterclass.

Online businesses are increasingly popular, but getting involved isn’t quite as simple as designing a website and creating a Facebook page. If you plan to sell online, you may be aware that you need to design and manage an online store, but which ecommerce platform is best? Read up on different options, get some advice from sellers who have been there and got the t-shirt, and make sure you bear your target market in mind at every stage of design and development. If you’re opening a physical store, rather than an online business, focus on location, create a window display that will turn heads, and organize a launch event to get people interested. Check out my YouTube video on Securing The Space as apart of my 21 Days of Power Programming.

Climbing the career ladder

If you have a job that you enjoy, and you’re currently working in the industry in which you want to advance, you may be wondering how you can take that next step and further your career. If you’re looking for a promotion at your current firm, for example, talk to your boss, show how passionate and determined you are, and be prepared to put in the hours. If you’re not getting the opportunities you think you deserve, consider looking at openings at other companies. Some businesses offer much better development programs for employees than others. 

If you have career goals, now is the time to take those all-important first steps towards success.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Business Cards

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Business cards have been around for many years and have always played a huge role when it comes to marketing – especially at places like networking events or just when bumping into someone who could potentially be a client for your business, or also just as a fast and easy way to pass on your contact details.

However, in the digital age, many people have now started to question if business cards are still as valuable as they once were and if they’re even necessary or just something that takes up more space, especially when we consider how we use social media for business these days and how sites like LinkedIn or messaging apps make it easier than ever to get information we need about a business or person and connect with them.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you need or want to use business cards in your business, then in this post, we’re going to look at some of the pros and cons you may want to consider so that you can make the right choice.

Pros of business cards:

They get to the point:

Since a business card has a limited amount of space to get your message across, unlike social media or a website where you can add as much information as you want, then you’ll be able to really get to the point quickly which can make a good first and lasting impression.

They stand out:

Nowadays since less and less people are using business cards, you’ll automatically stand out by using one and this is good because it shows you do things a bit differently and it will make you very memorable compared to others who just hand over a Twitter handle or LinkedIn URL.

They save time:

If you’re at a networking event and speaking to multiple people, then simply handing each person you speak to a business card is going to take a lot less time than looking up and typing in things like names on LinkedIn or adding numbers to your phone.

They can be really creative:

Although traditionally business cards used to be pretty plain and boring, things are a lot different now and you can find some incredibly creative designs out there that you can use to make your business cards stand out and really reflect your brand and personality, which also helps you be more memorable to potential clients and those you network with. To have a look at how you can create some of these to match your corporate identity or even to rebrand, take a look at https://www.templafy.com/corporate-identity-management for some ideas and inspiration.

Cons of business cards:

They’re an extra cost:

Although not as expensive as they used to be, and although you can find some pretty great deals online when buying in bulk, they are an extra cost for your business, so it’s only good to get them if you know you’re going to use them.

They can be wasteful:

Obviously business cards are made from paper and may even include elements of plastic, so they’re not exactly the most eco-friendly products. However, if you’re going to get some then you can also look for business cards that are made from recycled materials.

Question: Do you still use business cards? Drop a picture of your card in the comments.

Two Key Educational Business Ideas That Should Be Developed In The Modern Educational Landscape

As we are endeavoring to develop the learning skills of our children, but at the same time, provide a sustainable business model, thoughts turn to the options of marrying the two together. An educational business is, in many ways, straightforward. You just have to set up a school, but now, with so many parents taking their children out of the education system, and homeschooling, we have to find ways to provide the fundamental tenets of education for children. How can we do this?

An Online School

As there is that increase in children being educated from home, but without the formalized structure of standard education, an online school can provide the best of both worlds. Not only can it provide that essential education our children need, but also, we can adhere to a structure that is maintainable and potentially profitable. While online education has made leaps and bounds in every manner over the last few years, notably with masters’ courses, online degrees, as well as every other short course you can think of, an online school can bridge the gap between child and educational institution, but without the trappings of going through traditional “school”. In many respects, you have to treat it like a business, not just from the marketing perspective, but the web design, the products you offer, as well as the people you employ. Nowadays, we’re seeing an influx of online learning materials, and while this is beneficial for the average learner, when there’s so much in the way of fake news out there, we have to be careful not to fall into the trappings of “fake education”!

