Small wins

Gameplay + Goal Setting: Create Levels to achieve your Goals

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Declaring a goal is not enough. Multiply your milestones.

In Chip and Dan Heath's book, "The Power of Moments" they describe a next level goal setting technique that ditches the conventional S.M.A.R.T framework. Instead of stating a particular aim, create achievement levels that resemble gameplay to reach your ultimate goal.

For example, in a job search next level goals could be:

↣ Hone a job target and a target company list that spark interest.

↣ Meet twenty-five new people for coffee meetings (who have a job/work for a company of interest).

↣ Create custom career documents and LinkedIn profile that sing your unique value.

↣ Land a meaningful, new job in three months.

When you create levels, you commemorate progress igniting momentum toward your end goal. It's the progress principle!

Researchers Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer, founders of the progress principle, discovered that when people end the business day making real progress at work, they leave intrinsically motivated and therefore more creative! Employees are ready for vexing problems (with creative solutions) after days of making notable progress.

So, what do you think? Can modeling your goal setting like a game make you more apt to achieve them? Has this worked for you?

Celebrating a Career Win - Officially a Published Resume Writer!

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I have a page 252! Can you believe it?! One of my resumes was included in the most recent release of Resume for Dummies (8th edition)

If you are a job seeker this book will guide you from a blank page to a visually stunning resume, rich with keywords and quantifiable career wins and stories to land your dream job.

Read more about the launch of the book and the other amazing resume writer contributors here.

I am going into the weekend celebrating being a PUBLISHED resume writer!!! 

What personal or professionals wins are you celebrating this week?

Meaning in Momentum: Catalog + celebrate your Achievements

It’s year-end. Well, almost. Celebrate with me!

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My husband and I started a tradition when we were first married to sit down together each December and take stock of our year. It was my husband’s idea.

We take time to intentionally remember the ups and downs of our past 12 months. We catalog our highlights (and low lights) in a journal with happenings ranging from new jobs and babies to failed home projects and silly family moments.

I decided this year I will replicate this process similarly for myself professionally. Today, I will take an hour to write down my accomplishments and unexpected wins. I want to own and remember what I’ve done this year as I set goals for next year.

Celebrate with me by writing down what you’ve accomplished this year. Catalog and celebrate!

Reflect on what you’ve accomplished in order to articulate your value, most importantly to yourself and then perhaps to your boss, your team and/or even a prospective employer.

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The Ordinary Overflow: Thanksgiving

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Let’s reflect on the significant and seemingly ordinary gifts in life today. Cultivating thankfulness for the multitude gifts in every day, as author Ann Voskamp describes the “life in between:”

My short list:

Messy rooms + fingerprints on the windows [kids at play]

Beard hairs in the sink [a loving husband]

An untidy kitchen [sharing a meal with friends and family]

May we overflow with thankfulness for the big events in our life but also for the ordinary in-between.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Name That Tune: A Mantra That Changes Everything

🎶 “Every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better…we’re getting better and better”🎵

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This was the theme song to my kids’ track team last spring. At the end of every practice, after the kids ran their laps and cooled down, the team would gather in a circle, put their hands in and sing this song.

You know the funny thing? My husband and I still sing it. We sing it to each other. We sing it over our kids.

We are all a work in progress. If the goal is just to aim a little higher, do a little better – we can win each day even when it seems we aren’t getting very far. And you know what? It keeps me hopeful!

Aiming higher in the short-term adds up to long-term growth. You’ll look back and see how each small aim led closer and closer to a bullseye.

So put on your proverbial headphones and hum this tune in your daily efforts and all the way through the finish line of your accomplishments.

What goals are you trying to achieve by the end of the year?

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New Perspective + Current Adventure

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This morning we took crocodile and lizard in the hands of my two-year-old to register Hinge Resume Collaborative as a sole proprietorship downtown Indianapolis.

Our little field trip was filled with unexpected wonder observing the tall buildings, busy traffic and pedestrians through his eyes. I saw the cloudy circle city from his 3-foot point of view.

His wonder and delight inspired child-like hope within me for the Hinge Resume adventure.

What can you see anew today by shifting your perspective?

It’s the Little Things

It’s the little things.

They can bring serious havoc or reap hope.

Last month, I was reminded of the impact of the little things. One little louse (lice) shared from my daughter’s school imposed on our home and heads. Then, one small part of my watch broke making my watch unwearable. But also…

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How one baby giggle can bring a whole family that is grumpy to laughter.

A word of praise brings a smile.

A “thank you” leads to greater appreciation.

An “I’m thinking of you” diminishes loneliness.

A manicure adds to one’s confidence.

A morning workout energizes your day.

What little things encourage you? How can you be intentional to bring hope with the little things this week for yourself and others?

Small Wins Lead to BIG Success!

Celebrate small wins toward your long-term goal.

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I was reminded of the importance of small successes when potty training my youngest son a couple of weeks ago. Persisting toward your goal can be exhausting.

Celebrate each small victory! Small wins lead to BIG successes!

Go get 'em this week!