Category Archives: Habits

Ten Reasons to Hire and Promote New Moms

Many moms hurry to return to work when their newborn is just a few months in order to maintain their career. Quite often employers believe that a maternal leave is a period of doing nothing. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth! The skills that new moms obtain during their maternity leave are quite valuable. Let me give you ten proofs that a woman after her maternity leave becomes stronger, wiser and more professional. I am confident that these proofs will help employers to make a decision about hiring or promoting a new mom, and for those new moms who are ending their maternity leave this information will help build their confidence.

Hispanic mother with baby working in home office

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Career Advancement Program

The Career Advancement Program runs for two months and includes:
1) Full assessment of your current career status
2) Design and implementation of the Eight-Step Program
3) Full support by your coach Larysa Grant by unlimited emails and scheduled meetings and phone calls
4) and so much more…

Take this step and dramatically improve your life and your career!

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Create a new Payee – Intelligence Connect. Follow simple instructions to send the Career Advancement Program amount of either $497 CAD in full or the first installment of $275 CAD.

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Self-talk Yourself Into Success

One of the best ways to handle a stressful situation, like a presentation, an interview, or meeting with a client, is using self-talk, believes renowned psychologist Ethan Kross. And not just any self-talk, but the correct self-talk, addressed in the third person, as if talking to a friend.

Many of us practice mantras, like “I am strong”, or “I can do it”, which is using the first person. These types of mantras are not as effective as a conversation with ourselves in the third person, or self-distancing. Kross’ research contends that people are better at dealing with others’ problems than with their own. Self-distancing can bring clarity in thinking about conflicts and concerns in various social and business situations.

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Here is an example of a beneficial self-talk I have with myself on the eve of giving my career seminar.

“Larysa, what are you nervous about? It’s not the first seminar you’ve delivered. I know you like helping people, but take it slow and stay calm. Even if it doesn’t go perfectly, it won’t be the end of the world. You’re capable, intelligent, and accomplished. Just do your best and let the chips fall. Chill, Larysa”

Why is this type of self-talk the most helpful?

First I create distance by addressing myself by name, as if I were a friend.

I remind myself of my purpose – I like helping people, I like to serve. Then I tell myself to be calm.

And thirdly, I take away anxiety from the situation with a few self-affirmations. I have what it takes to deliver a great seminar and will not be upset if the seminar does not go the way I intended. Everything will be ok.

“Inner talk is one of the most effective, least-utilized tools available to master the psyche and foster life success”, says Kross.

I encourage you to write down a self-talk conversation you want to have with yourself in preparation for an important event. Make a small card with the self-talk on it, carry it with you and practice it as often as possible. Your stress level is guaranteed to go down and your success – all the way up!


Larysa Grant

Career and Business Coach and Strategist


Inspired by an article about Kross’ research in Psychology Today

Do You Bank Smart?

I could not help sharing with you the following promotion by Tangerine.

happy money

A Savings account is offered at 2.10% annual interest until the end of this year! It is much higher than other banks’ offers in Canada. If you are in for a worry-free investment, why not keep your money and make 2.10%? By the time winter holidays begin, you may have some extra money for gifts – for your friends and family and, of course, for yourself!

What else is free? A Checking account at Tangerine! If you are still paying for your checking account, I think it is time to save some money. I know, I know, banks offer no-fee checking accounts if you keep $1,000 or $1,500 in there, but again, it your money sits there just to avoid fees, why not invest it and make some cash – see the previous paragraph…

If you open either a checking or a savings account and deposit $100 dollars or more, you receive $25 dollars, a gift from Tangerine! To qualify for it, you are welcome to use my Orange Key 44035553S1. Do talk to Tangerine to learn more details.

Why would  career coach talk about money, you ask? By saving your money with a free checking account and making some cash with the savings account, you will have more fun and feel good about yourself. Such a mood will improve your everyday job, guaranteed!

To your smart career!


Larysa Grant

Career Coach, Speaker and Author

Why Habits Hit The Snooze

By Edwin Zapata, contributor for Intelligence Connect

Edwin Zapata

Imagine you wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm clock and decide to hit the snooze. You think to yourself “a few more minutes” or “I don’t feel like going today”.  So maybe you give in just once, or maybe not at all. No matter who you are, just know we have all thought those things at least once. This is just one example of the many challenges we face in our every day lives when it comes to habits. To overcome challenges you feel have some sort of domination over you, you must remind yourself these habits took some time to develop. All this means is that it can also take some time to change a bad habit into a positive one. If you, like most people, do not consider yourself a morning person, but would like to be one, or just change any other habit in general, I am sure there are times you may struggle with the feeling of “It’s hopeless”. That being said, I would like this article to shed some light of hope back into your life.

Believe it or not, there is a secret to overcoming almost every challenge or habit. We have all heard the expression “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. That’s great! However, nobody is going to start walking on a thousand mile journey anytime soon. So what does this really mean? It means start small. It means if you need to start by setting 2 alarm clocks in the morning, instead of 10, then do so! For those seeking fitness goals, if it means exercising once a week, then go for it! How about business? If it means making ONE phone call instead of 10 or ONE appointment instead of 10, then start small! As long as you begin the act of starting, you will continue to do it again and again until it becomes a natural habit. It’s easy to be consistently inconsistent. Therefore, it is very important to keep in mind that building good habits takes commitment.

So the next time you wake up in the morning and feel like making excuses, just remember to start small, get up, and take the first step!