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The Ultimate Anxiety and Panic Toolkit
Published 3/31/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
I have a client who reached out to me recently because they were dealing with some severe panic and anxiety in the family. While I am not a psychologist, I have, in my history experienced severe anxiety and panic – to the point where I would run to the hospital on foot thinking I was going to die. It was probably one of the worst times in my life. Now, I have my panic and anxiety attacks down to about three to five seconds each and hardly ever experience them. Because of that client’s desperate need for help, I started typing an Anxiety Toolkit for her family member. I could not BELIEVE how much I was typing just from the top of my head without having to reference any material. I had so much knowledge from my own personal experience. I am confident there is at least one thing in it... read more ❯
Digital Killed the Resume Star: Why Your Resume Isn't Getting Noticed
Published 3/24/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Word Count: 1241 Average Reading Time: Approx. 5 mins If you are searching for a job, you may feel as though you are banging your head against a brick wall. At the very least, there’s a good chance you think your CV disappears into the abyss, that you are wasting your time, or at the very minimum, feel as if you are spending too much time practicing your typing skills and memorizing your work history. Well, you’re not alone, do a quick search for getting an interview, and you will see a listing of articles, blogs, and forums addressing today’s job application market. From concerns about whether CVs are read by humans, to the economy, to the age-old argument of experience versus education, it all adds up to a frustrating, confusing, and often, overwhelming experience for applicants. Digital killed the resume Star So why does it feel more difficult than ever before to just land... read more ❯
Angela Duckworth Research...
Published 3/17/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
You know, if that's you, just put your hand up. Okay, great, you all have your hands up. Why? Because you're human beings, and all human beings have moments where they struggle with self-control. Hi team, it's me, Christopher Lawrence with changemylifecoaching.ca. I am a career and life coach, and I wanted to ask you a question. Do you have failures of self-control? So this would be like, "I'm trying to establish a new goal, "establish a new habit." And maybe you're trying to find a new job but you don't have a good habit of applying for jobs, that kind of thing. And if that's you, just put your hand up. Okay, great, you all have your hands up. Why? Because you're human beings, and all human beings have moments where they struggle with self-control. And so there's this really cool piece of research that I wanted to bring to... read more ❯
COVID19 - PLEASE READ: IMPACTS TO YOUR COACHING
Published 3/12/2020 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
To our valued clients: At Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching we care deeply for our clients, our community, and employees and contractors. We take the evolving and global nature of the coronavirus very seriously.  We are focused on ensuring our people, clients and community have emotional support and factual information and resources. Understandably, we are experiencing a tremendous amount of concern and social/cultural pressure to share our protocols and plan for supporting our clients. All of the measures we are taking are not out of fear but out of love and respect for one another and to minimize risk of exposure. Overwhelming statistics outlining the number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 make it easy to disassociate the numbers from the people and communities involved. As a community, we seek a compassionate response that acknowledges the personhood attached to each statistic. We know that the people affected include not... read more ❯
Remember Your Future Self
Published 3/10/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Word Count: 1369 words Approx. Reading Time: 5 - 5.5 minutes reading time “Roads. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” Ok, maybe this isn’t that kind of future talk, but there are similarities between the movie, Back to the Future and your vision of your future self. Basically, the idea you have of yourself is a significant subtle influence in the decisions you make. What Exactly is a Vision of my Future Self? Obviously, your self-concept and self-image are related to how you see yourself (physically and mentally) in the future. Still, it goes deeper, encompassing how we see ourselves in relation to our external and internal environments on a broader level.  The online Oxford Dictionary (Lexico) defines self-image as, The idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.  Self-Concept can also be defined as an all-encompassing awareness you had of yourself in the past, the perception you have of yourself in the... read more ❯
