December 31, 2007

Prepare Yourself for a Bigger, Better 2008! - Part 4


In our final chapter on how to make this new year better than ever, we need to consider knowledge.  In other words, what do you need to learn in order achieve your 2008 goals?  If you don't know what could help you achieve your goals, you could consult with a mentor or coach to help you sort it out.  Try to choose a few things that you will learn to improve your circumstances, and make sure to write them down.  

Finally, you are going to put all these pieces together in a way that helps remind you of your goals.  Create a vision or dream board from all the pieces that we've discussed and place it somewhere that you will see every day.  Here are a few ideas that will keep this exercise undaunting:
  • Use a 5x7 or 8x10 picture frame and make a collage with images or words that represent what you will do
  • Use Paint or another graphic program to create a digital collage that you can use to make your desktop wallpaper (This is especially effective in the office.)
As a recap, here are the pieces we've discussed:
  1. Successes/Issues with 2007
  2. Primary Goals
  3. Success Team
  4. Knowledge/Visioning
Congratulations!!  You are on your way to a bigger, better new year.  And with that, we at Supernova Coaching would like to wish everyone a safe, festive New Year's.  We hope that all your resolutions come to fruition.    

December 30, 2007

Prepare Yourself for a Bigger, Better 2008! - Part 3


Today we're going to consider the notion of getting the right support team in place to help you achieve your  2008 goals.  Every successful person knows that they wouldn't be where they are without a team of helpful, supportive people.  Now, when I say team, I don't mean that you have to roll with an entourage 100 people deep.  I'm just saying that you should partner with people who can help  get you where you want to be.
  
Here are some things to consider when developing your support team:
  • Think about other people that have the same goals as you.  How can you share experiences to grow faster.  For example, if you wanted to learn to invest in the stock market, you could start an investment group.  
  • Consider someone who is already in a position where you'd like to be.  Could that person be your mentor?
  • Determine if you have an unbiased person in your life who can give you honest feedback.  Sometimes friends and family tell us what we want to hear instead of what we need to hear.  In situations like this, it is important to consider adding someone to your life who can be fair and balanced like a professional coach.
Make sure to write down the actions you will take to create the right support team for yourself in this new year.  And, of course, check back tomorrow for the next tip to get you ready for a spectacular 2008!

December 29, 2007

Prepare Yourself for a Bigger, Better 2008! - Part 2


Take today to consider your primary goals for 2008.  After working with coaching clients, I discovered that most people did not have distinct goals in mind.  Yet, the companies that employed these individuals always had concrete revenue goals which drove the employee's purpose at work.  So using the same philosophy, we need to consider how much we want to earn or what we want to accomplish each new year.

Let's start by setting a realistic salary goal.  Why a salary goal, you ask?  Because it is the most concrete way of seeing change and knowing that our actions are making a difference:
  • Consider what you are really worth to companies.  Include your knowledge, degrees, additional languages, and any other assets that you think could be valuable.  Most people actually undervalue themselves in terms of salary.  
  • Pick a number that is feasible, but is a bit of a stretch for you.  In other words, if you currently make $35K, it may not be reasonable to expect $1 million dollars in 2008.  However, you might shoot for $45-50K.
  • Determine any steps that you can take in 2008 to achieve your salary goal.  
Next, you need to consider any other goals you have for this upcoming year.  If you don't know where to begin with this, then take a look at one of my postings from earlier this year where I discuss "What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up."  

Make sure to write down your goals and the action steps that you've decided to take.  Then, check back tomorrow for the next way to set yourself up for a stellar 2008!

December 28, 2007

Prepare Yourself for a Bigger, Better 2008! - Part 1


Now that the year is coming to an end, it is a good time to do a self assessment and see how you did in achieving your 2007 goals:
  • What "wins" or successes did you have this year?
  • What things held you back from achieving your goals?
  • What goals did you not accomplish?
  • Were you financially healthy this year?
  • How was your overall physical and mental health?
  • Are you at a point in your career where you expected to be?
This is the first step in setting up a positive, productive 2008.  When you consider what has helped and hindered you this year, you can create a better plan for next year.  So spend today considering these questions, and we'll be back tomorrow with the next step in creating a fantastic 2008 for yourself.

Benazir Bhutto Remembered


"As long as the sun and moon are alive, so is the name of Bhutto."

That is what mourners chanted at the funeral of the Muslim world's first female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.  She was killed yesterday by a suicide attacker/bomber. 
 
She took the position of prime minister of Pakistan in 1988 at age 35 and served two terms amid much controversy.  Yet, the impoverished and dispossessed of Pakistan adored her.  She was also well respected among Western nations for her progressive views and her commitment to toppling Islamic extremism. 

