Has “writer’s block” impeded your completion of résumés or cover letters?

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Clients have many needs related to writing a resume, a cover letter, a thank you note, a business plan, etc.   It can be a very stressful process.  Career coaching provides a safe, comfortable, and confidential place to get your documents built and coaching serves as a great confidential, private launching pad for taking your career to higher levels.  Career coaching is a great place to grow, discover, and explore your what motivates you, strengthen your courage and determination, and elevate your level of self-confidence.  If you would like more information related to my Career Coaching services you can go here. I would like to introduce you to Craig Wynne.  He is a writing coach who specializes in helping young adults overcome writer’s block and writing anxiety and has written fantastic articles related to the subject.  Enjoy what he has to say!


What are writing anxiety and writer’s block?

by Dr. Craig Wynne

There are many definitions for these terms, but in its simplest form, writing anxiety consists of the negative feelings that writers have when they attempt to produce ideas and words.  These feelings can prevent them from being successful in their writing.

What causes “Writing Anxiety?”

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Any number of factors can contribute to writing anxiety.  Studies have shown that, for the most part, writing anxiety is based on situational factors.  You could feel completely at ease writing a text message to your best friend or delivering a Facebook posting, but you might feel completely lost as to how to write a cover letter for that dream job.

Here are some situations that can cause writing anxiety:

  1. Adapting to a new style of writing  or a form of writing you’re not used to (a senior thesis, a cover letter, a memo, etc.)
  2. Writing for a tough audience (i.e., a professor who’s been highly critical of your work, the CEO of that company you really want to work for)
  3. Thinking about criticism you’ve received in the past (even if the person who has criticized you isn’t the audience for your writing)
  4. Tight deadlines (See “Strategies for Managing” on how to deal with those)

Strategies for Managing

  1. Ask for help. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act.  A career counselor can help you with a cover letter, for example.  A counselor hasn’t had his/her nose as close to the problem as you have.  An objective opinion might be able to steer you in the right direction. You can also ask your roommate, your RA, your neighbor, or even your mother!  You’ll be surprised at what an outsider’s eye can do.
  2. Avoid perfectionism.  You’ll never get your writing perfect on the first try.  Professional writers can take years to put something together.  A good method is to use the writing process: focus on the ideas first, and then move into organization and grammar.  If you’re stuck for ideas, try one of these prewriting strategies.
  3. Use time management strategies.  In other words, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your writing: this alone can create unneeded stress, no matter who your audience is.  Depending on when your piece is die, give yourself 45 minutes to an hour each day to work on it, step by step.  Give yourself a goal for each day (“Today, I’m going to construct my objective statement.” “Today, I’m going to proofread.”).    Little by little, you’ll see your piece come together, and it won’t seem like such a big climb.
  4.  If you’re getting really stressed out, stop.  You’re not going to be able to write well if you’re feeling tense.  Take a breather from it.  Go for a walk.  Eat something.  Go on Facebook for a few minutes.  Just take some time to clear your head.  When you come back, you’ll be able to approach the assignment with fresh eyes.
  5. Keep a positive frame of mind.  Even if you absolutely hate writing, keep those negative feelings at bay.  If you can think of it as an adventure with a goal in mind, it won’t seem so daunting.  You may even enjoy it!
  6. Reward yourself.  Once you’ve handed your paper in, celebrate.  Go to a movie.  Hang out with friends.  You’ve worked hard; you deserve it!

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The final thing to keep in mind is that nearly everyone (even the best of writers) gets apprehensive about writing.  However, if you follow the suggestions listed above, you may be able to relieve a great deal of the pressure.  Even if you don’t get the job or find you’ve made a mistake, don’t let the disappointment defeat you.  Mistakes are a natural part of learning.  It’s what you do next time that counts, so keep a positive frame of mind, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the results!


Dr. Wynne has a great deal of expertise on this subject.  If you would like a Webinar on this subject and would like to learn more, you can sign up for them here. If you would like more information related to Craig’s services, you can visit his website here or click on the image below.  If you want coaching to really tackle everything discussed here one-on-one in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment please contact me here.  We both thank you and wish you all the very best.

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A vital element in life is “trust” …

Clients turn and seek out Coaches to improve and be more successful with many private and personal skills.  A very vital element in the business world is “trust” its often a great first place for anyone to begin their transformation aspirations and endeavors as they begin their coaching journey.  My reason for addressing that is there are formal coaching agreements that includes a contract once we begin our sessions together.  There is confidentiality and non-disclosure which we both agree to in the contracting process.  All that makes our sessions private and secure so your growth, development and goals are fully protected.  You and I need to establish a firm “trust” in order to build a devoted partnership with each other.  A wonderful book on this topic is The Speed of Trust: One Thing That Changes Everything by Steven M.R. Covey.  Its a book for those that find that they could really reach people in their family, business or community more effectively.  Its a resource for those that are driven to grow and establish a quality network of reliable and credible, units and teams.  Please read this book, it will be very valuable for you, and provide you with wonderful strategies to apply to your life and your career.  Its also designed for those that are successful, and aim to deliver consistent, positive results.

