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How to Brand Your Awesomeness: Resume Tips

By Katya Beebe

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With spring break just around the corner and summer internship postings up, it’s an excellent time to find opportunities out there and prepare yourself well to get them.  

For the upcoming spring break especially, look for opportunities to go abroad as it will give you a global edge on your resume and offer invaluable insights to your worldview.

CARP’s mission statement emphasizes that students become global citizens. The skills of a global citizen are best acquired through an international experience, which is why CARP is organizing international exchange trips for spring break 2017 for any college student ready to go on an adventure and develop their communication skills, adaptability, and global awareness.  

Before even starting the application process, you need to figure out what you’re looking for in an internship or job (we recommend using the WISER goal-setting method for additional help).

Once you know have an idea and some tangible opportunities in front of you, it’s time to organize your resume, which is the prominent way to showcase who you are to the world.

The Resume Landscape Today

A resume is an account of your education, qualifications, and previous experience. It is a marketing document intended for a prospective employer or educator to get to know you. The general rule is that a resume needs to be concise and clear so include exactly what you need to communicate.

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A recent study on recruiter decision-making found that recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing an individual resume. This clearly indicates two things:

  • Your resume needs to pop, and
  • Your resume needs to be easy on the eyes.

A solution to the first point is to add some “subtle” color to your resume. As for the second point, you need to pay attention to the layout of your resume, the font you are using, and the type of resume format you are using (that makes sense for your industry).

A functional resume is a good place to start – where you don’t include all your experiences, just the most relevant ones.

Alternatively, a chronological resume might be a good fit if you don’t have your heart set on an industry, in which case you include all your experiences in chronological order starting from the most recent and working backwards.

It can be daunting to start a resume or even to update one. It’s a difficult task, but a marginally important one to increase your chances of landing your dream job (or any job for that matter). This is a sample resume that includes helpful suggestions for college students just entering the world of internships or entry-level jobs. 

1. Digitize your contact information

Make it as easy as possible for potential employers to contact you. By hyperlinking your email address and LinkedIn profile, you are just one click away from getting an interview. If you include your home address, only include your city, state, and zip code to protect yourself from identity theft. Use active links for any other social media links you may have that are relevant to your employer.

2. Provide a clear, concise statement  

Here is where you provide a summary statement characterizing your experience and employment goals. This should relate to the job you are applying to. As a college student, it is unlikely that you will hold a full time position for an established employer so providing a summary statement reflecting your career interests is helpful.

However, it is highly recommended to replace the summary header with a header of your area of expertise followed by a professional synopsis that states your years of experience, job history, and big career achievements once you have them.

3. Keep your education at the top

As a current student with little professional experience, it’s best to showcase your education closer to the top of the resume. The rule of thumb is to keep your education closer to the top with details like GPA, honors and distinctions, and relevant courses or projects as long it adds value. Typically, the more professional experience you gain post college, the less relevant your college details will become. In that case, stick your education towards the end of your resume with details limited to degree specifications and certificates.

4. Tell them about your relevant activities

Chances are, if you’re in college, you are not only undergoing coursework, but you are also involved in clubs and volunteer opportunities. Put these down as long as they are relevant to the job you are applying to. Be creative and think of task descriptions for the work you did for a club or organization and your position with these groups, i.e. the sample resume includes experience at “The Global Current” which is a campus radio club, but the wording illustrates the club duties as a professional job experience. This will show your employer that you are thinking like a professional even if the experience technically isn’t.

5. Describe what you did, not what you are

For each relevant experience, use action verbs to describe the tasks you performed. Be sure to explain what you did and not your title or job description. Specific and measurable achievements (data, money, time, etc.) where possible shows tangible results. Try to keep the descriptions to one line per bullet and 2-4 bullet points.

Many companies out there use software to sift through the hundreds of resumes they receive so make sure to use the right industry keywords. You can also mirror the language of the job posting for a higher chance of beating the machine. Employers want to know you did your research.

6. Include some global edge

In an increasingly internationalized world, employers are looking for candidates with a global mindset based on experience living, working, or even volunteering abroad. Include in your Relevant Experience section some international experience whether it’s a week-long service project or a 3-month internship/volunteership abroad and the unique skills you developed.

Alternatively, you can include a study abroad experience in your Education section with a bullet point or two about its impact on your studies whether you took some interesting, eye-opening courses or participated in various field trips.  

If you do not have any international experience, it’s highly recommended to look for those opportunities, whether it’s with CARP’s international exchange programs, the international office on your campus, or with some other organization. This experience will put you ahead of the competition.