Acute Self-Awareness to Change Thoughts / Habits
Published 3/3/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
So I get lots of clients that come in and they talk to me because they are just not connected to their work. I get it, it's my purpose. My purpose is to help people experience fulfillment through the work they do. Hello, hello, it's Christopher Lawrence. I am filming from my office today at Change My Life Coaching. I should show you my cool green wall, Professional Coaching and Consulting Centre. Life, leadership and business. So that's what I do but what do you do and do you love it? Do you love your job and what does self-awareness have to do with whether or not you like your job? So I get lots of clients that come in and they talk to me because they are just not connected to their work. I get it, it's my purpose. My purpose is to help people experience fulfillment through the work... read more ❯
How to Make Networking a Little Less Uncomfortable
Published 2/25/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Word Count: 1071 Approximate Reading Time: 4 to 4.5 minutes Networking is not a new concept; it has been around for as long as most of us remember. I strongly believe that networking is critical to long-term career success. While the stereotypical reactions is that networking is a phony and often, exploitive exercise that people only engage in to benefit themselves or their businesses. While, in some cases, this is true, networking is also so much more than that. What is Networking Exactly? Networking is more than a simple exchange of information between two people. It is about establishing a relationship with people who will become your colleagues, partners, and often, your friends. A networking contact may be able to help you advance in your career, create important business or personal connections, and provide inside information in your industry or field of industry that can help with a job search. Why should I be networking? Research... read more ❯
Brainwriting vs. Brainstorming, Which One Works Best?
Published 2/11/2020 in Kyle Kalloo
Author Kyle Kalloo
Note: This article contains 1,196 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 4 minutes. I am not a huge fan of brainwriting, even though it seems to be the way for most organizations these days. Brainwriting is a method that can be likened to brainstorming or a trigger session. While there are several varieties of this practice, the general idea is that ideas are recorded by one person and then passed to another; thus triggering further ideas in the recipient. There are six brainwriting ideas, and they include: Brainwriting Pool Brainwriting 6-3-5 Idea card Brainwriting Game Constrained Brainwriting Varying constraint level Brainwriting is becoming quite popular with big organizations. Team members are required to write down their ideas for about five to ten minutes without discussing details with anyone else. After that, each person then reads out or shares their ideas with fellow team members. One person then writes... read more ❯
Passion Without Purpose Yields The Worst Results
Published 2/4/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Word Count: 1002 words Approximate Read Time: Approximately 3.5 to 4 minutes Passion without purpose. Purpose without passion. It doesn’t work. You need both for a truly fulfilling life and career. But most people tend to focus on passion. Passion is exciting, vibrant, and thrilling. Purpose sounds necessary, but as a chore, but it is so much more than that; it's the foundation of a fulfilling and satisfying life. While passion is an excellent starter, it cannot sustain a long-term project or development. Purpose, however, it is the ‘why’ of what you're doing. Like the cake, passion is like the icing on the cake. Sure, it tastes good, but without the cake it runs in all sorts of different directions – like passion. Purpose adds a foundation and sturdiness to what you want to achieve. Purpose is the cake itself, the thing that passion can rest upon. If you think of it this... read more ❯
Don’t Fake It Till You Make It: That’s Garbage Advice
Published 1/21/2020 in Christopher Lawrence
Author Christopher Lawrence
Approximate Reading Time: 4.5 minutes Word Count: 1191 words You might be thinking, what does he mean? Why would I want to act like I don’t know what I’m doing? The adage ‘fake it till you make it’ is everywhere. A quick internet search pulls up numerous TED talks, business speeches, and articles from reputable media outlets, all advocating the benefits. It’s no wonder that many of us think acting in this way will help us progress and achieve our goals. Why Faking it Doesn’t Really Work Faking it doesn’t bring confidence nor build many skills, I would go so far as to say that this is garbage advice. The point of faking it is to encourage and bring confidence and eventually, through the act, you will magically become more confident. While I am a strong proponent that taking action does bring confidence, carrying the mantra “fake it until you make it” doesn’t... read more ❯
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