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Using Technology to Save Money When You Struggle with ADHD

In the episode we talk about using technology, your new best friend, to help you save money when you have those impulsive shopping moments associated with ADHD.  Use technology to enhance your life financially.   Find downloads for all of my podcasts at www.razcoaching.com/downloads or follow me on instagram @razcoaching.com

The ADHD Procrastinator

ADHD brings a host of struggles and one of them is being a procrastinator:   The end result? STRESS and a lot of REACTIVE Behavior. In this episode we are going to discuss how you can set up yourself for success by being PROACTIVE with key areas of weaknesses.

For a download of the worksheet that goes with this episode click HERE

The ADHD Academic Game Plan

Things you can do to prepare an ADHD student for a successful new academic year.

Set Goals for Academic Objective: Get  them to own their year or better yet semester ahead. With ADHD it may be better to start with a semester. What it does: (more…)

12 Resources for Career Development and Lifelong Learning

12 Resources for Career Development and Lifelong Learning

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Employers always seek the best-qualified candidates, and they often look at how recently you have been trained in a skill. They are also likely to be impressed if you have job-relevant certificates or certifications. If you can show recent certifications, workshops, and newly acquired skills you will assure the prospective employer that you have a lot to contribute—and, just as importantly, that you are dedicated and proactive when it comes to being the best you can be at your job.

adhd resourcesLifelong learning is also personally beneficial. You may learn about emerging skills or jobs that are a better fit for your life’s goals and values than what you have right now. You may even find yourself in a good position to become a consultant or entrepreneur if you are particularly good at keeping up with industry trends.

Often the biggest hurdle to engaging in new learning is the fear of failure. Just like when applying to jobs, we may be anxious about not performing well on continuing education coursework.

Once we are engaged, we often find the fears are not realities, and that we enjoy whatever was making us anxious! I have a hard time naming a client who hasn’t found that they enjoyed the challenge of continued learning—and the benefits that came with it—once they undertook it.

There is no right or wrong way to receive new training. The list below is some of my favorite places to go to for knowledge and skill training. If you need a degree, certificate, or just the self-confidence, stop procrastinating and go for it.

Online Resources

YouTube: Many colleges and universities have online lectures on YouTube for free.

Udemy: Udemy is a global learning and teaching marketplace. EdX.org: Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider. It offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions.

Coursera.org: Coursera provides courses taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions and you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.

khanacademy.org: Khan Academy is a personalized learning resource for all ages. They offer practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard.

Openculture.com: Open Culture centralizes online courses, movies, audio, eBooks, and other content for any user all of it free.

Stanford Free Online Adult Courses: Activities range from recorded special talks on iTunes to Master’s Degree classes.

Federal Services

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) can be a great asset as it provides information on training programs and other services for workers who have been, or will be, laid off.

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation: this resource helps provide people who face mental, emotional, or physical challenges to employment by teaching relevant skills.

Conditions that may qualify you for assistance through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation can include ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and physical injuries that limit your ability to do certain types of work. Their goal is to help everyone be employed.

Vocational Technical Centers: Although for decades the emphasis in America has been on going to a four-year college, there are tens of millions of high-paying jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree. Instead, these jobs require specialized, highly technical, and hands-on training—vocational training.

High-paying careers that require technical training instead of a bachelor’s degree include truck drivers, cosmetologists (hair stylists and other types of style experts), auto mechanics, electricians, welders, line workers for power companies, oil rig workers, and Information Technology experts such as cybersecurity experts.

Schools that specialize in each of these professions—and many more—can be found on the internet. Some may be attached to community colleges, while others such as trucking, power line work, or oil rigging, may be run directly by employers,.

These companies are eager to fill openings with trained workers, and in some cases may even have scholarship or reduced cost tuition programs available for people who are interested in the field, but are concerned about the cost of training to become qualified.

Community Resources

Colleges:

Most colleges offer online courses for which you can receive credit. They may also allow enrollment in in-person courses on an as-needed basis instead of as a full-time student. These can be helpful if you are trying to work towards a degree or certificate.

Community Centers:

Community Centers are organizations, often funded by government grants, that help people gain skills, knowledge, and find opportunities for business and employment. These centers are most common in urban areas but may also be found in smaller cities or towns.

Services commonly offered by Community Centers include résumé and cover letter assistance, job training resources, and networking opportunities. Think of Community Centers as you would a college’s Career Center. The only difference is they serve all taxpayers, including non-student workers and businesspeople.

Apprenticeships:

An apprenticeship is a training system in which a newcomer to a career field assists an experienced worker in that field, and rapidly gains expertise and experience in the process.