7. Finish off with some “special” skills

Employers may want to know you have other skills that can be useful. Display your language skills, technological skills, and even your relevant interests such as a subscription to an organization’s newsletter or a news outlet. Do not include skills that are flagged important for the job posting since these should be highlighted in your Relevant Experience section. These should be additional skills that you may not have had the chance to use in a professional environment just yet or that are minor to the job posting. 

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Final Notes

Once again, resume-building takes time, effort, and skill so remember to constantly review and improve your resume as you acquire new experiences and skill sets. Taking the time to prepare every detail of your resume will also better equip you for interviews to follow since you will have the language to effectively explain your qualifications and experience. 

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Fact and Fiction about Relationships in College

By Katya Beebe

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Love is the answer,

At least for most of the questions in my heart

Like why are we here? And where do we go?

And how come it’s so hard?

It’s not always easy and

Sometimes life can be deceiving

I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together”

Jack Johnson’s lyrics sing about being in a loving, (probably long-term) relationship where the two are better together. Many of us want to be in a genuine, committed relationship at some point, but does this idea translate into a college environment?

Looking at the current climate of college students and relationships today, it seems that college students prefer shorter, more casual relationships over long-term relationships because it lets them focus on their academics and other aspects of their life.

Check out this inforgraphic of surprising statistics about relationships in college.

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA), between 60 and 80 percent of North American college students have had some sort of hookup experience, even though 63 percent of college-age men and 83 percent of college-age women prefer a traditional relationship to an uncommitted sexual one.

These two sets of statistics just don’t add up. An indicator could be that the culture on college campuses emphasizes a lifestyle of independence to focus on academic success, which would support the statistics in the inforgraphic. 

There is a very real concern for college students that a long-term relationship can derail their academic and career pursuits. But is it really reasonable to say that shorter, casual relationships allow for greater focus on academics and other priorities?

The Case for Long-Term Relationships

Some myths around long-term relationships in college is that they lack the fun element, they dictate your academic and career choices, and they are not likely to last. Instead, long-term relationships can offer stability, comfort, growth, fun and in college, even a push to do better in your studies.

We asked seven individuals who were in committed relationships while studying in college about their experience and here are the challenges and benefits they highlighted. 

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When asked how challenging it was to be in a relationship while studying, we got a mixed response, with some choosing not challenging and challenging. None of the individuals chose very challenging.

Some challenges to being in a long-term relationship were

  • daydreaming and lacking some focus on assignments,
  • time and physical constraints with long-distance, and
  • assigning a schedule to the relationship.

These challenges might seem counter-constructive to one’s personal growth since there is another person to continuously keep in mind. 

This is why the benefits shouldn’t be overlooked to understand why someone would choose to be in a long-term relationship while studying.

Interestingly, the benefits were essentially the same  for the seven participants in this survey. When asked how helpful it was to be in a relationship while studying, every participant but one stated that it was helpful (the other one participant chose very helpful and none chose not helpful).

The overall benefit to being in a long-term relationship is having a consistent partner for emotional support and someone who will push you to do better. The participants felt they were better together.

In the stressful moments during exam periods, final assignment due dates, and internship application season, having someone who is just as interested in your success as you can be reassuring, comforting, and even motivating.

The benefit of having a trusted, supportive partner outweighs the challenges of finding ways to keep the relationship energized and nurtured for these individuals who chose this alternative to short-term, casual relationships. 

You Choose Your Distractions

Naturally, as a college student, you want to do well in your studies, discover your career path, and maybe even explore other extracurricular activities that campus hubs offer. Having relationships are another natural disposition for college-aged young adults.

It’s a game of time management in the end. It takes some good sense of your time and what it’s worth to figure out what to fill it with. 

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Casual, short-term relationships might seem like a great compliment to this time management issue since one would think you are limiting your time and effort for a romantic relationship (effectively placing long-term commitment in Box 4). 

But let’s consider these relationships a little more deeply. There is such as thing as hookup regret with negative side effects such as lower self-esteem, increased anxiety, and disappointment. As an important side note, the hookup culture has an even more negative affect on women and is often characterized as a pressuring environment.

Dealing with a breakup is also taxing on a person’s emotions so your time and effort doesn’t end with the termination of a short-term relationship. 

There’s no denying that the stress of these scenarios drains students emotionally, which can affect their academic success. Yet, some students come to think that casual, temporary relationships won’t distract them in their academic pursuits. 

Relationships – whether a casual, short-term one or a serious, long-term one – are distracting. But so is Netflix, social media, and the web, but we try to manage our time to include these luxuries because we recognize that these make us happy to some extent.

