We all have the power to make a difference with our time and talents. In my ten years of coaching, I have seen that we are each uniquely built to fulfill a specific purpose. The challenge is that most people have no idea what their purpose is.
This holiday season, you CAN help someone you know get clarity on their purpose and their ideal career. Purchase and gift the downloadable (PDF) version of my NEW Soul Search workbook.
The Soul Search Workbook contains:
Over 30 pages of exercises to help the user uncover the eight core elements that make up his/her ideal career. Elements include: Interests/Passions, Motivators, Purpose, Strengths and & The Best Work Environment just to name a few.
The insights from each exercise are designed to correspond with a section of the person's very own career guide. This way after he/she completes each exercise, he/she can easily organize the information to be able to make sound career decisions and to brainstorm various ways to combine the elements into new and exciting career possibilities.
Give the gift of career happiness with one of these options:
$199 for a Soul Search workbook (PDF)
$299 for the workbook PDF and a 30 minute group coaching session
$399 for the workbook PDF and a private 60 minute individual coaching session
CONTACT ME TODAY to purchase one of these gifts or learn more. (You need not complete the entire Contact form, just input your name, email and write in next to "Other" category that you're interested in one of the gift packages. I'll get back to you in 24 hours.)
If not us, who? If not now, when? --John F. Kennedy
50 yrs since his death, the effots of John F. Kennedy are still making a difference. I know this firsthand. Our son Mercer is alive and well today because of JFK's son Patrick. Jackie gave birth to Patrick several weeks early and he did not survive. After his experience, President Kennedy mandated that more research be focused on saving premature babies. Mercer was born three months early and is thankfully a thriving toddler today.
JFK's efforts created a miracle for our son and countless others. Just imagine what you (and the person you give the workbook to) can do when their talents are focused on purpose!
You’re not here by accident. There’s an important role you are here to play! In fact, the world needs you to play it in order to be a better place. Stay tuned for more on how you can make a difference with your time and talents and also what I am going to be doing in 2014 to walk the talk.
I've been a fan of Monster.com since their early commercials featuring kids who wanted to grow up and become "middle managment" or "yes-men." Hilarious! What can I say, I like companies that encourage people to follow their dreams. Monster is continuing this trend with a new initiative called Find Better, helping people find better jobs whether they're just starting out, want to start their own businesses or are transitioning careers from military to civilian service for example. There's even an entertaining video series created with the Pivot TV network.
Below you can find links and more information on upcomingTV and video segments to help in your own quest to Find Better...
Monster introduces their latest campaign, Find Better! Monster and the Pivot TV network have teamed up to create 9 segments for Take Part Live --a topical show that tackles timely issues without taking itself too seriously and provides stories and conversations that matter to millennials.
Also being created are digital Find Better shorts featuring career advice and real life challenges. View the latest segments athttp://www.TakePart.com/FindBetter. See below for upcoming topics.
*Note: Pivot is not available to Time Warner customers, but you can view the digital shorts at the link above.
Upcoming Find Better egments
11/18 —Woman Amongst Boys
What is it like to be a female in a male-dominated field? Host Josh Shipp speaks with a woman who has experienced her career in the science/technology field. He then recaps the top 10 male-dominated fields where women currently are having an impact. In-studio, we discuss why there are so few women in certain fields and highlight strategies to encourage more females to pursue those paths.
12/9 —Choosing the Best Path
Shipp and specialists discuss the best ways to identify potential career paths for chosen fields and explore potential challenge/pitfalls that lie ahead. During the segment, experts provide tips and tools to determine, on an individual basis, the careers for which some millennials are best suited and creative or unexpected ways to get where you’re going.
12/16 —Beyond The Offer
So you got the job, now what? Josh talks to experts about first job expectations, discussing what kind of leverage entry-level employees actually have. We explore questions about when it’s appropriate to re-negotiate salaries and offer tips to manage the balance between respecting the employer and advocating for yourself.
It's good to be open to career insights from all kinds of sources.
As a career coach and radio host*, I have had clients use everything from numerology to astrology to figure out an auspicious time to launch a new career, website or business. I personally have also found color tests insightful.
