Practice Makes… a Happier You

You’ve heard the saying practice makes perfect over and over again, but what does practice really make?

When you go through new experiences, there are times of discomfort. Think about how you felt when you rented your first apartment, bought your first house, or started your first job. You probably felt out of place, confused and stressed during all of these first time events. The next time you found a new home or started a new job, you were more comfortable and confident.

Whatever you spend time practicing, you inevitably get better and more comfortable with it.

But, what if you’re practicing the wrong thing?

For example, are you working at an unfulfilling job?

The more time you spend at this job, the more it feels like the norm,

which makes it harder to make a change. You are effectively giving yourself more practice in complacency.

Consider the things you are practicing.

What are you regularly devoting you time and energy to?

Make sure these are things you actually want to be good at.

Practicing the things you want makes a happier you.

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By |2013-01-17T10:52:37-05:00January 17th, 2013|How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Practice Makes… a Happier You

How Far Can Your Smile Take You in 2013?

A smile can say so much about you. It can communicate warmth and openness, but it can also convey the wrong message. The saying is “eyes are the gateway to the soul,” but it can be said that the smile is the open/closed sign hanging above the gate. How can you ensure your smile is communicating what you want in a job interview?

 When job searching, it is important to put your best foot forward, come across approachable, nice and open to opportunities. Start by checking your smile in the mirror.

  

What do you see?  Are your teeth clean? Be sure to always brush and floss before heading to an interview.

What color are your teeth?  Discolorations can cause someone to shirk away from you. If you see that your teeth are discolored and yellowing from all of the coffee, red wine and soft drinks consumed, you may want to consider a tooth whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash or professional teeth whitening in a dentist’s office.

What do you smell? Cup your hand and do a “breath check”. Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors, some of which indicate gum disease and other issues within our mouths that need the attention of a dentist. Bad breath will kill an interview faster than you can say, “excuse me”.  An interviewer would prefer to end the interview quickly and get you the heck out of there, than offer you a mint.  After all of your hard work and interview preparations, don’t allow bad breath to prevent you from moving forward in the interviewing process.

A strong job search strategy will open interviewing doors for you, and a smile that looks great, is warm and communicates that you are approachable, will keep you in the seat in the interviewer’s office.

By |2013-01-04T08:36:41-05:00January 4th, 2013|Interview Prep, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Far Can Your Smile Take You in 2013?