Deborah Brown-Volkman

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Steps For Defending Yourself At Work

In today's stressful workplace, there's an expectation that you perform perfectly all of the time. Company numbers have to exceed last quarter's numbers. Market share has to increase. Work has to be completed faster. Plus, technology advances means that you are reachable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no rest for the weary.

All of this stress can have an effect on you and the people you work with. As a result, from time to time, co-workers may snap at you. They do not mean it. The pressure has gotten the better of them in the moment.


Change Your Approach

Wouldn't it be easier if your career could magically improve on its own?

The working world has changed dramatically over the past couple of years. There are fewer positions and more jobs being sent overseas. It can seem like your skills need updating sooner, and that's because they do. A global economy means change happens quickly. You can't sit back anymore and hope that change will not find you; because it will.


How To Create A Vision For Your Career

All of life’s journeys begin with the phrase, “I want.”

Think about your career and the times when you said “I want.” Maybe you said “I want” go to college—and then enrolled in school and completed your degree. Maybe you said “I want” to work for a large or a small company—and you are working there now. Maybe you said “I want” to lead teams—and that’s one of your current responsibilities. “I want” is a very powerful phrase. Without it, it’s hard to go very far.


Are You Really Committed To Your Career Goals?

Are you working on your career goals or just going through the motions? Are you "in" one day and "out" the next? Are you waiting for your goals to inspire and motivate you, and then you will jump in completely?

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Wish Upon A Star

What are you wishing for in your career? More money? Recognition? Work/life balance? A new job or career?

A wish is something that you long for or desire. Wishes can be big like wanting a major change in your career or small like having fewer meetings to attend. Wishes are good because they give you something to aspire to. Wishes keep you excited and motivated. Everyone needs something to wish for.


How To Create A Powerful Career

If you compared you career to the Wizard of Oz, would you be at the start of the path, where the Lion lacked courage, the Tin Man had no heart, and the Scarecrow had no brain? Or, would you be Dorothy when she was moving forward to find her way back home or
Dorothy in the beginning of the movie when she was afraid because the wicked witch was chasing her?

What's happening to you in your career? Is your job being eliminated? Is your company merging or reorganizing? Are you on your third, fourth, or fifth boss, and you don't know what is expected of you anymore?


Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

Your career has its ups and downs. We all have or have had career slumps and they do pass. If you are feeling “slumpish” these days, know that you will look back one day and recognize the valuable lessons you’ve learned from this time in your life. Everything happens for a reason—you just might not know the reason yet.

If this is a down period for you, the good news is it’s up from here.

While You Are Figuring Things Out, Trust That Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day. Here’s How To Focus On What’s Yet To Come.

1. Write Down What You Want Your Future To Look Like


3 Ways To Feel Better At Work

How do you feel at work? Are you tired throughout the day?

Being tired and having low energy is common in the workplace. How can it not be? You've probably been getting up early five days or more per week for years. You probably get home late from work and go to bed late. Getting eight hours of sleep at night may be a strange concept for you. Being tired is the norm and no longer the exception.


Are You In The Wrong Job?

Are you happy when you come to work in the morning, or happy when it is time to go home? Do you look forward to Friday, and then get knots in your stomach on Sunday evenings? If this is the case, there is probably nothing wrong with you physically. You may be in the wrong job.

Most people view their lives as being separate parts: work life/social life/home life. Your life has many components, but when you are in the wrong job, the rest of your life is out of balance too.

So How Do You Know If You Are In The Wrong Job? Ask Yourself The Following:

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Eliminate Boredom In Your Career

The truth is our careers can be boring. We wake up everyday at the same time, take the same route to work, eat the same breakfast, see the same people, work on the same projects, and then we go home and get ready for the next day. All while counting the days to the weekend.


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