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My favorite part of this terrific book is Covey’s Credibility Questionnaire.  He identifies “Four Cores of Credibility” and they are:

  1. Integrity
  2. Intent
  3. Capabilities
  4. Results

His questionnaire is built and designed with questions into all those “Four Cores of Credibility.” When you take it, you rate yourself on a scale of 1-5.  He has put together five specific questions in each core.  At the end, you’ll come up with total scores within each of “The Four Cores of Credibility.” Those scores will essentially be a “snapshot” into where you are right now at this period of time, within a specific core.  When you add up all your total core scores you see a full “snapshot” into where you are now, at this very time.  You’ll learn about what you need to do to be more trustworthy.  As you move through the wonderful book, The Speed of Trust: One Thing That Changes Everything, by Steven M.R. Covey, you will be able to deepen and expand your knowledge of “trust” and improve your knowledge of Covey’s “Four Cores of Credibility.” He will explain and breakdown the questionnaire and its content making the reading experience very interactive.  First-hand, you will also start to make tremendous growth, establishing natural improved personal habits.  Enjoy and embrace your journey into the application of the skills discussed in this book.  I believe you will see a delivery of better “trust” results in your personal life.  You may discover “trust” is a key component that has been a “blind-spot” for you and has held you back from achieving incredible goals, objectives, dreams and endeavors.

Personally, I found The Speed of Trust: One Thing That Changes Everything, by Steven M.R. Covey to be extremely valuable to my personal and private growth in both my professional and private life.  I really found considerable value in what Covey’s Questionnaire results were.  Learning those scores motivated me to learn more about what I need to do differently, and his book shared wonderful “real-life” examples of how to make direct improvements and have better results.  Together we can use this book and Covey’s Questionnaire in our coaching sessions.  For a free coaching consultation you can contact me here.   If you would like to order a copy of your Covey’s book you can click on the image below.  I wish you all the very best, thank you.

 

 

Take a snapshot and discover where you are on life’s journey!

Hi, this is your coach Josh Lissauer.  I have built and designed a tool to help you see a “snapshot” into discovering where you are on your journey in life, in your careers, and how you could enjoy the benefits of my suite of coaching services.  In designing it, I chose to breakdown my Career and Life Coaching Services in to four distinct categories.  By doing that you can choose to do a focused learning, discovering scores in only one category, a few categories or complete the full questionnaire.  My recommendation is to enjoy the freedom and flexibility in how you use it.  It’s also designed to enable you to come back to it as you see fit and find out where you are since your first “snapshot”.  You are in complete control of what you want to get out of the experience.

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You can access or download a .pdf copy of the free Client Questionnaire by clicking here. Doing that will help you follow along as I break everything down.

So, here are the four main categories of the Client Questionnaire:

  1. Job Searching & Interviewing
  2. Personal Growth & Self Improvement
  3. Career Development
  4. Career & Life Goals

First, begin the Questionnaire by asking yourself, do I want to examine just one of the four main categories?  Or, do I want a complete and comprehensive “snapshot” into all of them?  The questions in each category enables you to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5.  Five being the highest level of satisfaction.   I encourage you enjoy the freedom to see where you are in one “specific category”.  You’ll uncover where you are right now, in your life, and or in your career.  This Questionnaire enables you to get the results by seeing and understanding where you rate on a certain concept, or skill, found within all the questions. Through our coaching you’ll learn and make wonderful growth and strides, with the potential to notice improved scores in the future when decide to re-take the questionnaire.

When you as the “questionnaire taker” reach out to me to schedule coaching, you’ll have my unconditional support, my valued trust, and a maintained confidentiality.   That will enable you to have the freedom to grow and blossom, showing everyone what a wonderful and successful person, you absolutely are!  Our initial conversation could go something like this:

You: “Josh, I took your Client Questionnaire and I gave myself a ‘so, so’ for ‘Self-Confidence’ in the ‘Personal Growth & Self Improvement Category’.  I really would like to work with you and make improvements in that area, moving forward.”

Me: “Why absolutely, you came to the right place, what does your schedule look like?”

So, by reaching out and taking that step and completing a “specific category” you will discover and uncover what could bring you from a “3 to a 4”.  Later, as we partner, and you re-take the questionnaire, you’ll notice your progress within that category as you experience your accomplishments.  You’ll perform actions and commitments within your post-coaching-session-experiments that will enable you to improve your habits, and enhance your learning and development of each skill. You’ll make growth, and progress, and accomplish all your goals.

