Honing New Habits In Four Easy Steps

  1. Identify and repeat behaviors that are working well for you at present.

Versus looking for things to fix about your poor or missing behaviors, try the reverse and look for things to repeat and re-apply about your positive behaviors.

For example, I, personally, get much more thinking and planning work done in the mornings.  This was an awareness of mine early in my career.  So, when I have planning or designing work to do, I get up early and schedule my planning, problem solving, designing and other computer work for mornings.  It helps me focus and concentrate for longer periods of time without becoming distracted.

This means my phone calls, colleague interactions, collaboration, meetings and physical work are scheduled for the afternoons and evenings.  This works for me because, I enjoy working with others and being with others, and they seem to be more available in the afternoons and evening than in the morning.

  1. Focus on strengthening one behavior at a time.

Don’t try to change every behavior at once.  You’ll burn out from the intensity required to stay focused on more than one behavior change at a time,

Behavioral change requires that you stay in the moment while consciously and intentionally focusing on how you are feeling, what you are doing, and the consequences or impacts of the behavior change you are undertaking.  This requires some insightful analysis on your part to determine if the behavior changes are achieving your desired outcomes.

Psychologists say that our behaviors are solidified based on the consequences achieved.  Are you satisfied with the consequences your re-applied behavior is achieving?  Only you will know.  Nobody else can tell you the answer.

So, exert some self-control and consciously focus to learn if your behavioral changes are really resulting in your desired outcomes.

  1. Identify triggers that initiate repetition of the behavior.

Trigger your awareness of the opportunity to use the new behavior by identifying times, situations, facial expressions, comments, people or events that could benefit from application of your new behavior.

For example, I identified the morning hours as the best time for me to work on mental/ cerebral projects.  So when 6:30 am came along, I consciously and intentionally sat down at my desk to work on these types of projects.  Secondly. I triggered focusing on these types of projects by listing a couple of them in my calendar as morning projects.  Together, these two triggers helped me remember and focus on applying my new behavior.

After a few weeks, I found that I automatically scheduled my mental and thinking projects for the morning and set my clock earlier to wake me so I could work on these projects.  As a consequence, I felt good about what I was accomplishing, and eventually incorporated these triggers into my daily routine.

Others use specific meetings they attend as triggers to apply and practice a new behavior such as asking more questions, or interjecting possibility thinking, or giving positive feedback, etc.  They initially trigger these behaviors by scheduling them in their calendars every time the meeting is scheduled.  Others have asked a buddy (who is also in the meeting) to remind them of their desired behavior.  One friend, wrote on a sticky note and posted it on his computer; “Turn off email notification until after 10:00 am”.  He reinforced a positive behavior that helped him focus to get important and critical work done earlier in the day.

Triggers are identified and implemented in order to remind and assure us that we practice the behavior until it becomes a habit based on the positive consequences recognized from using it.

  1. Build new habits through repetition.

If the consequences of the behavior you are focused on are positive for you, repeat them, schedule them, improve them, and discipline yourself to continue using them.

As you develop trust and confidence in yourself to reapply the behavior, you will find that you spend less time focusing on the new behavior.  It has become more comfortable and familiar because it is delivering to your expectations; and you like the outcomes of repeating the use of it.

The behavior has become a habit and requires very little maintenance to be sustained.

Congratulations!!!!!  You have honed a new habit!!

Call or email me with your success stories!!  Chad@cookconsulting.biz or 330-329-3137.

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NEOVETS Golf Scramble 8/18/2017

4 ~ Person Golf Scramble

Friday August 18th, 2017

Bunker Hill Golf Course

  • 8:00 Registration ~ Breakfast ~ Putting contest
  • 9:00 18 Holes & Cart ~ Proximities ~ Skins ~ Lunch
  • 2:00 Steak Dinner ~ Raffles ~ Silent Auction

$80 Per golfer if paid by Aug. 7th / $90 after Aug. 7th

Dinner only guest $30 by Aug. 7th / $40 after Aug. 7th

To register and pay on line go to www.tournevents.com/2017neovets

*** If you prefer to pay by check rather than on line ***

Make checks payable to Bunker Hill  Course memo NEOVETS

& Mail to 3060 Pearl Rd., Medina Ohio 44256

Info contact Chad Gibson GM; chad@bunkerhillgc.com 216-469-9241

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NEOVET Free Workshop for Employers