E-Books (In Conjunction With Online Tutoring)

E-books are an incredibly popular resource now, while the previous suggestion can take a child all the way up from elementary school through to the end of high school, what happens when you have to provide additional resources for children that benefit from home tutoring? E-books and online tutoring can work together to provide a great combination. The big problem with distance learning is that you are relying on the person undertaking the education to have an understanding of the material as it’s presented. This is where human help comes in handy, which is thin on the ground when it comes to distance learning. So while e-books can provide that additional set of resources, on top of standard education, you still need someone to explain it. Tutors are a godsend for many children, and when you find the right one, regardless of where they are in the world, they can develop our children’s learning infinitely! And as communication and collaboration tools are in abundance now, this means we can provide a more hands-on approach to the occasion without actually being in the same room. (Be sure to check out my tutoring services if you’re in need of a highly qualified tutor)

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Critical Life Skills That Every Child Needs To Thrive

Whether you are a parent or an educator, you will want to help facilitate the learning that kids need not just to succeed in the classroom, but also to thrive in the modern world. Of course, this can be a complicated and challenging task, but the following skills below are a great place to begin.

Teaching your child to thrive is crucial for their happiness.

How to listen to their own inner voice

Children in our era have a lot of pressure put on them. It comes from home, from their peers, from school, from church, and increasingly from online platforms such as social media. A topic you can read more about at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/. What this means in that they are inundated with standards for doing things that are often contrary, confusing, and sometimes even negative as well.

This is why it’s so important to foster a sense of self in children, and this means getting them to be able to listen to what their inner voice is saying. Yes, we can get too caught up in ensuring the stick to all the rules in life and do what they are told.  

However, actually learning to evaluate decisions for themselves and take responsibility for these is also a crucial part of the process of maturing. It’s also one that they will need to master as well if they are to thrive in the world as they grow.

How to manage money

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Mission Minded Starts This Weekend

Can you believe December is almost here? It seems the older I get the faster time flies by. Well, this year was amazing and came with its fair share of celebrations and challenges. I’m enjoying decorating for Christmas and planning my 2019. I sit down around this time of year and begin gathering magazines to work on my new vision board. Do you create vision boards too? This year I’m making a family vision board with my kids and husband so we can create the vision for our home in 2019. In addition to that I’m planning for my girl’s mentoring program, speaking opportunities, my first ever conference for this blog and a book launch and tour (That’s a lot of moving pieces and babysitting to secure). What are your goals? Be sure to share below.

I wanted to invite you into the planning by joining Mission Minded: Finish Strong, Start Stronger a 60 Day Action and Accountability Group. Over the course of 60 days, we are going to hold each other accountable for the goals you have set forth over the next 60 days. We are going to walk in faith and fear together. We are going to sharpen each other. You’ll receive access to our:

  • Mission Minded Goal Setting Worksheets
  • 60 Day Action Plan Mission Minded Workbook
  • Mission Minded Habits Mini-Course
  • Tips and Strategy guide for “wrapping the year up”
  • Mission Minded 30 Day Journal
  • “The Mission” Audio Download

Get your seat and swagg for kickoff day! Make this your best year ever. I wont offer this again until December 2019.

How to Raise Children to Be Good Leaders

It’s been said that leadership starts at home. It just may be that leadership is, at least in part, an outgrowth of early training. There is disagreement among experts as to just how much leadership is inborn and just how much is learned, and there is really no way to settle that disagreement. It’s likely that it’s a combination of learning and natural ability. My belief is that leadership can be taught.

If you’d like to do what you can to raise your children to be good leaders, here are some tips that may help.

