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Marcia has embraced a life founded on personal meaning. Wanting to lose some weight, she first took up kick-boxing with that in mind, but the sense of intrinsic reward in each goal achieved was reward in itself. Despite how challenging workouts could be, Marcia persevered long after others fell away. Upon her coach's advisement and in response to her own innate curiosity (and after getting over momentary concerns she would look like a muscle-bound body builder!), Marcia added powerlifting to her workout regime and came to love the added challenge. She set a goal for herself, which was to beat the Canadian powerlifting record in June of 2013. So with a plan of action laid out before her, she set forth on her journey to compete in the Canadian Powerlifting Championships.
As happens with life, curveballs inevitably enter the picture. Marcia maintained, and in fact increased, her training schedule. This despite the fact that restructuring at her company led to embarking on a career search one month prior to the powerlifting competition. Marcia wisely recognized that maintaining a positive outlook was vital to both her competitive and career success.
Heart pounding and cameras flashing in her face, Marcia steadfastly maintained focus and exceeded her goal by breaking not one, but four national records at the Powerlifting Championships. Having met Marcia as she embarked upon the next step in her career journey and still weeks prior to her powerlifting competition, I saw firsthand how this amazing young woman has applied the principles of perseverance, planning and positivity as she undertakes one of the most conscientious job searches I have witnessed.
In addition to having her come in to do a guest presentation, I asked her for a few comments regarding her philosophy on life and how she feels it translates to increasing one's odds in a job search. Summarized below are her nuggets of wisdom that I hope many will take to heart and put to action.
- Decide it is time for a change and then 'plan' to take ACTION!
- Set small (daily) goals for yourself, such as applying for two jobs daily or having three conversations with people in your community (who knows who their contacts may be!).
- Stay committed to and focused upon reaching those small goals. NO MATTER WHAT. Don't allow excuses like "I'm too tired today." to get in the way of your success.
- When everyone else gives up, don't follow.
- Track your progress so that your results are visible. Without tracking, how do you know how far you have come?
- Stay positive! Something that seems like a setback can actually turn into an amazing opportunity.
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Catherine Stewart-Mott; Forward Momentum Services