I was going to write about some more Ultra Positive techniques today but they can certainly be posted next time. On Monday (12/10/12) I Had accomplished 2 goals in one day. About now your still distracted by the title I am sure, but perhaps I could tell you what SHEIFGAB means.
First off one of my goals, was to actually see a motivational speaker in action, in hopes to meet him as well. If you recall from my previous post ( https://upwithmarc.com/2012/11/23/information-infinity/ ) I ran into a friend Bruce at the library and he said he was friends with a motivational speaker. I email the contact info I had received, twice and went back to Bruce to say that he is not responding. Bruce told me that he was speaking Monday night. He invited me to come along to meet him afterwards. What a grand Idea, NOW I was excited. The topic of his speech was staying motivated and positive during the job search…how appropriate as I am looking for a new job! This Monday rolls around and I am getting excited to hear and meet this speaker, Conner Cunneen. Also, ironically I am very anxious to hear about a job as well the very same day. 4:30 rolls around, 30 minutes left to go at work, and I get “The phone call”. I GOT THE JOB! Pending a start date I will be excitedly jumping into a new career of marketing and event planning. The key attraction to this job is the ability to learn something completely new, and it has potential for many leadership opportunities and speaking rolls. With my overwhelming positive attitude I am so ready to start ANOTHER new thing in my life! Sitting on that amazing news now I head to the meeting to hear Conner Cunneen speak. His subject matter by title became seemingly irrelevant. I Have a new job and a great positive attitude, but listening to Conner gave me so much more valuable insight beyond his intentions there at the meeting. His building block for job searching does not just apply to job searching it also applies to life itself and that is were SHEIFGAB comes in.
Conner is an Irishman from Louisiana, quite an interesting note. He was so knowledgeable and humorous at the same time. He spread a lot of hope in a room full of people ready to give up on their futures. With my current situation and state of mind I was right on par with everything he was saying. He asked the audience tons of questions/suggestions and he applauded my answers and by maybe a far stretch I feel like some people have benefited from suggestions I have used in my own life and my own search. Today’s positive insights are not of my own but they are of Conner’s words. SHEIFGAB, is a made up Irish acronym meaning, do it, make it happen! The title of his presentation was “SHEIFGAB The World, 8 building Blocks to Successful Job Transition”
Now let me break this SHEIFGAB acronym down:
Structure: Bring the structure back to your day! When you are working you work 9-5. When you are job searching it can feel like you are working 24-7! Maintaining a structured day will help you from not getting burnt out on the search.
Help: Very simply help others to help yourself. A good deed done goes a long way in the eyes of personal happiness. Open up your heart and generosity and volunteer your time, advice or even just lend an ear to listen.
Environment: Your environment is very important. You would be amazed how much more productive you would be with a clean office, or room, or house. Instead of doing your job searching at home, go to the Library or book store or coffee shop. Getting out really helps motivate your productivity, and staying in with a clean area gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Improve Yourself: Keep yourself clean and groomed each day. Always keep learning new things. Keep your brain going and challenged. Pick up a hobby, join a club. Exercising and eating right have a phenomenal effect on your self confidence and sense of motivation.
Family: Respect your family. When you are the one not working pick up some of the slack around the house, stay active with the chores and projects. Don’t lose the love you carry for your family.
Goals: (this one was a favorite for me) Treat everything you do throughout the day as SHAGs. Small Highly Achievable Goals. Everything from showering in the morning to applying for new jobs. When you have a list of 10 goals in a time frame you may only meet 5 but give yourself 5 basic achievable goal each day and your positive attitude and sense of achievement will certainly provide tons of motivation throughout the day.
Attitude: (Other favorite) Positive in Positive Out. It is as simple as that. Let all the positives in life in and then give positives out in return. Also when something bad happens ask yourself “What do I want my attitude to be?” You are not going to tell yourself that you want to be angry!
Behavior: Your Behavior is your brand. The kind of behavior and attitude you portray is the brand of person you are giving yourself. If you have continuous positive behavior you are looked at as a positive person if you have continues negative behavior you are looked at as a negative person.
This whole lesson can be applied to our everyday life. When you SHEIFGAB the world you have in your hands the power to do ANYTHING! If you would like a more detailed description on Conner Cunneen’s ideas check out the book he wrote called “SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Transition”
Monday was yet another amazing day in my life. 2 big goals achieved in 1 day. I step out of the world of Graphic Design and with overwhelming confidence, into Marketing. Also I meet a powerfully influencing motivational speak taking away from it knowledge for right now and knowledge for my future as a motivational speaker myself. With support from so many of you, little or a lot you all have brought me to this pivotal spot in my life and I am grateful to be associated with all of you. Ultra Positivism has allowed me to steer my life in a more meaningful direction I can only imagine what life has in store for me next but I will be ready and working towards it. NEXT GOAL PLEASE!
Another cool thing about this past Monday is the project I was working on at my job. The picture really says it all “Break Through Your Goals”