1. Teach Them to Think

Some sources point out that the school system, public and private, teaches kids what to think rather than how to think. Of course, there are probably exceptions to this – special schools and special teachers – but it’s entirely possible that your kids are not being taught how to think. So whether you homeschool or have your kids in public school, you might try some of these exercises to help your kids think on their own.

* Give them an age-appropriate reading assignment that expresses a particular point of view. An opinion piece in the newspaper is a good place to start. Ask what your child thinks about it, and have him or her write an age-appropriate response to the piece. Do the same thing with an article that expresses the opposite or a different view.

* Encourage them to read work that covers a range of opinions and views.

* Ask them if they agree or disagree, and why.

* Any time your child reads something, ask him (or her) what he thinks about it. Find out what he gleaned from the reading rather than finding out if he picked up what she was “supposed to” from the reading.

Leaders tend to be independent thinkers, so these exercises may go a long way toward teaching your child to be a good leader.

2. Teach Organization

This may be something of a challenge for parents who aren’t that organized to begin with! And for those parents who

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How to Be an Effective Leader for Children

There’s a lot of talk these days about leadership, and the need for children to have strong leaders. Whether you are working with children who are yours or you’re a teacher/mentor/leader for others’ children, learning how to lead them effectively is important. Whether you’re wanting to lead your children to practice a healthy lifestyle, increase communication, or something else, good leadership is a way to reach your goals with the children in your care.

But how do you become a good leader for kids? It can be hard to know if you’re not accustomed to it, or if you didn’t have strong leaders when you were a child. Here are some tips.

Set an Example

You’ve probably heard “lead by example,” but that means more than just doing something and hoping your kids will notice and copy your behavior. It also means being deliberate in setting an example, and you’ll need to refrain from certain behaviors and watch what you say.

For instance, if you want your children to be patient with others – a key leadership attribute – then take care that you’re patient with them. If you want your children to be able to make decisions like a leader, then make sure you’re not making all of their decisions for them. To lead by example, you need to think about more than just living out healthy, positive lifestyle choices (although that’s important, too). It’s also a matter of setting an example of how to treat others.

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11 Traits of a Great Parent

It’s not easy to be a great parent. Some of you didn’t have the best examples to follow, and it’s not a skill taught in school. You either have to educate yourself or learn on the job.

While there are many parenting styles, successful parents share attributes that give their children the best chance for success and happiness.

Most parents have a few of these attributes but must develop the others.

Great parents share many attributes:

  1. Patience. You knew this would be at the top of the list. Children are messy, noisy, don’t listen well, and exasperating. They can be pretty wonderful, too. But patience is essential. Learning to take a deep breath and relax can help more than just your parenting skills.
  2. Multi-tasking skills. Dealing with the house, work, and children require a great ability to multitask. Children constantly pull your attention away from whatever you’re doing. It’s not easy to regain your focus.
  3. Encouraging. Children quickly learn to doubt themselves and worry about the opinions of others. One of the best ways to combat this is to encourage your kids. With enough encouragement, a child can become their best self.
  4. Supportive. Encouragement and support go hand-in-hand. Children with support grow up to be relaxed and comfortable. Without support, the world can be a scary place. Teach your child there’s little to fear.
  5. Intelligence. One of the hallmarks of intelligence is problem-solving. Children provide a unique set of challenges that have to be solved. A little brain power can help you to navigate the minefield that parenting can entail.
  6. Flexibility. Many of your parenting attempts will fail. You must be flexible enough to have multiple solutions up your sleeve. When one doesn’t work, you can always try something else. Plans are always changing, too. It helps if you can go with the flow.
  7. Good leadership skills. You might be able to boss your kids around, but they’ll resent it, and they never forget. It’s more effective to have good leadership skills and only throw your parental weight around when necessary.

  8. Dependability. Kids feel safe when they have reliable and dependable parents. They have to know that you’re there for them. How much can your kids trust your word? How reliable do your friends consider you to be?

  9. Compassion. Children need to develop and experience compassion. Kids need understanding and comforting. Can you provide those two things?