Some distractions are better than others. The seven participants of the survey expressed their willingness to be distracted by a long-term relationship because the benefits outweighed the challenges.

A committed relationship offers emotional stability and the constant support of another person, which helps drive one’s success in other areas of life, including in academics. But, it takes time and effort to maintain that stability. A series of short-term relationships, in the long term, might take just as much time and effort but with little to no benefits.

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Advice (for those in a long-term relationship)

  • Involve your significant other in your studies and extracurricular activities so that he/she has a chance to take an interest in your goals and objectives. This way, he/she can be even more supportive and help you achieve those goals. Who knows, maybe even bouncing some ideas off one another could lead to some great insights! And, of course, vice versa.

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  • Carve out some intentional time for your relationship, whether it’s a weekend skype session, a daily phone call, or regular dates. A relationship can do wonders in supporting and uplifting you personally, but you need to reciprocate to the other person and the relationship.
  • Confront your couple’s challenges with the help of experts like Drs Les and Leslie Parrott (“Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts”), all the while keeping a sense of humor. We can’t laugh enough!

Advice (for those not in a relationship)

  • Of course it’s okay to be riding the single train. A relationship will be all the more challenging the less you know about yourself. College is a perfect time to discover yourself and if you aren’t in place to take on a long-term relationship, that is a wise thing to understand about yourself.
  • Immersing yourself in a hookup culture or even a casual, temporary relationship for your convenience will probably not yield the best results for you and your goals either.
  • Find ways to develop good relationship-building habits. It’s important to focus on academics and your professional growth, but it’s equally as important to cultivate solid, genuine relationships since these are the cornerstone to a life-long happiness.

At CARP, we promote a culture where we can develop genuine relationships through sincere, selfless interaction (one of the core principles). You can, too.

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Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 2

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Last week, we posted Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 1 on the WISER goal-setting process in application starting with the conceptual steps (W and I). 

Now that you have had the chance to identify your breakthrough goals and ways to stay inspired by them, let’s dive into the more action-oriented steps of the process (S, E, and R).

Once again, we have the architect of this method, Naokimi Ushiroda, to share with us through some follow-up questions on how to actually apply each step of the WISER process.

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Strategy

This step requires another set of lists – of strategies, or ways to get closer to your goal. The suggestion outlined in a 5-Step Process to Setting Awesome Goals is to identify 3 to 4 different strategies for each goal.

Follow-up Question: What is the process of coming up with strategies and what are some good examples?

“Once again, a goal needs more than one strategy to be achieved. The process is simply asking yourself the right question, What will help me to achieve my goal?

Some strategies I came up with for my relationship goal to strengthen my marriage are to

  • commit to a daily act of service, such as washing dishes, giving her a massage, etc.,
  • read a book about relationships so I can deepen my own understanding, and
  • take my wife out on a date every two weeks.

Some strategies I came up with for my health goal to achieve a black belt in Tae Kwon Do are to

  • pay for the chance to exercise since this dollar investment will push me to work out and
  • check in on a weekly basis with the CARP team on our health log for accountability.

I have strategies set for my public work goal and business goal as well. 

Follow-up Question: Do you have any other tips?

An additional tip is to anticipate your roadblocks, or challenges, and create a strategy around that problem before you hit it.

As an example, a common challenge is “not having enough time.” Your strategy in anticipating that challenge could be to set aside a certain amount of time every week to work on your goal.

When you set goals, you are moving from where you currently are to somewhere that you aren’t yet. Challenges or resistance is a natural side effect of any progress or growth. When you set new goals, you need to expect these challenges, so that they don’t surprise you and discourage you on your journey to achieving your goals.

Your strategies act as a preparation tool for overcoming those challenges instead of becoming overwhelmed by them.” 

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Execute

For this step, the emphasis is on executing a daily action. With a plan in place, the next step is to do something toward your goal and keep a log of your actions for review later on.

 

Follow-up Question: How do you take daily action toward your goals?

“This step is really about identifying one simple thing that takes 10 minutes or less that you could do on a daily basis. By doing something daily, you can develop confidence and focus towards your goal and build momentum towards your goal.

One go-to daily action I recommend for anyone is to read a book or listen to an audiobook related to your goal. Even just 10 minutes every day. This one habit will guarantee growth, and you will be much further along in your goal one year from now. I like to listen to audiobooks on my commute, because there’s not much else I can do productively when I’m on the bus.  

An easy daily action step for a health goal is to keep a filled water bottle next to you. This way, you automatically end up drinking more water throughout the day and it decreases your intake of less healthy foods and drinks.