Beyond just that freedom of coaching sessions related to a “specific category”, you can also reach out to me for coaching after taking the “full questionnaire”.  That will enable you to see a larger and wider “snapshot” of yourself.  You’ll discover more insights into “each category” and into yourself.  You’ll enjoy making accomplishments both in your life, and in your career.  You’ll really see where you’d like make improvements and growth towards achieving a healthy work-life balance.  With the “full snapshot”, you’ll then be able to identify more things, that you’d like to work on and gain out of your coaching experience.  As you move forward, towards making your life, your career, your dreams, and all your endeavors a reality, I will provide complete trust and support to you!

Our conversation related to coaching based on your completion of a “full questionnaire” could go something like this:

You: “Josh, I took your Client Questionnaire and I found my overall score had pretty low satisfaction in 2 categories: Personal Growth & Self Improvement” and “Career Development, I do feel I could move forward and be more successful these areas, can you help?”

Me: “Why absolutely, you came to the right place, what does your schedule look like?”

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I hope you get a lot of value in the learning and discovery that will come from the Client Questionnaire which is built and designed just for you. Again, I think its a wonderful a tool to help you discover seeing where you are in life and where you are in your career.  The Questionnaire will help enjoy the benefits of Professional Coaching.

  • For feedback, you can e-mail a downloaded questionnaire to: josh@jalcoaching.com.
  • If you have any questions or comments please send an e-mail to: josh@jalcoaching.com, or call: 516-297-7152
  • Once completed Joshua will be in touch to discuss and explore your future goals, moving forward. 
  •  To see my suite of coaching services you can go here.
  • To learn more about me you can visit my Bio Page. Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you.

For a free coaching consultation you can contact Joshua here or by clicking on the banner below.

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Drive your team, courageously take ownership of your mission.

Business is all about leadership.  The individual leader is someone that all teams can embrace and trust for personal support.  They drive every team and courageously take ownership of the mission.  They are willing to teach values and collectively collaborate overcoming any obstacles towards winning.  Clients come to coaching as leaders that are seeking clues to keep the team charging forward towards their ultimate goal.  They come to a coach to grow and become more powerful.   They come to a coach to grow and become more powerful.   Leaders, embrace coaching to learn where their “blind-spots” may be and discover what strengths they can strategically leverage to maximize high performance.  Courageously leaders are motivated for growth into the symbolic-embodiment of where they see the future, and seek to discover everything it takes to get to that zenith.

westpointI’d like to recommend a wonderful book that offers some great insight into how our country grows its courageous future leaders, its West Point Leadership Lessons: Duty, Honor and other Management Principles by Scott Snair.   I discovered this book 9 years ago, while working for a large media company in the Broadcast Industry.  I was searching to learn skills and insights to become an effective leader earn a promotion and deliver quality results for my team.  I was looking to take my skills and talents to the next level.  I found the book to be very captivating.   Snair offers valuable insights into leadership, trust, and executing precise, winning results.  One of my favorite quotes from the book that I’d like to share with you is:

“In many ways, the leader is the team, serving as its rallying point, as its cheerleader for the big picture.  A conscientious team leader accepts responsibility and offers positive reinforcement whenever the team pushes a little closer to fulfilling the mission—always relating the praise and reward back to the big picture.

I’d like break down my favorite quote and explain the fusion coaching plays with leadership development. Coaching offers the leader a safe and comfortable place to refine the critical skills in delivering, what Snair calls, that “positive reinforcement”.  Coaching also teaches, the client the values, and strategies, in what Snair postulates is “relating the praise and reward back to the big picture”.  When “the leader is  the team” as Snair discusses, coaching provides a comfortable and confidential safety-net for the leader.  Coaching also is a quality source for sustainability lessons for the leader, so the leader can flourish in their role as the “cheerleader” driving their mission towards winning results.  This is just one snapshot of how the book provides wonderful actions into real-life business settings.  I know that anyone searching to rise up, and grow into a better leader, or take your career to the next level, would find great value reading West Point Leadership Lessons: Duty, Honor and other Management Principles by Scott Snair.  I offer services to young adults searching to become better leaders or grow and discover the courage to move towards those goals and objectives.  We explore and discover how to embrace fear, break out of your safety zone and courageously take that leading charge for your team.  To set up a free coaching consultation, towards taking your career to the next level, please fill out my form here.  To purchase a copy your copy of this wonderful book, please click on the image below.

Just go out there, embrace fear and make peace with yourself!

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Unconditional love, support, determination, courage and motivation, lead to accomplishments, achievement and success.  Steven Gadecki personally has been to the summit of 129 mountains to date and has hiked to the summit of each mountain with his friends and his loving family.  To see the world through both his lens and his son Hunter’s eyes is a breathtaking experience.  Its one we all could appreciate and treasure.  For anyone that enjoys inspirational stories of love, courage and determination, having a personal experience with nature is one place to embrace.  So, come see first-hand what this wonderful planet has to offer, hiking could be a wonderful and rewarding zenith to enjoy. I had a chance to meet up with Steve recently for a wonderful interview, which came as he ended his year-long participation in “The Discovery Project” with L.L. Bean.  I hope you enjoy!


Josh: Steve, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview today.