Apprenticeships are not as common as they once were, but it is sometimes possible to create an apprenticeship opportunity, if you are sufficiently enthusiastic about the career field, and are able to form a personal connection with an expert.

Experts and business owners are often eager to have assistants who are highly motivated to learn all aspects of the trade or business. For them, having a new employee who is eager to learn exactly how they do things might be preferable to trying to hire regular employees who may or may not be interested in learning and taking on more responsibilities over time.

It is important to note that unlike internships, apprenticeships are regulated by the federal government. While internships are often very brief and unpaid, or “paid in experience,” under the Apprenticeship Act employers must pay apprentices a monthly stipend. Apprenticeships usually last for 6 months to a year.

Lifelong learning keeps you in touch with our rapidly changing society and keeps you active, happy, and positively challenged which will enhance your career path.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

Addiction, Recovery and Life Coaching

Addiction, Recovery and Life Coaching

Find Your Special with a Life Coach after Addiction

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.

-Chris Jami, Killosophy

We put our children in schools so that they get educated and enlightened. Then when they get bad grades we immediately force them into studying and ground them so that their grades improve. Similarly when someone falls sick, we rush them to a hospital and get them treated. Society is slowly accepting addiction as a situation where both mind and body are suffering tremendously. To date many people believe that an addict must first have the “will” to cure themselves before anyone else helps them and in essence the desire for a solution must be present but it is still quite unrealistic to expect an addict to have the required discipline and will to fight their drug addiction. They need external resources.

Addiction Recovery

More often than not addicts end up in the worst possible situations before someone takes notice and sends them to rehabs and therapy centers. It’s a sad fact how this problem could have been averted easily, at a much earlier stage. What’s more is that rehabilitation centers are not an empirical cure for addiction, yes, they do cut off the problem but, weeding it out? That requires a lot more management than most people are led to believe. It is HARD work. Relatives and spouses are often too close to the addict to offer adequate support and management, often sensing something is wrong but not acting on it while the addict is struggling.

Life Coaches

According to National Institute of Drug Administration (NIDA) an annual loss of $700 billion is reported related to crime, lost work productivity and health care, owing to alcoholism, smoking and drug administration. About 2% of 12th graders related to daily consumption of alcohol and 23.6% to monthly drug administration. And majority of drug users fell under the ages of 25 to 39. These are hard facts and in most cases all any recovering or suffering addict needs is support.

Addiction Life Coaching is also regarded as a form of “Recovery Coaching”. These coaches specialize in
a) Support around recovery efforts
b) Constant positive reinforcement
c) Decision making guidance
d) Life Style management

Studies show that recovery is aided with the presence of a coach; a third person element that is neither too close to the addict nor a judgmental figure. Addicts easily fall into the trap of bad decision making, coaches help patients relearn and refocus the decision making part of their personality and spend less time struggling. The treatment program of the addict is not done alone, the presence of a coach is also for the healing and support to benefit family members.

While addiction remains a problem of millions it is barely identified by a small percentage and according to the Model of Health, addiction is still not accepted as a disease by many countries. It is well understood now that addiction results from ingestion of reinforcing substances that stimulate the pleasure and reward center of the human brain and alter its functioning. Addiction is not just physical or related to drug abuse, Addiction Life Coaches deal with the mental impact it has of the whole person.

Here are a few types of addictions that are common for life coaches
a) Alcoholics
b) Drug Abuse
c) Sex addicts
d) Gamblers

Often drug abuse and other kinds of addiction lands the abuser in jail however, the process of life style changes and recovery doesn’t have to stop. Life coaches help people right out of confinement in readjusting to the world and provide support for them from falling back into their old patterns.

Addiction remains majorly a social problem and support from peers, family and society members is vital for remission. Quite often biases from time of addiction can be held against clean users and pose as major stressors for rehabilitation.

A life coach is there to bring all the pieces together, make them work collectively for the benefit of the patient.
Benefits of a Life Coach
• Boosting their inspiration to succeed
• Managing day to day life stressors
• Managing life style changes
• Holding the addict accountable to the recovery plan

A life coach sets the pattern for recovery and provides support along the way.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

Hire an Academic & Career Coach and Here is Why

Hire an Academic & Career Coach and Here is Why

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

This is easier said than done, I must say….

ADHD Coach

Hire an ADHD Academic & Career Coach to Help

DOES your student seem to have a never ending cycle of distraction upon distraction? You just want to head them in the right direction in life?

Do they head for the door at the first mention of words like “planning” and “scheduling”?

Find the power of motivation and change with ADHD Academic & Career Coaching. By the client digging into their personal strengths, desire, and passions with their coach, they can chart a course to success. It is a great resource for high school, college students or adults. While it is not an end all cure, it is an excellent management system; especially if used in conjunction with medication, counseling and other support systems. Here are a few tools that are implemented with coaching for executive function deficits such as planning, organizing, prioritizing and emotional regulating.