One daily action I try to do for my relationship goal is to always give my wife a hug and a kiss everytime I see her – when I wake up, when I come home from work, and when I go to bed. This is a simple act of connecting that contributes toward mybreakthrough goal.

The underlying value of this daily action is that it helps prevent a sense of overwhelm as you continuously apply small steps toward your goals. It also serves as a constant reminder of what’s important to you, and you’ll start to notice new opportunities that will help you in achieving your goal.” 

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Review

Finally, the last step in the process is to always review, review, review. Setting a clear time each week to go over your actions toward achieving your goals is essential. An additional tip is to find an accountability partner.

 

Follow-up Question: What is the process of review for you in your goal-setting?

“For my coaching business, I actually have a coach of my own who helps me prioritize what I need to do each week. Having a coach as an accountability partner has helped me so much in growing my business and in keeping me balanced in all my other goals.

In my work, I implemented a weekly check-in with the CARP staff in order to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work, and it has kept us on track with our goals.

In my relationship with my wife, I actually set aside Sunday afternoons as the time to check in with her to go over anything she needs on a weekly basis. This is the time where we can talk about finances, vacation plans, activities for the kids, etc. It’s a way for us to connect over all household issues.

The main point of having a weekly review is to have the space to make mistakes and learn from them. With review, you don’t have to stress or fear failure, because you know that you can always learn from your mistakes and get better. Naturally, this will lead to more action and expedited progress.” 

Follow-up Question: Is this Review step supposed to beimplemented only weekly?

It’s important to check yourself weekly on your action steps, but time and again, it’s good to do a full review, which means to go through all the WISER steps again. This could be every two weeks, every month, or even every 40 days.

By doing this, you may find that your What needs more clarification, or that your goal is not Inspiring to you any more, and you need to adjust it accordingly. Or maybe your Strategy needs tweaking for a more effective outcome. You may find that you want a new daily action to Execute or that you want to change your weekly Review time to make it work for your schedule.

This is an ever-evolving process that will constantly improve itself based on what works for you. This is what it means to have a mastery approach to goals – it’s ultimately about becoming a better you.   

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Big Goals

This comprehensive goal-setting process is supposed to make the task easier, more enjoyable, and rewarding as you seek out what you want in life and how to achieve it. 

One of Naokimi’s BIG goals is to write a book outlining this process with real life stories around the application of the WISER goal-setting process. We are hoping to find CARP students and others who are willing and excited to take on the WISER challenge and share their story.

If you are trying out this WISER goal-setting technique and want to share your story, please contact teresa@carplife.org

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CARP Toronto Steps Up

Contributed by Nina Urbonya

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Twenty participants from Toronto, Windsor, Quebec, and Montreal gathered at the Toronto Family Church from January 28 to 29, 2017, for the latest STEP UP (Student Empowerment through Unification Principles) seminar organized by the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP).

STEP UP was launched one year ago at the national CARP Momentum workshop, and since then the two-day experience has been held in several local communities. STEP UP is a student empowerment seminar that focuses on CARP’s seven core Unification Principles, defined as “principles that can bring about unity on all levels.”

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The sessions were facilitated by David Young, a CARP student coach, and Nina Urbonya, CARP’s international liaison. They led the participants through different interactive activities to get them to apply these Unification Principles in a practical way to their life. The seminar included many “pair shares,” in which participants communicated their thoughts on each principle with each other. 

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Testimonies from participants:

“I know things that I need to change for the better about myself and have practical steps to move in that direction.”

“I have found out more about myself and have noticed that I am becoming more confident. I also started to realize how much of an impact I can have on people by just being present.”

“It was amazing. I really feel like I changed in one day. This workshop has inspired me to go to more Second Gen workshops around the world, learn more about myself, True Parents, those around me, and try to better understand the DP and build a close relationship with my family, friends, myself and God.”

“Writing down my complaints really helped me see how much I was complaining about my dad. This insight is going to be something I think about for the rest of my life, because I don’t want to live on complaints; I want to solve them and live on joy instead.”

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CARP’s mission is to inspire and empower students through the study and application of Unification Principles. Over the weekend, participants were encouraged to be open to discovering new things about themselves and to take action to create the life they want using Unification Principles.

After the last session on Saturday, everyone went out to eat poutine, a Canadian dish made up of french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.

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Overall, 95 percent of the participants reported feeling more validated and confident in themselves after the seminar .   

The CARP team and local staff thank all of the participants for an amazing experience and for investing so much time and energy during the weekend together. CARP is looking forward to the next STEP UP seminar and to implementing feedback and new ideas to continue elevating the STEP UP experience.