Steve: Thank you.

Josh: I know you have had some “happy trails …” recently through your hiking adventures, and  I’m looking forward to hearing about it ….

Steve: The timing is really, perfect because I actually just wrapped up my “Year of Discovery” which started November 11, 2012.  I was part of a project with L.L. Bean called the “Discovery Project”. When I joined it, there was basically me and seventeen other individuals.   We were brought on-board to test and proof gear for them, over the course of one year.  When I joined and was invited in, I thought to myself, one year from now, what will I wish I had done with this experience when its all over.  It was such a rare moment and I really wanted to embrace it.  So, I sat and wrote down a Discover list of everything I wanted to see especially though my son Hunter’s eyes.  He was going to come along with me and had just started hiking with me.

Josh: I see … how exciting!

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Josh: So, you could see a lot of metaphor with your achievements in climbing mountains, as well as some personal achievements and accomplishments in yourself. When you are fusing the two together, and you are involved in the experiences, can you tell people that haven’t done mountain climbing, or looking to pursuit hiking, how that can lead to their success, and overcoming adversity and obstacles?

gadecki 4Steve: You know with hiking, when I first started my goal for hiking, especially with mountains, was always to summit. And I had be the first to summit.  And, if I was with my friends, it was like a healthy competition right there.  We would try to race each other up to the top.  But, then I started realizing on the walk back down, all the things I missed on the way up.  And especially if you did the loop trail.  You would go quickly up to the top of the summit and you would come down the back end, but you would never go back down the same way you came.  So, in a sense, I was missing out on what I had just gone through.  And, it was the old adage “take time to smell the roses.”  So, I started realizing what nature was doing for me with my day to day, and just going out and experiencing things; because you had a sense of okay I’m going to go to the trail-head today and summit that mountain.  You didn’t know what was going to happen in between.  You kind of knew your destination.  Its kind of like waking up in the morning, you know it that night you’re going to go and be back in bed.  So, you know the beginning and the tail end but you never know what is going to happen in the middle.  So, it was that kind of excitement of okay what is going to happen when I go out here and what am I going to see or what am I going to witness.  And, what kind of thoughts am I going to have.  And that really inspired me to keep moving forward.

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Josh: How interesting …

Steve:  Its hard to inspire somebody to do something if its not internally there.  But, I kind of grew up with my parents always having this thing called the “no thank you helping”  I would have to try something at least once, and if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to eat it, ever again.  I still had to try it once to see if I liked it or if it sparked something inside of me.  So, I guess I kind of embraced that with nature and it just became an opportunity to just go out, and just witness these moments and things.  And, just feel like I was just getting a sense of the world and what was around me and just experiencing it in living.  If you haven’t thought about hiking or haven’t hiked you know sometimes I had people that would tell me, “I can’t believe you went out and hiked overnight by yourself or you went ahead and did 20 miles by yourself.”  It was just a sense of, like, a cleansing for me.  I just go out there, I comeback ready to deal with the world.  I think about everything, and I organize my thoughts and now with the kids I go more than ever.

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Josh: What terrific stories, Steve.  So, is there anything more you would like to share about the Discovery Project, and any experiences you had with it?

Steve: I viewed it as a time in my life that I was going to be able to experience something, and experience it with my son and my wife, and my future son Ryland when he was born.  When I thought about how I wanted to incorporate all my friends and family in the past; and make it this generosity towards the National Park Foundation; and thanks to L.L. Bean for Everything they had done for me; that is why I just poured myself into the whole project.  And, I couldn’t have done it without my wife because she was pregnant during this time, and then she had my son Ryland.  So, it was a lot of support from her to help me just do this 1 year and this one moment because I am going to get older, and then, I’m going to lose access to my sons.  Because now they’re going to be doing maybe, soccer on the weekend, and there is going to be sleepovers and friends, so he’s just not going to have the availability right there where I have them in the morning, and just put them in the car and take them hiking with me.  So, I realized that this was going to be a moment here and when he’s older I have everything saved.  I have all of the pictures and I have our Discover sign.  I can sit down and talk to him, and just tell him about this awesome thing that he and I did together; and, to know that he’s gone out and experienced it.  Hiking is part of his vocabulary now.  He sees the backpack in the garage and says I want to go hiking.  Its great that he’s just grasping the concept of what is happening with what we are doing.

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Josh: Oh, how very cute, and, that is one of the great things about the fact that you created your own blog and to capture these moments.  It really engages a lot of your friends and family into the whole experience with you, too.  You really can, through your lens, learn how exciting nature can be.  Just taking time out of your busy day going for a long walk can be a wonderful experience.

Steve:  Well, its not just friends and family, because last year I was a part of LL Bean, their whole marketing campaign.  I tried to find the best way I came to say “thank you” to them for my experience and the gift they had given me.   I then realized I needed a louder voice of my own to do this, and to accomplish this.  So, I had reached out to the Superintendent of every national park I had ever visited and along with the Senator, Congress person, and Governor of the State that National Park lies in.  And, any influential person that ran programs because I was in Life Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps.  I reached out to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and I told them what had happened to me; and then, I told them how they were a part of my story or with me at some point along the way.

Josh: Cool!  That’s awesome!

Steve:  And, I told them at the end, what LL Bean had done, and that they were also doing a campaign called “The Million Moment Mission Campaign”, where they donated a million dollars to the National Park Foundation and I was really touched by that because they were a corporation that was investing their own money where their consumers interacted.  So, they were not just selling products. They were also helping to safe-guard the place where their product was enjoyed and I felt like this kind of corporate responsibility needed to be acknowledged.  That is why I wrote to everyone and I asked them all to please write a thank you letter to LL Bean.  And, it was amazing because the Superintendent started writing and they would write me letters or they would “CC” me on the letters they wrote to them.  There was the Congresswomen of Maine and the Governor of Oregon, and then, Jimmy Carter and I was blown away when I got his letter.   And, I got this handwritten letter from Jimmy Carter and he said:


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Steve:  The letter was brief, but it was very impactful.  And, I wrote Jimmy Carter a “thank you” letter back for writing and then he wrote me back a letter again.  Then, when I was doing my Discovery Initiative and making donations for people, I made a donation for him, and I sent it to him and he wrote me another letter.  So, I have 3 hand written letters from Jimmy Carter.  He’s truly an amazing man.

Josh: Wow! Nice!  How very exciting?  Steve, Congratulations!

Steve:  Thanks, and regardless of how you feel about the man he is a leader…  for him  to take the time and personally write me back it was just really … I remember just standing there holding the letter in disbelief when I first got it and, ah … it was awesome!  And, the whole time when I first thought of the idea to write all these letters I said its kind of crazy, it’s a little crazy.  But then, I thought I’m not going to hurt anybody, and if they don’t read my letter and respond to me then no harm done  But, I had this idea and I just went for it.  I just did it.  I wrote something down, and I wrote them.  I was sending them letters.  I would send a couple of them a letter or 2, consistently.  To just to try to understand the importance of what I was trying to do and accomplish.  The Superintendent of Death Valley, she had written to them to tell them about a program where they take inner-city youth and bring them out to the mountains.  And, the kids witnessed the Milky Way they also got to sleep in a tent all for their first time.  And, they were talking about how the money donated influenced this and that, so that is why I kind of followed their lead.  When I was discovering all my moments I made a donation to the National Park Foundation as well, because it was also an environment where I had just been able to grow, and see myself grow and know that I will always grow there.

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Josh: Yeah … And, for those that are in need to experience the courage to enjoy all of this and get complete fulfillment out of life what can you tell them about courage?  What advice do you have for someone that is exploring and discovering courage themselves?

Steve: This is a hard question because with that you have to embrace fear.   And, embracing fear is where that threshold comes of living within your safety zone and, breaking out of that safety zone and it can be tough sometimes.  But, what is amazing about it is that if you break out of it, then you look back upon it and you say “wow” that actually wasn’t as hard as I made it out to be.”  So, sometimes you just have to take that “no thank you helping”, but go try it and you have to realize that the reason you are trying this is because somewhere in the back of your mind you know that you will experience something new and may better yourself for it.  And then, sometimes to try to understand what is so scary.  I remember the first time I was out in Yosemite and I was in a tent all by myself, and I was about 5 miles from the road…  you definitely listen to every single sound, and you don’t know if there is a bear there.  Its just you!  Its hard sometimes to just rely only on yourself, because if you let yourself down or if you mess up its only you, and sometimes you could be your worst critic and tear yourself down.  So, its making peace with yourself and it’s a whole process of going through that.

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Josh: So how many mountains have you climbed so far?  I know you have done a ton!

Steve: I have hiked 129 mountains to date.  I have done a lot of them multiple times.  The one you and I hiked together back in the day, that was Lyon Mountain.  That is my favorite mountain.  I hiked that 11 times.  Its funny, too, because I hiked, around, I think, close to 40 mountains when I was living in Plattsburgh, NY and I was only there for about two years and I didn’t own a car.

Josh: Wow … 40 in two years that’s awesome!

Steve:  I came in, in the end of 1997, that Fall Semester.  I left the Spring of 2000.  I was able to go out there and hike all of those mountains, and Lyon Mountain was just this awesome mountain.  It was the first mountain I hiked when I went to Plattsburgh.  And, when I went up there they had all these Birch Trees everywhere.  And, in that winter was “the big ice storm” that came through and devastated the whole area.  It just tore it all apart and these birch trees that used to go across the trail were all torn down.  So, I got to see the beauty of that trail right before it got devastated and every time I hiked it I never lost a vision of what it looked like.  And, just getting out there and looking down at Chazy Lake, I always just enjoyed it, it was just one of those mountains for me.