These instruments assess your type based on the color choices you make from successive sets of different combinations. I even interviewed the author of one color test on my radio show because I found his assessment to be spot on in assessing my strengths and personality. I recently retook the Dewey color test and found it continues to hit the mark. Try the free color assessment for yourself and comment below if it hits home (or doesn't) for you!
Though they can offer insights, I have one major problem with asessment tests: They're limiting.
Knowing your strengths and personality are important factors in finding the career you're meant for but they're not only ones. I help my clients assess themselves in eight different areas as part of a larger Soul Search, Research and Job Search process. These elements include: your top interests, key motivators, skills you want to employ, ways you want to contribute/find purpose, your best qualities, the best work environment, activities you get the most enjoyment from, and salary & benefits. By working through exercises and self-reflection questions we prioritize what's most important to you and brainstorm career possibilities that match the elements of your ideal career. Answer this brief questionnaire if your career needs and goals include clarifying what you'd like to do.
Assessments also tend to shoehorn you into existing careers. After Soul searching, Researching and Job Searching with countless clients, I have found the ideal careers are most often new niche areas my cients can fill, or a unique take on existing careers. Often the right answer is combination of career options not previously thought of (and that wouldn't typically show up in an assessment).
There's no a magic wand for figuring out what you're meant to do with your life; but that doesn't mean you can't have fun investing the time and energy to reflect on who you are and what you came here to be. Opera Singer Bevely Sills said it best, "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Most of us assume that the way to find a job is to see what’s available in job listings or to select a career based on someone’s advice, but these often lead to unfulfilling career choices. You only need to look at the latest job satisfaction surveys for how unfulfilled most workers feel. According to Forbes.com, the Society for Human Resource Management found only 29% of workers in the 31-to-61 age group were “very satisfied” with their jobs. The rest were either “somewhat satisfied” or not satisfied at all.
So what can you do to find job satisfaction and fulfillment while still making a great living?
It is in our hearts that we should seek guidance about finding career paths that lead to long-term success and happiness. So this fall, I'm excited to offer a new three-part series:
Simple exercises that help you listen to your heart and articulate your unique and powerful vision about your life purpose;
“Voice Dialogue” techniques that help you integrate head and heart; and
How to let go of limiting beliefs about work and career.
Register now. (Early bird rate expires September 14th, 2013).
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They focus on their past successes, not past failures. They take the next step to get closer to the fulfillment of goals. They don’t get bogged down by the distractions life presents.
One of my favorite sayings is “if you do nothing, nothing will change.” it’s time to develop your overall career change strategy to get you from the career you’re in today to your dream job.
Always follow your dreams!
Believe in the best, think your best, study your best, have a goal for your best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best and in the long run, things will turn out for the best.
Wouldn't it be great if your boss asked you this question?! Even if he/she doesn't ask, you can create a thoughtful response and bring up the subject yourself. Be careful though. In my experience, too many people dream of working from home or the beach but few have fully thought through where they work best.
Your answer might surprise you. I've been my own boss for seven years and LOVE working in a clean, comfortable, quiet space with a view. My best work has happened when I overlooked the ocean, a forest or a lake. I even had a great coaching session from the John Hancock Tower in Chicago. I need to be my most inspired in order to inspire others. Even when I haven't had a view of nature, I've painted and framed up landscapes to help me get "in the zone."
But telecommuting isn't for everyone.Just recently, I spoke with a client who's new dream job involves working from home most days. Initially excited about the added flexibility, my client didn't realize he'd miss the social interaction around the water cooler. He's also realized he needs more face time with the boss to build rapport quickly and be included in key meetings. So now we're working on the right balance of telecommuting and office work so he can make a proper ask of his boss and create the best working scenario. If you or someone you know could use help figuring out their work situation,go to my Contact page.
Working at home with a two-year old running around does not produce the quiet space I need. Now I do most of my work from virtual office space. All over the US and the world, organizations are popping up that allow you to rent a professional office for a day or even an hour.
Don't wait for your boss to set up your ideal work environment. If any of this resonates with you, I'd love to hear where you work best by commenting below. Stop and reflect now. Think about the times when you had your best ideas or felt you were most productive. What about the environment inspired that kind of performance in you? Write down your thoughts. Talk with your boss about it, ask for his/her feedback and create your ideal work scenario today.
