Celebrate Your Way to Success (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 1)

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Volume 2 Issue 1, September 21, 2009
Celebrate Your Way to Success
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Happy Anniversary!
Celebrate Your Way to Success
Upcoming Workshops!
Contact Me
About this Newsletter

Happy Anniversary!

Welcome to the One Year Anniversary of the Live A Better Life Newsletter! This issue marks the beginning of our second year! Thank you for subscribing.

And what could be more fitting as we celebrate our anniversary than an article on how to Celebrate Your Way to Success? That is the focus of this issue.

Don’t miss my new workshops in and around Chicago in September and October. I’d love to see you there.

Have a great day!

Lori Howard
Life, Career, and Business Coach
Your Coach for a Better Life!

Celebrate Your Way to Success

Recently, I delivered a new workshop, and a friend took me out afterward. And in my head I was running through the ideas of things I wanted to fix, to correct, or to improve for next time. At the same time, she was saying, “Let’s celebrate your fabulous workshop! Name something you’re excited about that happened tonight.” I stopped, and thought, this is what I encourage my clients to do all the time. Stop, acknowledge your successes, big and small, and celebrate. So I set aside my list of things to fix, and we named five things I was excited about, and then toasted each one. (Me with my hot cocoa, and she with a glass of wine.)

Those of us working hard to create a life we love, really willing to do whatever it takes to get the life we want and live out our purposes, we also often need to be reminded to stop, take a breath, and celebrate!

I’m convinced that most of us haven’t a clue how to celebrate our own accomplishments – large or small. We hope that other people will congratulate us, even launch a celebration on our behalf. And so we wait, and are disappointed, more often than not, when our accomplishments are not acknowledged. We may even look on with envy when our friends or coworkers are celebrated, and we feel overlooked. But things don’t have to stay this way; we can do something about it.

We can learn to cheer at our own achievements in a way that truly acknowledges our efforts. Keep in mind that with celebration, as with other things in life, the small stuff counts. You don’t need to throw a big blow-out party in your honor, although that can be fun. I’m talking about really acknowledging the action steps you take every day, celebrating the victories and successes you have along the way.

If you want to develop a habit of success, then you also need to develop the habit of enjoying your success. What better way to enjoy living a successful life than celebrating along the way? When you finish sending out those resumes, have worked out for a whole week, finished that project, or finally had that discussion with your spouse – it is time to stop, take a deep breath, and celebrate you!

Celebrations can be a big deal, but they don’t have to be. You can treat yourself to ice cream, or your favorite cup of tea. You can go to the book store and buy a novel to read or a new journal to write in. Perhaps you call a close friend and just say “Yay me!” Or watch a TV show you enjoy.

The keys to celebration are it must be something you enjoy doing, and something you don’t do all the time. You may share your celebration with others, or you may celebrate alone. Make celebration a priority, and you will inspire those around you to do the same. You will feel acknowledged and energized to pursue more goals and dreams.

So get out and CELEBRATE YOU!

I’d love to hear from you, post your thoughts below!

Upcoming Workshops

I have several new workshops this fall in Chicago for job seekers. Come check them out!
09/26/09: Boost Your Job Search with Effective Networking
10/10/09: Resume Clinic
10/19/09: How to Turn your Passion and Purpose into a Paycheck

Contact Me

I welcome your feedback, comments and questions. Also, if you’re interested in contributing to this Newsletter, email me your submissions.

Tell me what you think about this newsletter by posting a comment below.

website: www.CoachforaBetterLife.com
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email: Lori@CoachforaBetterLife.com

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?


I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?


Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?


Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?


Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.

LORI ROCKS!!!!!!

Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA