Category: Career

Have you ever given thought to what is driving you? Why are you trying to reach your goals? Do you want to do better for your children? Are you focused on getting a promotion or going back to school and changing careers? Have you taken the time to write down your specific goals and the steps that it takes to get there? How would you feel if it didn’t happen on your timeline, or if it didn’t happen at all? Learning what is driving you and focusing that drive and energy can be critical to your success. You want to be driven by positive emotions and feelings and not negative ones. Having a positive drive will keep you feeling good and motivated even when work gets hard. Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself.

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Have You Written Down Your Goals?

Writing down your goals is absolutely key to success. You want to be able to see them each day. Write them in a notebook, or in your phone, or perhaps put them in a list on your wall. Seeing your goals written down will help bring your drive to the forefront. That can help to keep you motivated and energized all day. For example, if you want to change careers to better the lives of your children, write down that goal and all the steps necessary to get there. When you see that goal each day, you’ll visualize your children and the kind of life that you want for them. That will only motivate you to work harder.

Are You Motivated By Positivity or Negativity?

Some people are motivated to reach their goals by negative emotions like hate, jealousy, and revenge. Embracing that negativity can feel good for a bit after you’ve felt wronged. But negative emotions are unstable and unsustainable. You can’t rely on them for a long time, and they often just make you feel worse. But when you are motivated by positivity, such as helping others or wanting to build a better future for yourself and your family, you can achieve your goals and more. Positive emotions are easiest to draw on and use when things get tough.

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If you are motivated by positive energy and emotions, you can really achieve a lot. When you are motivated for the wrong reasons—negative emotions like revenge or jealousy—it gets easy to quit when the going gets tough. Make sure that you write down your goals, but also write down the reason you want to achieve them. Keep that positive drive and energy centered in what you are doing. If you know and understand what is driving you, then you’ll be able to draw on that when you run into tough situations. Your drive can help keep you on the right track when you feel down or want to give up. Make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to succeed by fully understanding your drive.

* Free Road image credit goes to: Sergey Pesterev.

* Fresh Start image credit goes to: Danielle MacInnes.

Building character is a respectable pursuit. Most people want to become a better person, but not everyone has the determination and work ethic to actually follow through and make it happen. Building character is a skill just like anything else. Nobody is born with strong character. It takes a long time to develop it, and it must be maintained over the years. That means that anyone can develop into a high character person, as long as they are willing to put in the work. High character individuals are typically highly respected and are more often placed in leadership positions at work.

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Character Is About Core Principles

Have you ever worked with a boss that you had a lot of respect for? Chances were they weren’t making up the rules as they went along. Instead, they probably had core principles that they worked from. They probably had established rules that were firm, but fair to everyone in the workplace. What are your core principles? Do you believe in giving second chances? Third chances? How do you handle setbacks? How do you reward the people you work with? How do you handle dishonesty? These are critical questions that every leader must ask themselves.

Stick With Your Principles Even When It Is Difficult

The hardest part about having core principles is sticking with them when things get tough. And believe me, they always will. There will be a situation that pushes you to the brink and causes you to question whether you should uphold your principles. Maybe you don’t believe in giving out third chances for blatant errors made in the workplace. But the person in question is your most skilled employee, and there is a difficult project coming up which they specialize in. Those are the types of moments where principles matter the most.

High Character Individuals Tend To End Up In Leadership Positions

Coffee Mug on Bed It is no secret that high character individuals tend to end up in leadership positions. That’s because people tend to have a higher level of respect for people who have core principles. If you are looking to move up in your career, start working on developing your character strengths and the principles you are going to espouse as a leader.

Being a high character individual isn’t about chance. It is about choice. You can choose to have a high character, but you are going to have to put in the work to make it happen. It means outlining your principles and sticking to them, even when things get difficult. It means making hard decisions and not passing the buck to someone else. But being a high character individual also means gaining the respect of your peers and being placed in charge of projects. It means that other people will trust you to get the job done. If you are ready for more respect and responsibility, then it is time for you to stretch your boundaries.

* Reach Out to The World image credit goes to: Benjamin Davies.

