When Faced with an Ending, Hit Reset for a New Beginning
April 11, 20220

The day may not start out as you had hoped for or go according to what you have planned. It's also possible you may find yourself facing challenges not yet experienced in your personal or professional life. Yet there is something you can always control, and that is your mindset. If you work on it, it you can be strong in the face of doubt, fear, and questions.

I know exactly what this means as I received news of the unexpected 15 days before the December holiday in 2021. Not only was I in shock, so too were the many students who reached out to me personally, who wanted to know about the classes I would be teaching for the next term. It was an emotional layoff, as I had been involved with this university since 2002, first as a learner, and then as a faculty member. I...

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This is a Very Good Day to Start Believing in Yourself
April 11, 20220

It is always much easier to question ourselves, doubt our abilities, and given into fears, than begin a day with self-talk about the best of who we are and all we have accomplished. Why does negativity occur so naturally, to the point it is a natural or default setting for many people?

I can make these observations based upon my many years of work as an educator, career coach, and mindset developmental coach. I also know how hard I have worked to maintain a positive mindset after a job has been cut, typically due to declining enrollment, which has been a common theme throughout my career within the field of distance learning. What has sustained me: A belief in my experience, knowing I am capable, qualified, and someone who cares deeply about this profession. In other words, I...

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Quitting Is Easy. But Today Is Not the Day to Give Up
April 11, 20220

Consider the last time you were faced with a challenge, something you did not plan for or expect to occur. It could have involved something personal, in which you had one of two choices to make. The first was to accept what was happening to you, quit making any effort to address it, and not allow yourself to feel any sense of hope. The alternative was to find a way of addressing and managing the issue, even if there was little you could do to control it. Which did you choose?

Taking an easy way out always requires the least amount of effort. That's why quitting in the face of a challenge seems easiest at times, whenever you're confronted by demanding circumstances, an unexpected situation, or even moments when you have persistent doubts about how to handle an issue. It's working...

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