This morning a local Pakistani newspaper read, "What is clear is that Pakistan's political landscape will never be the same, having lost one of its finest daughters."  And so, the Power & Success Diva dedicates this blog in memory of another diva, Benazir Bhutto, who had the strength and courage to stand up for what she believed in and try to make the world a better place.

May you rest in peace.

December 27, 2007

2007: The Year in Review


Here is a link to Time Magazine's 50 Top 10 Lists for 2007.  It's a yearbook of all the top events about which you've been talking, from News to Science, Arts & Entertainment to Businesses & Technology, Sports to Pop Culture. You name it -- it's here.

So take a look and see what sort of legacy we're leaving for 2007.  Read it now

December 21, 2007

Thankful for Life's Special Moments

Yesterday was my birthday, and usually because it is so close to the holidays, it gets lost in all the hustle and bustle of the season. However, this was an extraordinary year, because it turned out to be a dream come true. I had been wishing for several years now to go to see Wicked. I've actually tried to go see it four times, but for whatever reason the stars were not aligned correctly during those times. That's why yesterday was so incredible.

First, I had a spectacular dinner at Katsuya Hollywood, which served some mouth watering sushi. I absolutely fell in love with the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna. My mouth is watering just reminiscing about it.


Then, I was tricked into believing that it was just a night out for some cocktails and fun. However, as we started walking, I noticed the blazing lights of the historic Pantages Theater, and my eye caught the green of the Wicked Witch of the West. As the lights loomed closer and closer, I knew we were going to see Wicked. And my heart did a little dance of joy!

The show was phenomenal!! The sets were gorgeous and the casting was superb. I can't say enough great things about the show. Now had my evening ended there, I would have walked away sincerely thankful and overjoyed. But no, there was more...

My friends managed to get passes to meet the cast and get a backstage tour of the show. It is an amazing production with lots of moving parts. The costumes are magnificent upon closer inspection and incredibly heavy. One of the costumes we were able to pick-up weighed approximately 40lbs...and they have to dance in that! The highlight was meeting the cast, including Kristoffer Cusick (Fiyero) and Eden Espinosa (Wicked Witch).


I just can't say enough about how amazing this experience was, and how appreciative I am to have friends and family that were so thoughtful for my birthday.

And so, with Christmas almost upon us, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's helped make this year special for me and Supernova Coaching. I also want to wish you all a safe, recuperative holiday!! And I hope that all of your dreams come true.

Warmest wishes,
Rosemary & the Supernova Coaching Team

December 19, 2007

What's on Your iPod?: 100 Best Songs of 2007


Many of you know my background in music, so every once in a while I like to add in some fun music stuff. Well, it's time to start thinking about this New Year's DJ mix, and Rolling Stone has issued their take on this year's best songs.


Do you agree?


December 18, 2007

Get Answers to Your Money Management Dilemmas


Just as you're getting ready to decide on your final New Year's Resolution, I want to offer some resources on any money issues you may be pondering. The attached article has excellent guidance on the following issues:

        1. Should you pay off your credit card or fund your 401(k)?

        2. Should you save in a Roth 401(k) or a regular 401(k)? For that matter, what is a Roth 401(k)?

        3. Should you lease or buy your next car?

        4. Should your prepay your mortgage or invest your money?

        5. Should you buy or rent your home?

        6. Should you take Social Security early or late?

        Now some of you out there may feel that it's way too early to think about some of these topics, but the fact of the matter is that it's never to early to plan your future. Remember, knowledge is power. The more you know today, the more success you can attain tomorrow.

        For the rest of us, this is a great time to assess your financial options and health. Regardless of your position, here's to your unending power and success.

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        11 Tips for Nuking Laziness Without Becoming a Workaholic


        Does anyone feel like a "lazy day" is way overdue. Well, in an ironic turn, taking one may actually help increase your productivity. Trying to work straight without recovering your energies leads to wandering attention, procrastination and poor health. But when does “recovering your energies” just become an excuse to waste time? How do you draw the line between constructive rest and laziness? Here are some tips to help you rejuvenate during the holiday break.

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        December 14, 2007

        On Sale at eBay Now! Man's Soul Going for $1 Million

        Just when you thought you'd heard it all, an American man is selling his soul on the internet for $1 million dollars to raise money for Christmas. He says the winning eBay bidder will receive his spirit in a glass jar, as well as a contract "relinquishing ownership." He told buyers: "I've got no money for the Christmas holidays, and all I've got left to sell is my soul."

        Folks, I don't think I need to say this twice, but I would call this a "power and success limiting move." I would call this other things as well, but I like to keep my conversations classy. I'm curious to hear back on what the rest of you think of this. I'm looking forward to the responses.

