How many times can you recall someone saying ‘ I’ve never seen  or heard anything like that?” 

It seems as though very few things we here and experience are shocking anymore!

Anyway, there are so many stories and events happening simultaneously that we know nothing about  and the stories and events that get noticed and reported to us in the news. I find so fascinating and amazing the brain’s ability to either retrieve,store, or simply let certain thoughts drift off into space.

I happened to watch my favorite   NBA  basketball team last evening and yes they won (San Antonio Spurs) but what stood out in my mind was the effort both teams displayed.  I give credit to all the others organs in my body that played a role in such a gratifying moment. On the other hand, the last two weeks took it toll on all the not so great information my brain happened to retrieve such as the news about the Volcano in Iceland that affected our entire Planet, the mining disaster in West Virginia , the failed landing and plane crash that took the lives of the President of Poland, his wife, and countless dignitary,and the men lost at sea on an offshore oil rig.

 You get the picture! What about the countless circuits and pathways and liquid mass that transport all the smells,sensations, and new and old knowledge? Almost similar to the ebb and flow of water in the ocean, our thoughts  surface and quickly subside while others linger longer into the sunset and night.

Awestruck…..because at the end of the day you can’t help but say “Wow.”

 Visit this site to learn more exciting facts about the human brain at  http://akorra.com/2010/03/12/top-10-interesting-facts-about-the-human-brain/

“Now you know why it is so important that we get eight hours of sleep?” Send me your comments and  let me know what your brain is thinking!

                                                    Awestruck

Curt Canada is an Executive , Leadership Development, Career, and Life Coach in Washington , DC. Learn more about the coaching services Curt  provides . Visit   his website at …www.curtcanada.com

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 Although you have recently been let go from a long rewarding career, how do you now put your best feet forward in beginning a new work/life chapter? It is not necessary to stick throughout your life to the same profession. There can be instances when you will think that you need to change your career to broaden your horizon be flexible, look out for opportunity, even change leading to new work. I urge you to update your resumé yearly even if you’re employed. You have to constantly be broadening your horizons no matter what the landscape, economic barriers, and vistas up ahead.

Job searchers use many tools to succeed in their job search. Gathering information, networking with potential employers and delivering resumes are possible goals. Individuals just beginning the job search will spend more time gathering information and fact-finding. Job searchers further along in the process may have targeted resumes ready to give to specific companies. Take time out to list all those persons that are a part of your present network.. Follow-up with the persons you know first before moving on to establishing new networking goals.

Suggested Tools

 –goal setting      establishing long and short-term goals…exact timetable…recognizing immediate opportunities…..when goal has been realized and accomplished…when to move on…keep moving forward…you will get there!

 –gathering information    how you match up with the job requirements, culture, and environment vs. your identified personality

 –making contacts     contacting others are essential….importance of establishing and setting up networks…..take a deep breath…you will not get it done in one day…can be somewhat overwhelming

decisionmaking……Can I do this? Have I done this before? What new training and knowledge will I need? …potential strengths…..attractive occupations for my Personality Type     …….discover MBTI…..Myers Briggs or a DISC assessment…great addition to your toolbox

      Where I am presently?     ……………… Where do I want to be?

Curt Canada holds a Masters in Social Work from The University of Iowa, a Masters in Teacher Education from  The American University,and Life Coach Training from The Institute for Life Coach Training.  Curt provides Executive, Career, and Leadership Coaching  in Washington DC . He is a Professional Coach with ASAE and The Leadership Center(non-profit professional membership association). Visit www.curtcanada.com for more information.

What a difference a day make but you never thought you would be out of work for a year or more?  Do you remember the day you were laid off ? Can you recall having a little extra money in your pocket?  Obviously, there one paycheck coming in and that’s not enough although you have accomplished much and gone through a rather vigorous transformation…and so has your partner or spouse and your family.

It’s obvious that your accomplishments are quite impressive but at the end of the day you’re not bringing home any money…remember money….

cooking and cleaning….yardwork…..dog sitter…..laundry services….scheduling of appointments and maintenance…..answering the phone…… if you have kids or children-getting them out the door…running or walking the errands…repairing things around the house….and at the end of the day act as if you’re not tired…maybe not as motivated…but feeling a little roller coaster like because this evening and especially tomorrow will come and it seems that it will be like yesterday…

Now think about it but not for long because you’re not bringing in a paycheck.  I suspect that even the new job or career ventures you have conjured up are but great ideas on paper….tried it but it didn’t work. The petty cash funding office for new ideas have closed.

You don’t have to go to CNN to find out what going on out here in America…folks like you are unemployed…some are transitioning into new careers…and some of you will go back to school..and some of you will lose not only your home  but your family….so a buck is a buck and you had better figure it out real soon…

Tips

1 forget about what you were doing yesterday in that last job…your past life

2 reinvent yourself real fast

3 you have shown that you can hold down a full-time or lengthy part-time job because you’ve accomplished much at home  during the past year or two

4 new resume…..new day……get your mind and body in shape for the new you…. get up off the mat…no title  …but with one objective….you love money..you need money…the family needs money…money makes the world go around…simple as that!

5 take any job you can…you can do it….i’m on your side…you are going to need an objective person on your side  who has been in your shoes… but understands quite frankly your social and economic status….no you’re not weird yet but you stand out like a sore thumb…no excuses…..

6 get a job ….part or full..as many hours as you can….even a little oil keeps the engine running and everything else …..getting out of that house may just do the trick….give you a new perspective on things

7 you ‘re on your way again…don’t look back …..go ahead and pat yourself on the back….  gotta love yourself  first….

finally….

8 Keep networking because you’re on  to something big …..some of you will write a bestseller…..besides those persons that are gainfully employed would probably benefit from your story

9 and no matter what ..stay positive and give thanks!

10 act today..tomorrow is will be another year

 

Curt Canada holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Teacher Education from the American University in Washington DC.   Curt provides professional coaching in the areas of executive, career, life, and leadership development.  Find out more about Curt and his passion to help others at www.curtcanada.com