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Triumphs

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

It’s time to brag a little bit. What are the chances you can do that? Of course, we all know people who brag a tad too much (so annoying)…and then there are those who don’t brag at all (even if they should)…As my Dad used to say to us growing up, “No one likes a show off.” Needless to say, that has wreaked havoc in my life over the years. Yes, another story completely! I will spare you the details!

We’re now at the point in our adventure through The Get Real Guide where we begin thinking about the (Triumphs) we have had in our work life. No matter what age we are, no matter what we do for a living, we have all had accomplishments that we need to be proud of, and be able to articulate clearly and concisely. When we are successful, it is often because we are applying our skills, natural talents and experience to achieve..... Read More...

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Show Stoppers

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

As I sit here trying to write my blog about Show Stoppers – those things that stop us in our tracks and keep us one step from achieving what we want to achieve – I think…what is stopping me from writing this blog? Oh…that’s right…I have to be creative, provide substance and most of all give the reader a reason to read. Just a little bit of pressure, wouldn’t you say? At this moment, my preference would be to stop thinking and do almost anything else instead of sitting at my computer. Maybe I’ll go do laundry. Now, that is a sad state of affairs! With that said, the important element is to “push through” the negative self-talk and write something meaningful. I’ll try my best.

Yes, we all have that little person sitting on our shoulder that says to us “are you crazy, you can’t do that” or “you do not have the guts to pull that one off” or “you’v..... Read More...

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The Good The Bad and the Ugly

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

Where have we all heard this term before? Hmmm…is it a movie… …is it a book title…oh no…is it your life? When I created The Get Real Guide to Your Career, I really wanted to appeal to people who needed some levity as they looked at their life and their career. I wanted to inspire people to want to do the work, and to open The Get Real Guide and go on a “career journey” with me. I know..I know…it’s tough sometimes. With that said, time is going to be passing anyway, so you might as well take the time to set up your life to do what you want to do, and be as planful as possible. Heck, next year at this time wouldn’t you rather have done some work and set yourself up for success, than be complaining and cranky and blaming the world for your not being what you wanted to be when you grew up? Nope, being cranky isn’t a good idea. So, let’s get planning.

We have all..... Read More...

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I’ve Got a New Aptitude

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

As long as I keep referencing Bruce Springsteen, let me continue with this theme. Bruce and the E Street Band finished their “Working on a Dream” tour on November 22, 2009. Now how is that for a mantra to live by? If they are still working on a dream, then there is hope for all of us, don’t you think? Anyway, they have been playing albums front to back in concert and they closed their tour with the first album – Greetings from Asbury Park. I did not attend their last show in Buffalo, and I am not happy about it; however, that is a different story.

So, what the heck is my point? There really is one – most members of the band play multiple instruments; however, they have one core instrument they bring to the band. Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Garry Tallent on bass, Rob Bittan on piano, Little Steven Van Zandt on guitar, and so on. Each member has made a choice about the..... Read More...

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I Am What I Am – NO shoulda-woulda-coulda!

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

I Am What I Am

As long as you are hangin’ with me during our walk through The Get Real Guide, I will make one requirement. There will be NO shoulda-woulda-coulda in your vocabulary. Let’s not deny that every single one of us has played the shoulda-woulda-coulda card at some point in our lives. Heck, some of us like it so much that we use it all the time. I shoulda gone on that job interview 15 years ago. I woulda been a millionaire by now and wouldn’t have to work another day in my life. If only I coulda gotten that promotion, I’d be the big boss now and tell these people exactly the right way to do things around here. Yes, you can laugh because it is rather amusing. It is human nature to relive our decisions and actually believe they “coulda” been better. Well the fact is, you made the decisions you made. It’s time to move beyo..... Read More...

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Your Journey Begins

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

Say it isn’t so! I actually am going to ask you, the reader, to begin doing some self-reflection. Don’t stop reading, please! Have some fun with it, and look at it as an opportunity to take some time just for you. We all know there is absolutely no time in this 24/7 environment for us to take time for ourselves. There are the kids, the partner, the parents, the work, the friends, the obligations. UGH…just thinking about it makes my head spin! My vote… take some time for YOU. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, at least you know it’s time for you and no one else. Heck, how are you going to determine what might be next for you in your career if you don’t take some time to work on yourself? I promise it will not be painful. Who knows, you might even learn something about yourself. Oh no! Say it isn’t so!!

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