A recent study revealed the moms are the breadwinners in 40% of households. I feel it's great that women are making more and more moms are the breadwinners in families. But I hope it's not because more men have recently been laid off due to employers who felt that they could get away with paying women less. There is still a wage gap that I'd like to see disappear.
The study showed that for married breadwinning moms, their families benefitted from a more comfortable lifestyle but made their marriages/family happiness more challenging. That is a problem and one I felt compelled to help with on a recent CNN appearance on the topic.
Attitude matters. My advice to those in the study who finding are finding it a challenge to be the breadwinner and be a wife/mom, (I am a wife, mother and the breadwinner of my own household) is that you have to go in with the right attitude and love what you do. I give this advice to everyone in any job anywhere. If you're going to be miserable it's useless and that stress is going to put a burden on any household regardless of how much you make or who the breadwinner is.
Lead by Example. I think what's very important that women, especially moms recognize a child is looking to you as an example of how to approach making a living, running a household, and enjoying life. And for women who are breadwinners, it is probably more important. A bigger TV (or more money) doesn't make a happy household - studies prove that.
The Dad must be a partner. Or you need support (single moms) from family and friends. If it's a career and a passion of the Mom, she must have buy-in and support to follow it... If she doesn't she must Soul Search to find it or family life will be much more stressful. Raising a family properly is a full time job for households, so this support is critical.
Set boundaries (even timelines) and establish family time. Make sure you make time for the others in your household too... the child(ren) and even your partner. Everyone will want to see you and for you to be part of their lives.
The CNN anchor focused on the public opinion of the increasing mom-breadwinner trend. I say don't worry what others think! Always follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. I've found that is the best formula for having a happy family.
The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman
I had such a great time on The Today Show - it was wonderful to tell my son Mercer's story and inspire others to make the small changes that make a big difference. In case you missed it: WATCH MY TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE HERE.
The experience reminded me of how life is more than just career. It's why I make sure in my coaching practice to cover a full spectrum of eight elements when I help clients define their ideals. Making a great living doesn't just cover the skills you have or the experiences on your resume, it's about the lifestyle you need to be happy and healthy. It's about making the contribution that only your unique set of interests, talents and values can provide to the world.
It is because I managed my career to fit my life that I was able to be there for Mercer when he really needed me. You too can have a career that enables the lifestyle you want. You don't need to be rich to do what you want to do. You just have to start now by making conscious choices to do what you know is right for you, even when others don't understand. It might be hard or scary to follow your heart but its the difference between those who do what they really want in this world and those who wish they had.
I learned this important lesson when I interviewed Deepak Chopra. A conscious, albeit unpopular choice made him the successful and influential author and speaker he is today. Listen to my podcast with more of Deepak's story & why you don't need to win the lottery to do what you want.
Now that I have Mercer, I see everyday how there's more to life than work. Many of you may not know that I enjoy singing and even performed in my own Off-Broadyway cabaret show called "Follow Your Dreams." Recently, I got back on stage and gave a performance in the Florida Keys. It took courage but after the first few notes, I rememebered how much more the fun outweighed the fear.
Don't worry I'll still be giving career advice. In fact, my how to interview video is my top rated video on my YouTube channel with over two million hits. My singing video has just a few less. :) I just wanted to remind you that making a great and sustainable living is more about getting paid to be you than it is about selling your soul for a paycheck.
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intution. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself." --Alan Alda
Change is not something most people deal with well. It can however, be a great teacher inspiring you to grow in positive ways. Catch me on The Today Show this Friday (3/15/13) at 10a ET sharing my personal story of dealing with big change, in this case the 3 month premature birth of my son Mercer while on vacation.
Often we think we the best way to cope with massive change is to go BIG in our adjustments. Not true. As I found out and as evidenced by a new book, Tweak It by work-life fit expert Cali Yost, small tweaks are the secret to dealing with big change.
My husband Craig and I were shocked by the early birth of our son. We were completely unprepared for his arrival at the 28th week of my otherwise very smooth and healthy pregnancy. We were on vacation, in a city we didn't know. It was a lot to take in. Luckily we had the support of family, friends and experts like Cali Yost (in photo at left). Cali had been a frequent guest on my radio show and over the years became my go-to person for dealing with work-life issues. After my family, Cali was the first person I called to deal with this situation in a healthy and productive way. (Read Cali's advice in my post "When Life Throws You a Curve Ball").
