Counseling Education

The Importance of Knowing Your WHY

May 22, 2024

Much has been written on the topic of “finding your why” and the importance of discovering your purpose. I have seen individuals share their celebration when they feel they have found that magic moment. For others this journey is a lifetime pursuit, and they are unsure if they have ever found their purpose. While there…

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The Power of Visualization

March 23, 2024

A wise friend has often shared her belief in the power of visualization in making her goals and dreams come true. This goal mapping, also called imagery, is used by many people to “mock up” their aspirations. Visualization As I work with individuals preparing for a competition or pursuing a job search, one of the…

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Winter Productivity Strategies

January 23, 2024

The winter months are here. No matter what region you reside in, the days are shorter. In many locations they are darker and colder, as well. Many people notice being more tired than usual. Because you may also be less active, some people find they are also less motivated. On a more extreme side, seasonal…

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Being Aware of Mind Games

May 23, 2023

Have you ever felt intimidated by someone? Perhaps it was intentional behavior by someone wanting to feel superior. Perhaps it was your own feelings of inadequacy or inferiority. Either way, it doesn’t feel good. Mind games, or psychological one-upmanship, is typically deliberate behavior that demoralizes a person while making the aggressor look superior. Mind games…

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The Importance of Positive Self-Talk

April 23, 2023

Do you ever talk to yourself? This is actually a good thing! We all have an internal dialogue. This inner voice, or self-talk, is the way we communicate with our inner self. Our thoughts are the main source of our emotions and moods. When our self-talk is positive, experts believe that our quality of life…

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Battling the Winter Blues

January 23, 2023

Wintertime can be a magical time. Holidays, snow (for some), and family get-togethers make for special memories. But in some climates, the cold weather, shorter days with grey skies and lack of outdoor activities can take a toll on mental health. If you are job searching or getting ready for a competition, it is important…

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New Year’s Goal Setting

December 23, 2022

The start of a new year is a hopeful time. We make resolutions but by the first of February, 80% of them fail. Why is this? New Year’s resolutions seldom have action steps. They are made with few details or time stamps. Rather than just making resolutions, this year set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific,…

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How Can Emotional Intelligence Skills Help When Interviewing?

August 23, 2022

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is having an awareness of your feelings and the actions that go along with them. It is often defined as the “ability to perceive, use, understand, manage, and handle emotions.” Why is emotional intelligence important in a job interview? Because many employers believe that it is a key indicator of leadership performance…

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