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Josh: Yeah … Steve, I’d like to take this time to really thank you for coming to the interview with me today.  I know that there are a lot of people out there that will really be able to see and read these stories through your lens, and Hunter’s lens.  And, also find that courage that they are looking to really capture for themselves, and discover that motivation and inspiration to embrace new challenges!  Thank you for joining me today.  Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Steve: No, but if you just think about something, and you want to try it go try it!  And then, if its weighing heavily on you, you have to think to yourself … like when I was writing letters, “what is the real harm here?”  “Am I worried about looking like a fool?”  Or, “am I worried about failing?” So, “it’s like, what’s the real worry?”

Josh: That’s great!  I think a lot of people will really get a good experience from reading our interview.  Thank you for your time.

Steve: Yeah, thank you Josh!

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For anyone who needs inspiration and is searching to be “at one” with nature, and see first-hand what this wonderful planet has to offer, hiking could be a wonderful and rewarding zenith for you to embrace, and enjoy.  If you’d like to follow Steve on his trails check out his blog here or you can click on his logo below.  For more inspiration please check out my posts here and here. If you would like some coaching on overcoming adversity, courage , to get yourself  back-on-track please view my suite of services here.

 

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Become a High-Performing Leader and Earn a Well-Respected Reputation!

One barrier that tends to creep up on employees at all levels of any company is the gap of fusing Empathy with Emotional Intelligence and attuning them towards your reputation and performance output. The other barrier is your Cultural Intelligence Level and your values towards Embracing Diversity.  There are many successful Managers, Supervisors or Team Leaders, which have a deep ability and technical-breadth in their Industry/Trade/Profession and still are deficient in this critical importance as they lead their teams.  All of those leaders have experience delivering high performance on challenging tasks, and assignments, and have made huge progress in their careers, as they worked their way up their company ladder. The fact of the matter is many aren’t even aware how important having a attuned fusion of empathy and emotional intelligence, could actually help propel, and advance their careers to even, higher, and more successful levels.

The 5 key criteria to making even higher career advances fast is by leading the way in:

  1. Cultural Intelligence – IQ
  2. Embracing Diversity – Social Awareness
  3. Emotional Intelligence – Relationship Management
  4. Attuned Empathy towards your community – Your Potential
  5. Values – Inspirational Leadership

The fusion of the 5 critical criteria will demonstrate that you are a leader with a well-respected, personal brand!  Once all that is in place, you’ll serve and lead your teams highly effectively! Open yourself up, embrace education and learning.  Discover, explore, learn, understand and embrace forming connections with other cultures, other beliefs, other genders and sexual orientations. Fully attune your empathy into expanding and learning about cultures and people all around the world. Embracing and discovering a deeper cultural, spiritual affection towards the world around you will have many positive results for you and the rest of your community, staff and teams. You could deepen your Cultural Intelligence through reading this wonderful poetry book  here.

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My services for young adults encourages clients to explore and discover building better private habits, skills, knowledge and practices.  To improve your personal and private brand includes a expanded understanding of the application of  the 5 critical criteria mentioned above. Again, they are:

  1. Cultural Intelligence – IQ
  2. Embracing Diversity – Social Awareness
  3. Emotional Intelligence – Relationship Management
  4. Attuned Empathy towards your community – Your Potential
  5. Values – Inspirational Leadership

Those that ignore the 5 criteria, and don’t grow understand their vital importance, will find themselves in small tenures. You also may already be in managerial and or leadership positions before these criteria become completely remolded, polished and repackaged into positive, personal and private brands. Do you see a need to work and develop some personal re-branding strategies?   You could read a little bit more about that here.  See, Coaching is a safe place to develop and grow the critical criteria which embody our future leaders.  Its a confidential, safe and private service so please reach out to me, I’ll work with you, as you move forward.

Therefore, here is my suggestion, if you feel that you may need to improve these critical skills, do it right away! Don’t wait! Contact me for coaching here. Coaching is the proper place to set you safely on the right path to success and its a great place to turn for a private and honest “confidentiality”, “safety-nets” and “sounding-boards”.  As a Coach, I partner with you, and together we work on personal branding, personal re-branding, interpersonal communication skills, active listening skills and self-improvement. Through Coaching, you can discover empowering skills, to flourish, and leading by example.  You’ll grow into a very effective, and well-connected leader.  For more information related to my suite of services, you can go here. I wish all of you the very best, I’m here for you!

Wonderful strategies on job searching, successful interviewing and negotiating!

Your Career: What's Next?

Clients come to a Career Coach because they are looking for a resource to achieve higher performance, positive results and accomplish their goals, dreams and objectives. My company and provides young adults, 18-35 with a source to turn to when they are stuck in life, when they are noticing they have a ‘dead-end-job’ and have dreams of doing something else. My services are also a source for young adults to make career transitions out of their part-time employment and into a corporate position. It’s a place for young adults who may be in their dream career and are looking to get to that higher level and earning their promotion. I service the young adult community and assist them in designing actions that will help them accomplish and achieve all their goals. For a free coaching consultation, you can contact me here.