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        Ducluttering My Mind...And Office


        Yep. It's that time of year when you're thinking about purchasing holiday presents, meeting with friends and family, going to holiday parties, planning menus for holiday dinners, getting work done, paying bills, breathing, trying to stay fit while eating 2 pounds of cookies a day, sleeping...did I say breathing? Yes, it is that time when your brain feels so cluttered that you have a hard time remembering simple things like which key opens the front door. Or maybe that's just me?

        Yesterday, I was feeling so mentally cluttered that for a moment I was driving and had NO IDEA where I was going. That's when I decided it was time to declutter my mind. And I found this great article that I wanted to share with you on doing just that.

        Read 15 Can't Miss Ways to Declutter Your Mind

        I've decided to declutter by redecorating my office and meditating more (since it helps me breathe). I've already looked at wall colors, furniture, and organization solutions for all my papers, and already I feel a little less consumed.

        So what one thing will you do to help you declutter? Check out the article now to create your plan of attack , and bring some peace of mind for the holidays.

        December 13, 2007

        Go Green for the Holidays!

        It's hard to argue the effects of global warming when you've been privy to extraordinary record-breaking hot summers, live in one of the most smog polluted cities in America, and have seen the kind of devastation that could potentially happen through raging fires that have destroyed thousands of homes. In the end, power and success will mean nothing without our family, the earth and the rest of humankind. So this holiday season, I am giving the gift of green.

        On this topic, I applaud Greenpeace in their efforts to encourage green gift-giving as well. Check out and enjoy this very "cheeky," and hilarious commercial. And share it with your friends if you'd like to encourage a behavior change to green.

        "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas..." for many, many years to come. Let's help make that a reality.

        December 12, 2007

        Travel Stress-free for the Holidays


        My brother just came into town yesterday, after 14 hours of airport hell. Those of you in the Midwest are well aware of the snowstorms that have beleaguered traveler's throughout the country. Well, my brother was "lucky" enough to fly during this time.

        When he finally arrived at LAX, he regaled us with tales of poor airport etiquette and behavior. I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, "You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar." Despite the many cancellations that my brother experienced, he kept his cool, put on his assertive attitude and used my power and success techniques to get what he wanted from the airlines. In the end even though his origin airport had cancelled all flights, he was able to negotiate with the airlines to pay for shuttle service to a neighboring airport and get a flight to LAX while other passengers had to wait until the next day.

        Since many of you out there will be traveling during the next few weeks, I am republishing the original series called Power & Success Meets the Friendly Skies. It provides some great tips and tricks on how to get what you want from air travel. I hope it helps you find some peace of mind during your upcoming holiday vacations.

        December 11, 2007

        Laser-Like Focus in 6 Easy Steps


        For many of you, it's time to for finals. For the rest of you, it's that time of year when we have a million things to do and so little time. Who couldn't use a little more focus right now. So, here's how you can achieve laser-like focus using the strength of your mind.Good luck on finals or whatever project(s) you have going on right now!

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        December 10, 2007

        Job Market is Looking Good for 2007-2008 Grads

        While everyone else is busy shopping for holiday presents, there are some of you out there who are busy "shopping" for jobs. While the data compiled in this article are related to upcoming college graduates, post-graduates (old and young) who are ready to move on from their current employment scenario should also take note.

        A recent study projected 60 percent of US businesses plan to employ the same number of graduates this year as last year. That is an increase of fifty-five percent from last year, according to the CERI (Collegiate Employment Research Institute) at MSU.

        According to recent studies, US Corporations and businesses will employ more graduates with a bachelor's degree in business, biological and physical sciences. Those with construction management, engineering degrees, health care and accounting will also experience an increase in hiring. Other fields will have a slight decline.

        A lot of companies are coming out of a slump and are now hiring their interns and looking for more. A lot of companies are posting jobs and coming into different campuses. Most experts advise that during the holidays, whether you're looking for permanent employment or internship, it is time to step up your search.

        Take advantage of the holiday events you're going to, discuss what you're looking for and share your goals. As we'll all heard before, one of the most powerful ways to find a job is through networking, and well let's face it, the holidays are a perfect time to network.

        So here are some of the highlights for this year's job market:
        • Companies will hire more students earning bachelor's degree in business and management, physical and biological sciences. Engineering, health care and accounting degrees will also experience an increase. Other degrees will experience a decrease in hiring.
        • Businesses expect to employ about the same volume of MBAs this year as last year. Businesses have found employees with bachelor's degrees being able to do some work being done by MBAs.
        • It will be harder for graduates with computer science degrees to find work.
        • Companies are more likely to employ students who have undergone internships. The work experience, they say, makes a lot of difference. Federal agencies will employ more graduates but not nearly enough to offset the decrease in hiring by the state and local government agencies.
        • On average, starting salaries will increase by 1 to 2 percent.