* Coffee Mug image credit goes to: Heather Schwartz.

Often, we are led to believe that taking small steps towards our goals means that we will never reach them. When we fear taking incremental steps, sometimes we take big steps that we simply aren’t ready for. The goals we have—whether they are expanding our business, completing a big project, growing a relationship—typically can’t be completed in one fell swoop. Taking the time to break down your goal into smaller steps isn’t a bad thing, in fact, most times it is actually very beneficial to helping you reach your goals. Sometimes you have to think of the bigger picture, even if it means spending more time working than you thought.

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Trying To Finish a Big Task All At Once Is Daunting

The first reason why you shouldn’t try to finish a big task (like that 20 page paper in college that you put off) all at once is that it is daunting. It is easy to get overwhelmed by how large the task is, and when you are overwhelmed, you rarely put forth your best work. You don’t want to put yourself in a tough position before the work even begins. Not being able to complete a huge task all at once isn’t a bad thing. Taking the time to prepare and segment your work almost always leads to superior results.

Dividing Your Task Into Smaller Pieces Makes Things Easier

When you divide your project into smaller pieces, generally things start to get a lot easier. Instead of focusing on a large, daunting task, you can focus on each of the smaller, individual portions. This way of simplifying things makes a big project a lot easier. That 20 page college paper we were talking about earlier? Instead of trying to write all 20 pages at once, someone who divided the task into smaller portions might focus on four 5 page sessions. The same applies to a project that you might be working on at your job. Or building up your business. Nobody tries to go from a small startup to a multinational corporation in a single week. In the same vein, you should understand that you have to segment the path to success into smaller fragments that you can focus on one at a time.

You Can Give Yourself a Psychological Boost Each Time You Successfully Complete A Step

Have you ever worked on a long project and felt Business Man Celebrating Success like you were losing motivation midway through? That isn’t uncommon, especially when it feels like it will take forever to actually finish what you are working on. That is why splitting your task into smaller pieces can help. Each time you complete a smaller portion, you get the psychological boost of knowing that you successfully finished a step. Instead of pushing those feelings off, you should celebrate your small successes each step along the way, until you have finished your project in full. It is important to acknowledge your successes!

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that your group was about to make a bad decision, but you didn’t step up and speak your mind? Many people have been in that exact scenario, but speaking up isn’t easy, especially when you are going up against the consensus viewpoint. However, it is important to note that just because most of the group agrees on something, doesn’t mean that it’s the right decision. Sometimes, large groups of intelligent people get together and make poor decisions for a variety of reasons. Sometimes dissent is silenced, and sometimes the rank and file is afraid to voice a viewpoint that doesn’t align directly with leadership. You have to learn to get past these difficult situations and make sure that if you have disagreements with your employees or your bosses on vision that you make your voice heard, especially if it is a critical decision that is being made. Sometimes, a fresh perspective can make all of the difference, and help the entire group move towards a better decision.

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Groupthink Can Lead To Dangerous Decisions

Sometimes, groupthink can lead to dangerous decisions. Perhaps company leadership is set on making a new acquisition, or maybe they want to roll out a project that hasn’t been fully completed yet. There are times when the rank and file don’t want to upset their boss and rock the boat, and they’ll be silent or go with the majority instead of voicing their concerns. When there is no dissent, or when dissent is actively silenced, there is no debate, and there is little or no analysis to learn from. When decisions aren’t properly analyzed, bad things can happen. You don’t want to make a bad decision that can damage your company for the long-term. If you find that everyone in the room agrees on a major company decision, you might want to take a second look.

Telling the Truth Is Important, Even When It Isn’t Popular

Telling the truth isn’t always popular. If you know that a certain decision isn’t going to work, or even if you have strong reservations, you should speak up. The fear or embarrassment you have about speaking up pales to the damage that could be done to your organization if a bad long-term decision is made.

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Learning When to Speak Up

This one can be hard. Perhaps you don’t want to speak up about your reservations during a large meeting in front of all of your company’s leadership. The good thing is that you don’t have to. You can pull aside a leader that you trust, or meet with them as a confidant and let them know your observations. Perhaps it might not be appropriate for you to speak up at a certain time, but you still have to make a point to talk to someone in leadership and make your voice heard.