You could also enjoy a wonderful book that will provide you with fantastic information and expanded knowledge, towards having a successful interview and landing your “dream job.”  When you reach out to me I’d love to hear your accounts of the book, Your Career: What’s Next “The Job Seekers Step-by-step Handbook of Common Sense and Uncommon Strategies” by, Michael Mayher.  It will certainly serve as a great resource as you strive to find your job and launch your career to higher levels.  You’ll learn valuable ideas and strategies such as, how to build your “search plan.”  Other great discussions and topics include interview skills, negotiating and overcoming not getting your job offer. These are all situations that many young adults experience as they pursuit their employment endeavors.

Mayer’s book absolutely helps all young adults learn and execute great strategies.   He provides real-life examples of successes and failures of various job seekers that he has seen from working in the field.  He uses humor very well to make his points direct, clear and to engage his audience.  My  favorite example is a client that went to a management interview wearing a unbuttoned collar dress shirt, a suit jacket and jeans. A style that our generation wears when we  go out to clubs and lounges.  However, obviously that shouldn’t be a appropriate combination of attire for us to wear to our interviews. In sharing that he explains the proper attire and etiquette for both males and females. Yes, he does go on to mention too that his client didn’t get that  job.  He also has good real-life strategies on both job hunting and displaying your tattoos.  Mayher has tattoos himself and weighs in on the body image topic.  He offers great insights and strategies on how to display your individuality and keep your positive first-impression on par, towards landing that “dream job.”

As a young adult myself, I really found the book captured the proper strategies and details anyone needs to land their “dream job.”  My coaching services offer you a chance to expand on all the topics covered in the book. As my client you’ll enjoy the following:

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  •  Strategic Job Search
  •  Career Growth
  •  Career Fulfillment
  •  Interview Skills & Development
  •  Interview Preparation
  •  Self-Confidence Growth & Discovery
  •  Interpersonal Communication Skills
  •  Courage Growth & Discovery
  •  Motivation Growth & Discovery
  •  Networking Skills
  •  Negotiating Skills
  •  Goal Setting
  •  Brainstorming & Visioning
  •  Self-improvement

I also provide a mock-interview package.  The mock-interview package can be delivered in three ways by phone, Skype and a “one-on-one”, in-person.  This way together, we could practice and apply everything you’ll read about in the book.  To learn more about mock-interviews you can go here. For a free coaching consultation, or to set up your mock-interview you can go here.  Please order your copy of the wonderful and valuable book Your Career: What’s Next “The Job Seekers Step-by-step Handbook of Common Sense and Uncommon Strategies” by Michael Mayher below.

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15 great places to discover and explore inspiration, courage and motivation!

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Coaching helps you find your wings, so you can fly and soar through the air, overcoming obstacles and barriers in your path.

Everyone experiences moments in their life where they are faced with adversity and setbacks. Coaching is a very valuable resource to help you sort through it all and design actions with you so you could rise to the top. So you can find your wings to help you fly and soar through the air overcoming your obstacles and barriers in your path.    Through coaching you’ll enjoy our brainstorming, discovery and exploration sessions. We’ll discover and wonderfully design action plans that provide you with positive growth and development. Your coach will partner with you to help you stay on the right track to achieve your, goals, dreams and endeavors.

15 great places to discover inspiration, courage and motivation may be explored though:

1. Art
2. Music
3. Sports
4. Movies
5. Literature
6. Nature
7. Architecture
8. Religion
9. Fitness
10. Wellness/Nutrition
11. Traveling/Trips/Vacations
12. Business
13. Personal/Private Networks
14. Family
15. Friends

The process is not simple and at times its not fast, but once you discover your inner-strength and courage you’ll find everything really starts to fall into place. All of the 15 items listed above will certainly inspire you. If you just unlocked ideas and clues it’s wonderful and you are off to a great start towards, taking that important, next-step for yourself. If you’d like a free coaching consultation you can contact me here. Let’s partner towards helping you overcome obstacles, setbacks and adversity together. If you’d like some musical inspiration you can go here.  If you would like to read some wonderful books on a few of these topics you can go here, here and here.

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Here is a wonderful poetry book that embodies love, courage, overcoming obstacles, and adversity!

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Clients turn to Professional Coaches for motivation, courage, and determination. Clients come to a Professional Coach to overcome obstacles, setbacks and adversity. My suite of services is your resource. For more discovery and growth into these topics, I’d like to recommend a fabulous poetry book. It captures the essence of how motivation, courage and determination brought lasting love, prosperity and a zenith reward in life.

It’s From Generation To … by Robert B. Fried.  The book captures the complete essence of Robert’s four Grandparents and their courageous survival during the Holocaust. His Grandparents lives were caught off guard; they were driven from their homes by the Nazis and brought to live in Concentration Camps. Through the deep emotional literature, and the incredible visual illustrations, you are sympathetically captivated inside a completely courageous story and moving experience.