Day Planners and Time Management

A day planner can affect the way your days and time is managed. If you really follow what you jotted down, through an accountability plan with your coach, you can take control and make daily functioning more purposeful. This is an excellent way to keep yourself on time and on track with accountability.

Study Habits

This is probably the toughest department for a student with the inability to focus for a substantial length of time. Some excellent tips for focusing that a coach can help create accountability around:

  • Break study time into small sessions that aren’t as daunting as continuous sessions of studying.
  • Use your smartphone! Make it work as your study buddy, allow the habit of a smartphone to work in your favor.
  • Start with the most boring or interesting subject based on your tolerance.
  • Use color coding, filing and sticky notes to make dull subjects more interesting and colorful.
  • Design and make your study space more interesting more interactive.
  • Add elements that would interest you

 

External Accountability System

Now, why should all of this require a coach? Why not just download all the information, dos and don’ts and get to work yourself? Having a non-judgmental accountability system makes the relationship between your ADHD coach and you more effective.

You have the ship, the wind and the open sea! What you need is a navigator and your coach will be just that.

Why coaching works?

It creates a working relationship that is individualized. A coach will guide you to build a system around your comforts, strengths and weaknesses. This will make you more organized, focused and capable of decision-making while holding you accountable to your customized plan.

The great thing about this relationship is that it is flexible and it evolves, grows and changes with the individual and their coach.   Whether you are deciding on a high school, college or career coach, the benefits of accountability will help one reach their goals.

With motivation and a desire to work towards a better life, coaching will lead you to feel in control, balanced and less overwhelmed by day to day tasks.

Now, you will have a clear path to choose!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

 

 

Craft Your Personal Purpose and Define Your Career Path

Craft Your Personal Purpose and Define Your Career Path

Craft Your Personal Purpose and Define Your Career Path

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are      -Carl Jung

Life Purpose

Don’t let your ADHD or other challenges keep you back from a life of purpose and a career you love.   Start to define your own personal purpose with this guide and create, what you want from your life despite your struggles.

Why Define Your Purpose?

When you act without purpose, you risk being reactive instead of proactive. This means that instead of consciously making the decisions that lead to the life you want, you simply react to what falls into your lap.

You can create a proactive life – one where you consciously determine your likes, dislikes, goals, and plans to reach those goals – by learning about yourself, and applying your self-knowledge to your career decisions.

We are all a combination of our genetic traits, like innate skills and talents, and our personal history and experiences.

Personal history includes our expectations, what we are familiar with, and what seems realistic or unrealistic to us. For example, if you grew up around doctors, you might see it as realistic to become a doctor yourself; but if you had no family members or family friends who were doctors growing up, then becoming a doctor might seem out of reach.

This expectation has nothing to do with your innate potential.

These learned attitudes can hold us back from pursuing careers that are well-suited to our goals. That’s why it is so important to consciously analyze what you enjoy, and what you want out of a career – and then investigate which careers will allow you to best fulfill your purpose.

By defining your personal purpose and learning about yourself, you’ll give yourself goals to strive for and tools to engage with the challenges and curveballs of life head on!

When you live with purpose, you become passionate about living. You are in touch with your drives and passions, and have a purpose you’ve chosen to keep you focused and motivated. To start making the most of your life, the first step is to create this personal purpose.

A Good Place to Start: Investigate Your Inner Narrative

Below, I’ve listed some questions to help you identify your passions. Spend some time with these questions to get into the headspace of paying attention to your own joys and strengths, with a sharp eye out for why these things make you happy. These are only a few of the questions that can help you to see the patterns of what brings you joy, what stresses you out, and what you are really good at.

To get the most out of these questions, please answer them honestly.

  • What motivates me in life?
  • What have I wanted, but never gotten, in life?
  • What energizes me? How?
  • What brings me the most joy? Why?
  • What are my biggest interests?
  • What do I REALLY REALLY want in life?
  • Who do I enjoy being around? Why?

Now, how can you turn these loves and desires into a statement of purpose for the next several years of your life?

Is there a passion, skill, or craft that you want to devote your life to perfecting? Is there an area of study that you want to devote your life to advancing? Is building wealth your top priority? Or is there a type of challenge you’d like to devote your life to helping others overcome?

There are countless possible answers, but some could look like this:

  • My purpose in life is to help end world hunger.
  • My purpose in life is to help people look and feel their best.
  • My purpose in life is to empower others through education.
  • My purpose in life is to care for the sick.
  • My purpose in life is to become an artist whose work moves people.
  • My purpose in life is to change laws and policies to create a better world.
  • My purpose in life is to build as much wealth as possible for my family in future generations.