Many thanks to the all those who helped make this seminar a success! Thank you to CARP, Koshin Young, and Nathan Bellow for hosting and organizing this seminar in Toronto. 

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More reflections:

“Like my seat-mate said, ‘The world is mine.’ If I have the freedom to actually make an impact, WHY NOT! Because the universe gives you what you ask for. So just keep asking for it! I personally look forward to more seminars and, in time, to be a part of the staff. Because I can do it.”

“I enjoyed it overall, I truly did. There was a great, big atmosphere of just general companionship and friendliness; everyone was happy. My only real complaint is that this workshop was too short-lived. Make it longer, please!”

“I like how you make us answer different questions and surprisingly bring all our answers together to form one sentence that really shows what you want out of life. For a visual guy like me, it was eye-opening.”

“I already believe that this is true, and I’m working toward creating my reality. It was very liberating to even think that we can achieve so much as long as we can see and believe in that happening.”

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Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 1

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At the start of the new year, we shared an article about the WISER goal-setting process developed by CARP President Naokimi Ushiroda with over 10 years of goal-setting experience. Hopefully, some of you had a chance to try out this more comprehensive method of clarifying and setting awesome goals.

Now that it’s been a few weeks, we want re-emphasize the value in having a system in place for achieving goals. In an exclusive interview with Naokimi, we learned how he applies this goal-setting method in his daily life. 

So, let’s review each step of the WISER process and ask Naokimi a follow up question on how to actually apply the steps. We will focus on the first two steps in this article, which are the more conceptual stages of the process. Stay tuned for next week’s article applying the last three action-oriented steps of the process. 

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What

This step is a brainstorming session to list out what you want which then informs what your goals should be. These goals should also be listed into different categories of your life such as health, career, relationships, etc.

Follow-up question: How do you navigate and organize your list of goals? 

“It’s a good start to outline all the different things you may want in 2017 as mentioned in the article. However, because we have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize. So, pick one goal among each categorized list to focus on as your key breakthrough goal, or the one thing that if achieved this year, would make you feel satisfied.

I work almost full time, have a coaching business on the side, do Tae Kwon Do, and I’m also a husband and a father of two so there are many things to balance in my life right now. In order to manage all this, I try to focus on one main thing to achieve in four key areas of my life.

    • For example, in my public work, my main focus will be to secure a team, budget, and goals for the National Youth & Young Adult Ministry. For my business, I want to focus on securing 12 clients for the year. In terms of relationships, I will focus on consistent quality interaction with my wife to strengthen my marriage. And in the area of health, my main breakthrough goal is to get a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Again, all these areas of my life, I focus on one key breakthrough goal and make that my focus for 2017.” 

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Inspiration

We discussed inspiration in the context of a physical vision board in the last article. A daily visual reminder would help keep people inspired to continue pursuing their goals.

Follow-up Question: How do you flesh out this step and are we really just talking about a physical vision board?

“I think vision boards are great for those who are stimulated visually. For me, I find that writing things down works best. I really like brainstorming on a blank word document. I ask myself some powerful questions like “what do you really want?” and formulate different visions in my mind and start writing it down.

For example, before it was officially confirmed that I would be working in a new role as the Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, I imagined what it would be like, and started writing out a purpose statement, my dream team, the organizational structure and a budget. I used this to actually negotiate with the Executives at HSA, which eventually led to me to getting hired in my new role.

In one sense, I was already living my new role and was feeling excited and inspired to fulfill what I envisioned in my mind through writing it down and talking with others about it.   

So, the vision board is one type of reminder, but continually clarifying, and writing it out in words further substantiates what you want. Using all your senses, TRY writing out the experience of achieving your goal.

  • What do you see?
  • Who are you with?
  • What do you smell?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you taste?
  • How do you feel?

The more you flesh out the experience, the more you will be able to already feel some of the benefits of achieving your goal in this visualization exercise.

“Some say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Then, make sure to carry around with you this mini written manifesto as a daily reminder!”

wisergoals_page6_I_partA sneak peek into the workbook for brainstorming the I step. 

Take this week to apply the first two steps of the WISER process. Identify your breakthrough goals, or what you want, and then visualize for yourself what it would be like to achieve those goals for inspiration. These two steps are an important conceptual stage that sets you up to then take action which you can read all about next week. 

If you would like to learn more about the WISER process and are interested in a more detailed, personalized workbook on the subject, please email naokimi@wisercoaching.com 

*In the workbook, W represents “Who” which is just a deeper reflection of “What.”

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