Are You Sabotaging Your Job Search? How Perfectionism May Be Getting in Your Way

Are you a perfectionist? If so, it could be hampering your job search and your ability to make career decisions. I’ll explain how it’s shown up for me and how I see perfectionism actually slowing down the job search for my clients. Mostly, I want to help people recognize perfectionism for what it is — a paralyzing mask for fear — so they can get on with things and solve whatever the real problem is. I’m passionate about this because perfectionism has caused a fair amount of unnecessary drama in my own life. But first, I want to clarify the definition that I’m using. It’s from Brene Brown, who wrote a great book called The Gifts of Imperfection. “Perfectionism is not the same thing as strivin

Who Is the Boss of You?

When I ask myself this question, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that MY DOG (see above) is often the boss of me. Even though I set an alarm, he is the nudge that gets me out of bed. I arrange my schedule so that I can work from home in the afternoons so that he is not left alone all day. I take him for walks on a fairly predictable schedule, and this is when I listen to podcasts that expand my knowledge and skills. So, yeah, Fonzie is the boss of my schedule in many ways. Better that, though, than the grumpy Peanut Gallery in my head. Here’s why I think the question, "Who is the boss of you?" matters. Let me illustrate. I was riding in the car with a friend of mine the other day, and I wa

What’s the Secret to a Better Life? Stop Believing the Crap You Tell Yourself

I used to do this workout video and the instructor in the video said, “If you want a different body, you have to DO something different.” Damn. That's the hard part. The same is true about life. If you want a different life, then you have to do something different. I suggest (and Gandhi would have agreed with me) you start with how you think. Scientists estimate that we have 60,000 thousand thoughts (give or take a few thousand) a day. A lot of them are a load of crap. I used to believe that in order to be happy, I needed to change everything outside of me: where I live, who I live with, my job, my friend group, a project I’m working on, a coworker… blah blah blah. Everything would be great

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