  10. Sense of humor. Your children will give you plenty of opportunities to laugh. It would be a shame to allow those moments to go to waste. You’ll keep your sanity if you have a great sense of humor.
  11. Self-awareness. Children aren’t sure how to act. It’s up to you to be a role model. You’ll find that kids react to situations in ways that mimic your reactions. They don’t know any other way. It’s important to be self-aware enough to know whether you’re being a good role model.

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6 Ways To Keep The Critic Inside You At Bay

Have you heard the adage, “Everyone is a critic?” It’s true. And, the biggest critic of all is staring right back at you through the mirror. No one has to come down hard on you because you are already putting yourself into a vicious head lock as it is. Keep reading to find out six ways that you can send that cynical noisemaker packing. They say that you can talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer back. If you don’t answer back, however, the potentially negative thoughts will continue unchallenged. This is more detrimental than being thought of as crazy. We often follow the patterns created in our minds by our thoughts. Allowing negative self-talk to dominate your mind can lead to low self-esteem, bad habits, depression and other unhealthy results.

6 Ways to Get Over Yourself

Don’t let the pressure get to you. Be proactive. Attack those thoughts as soon as they start to speak. Get creative. Box up your negativity – This can be literal or figurative. In the grand scheme of our life, each problem holds a small place overall. Seeing it as small minimizes its power over you. Try this. Create a small box or purchase one. Whenever you are plagued by a negative thought about yourself for the way you handled a problem or because you made a mistake, write it down on a piece of paper. Put it away in that small box. See your issue diminishing in size. Those thoughts do not define who you are. Replace negativity with positive self-talk – When a negative thought is removed something needs to fill its place in your mind. Exchange a negative (“I am worthless because I am not married.”) for a positive thought (“I am a unique and worthwhile person that any man would be lucky to have for a wife.”). If the negative thoughts can keep you down, then surely the positive ones can lift you up. Talk to a trusted friend – Explain the situation that made you feel so bad. Allow your friend to console you, counsel you and challenge that negative thought pattern that is condemning you.

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Teaching Your Child to Be Tactful

Tactfulness is the art of using discretion and sensitivity when speaking and relating to those around you. It is a great quality that helps one avoid awkward situations, and become a better friend to everyone. Children are born quite the opposite of this trait, but it is easier for them to understand as they grow older. If your child can learn to be tactful as a young person, it will save them from a lot of misunderstanding. Here is how you can help your child to become a tactful individual who is comfortable in their conversations both with friends and strangers.

Teaching Your Child about Telling the Truth

Our children need to know that honesty is important, and must be taught to tell the truth. Give them a foundation in what being honest is all about, and what it isn’t. Some people mistakenly believe that being honest means they can say whatever they want, whenever they want to. This is not true, and it can be hurtful and harmful to the people around them. Truthfulness and tact are excellent partners, as they balance each other.

Educating about the Need for Tact

Talk to your child about how necessary tact is. Explain that when we fail to use tact, people’s feelings can be hurt, and the health of our relationships can be put at risk. Tell your child about situations where tact is essential and that it can be necessary for the safety of others. For example, in the relationships that world leaders hold with each other, tactful speech is crucial. There are also many others times where there is a necessity for using soft words rather than being completely blunt in a person’s speech.

Give Examples of Where Tact Was Not Used

Talk to your children about situations where tact was not used. Discuss the consequences to the individual who did not use tact, and to the one who was on the receiving end. Explain that Aunt Deidra probably felt bad when cousin Jamal told her that her dress was ugly, and how cousin Jamal may have then been viewed as an uncaring individual. Talk about what could have been done differently in the situation.

Give Examples of Where Tact Was Used

Point out situations where tact was used well, and the positive consequences that came from it. Speak about how a friend may have held off an argument through the use of tact and kind words, instead of letting all his anger out. Talk about any world leaders who are known for their peaceful acceptance of others, and how this trait has far-reaching positive effects. Point out all those people who excel in this area, and discuss what you can learn from each of them.

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