Inspired by that conversation and by the sage insights of my StayAdventurous.com founder husband Craig, we realized we had to get used to a new normal and then tweak back to the life we knew. Here are the tweaks we made:
Career tweaks - We both chose to go back to work part-time but do it remotely. I went back to hosting my SiriusXM radio show two weeks after Mercer was born and while this surprised some, it was the right move for me. Planning, preparing and delivering my show took 4-5 hours per week but that time was a welcome respite from the challenges of being the parent of a micro-preemie.
Wellness tweaks - We stayed in a hotel next to the hospital for the 61 days our son was in the NICU. Though we could have saved some money and gone with a standard room, we upgraded to an efficiency with a kitchen. It was important to us that we eat healthy during this time to have the strength and emotional wellbeing to be there for our son every step of the way.
Peace of mind tweaks - Having purchased a small angel figurine a few months earlier, I could think of nothing better to put in Mercer's incubator. It was my way of watching over him when I couldn't be there in person. Though the hospital staff were wonderful, having that little angel there withMercer at all times, helped me focus on love and the possibility of miracles. Thankfully that is what we got. As I write this, Mercer is a happy, healthy 2 year old! We celebrated his birthday at Disney coincidentally on the very same day I received the call that the Today Show wanted to fly me to NYC to tell his story. (Listen to my latest podcast for more on Career Coincidences).
Now I not only believe in miracles, I get to see one everyday in Mercer. My hope is that this Friday's Today Show segment inspires people who themselves are going through big changes to make the small but essential tweaks that will not only help them survive but thrive too. Tune in Friday (3/15/13) at 10am ET to NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee, Hoda, Cali and me!
While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt
But before I do that, I want to thank all of you who took the time to share your career needs and goals with me. I was deeply touched by your personal stories and by your optimism to know that a better career and life are waiting for you. Because of that, I decided to not only give away a full Soul Search, Research and Job Search coaching package but also give away three additional coaching sessions as consolation prizes. My congratulations to the winners!
Winner of 9 sessions of one-on-one coaching on Soul Search, Research and Job Search: Mark from Texas! Mark wants to clarify what he'd love to do, find a new job, make a decision about options he's considering and explore options that relate to his particular interest(s)/talent(s. I'm exicted to help Mark achieve his goal of being happy with his work!
Consolation winners of one hour of one-on-one coaching: Megan who wants a steady yet creative career, Laura who wants to make a difference in the world while having time to raise her children and Christa who wants to make sure she's on track doing work she loves not just what she's good at.
What I respect as far as in myself and in other is the spirit of just doing it. For better or worse, it may work and it may not, but I'm going to go for it. Ultimately I probably prefer to be respected for that than...either winning or losing. -Hugh Jackman
Okay so it doesn't have all bells and whistles of my SiriusXM show but it doesn't come with a subscription fee either. I have heard from so many of you via my Facebook radio page that you appreciate the positive encouragement I deliver on air. Well here it is in purest and simplest form!
It's my way of testing out new ways of sharing a positive empowering perspective when it comes to you following your dreams. I also want to keep you up-to-date on how you can get help with your career. Here are some important highlights this month:
Get a Career Makeover with my Follow Your Dreams Giveaway (must enter by 1/31/13):
Get the Work/Life Fit you crave with a free, interactive webinar I'm hosting Tues Jan 8th 12pET:
To celebrate the launch of her new book, Tweak It – I will be interviewing Work Life Expert Cali Yost Tuesday Jan 8th at 12p ET. Get a full hour of Q&A with the author along with prizes and giveaways of the new book. You can even submit your own work life dilemmas and get your questions answered directly by Cali. Check out WorkLifeFit.com for details and to learn about the book.
When you follow your dreams it's of service to the world. Why? Because happiness and optimism are contagious. Hang out with an inspired person & you'll be inspired too! It's an upward spiral.
Comment on my blog right now with your dreams for 2013. Let's start creating our own upward spiral of positive reinforcement. And tell me what you think of this new format. Is it something you feel I should continue?