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As we close the year 2012, I thought it was an opportunity for me to provide clarity to my followers/readers on the A2H Movement. This blog/business and movement began about 3 years ago and has gained a minimal support. In order for a movement to be GREAT, those involved must be clear about the PURPOSE & GOALS.
The goal of the A2H movement is for people to begin thinking differently about work. Another one of the goals for the Aspire2Higher movement is to re-define traditional careers in people’s minds! The key take away from this movement is, not to allow your own fears (nor fear & judgement from others) to prevent you from re-defining traditional and creating your own success!
The Aspire2Higher Movement is about possessing some key elements of success, some of which includes having Unapologetic Ambition and Taking Charge of your Career! We are not all born with the ability and resources to be young moguls right away….but I believe we are all born CAPABLE and become GREAT LEADERS AND ENTREPRENEURS through PERSISTENCE of GOOD HABITS and VISIONWORK!
I want EVERYONE who works to have the same enjoyable yet challenging experience I have had in my career journey. Imagine if EVERY person in the world went to work HAPPY about the CONTRIBUTION they were making to the world. I believe this is possible and this movement will take us there!
- You have already taken the first step by reading this blog.
- The next step is by spreading the word! Tell all your family, friends and colleagues about our efforts to infiltrate our society with the ASPIRE2HIGHER MOVEMENT! Those of us who already have defined VISIONWORK, and UNAPOLOGETIC AMBITION in working towards your VISION….it is our job to tell others how the gain that same sense of “Career Self Esteem”, which is the A2H mentality.
- If you are struggling to define your MISSION, & VISION, reach out to us and we can help you in developing your “message” and discerning your VISION.
- To further the movement please also talk about it on social media using the following #hashtags: #A2H #Visionwork #Aspire2Higher Continue to learn and share dialogue on our Facebook Page and PLEASE follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.
To all those with questions and fears I say…….TRUST THE PROCESS-and sign up for A2H services. These things are part of defining what your purpose, passion, and contribution will be.
Good evening everyone!
Join me TONIGHT on Twitter for the 1st Aspire2Higher Twitter chat of 2012! So, in case anyone is wondering- A Twitter chat is a group of people with similar interests, goals, jobs, hobbies, etc. who all “meet” at a designated time (9pm) to talk to each other about a specific topic.
Here are the deets:
How to get involved:
To join the chat….log-in at 9pm and say hello using the hashtag (#) #A2Hchat.
If you’d like to ask a question send me (@stephaspires) a direct message with your question & I can pose it to the entire group for feedback. Or, I can just respond and we can discuss using the above hashtag.
Tonight, let’s discuss the benefits & challenges of linking your career & your passions!
Talk to you soon!
Sending warm wishes to you…my extended family and Aspire2Higher readers. I write this post to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
As I wind down on this Christmas day that I shared with my children and close family, I thought I would share with you some reflection. I’ll start with a question…..
Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas this year?
As most of you know, I am the mother of 2 small children. Well,this year those little ones had some very specific Christmas wishes. While “Santa” did supply lots of fun presents for our family, once I thought about it, my kids hardly got anything on their lists’. What I also realized as our day ended was…they didn’t even notice! Imagine that…..they didn’t really get what they wanted yet they are quite content with what they have…….AHA!!!
Oftentimes, we don’t get all the things we want in L.I.F.E but what’s important is how you feel about and what you do with what you have! This is a key take away from the Aspire2Higher movement. All that I’d like you (and myself) to focus on are the key elements that make up Aspire2Higher. This movement is about the journey to achieving dreams. To embody the elements of Aspire2Higher we must focus on the here and now and stay grateful for where we are on the journey. If my kids had expressed anything less than gratitude for all the things they received for Christmas, I would have been inclined to take it all away from them. The principle is the same for our jobs, our lives, our gifts & talents, our careers, our desires. etc. If all we can do is complain about our current position or our possessions, why should GOD or the universe continue to give us anything?
However, the premise of the Aspire2Higher movement is upward mobility for your personal & professional self. It is about having Unapologetic Ambition, but this can be done graciously and with hard work in the role or current state your life is in. No matter where you are….YOU have the capacity to ASPIRE for more…no one can take that from you. My L.I.F.E is not perfect, but I am so content with what GOD is doing in my life now because I know that I am moving forward on my Aspire2Higher journey.
As we prepare to begin a new year, consider joining me. Let us all embark on this journey together. There will be days that “Santa” doesn’t grant every wish on our list, but we have to be ready to stay prayerful and grounded through that time while still moving forward.
Here’s what I commit to publicly:
- I will communicate with you through this process-Via this blog and via #Aspire2Higher Twitter chats (every 1st Thursday) so bring your questions & thoughts!
- I will share resources- I commit to Aspire2Higher workshops, seminars and at least one full day conference (before mid 2013) to empower others with skills & knowledge
I’d LOVE to start this before the New Year kicks in! Some people lay low for the last week of the year, but if you are open to it….I am open for business! I am offering to organize and facilitate ONE SEMINAR OR WORKSHOP THIS LAST WEEK of 2011!!! If you are in (or around) Philadelphia….let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment below….AND if you are outside of Philadelphia..we can SKYPE you in!
For now, Merry Christmas & Aspire2Higher!
Although I am no longer being paid a salary to dispense career tips, I plan to continue to do so via this blog. There are many ways to define career counseling as a “job”, but I think like a career counselor naturally and apply that thought process to what I do, even in my current position as Director of Diversity for a college. A career counselor doesn’t just help people find work, so if anyone is reading this because they are curious about “A Day in the Life of a Career Counselor” I would suggest reading the Princeton Review. They offer a thorough overview of what a career counselor does. Since people still ask me questions about making career moves, I will write responses to those questions through this blog series. I will also continue to write this blog series “A Day in the Life” from a different perspective. I plan to write about my career questions and issues as an example of Creating Your Own Success in your Career Development thus being your own Career Counselor!
So with that said, I have a TON of issues to discuss, but what are YOURS?
Use this blog as a place where you can ask anything. Are you unsure if you are in the right career? What are the career options for someone with your set of skills and qualifications? Is there a career or industry you are considering and want to know how a career counselor would tell you to prepare for it? Would you guys like to see a blog posting where I take a resume (or CV) find skills and make career suggestions based on the resume? I am giving this blog series to you!
Don’t know how to reach me? Let’s turn Thursday evenings into “A Day in The Life of a Career Counselor” chats. I will put my career counselor “hat” back on to answer your questions; give you insight into your career quandaries, etc. Let’s talk about it all! Got problems with your boss? What do you do to solve it AND keep your career intact? So, every 1st Thursday of the month I will devote to talk with you about all these things online. Let’s start an Aspire2Higher Twitter chat!
How it works:
- Log on to Twitter.com the 1st Thursday of the month at 9pm
(You don’t have to have an account to follow the discussion, but you’ll need one to take part)
- Tweet your questions to me by ending your tweets with #Aspire2Higher
(Example Tweet: Q. How do I tell my boss I’m looking for another position? #Aspire2Higher)
- I then tweet answers to your questions using the same format, and others can chime in with their tweets too!
Well, until November 3rd, I’ll update you with my career antics. In the meantime gather your thoughts, questions and challenges and Tweet me on November 3rd at 9pm!
All the best,