|Fulfillment@Work: THE SWIMMING PLUNGE
June 3, 2001
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Feature Article: The Swimming Plunge
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Love Work Tip: Resign With Class
4. Dream Job Tip: IQ Identity Search
5. We Recommend: Internet Career Connection
The Swimming Plunge
From the amount of encouraging e-mails I received when I announced to you I was competing at the 2001 USMS Short Course Nationals two weeks ago, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all and give you a complete recap of my results. For those of who don't know, over the past five months I have been seriously training for this meet in order to accomplish something I've never done before: completing the 100-yard backstroke in under one minute.
As result of my training regimen on the day of the event I felt in great shape and was totally confident that I could accomplish this personal milestone, but I finished at 1:01.05--about the time it takes to snap your fingers away from reaching my goal. However, I still managed to beat my personal best of 1:01.45, which I accomplished over fifteen years ago when I participated in competitive swimming on a regular basis.
Of course, I was a little disappointed by coming up short, but fortunately I didn't have time to even think about wallowing in the "agony of defeat" because I had to compete in four more events over the next couple of days. The good news is, by the end of the weekend I swam in a total of five events and accomplished five lifetime bests. In baseball that's called batting a thousand or getting a hit in every at bat.
If there's a "dream job lesson" we can all glean from my experience it's simply this: we may not reach every goal we are shooting for, all we can do is give our all not just at race or crunch time, but in the preparation itself. In this situation, I can rest easy knowing that I gave it my very best and even learned a few things along the way that I can apply towards reaching the one- minute mark next year. This is what I refer to as positioning for success.
It was an exciting time to have a goal so large that it propelled me through many months of rigorous training and invigorated me towards reaching something I have never done before. I know in the end it was the time spent training and seeing my body and mental state become focused and geared towards the big event which is my real reward.
No matter what goal you set for yourself or obstacle you face, growth is a daily grind composed of successes, failures, lost opportunities, progress and change. Thinking it can be attained in one fell swoop is more often than not deceptive and results in a substantial loss of enjoyment from daily activities that comprise the journey from dream to reality.
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Quotes of the week
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"The "how" thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile 'ifs.'"
~ Norman Vincent Peale
"If you're not using your smile, you're like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook."
~ Les Giblin
Love Work Tip
Resign With Class
Although it is usually never a fun process, it is possible to resign from your job in a professional manner regardless of your reasons for leaving.
1. Once you've exhausted all options for staying, write a brief letter of resignation and sign your name. If you were unhappy at time of your departure, your letter can be one simple sentence announcing your date of resignation. If you're leaving on a positive note, express some regret for leaving and that you'll miss your fellow employees.
2. Offer to help with the transition but refrain from explaining why you are resigning, where you will be working or how much money you will be making if you wish to maintain your privacy.
3. Request a sit down meeting with your supervisor, ideally at the end of the day, so you can first deliver the news in person and drop off your letter. Be sure to close the door. Don't burn your bridges. You may need a recommendation from your employer for use in the future.
So if you're pressed for a reason why, politely stick with the "better opportunity" angle when leaving for greener pastures.
Dream Job Tip
IQ Identity Search
In recent years, IQ or the intelligence quotient has become regarded as trivial by many so- called experts. However, your IQ may still hold the key to opening the door to your dream job in just as many organizations, particularly in the scholarly community, that still accept it as the gospel. The real challenge is often uncovering the method to properly measure what your IQ is.
Here are a few simple steps to help get you started:
1. Select the right IQ test for you. One of the best ways to narrow your choices is to visit www.iqtest.com to either take a sample IQ test or to get more general information about the process.
2. Once you find the right evaluation for you, take the test and score it ASAP.
3. To get an even better approximation, take several more tests and average the scores, dropping the lowest and the highest.
4. Remember, that there are many abilities and talents that an IQ test simply can't register such as creativity, athletic ability, social skills, ambition and sense of humor. So if you score average or below don't feel bad you still have a lot to offer.
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