I sat down with author Robert B. Fried to learn more about his motivation to capture the story and legacy of his Grandparents. As well, to learn more about what he learned about courage, motivation and perseverance from both their story and his own accomplishments getting his first book published. Here is what he had to say:

Joshua: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, to sit down with me today for this interview, I appreciate it.

Robert B. Fried: You’re welcome, thanks for having me.

Joshua: So, tell everyone a little bit about your inspiration, and motivation, capturing your Grandparents story and fusing it into moving poetic art, for your first published book.

Robert B. Fried: This was a project that transformed over time. I originally wanted to put together a small pamphlet of poems that I had written on the Holocaust. My poems were written from stories told to me as a child. I would write poems throughout my childhood. As I put together the pamphlet the project grew based on other information that I compiled over the years. Such as, documents and things that were equally important to share with everybody. As this pamphlet grew, I engaged an Illustrator in the UK, Sam Wall, to help bring my poems to life visually. There were a lot of inspirations and self-perseverance to keep going with the project. I had support from my paternal grandmother who is still alive, support from my fiancé, my family and friends. It was a overall great effort and I am really proud of it today.

Joshua: What legacy and message from your Grandparents story would you like to leave behind?

Robert B. Fried: The legacy I’d like to leave behind with From Generation To … is my Grandparent’s stories, bringing them to life both in poetry which I wrote as a child and in in the collaboration with the Illustrator. I thought the poems stood well on their own. However, I wanted to make sure the reader was going to be moved by not only my words but also what I had put together with the Illustrator. Vividly I wanted to show that the scenery or events I was describing were accurately merged together.

Joshua: Is there anything else?

Robert B. Fried: Yes, with this book I’d like to leave a legacy that I helped people understand and educate them about this time period in history. A time-period we should never forget. That we should always respect others, their race, religion, creed and appreciate that we share this world together. We should live together in peace and should never see and experience the atrocities like my Grandparents and others experienced in the 1930’s and 40’s. Passing on my Grandparent’s stories from generation, to generation is very important.

Joshua: You chose a unique title for your book From Generation To … could you explain the meaning behind that?

Robert B. Fried: “From Generation To …” comes from the Jewish prayer “L’ Dor VaDor” and when the prayer is translated to English from Hebrew it means “generation to generation”. Passing on my Grandparent’s stories from generation, to generation is the importance of the overall project.

Joshua: Thank you for sharing your experience of not only the courage and determination to finish this wonderful project and turning it into literary art, but capturing your Grandparents stories of courage, determination for everyone to embrace and experience Robert.

Robert B. Fried: You’re welcome.


Clients come to a coach when they are looking to rebuild, rebrand and positively move towards a brighter future.  Clients turn to coaching to find a more fulfilled life full of happiness and love. They want to achieve all their goals, dreams and endeavors.  For free coaching consultation, you could reach me here.  I absolutely recommend that you purchase Robert B. Fried’s book, thank you Please visit Robert’s website at: www.fromgenerationto.com You can make your purchase of this wonderful book below.

A Whole New Mind

Discover “A Whole New Mind”!

Personal success and fulfillment requires discovery and takes a lot of courage. Your brand is a very delicate and to ensure you’re on the right path, you need to strategically define and determine the next course of action.  The best place you can turn is to reach out to me for coaching.  Another resources for your quest towards opening up your mind to new ideas, dreams and goals I recommend starting with the book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. This book is written in stages, and as you move from the beginning chapter, “Right Brain Rising,” to his final chapter, “Meaning,” you’ll be truly captivated. You’ll be immersed, in the enjoyable discoveries, and self-discoveries, that make improving and re-branding, not just an idea, but a clearly defined vision. Pink’s book helps you really, fine-tune the right path and aim for your next journey in life.

Pink BookI came across this book at the right time in my life. A year ago, I chose to embark on my Graduate School ambitions, at the University of Texas at Dallas. Within the Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching Program, I found this book among my reading list.  The timing of being in the University, fused with reading the book for class was truly an uplifting and rejuvenating experience for me. Together they both provided a valuable safety net as I planned to move  toward a bright and successful future. As I continued reading Pink’s, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, I discovered new my new ambitions and career goals. I learned about many great tools to get myself reorganized and re-positioned, to set out into my next chapter in life.

I really enjoy how Pink fused music, art and technology into this fantastic novel. Pink drives home the message that understanding those components are the keys to establishing a successful career as we live and work in the “new millennium.” I now have better understanding of how technology and automation changed the scope of my personal life and what I experienced during my career. Daniel Pink has a whole chapter called “Abundance, Asia and Automation” it was there where I vividly saw many parallels to my experiences. Personal re-branding should start with A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. It enables you to unwind, relax and retool your energy into your next idea, goal, ambition and endeavor. I recommend going out and discovering fresh, wonderful, ideas.  If you would like to reach out to me for coaching you can reach me here.

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