 Corporate Communications

9500 Euclid Ave. / JJN4-01

Cleveland, OH 44195

Phone: 216.444.0141

Fax: 216.445.3040



Hope Buggey, 216.444.8853, buggeyh@ccf.org


Free event provides training for employers looking to recruit, retain and develop employees coming out of the military

What:             NEOVETS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting veterans and their families with best-in-class employers, educators and service providers, will be providing a free training event for employers of all sizes to learn how to recruit, retain and develop employees coming out of the military. Cleveland Clinic is a NEOVETS partner organization.

Assistance in becoming a Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) will be provided. Rob Stall, executive director and former Major General of the US Army will be the Keynote speaker.

When:            May 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (registration and networking begin at 8:00 a.m.)

Where:           Cleveland Clinic Administration Building #4, 3175 Science Park Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122. Parking is free.

Information:  This training event and certification prep session will assist employers in bringing a pool of high quality, disciplined and educated talent to their organizations.

Interested individuals are encouraged to register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neovets-certified-military-talent-employer-training-cleveland-clinic-tickets-32700153038?ref=ecal

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

Editor’s Note: Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll upon request.


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Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) – What’s In It For Me?

Consider these questions:

  • Do you want to hire competent, capable high performers? Yes      No
  • Do you want your new hires to have significant work experience? Yes      No
  • Do you want trained workers in the fields for which you are hiring? Yes      No
  • Do you want leaders within their area of expertise? Yes      No
  • Do you want mature, disciplined, respectful applicants? Yes      No
  • Do you want employees who have proven personal performance capabilities?                                                                                                                                             Yes      No

Assuming you want all of the above characteristics to be present in your new hires; select a veteran.

Veterans have “real world” experience working in teams, taking orders, planning for performance, being accountable, maintaining personal discipline, and participating in ongoing training /learning activities. They also ramp up to speed quickly based on their “open to learning” bias gained from the military.

And, they do have difficulty selling themselves and converting their military experience and training into “business speak”.  The CMTE bridges these gaps by assisting the veteran with this conversion of capabilities, as well as the employer who is interested in benefitting from the capabilities gained while serving in our military.

Some additional benefits you receive when you certify as a Military Talent Employer are:

  • The credibility gained from veterans and your community as an employer genuinely committed to employing veterans.
  • A competitive edge in recruitment of veterans who prefer CMTE employers.
  • A nice add to your Affirmative Action Plans.
  • If you’re a Non-Profit Organization it could serve as an attraction to funders.
  • Support from NEOVETS providing best practice suggestions and assistance focused on veteran recruiting, selection, development and retention.

So, “Hire a Vet, It’s a sure bet!” says, Admiral Mullen, retired Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Visit our website at www.neovets.org and schedule to attend a free NEOVETS Conference or Workshop focused on attracting and retaining veterans in Northeast Ohio.

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Military Talent Employer Certification Available – Free

NEOVETS is Hosting Free Workshops focused on Best Practices for Recruiting Veteran Job Seekers

A Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) Application Workshop 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 20 Lorain County Community College Elyria, Ohio.

Get hands-on assistance to help businesses complete and submit an application for the CMTE certification, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation.

CMTE signals to veteran job seekers that the employer welcomes and understands them, providing employers a competitive edge in recruiting top-quality talent for their businesses.

Go to www.neovets.org and click the date to register.

May 27, 2016 Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) Conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Community College Kirtland, Ohio.

This audience-driven educational and training conference with sessions covering topics from military branches, rank, and training; compensation and benefits; case studies and best practices; legal concerns; and introduction of the “Certified Military Talent Employer” certification process.

Click the date on our website www.neovets.org to register

A third Certified Military Talent Employer Conference & Workshop will be held at Cuyahoga Community College June 10th from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m.  Visit our webs for registration, www.neovets.org

For more information on either the conferences or workshops, call NEOVETS at (440) 521-1137, or visit our site at www.neovets.org

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