Why Your Manager Is Not Your Mentor

I was guilty of it myself. I played victim to a huge misconception. I was lured into a vicious cycle that, to my knowledge, was never-ending. I believed that my manager was my mentor. I know, harsh reality. But turns out, I’m not the only one.   Now many of you may be wondering, why isn’t my manager my mentor? And that’s a fair question. For a long time, I assumed that they were one-and-the-same.  It wasn’t until I truly learned the role of a mentor that I was able to dissect…

Five Steps to Change Your Life In A SMART Way

Although I set goals at work every year, I never really thought about doing this more formally in my personal life.  At the beginning of this year however, I took a new approach and set personal goals for me.  I focused my goals on ways that I could take care of myself more, defined what my outcomes for success would be and defined a process to check in on progress on a regular basis.  I wrote them all down on paper originally and then transferred them to an app called Evernote, so I can check in on my progress any…

Backward Goal-Setting

May 1, 2011 I had registered for my first long distance hike… 34 miles in a day!  I was initially excited to get in at such a late date considering that registration opens in March and there is a limit on the number permitted to participate.  About a day or so after registering, I began to panic and worry about the decision I had just made.  Did I do the right thing?  Will I have enough time to train?  Would I be able to finish?  Wait…what was I thinking?  Yes, I was now in panic mode.  All I could…

A Lesson In Alignment

I’m going to share a little secret with you: everything happens for a reason. Everything. This has been especially true for my career. And I am almost certain it is, or will be, true for yours. Another secret: I would have never imagined I’d become a journalist or an entrepreneur. However, when I look back at my life and the steps I’ve taken to get to this point, I realize I am only following my divine path – I am living out my destiny. I am meant to be here. Right here. Right now. Think about it. Are…

Are You Driving Your Life and Career Or Is Someone Else?

Have you planned out your career or have you had what some people would call an “accidental” career?  This means that when you are asked to take on a new role, you do it without thinking about whether the role is a good fit for your career.  Why do it then? You do it because you are flattered that someone picked you for the role, you are ready for a change and you will learn something new.  This may continue to happen for many years until one day you ask yourself if you are really happy with your career.  Have…