Consider which way of contributing might suit you best. For example, are you a people person, or do you prefer to work alone? Do you like to do hands-on work, or do you prefer to study and work out theories?

Consider these possible professions that correspond with the type of life purpose:

  • A person could help end world hunger by being a scientist, a politician, or a founder or employee of an organization devoted to hunger relief.
  • A person could help others to look and feel their best as a fitness trainer, a cosmetologist, a nutritionist, or a fashion designer.
  • A person could empower others through education as a school teacher, a founder or staff member of an adult or extracurricular education program, or a producer of educational media.

Note that even within each of these purposes, many different careers requiring different skills are necessary to fulfill them.   Defining your personal purpose helps you choose your life goals, and possible career paths to reach them!

To read more about finding your passion career, purchase my book

Happiness + Passion + Purpose Book A Step By Step Guide On How To Nourish The Patterns Of Your Life Into The Job You Will Love And Land It!

 

 

The Under Used Tactic to Land a Job: Informational Interviewing

The Under Used Tactic to Land a Job: Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing might just be the best way to get a job and yet it is underused by most job seekers.  Whenever I work with a career development client and we get to the informational interviewing step, I am met with hesitance and  resistance. I get it!  Cold calling is a scary and dreaded way to talk to a potential employer, but it is so effective!

Really, the problem is that  It is misunderstood and overlooked as a means to get a foot in the door for a job.

Interview call

Think of an information interview meeting as a networking opportunity. This is a one-on-one meeting with a key person in a field that you have a high interest in.

It may be that you have preconceived ideas about a particular career. Information interviewing can give you a better sense of what it would be like to work in the field you’ve chosen. It is first-hand, realistic, information you can use to form your idea of your ideal career.

An informational interview is less formal than a real interview. It allows you the opportunity to show off your personality, your skills, interests, and aptitude in a semi-relaxed atmosphere. Because of this, you will likely come across as more authentic to the interviewer. An informational interview gives a prospective employer better insight into who you are, and how you might be a good fit for the organization in the near future. This is a win-win situation for everyone.

“Foot in the door”

At the typical interview that follows an application, you might feel that you’re in an interview mill—the interviewer bored with all the candidates and simply saying, “Next. Next,” after each interview. This may leave you feeling less than confident in your ability to outperform the next person. With an information interview, you aren’t going to be competing for a time slot, and chances are the interviewer has 15-20 minutes they can carve out of their busy day to talk shop. Many people enjoy this opportunity to talk about themselves, and about how they got to where they are, as well as to help young job-seekers find a springboard from which to launch their careers.

Because informational interviews are less formal—and stressful—the conversations usually flow easier.   Remember, you aren’t there to ask for a job. You’re only there to learn. You want information that will help guide you in the direction of the career best suited for YOU. This means you are the one in control of the questions and the outcome of the interview. This is a great time to let your guard down a little, let your true personality shine, as well as briefly showcase how your skills benefit the company. You can also take the opportunity to ask more strategic questions—questions that help you, but perhaps would not be appropriate at a real interview. You can ask about benefits, salary, and even the social climate of the organization without portraying yourself in a negative light.

Gain insight, and Practice Interviewing

This is the opportunity for you to come in prepared to ask the right questions. People enjoy telling their story and you can get a real sense of what the company or career might be like, and so determine whether your chosen career is truly a good fit for you.

Additionally, if some parts of the interview process intimidate you, this is an excellent way to come up with a game-plan and practice. Remember practice ONLY makes for improvement.

Mentorship

If you feel a connection with the person you meet with, you may well have lucked into a mentoring relationship opportunity. Your interviewer might really be impressed with the initiative you show by requesting an informational interview, and may be willing to offer further advice and support. And this goes both ways. Because of the rapport you build in this interview, you yourself might ask for further guidance via follow ups which we’ll talk about later in this chapter.

How to conduct yourself at the interview

  • You should regard each interview as a business appointment and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  • Write a THANK YOU NOTE to the people you have interviewed. Report back to them if you have followed up on any suggestions.

The last thing to remember is that informational interviews are extremely effective. How effective? According to Dr. Randall Hansen, founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the web, “While one out of every 200 resumes (some studies put the number as high as 1,500 resumes) results in a job offer, one out of every 12 informational interviews results in a job offer.”

Informational Interviews are so effective that despite that the stated aim is NOT to get a job, many  Informational Interviews still end up with a job offer.

So, go ahead and pick up that phone, you may just land a job!

To read more about interviewing, resumes and finding your passion career, purchase my book

Happiness + Passion + Purpose Book A Step By Step Guide On How To Nourish The Patterns Of Your Life Into The Job You Will Love And Land It!