Practicing Gratitude: Looking Back at 2016 to Look Forward to 2017

I had every intention of writing a 2016 year-in-review but struggled to capture the right tone. It was a hard year and one that I am relieved to be done with, but grateful to have experienced. As I reflected on everything that happened, through many drafts of this post, I decided that I wanted to focus on gratitude. Instead of a reflection on 2106 as a whole, this post is a reflection on the things that I am grateful for and how I have been trying to practice gratitude in my life.

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How to Reflect on the Past Year in 5 steps

Learning through reflection helps you appreciate the wide spectrum of experiences you have had, both positive and negative. Without looking back and reflecting on what has been, it is easy to make the same mistakes. Reflection is an important part of self-awareness, which is at the heart of self-improvement. Learn 5 steps to help you reflect on the last year so you can set goals for the new year ahead.

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Know Yourself, Manage Better: Part 2 – Introversion vs. Extroversion

Having a general idea of where you land on the introversion/extroversion spectrum allows you to identify how you are most likely to gain and lose energy. Your energy levels impact how you perform, your attitude, and how you manage your clients and team. Learn how understanding your own energy needs lets you be intentional about your time and energy management and how this can help you put your best into your projects, team, and the things in your life that are important to you.

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Know Yourself, Manage Better: Part 1 – Daily Self-Reflection

Project management is, at its core, people management. Our interactions with our clients and team members are often impacted by how we feel and the decisions we make around how we spend our time. Self-reflection can be a powerful way to clarify how you are spending your time, and if you are spending it on the things that are actually important to you. Learn about the Sacred 7 daily self-reflection, including a downloadable template, and how it can help make you a better project manager.

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Getting Started with Self-Promotion: The Sharing of Success and Self

It can be challenging to promote yourself and share pieces of your life that make you feel vulnerable to judgment. That said, it is important for people to know what you are capable of and for you to push past the discomfort that can come with self-promotion. This post will help you with tactics to identify the barriers that stop you from self-promoting, reframe the vision of what sales looks like, create a self-promotion strategy (including a downloadable worksheet), and utilize the champions in your circle to help raise awareness around all the neat things that you are doing.

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8 Approaches to Intentional Networking

Networking events don’t have to be painful endeavors. If you are intentional about which events you attend, why you are attending, and how you approach each conversation, they can be very powerful in helping you to meet awesome new people and build great relationships. Get more out of the networking events you attend by using these 8 approaches and download a free spreadsheet template to help plan your event schedule.

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Building a Mentorship Network: Part 3 – How to be a Good Mentor

Being a mentor is hard! You have to find your inner mentor, understand the role that your mentee is looking for you to fill, go against your instincts to try and fix everything, shut up and listen and then ask a million questions without giving into the urge to tell them what to do. Whew! Learn five tactics that might help you to bite your tongue and get as much context on the situation as possible so you can give your mentee the best mentorship possible.

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The Learned Entrepreneur

It is easy to look at the stereotype of the quintessential entrepreneur often blared throughout various media channels and feel impostor syndrome creep in. If you don’t look like that can you still be an entrepreneur? What are the traits that you need to have to be successful as an entrepreneur? Can you learn to be an entrepreneur? I think you can. Learn three things that helped me learn to be an entrepreneur: Purposeful self-growth, mentorship, and pivoting.

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome, aka Shutting Up the Jerk in Your Head

Have you ever felt like you don’t deserve your success? Is it easy to discount your success as luck or good timing? Have you ever felt like you were a fraud, tricking others into thinking you were better than you actually are? You might suffer from impostor syndrome. Learn four tools/ideas that can help you overcome impostor syndrome and realize how awesome you really are.

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Battling the Culture of Busy: Part 5 – Self-care

It is easy to get stuck in the hamster-wheel of the day-to-day and run yourself ragged. There are always a million thins to do and it is hard to make time for ourselves. However, just as I believe that being busy is a choice, I believe self-care is too. I also believe that that you can be busy and take care of yourself at the same time. Learn three tactics that can help you be more intentional about making self-care a part of your life.

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Battling the Culture of Busy: Part 4 – Prioritization & Decision-Making

Even the best list, is still just a list. It can be difficult to decide where to start and which items to do in what order. Add in some decision fatigue and if feels like you might as well just turn on Netflix and binge-watch Jessica Jones for all you are going to accomplish. But wait! Prioritization and decision-making, like many of the tactics and tools I have shared in my other posts, are often challenges in identifying a process to follow. In this post, you will learn four processes that will help you be more intentional about how you prioritize and make decisions.

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Battling the Culture of Busy: Part 3 – Task Management

Out of our countless emails and meetings come the many tasks that we have to complete each day. As the lists get longer and the day-to-day demands on our time become more intense, it can be overwhelming to manage these tasks in an intentional way. Often it becomes a situation where whichever one is the biggest fire/squeakiest wheel gets our attention and some tasks never see the light of day. It doesn’t have to be this way. In this post, you will learn 3 ways to be more intentional about how you manage your tasks so you can actually get things done!

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