At one time or the other, everyone has been told to be Positive Thinking positive. We understand that positivity isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is easy to get cynical when someone tells you to be positive. It is easy to think that it isn’t possible to be as positive as a motivational speaker or your old high school football coach. Still, investing in becoming a more positive person can directly impact your career. Positive people are more likely to bounce back from setbacks and are more likely to fight through adversity and stressful situations. Your attitude is one thing that you can control in a world of things that you can’t directly influence. No work environment or relationship in your life is going to be perfect, but if you bring a positive attitude, you can overcome almost anything.

1. Negativity constrains you while positivity repairs, renews, and builds

Have you ever felt emotionally drained around a negative person? It is sort of like that person just saps the energy right out of the room right? Negativity is limiting, and negative energy constrains what you believe that you can accomplish. Positive energy does the opposite. It empowers you, renews you, and builds on what you believe that you can do. That’s why people with positive attitudes accomplish their goals more often. That’s especially important in a work environment.

2. It helps you become more resilient

Let’s face it—Unexpected & bad things are going to happen to everyone in life. You might lose your job. Your girlfriend might break up with you. You might have a large unexpected bill. All of those things can be immensely stressful and difficult to deal with. In the workplace, stressful situations aren’t uncommon, especially in high pressure situations or when a large amount of work needs to get done. Being positive helps you to be resilient in the face of adversity and helps you to bounce back when things don’t go your way. That can be the difference between a successful project and a failed one.

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3. Helps you leave a greater impact on your colleagues

We are naturally drawn to positive people. We don’t want our leaders to be negative energy drainers. We want them to be positive people that give us good energy and make us believe that we can achieve our goals. Being a positive person will help you to engage better with your colleagues and better influence them to improve their performance at work.

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It is always good to leave old habits behind and create greater success for ourselves and others! But just as a skyscraper needs a strong foundation to support its weight and to withstand environmental stresses, so do we need a strong personal foundation to build sustainable success in all areas of our lives, relationships and careers!


To excel in life and at work we have to examine our personal foundation very closely, and take action when the structure is weakened and in need of support. So let’s take a closer look at the elements that constitute a strong personal foundation.

Aside from obvious values such as, honesty, integrity, loyalty, intelligence, education, hard work, empathy, love, support, family, friends, connections and many more, there are a number of HIDDEN elements we need to include, in order to develop a strong personal foundation. Here are just a few (well, a DOZEN) areas to consider:

• Resolving the past!
• Practicing patience!
• Living in the present!
• Controlling emotions!
• Learning from failure!
• Taking responsibility for own circumstances!
• Recognizing self-limiting believes!
• Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries!
• Putting self on top of the priority list!
• Understanding that perfect does not exist!
• Having a reserve of time, space, energy and money!
• Having the courage to let go of who I am for who I can become!

Think about this for a moment, how good are you doing when it comes to building and maintaining a solid personal foundation? If you are uncertain click on the link below to complete our 2 minute self-assessment.

How Strong is Your Personal Foundation?


Congratulations if your house is built on solid ground! Keep up the great work!

In case your foundation isn’t as strong as you would like it to be then let’s chat. Email me, or connect with me on LinkedIn, or post to our FaceBook page, or call the office at 321.221.1106 or visit

Building a strong personal foundation may be a daunting task but let’s face it, where there is no pain, there is no gain! Given the right guidance and support we can all enhance our foundation and take charge of the direction our life, relationships and our career is going! I like to think of my personal foundation as a “work in progress” to keep a close eye on… and take action when needed.

So as you set out to build greater success in your life and career, ensure that your foundation is strong enough to carry you through the year and beyond!

Happy building!
Regina Fasold

Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come, stay tuned for:

• The Nature of Change
• Developing a Strong Personal Foundation
• Personal Presence and Charisma
• The Merging of Brilliance
• Building a Career that Matters
• Pride-Based Leadership “Building the Optimal Environment for Performance, Productivity & Profit”
• Leading with a Gentle Rein

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