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A Career Crafted from Seeds in Your Life

A Career Crafted from Seeds in Your Life

 Your Life Story Already Contains Seeds Of A Career
You Will Love 

“If you’re not the hero of your talent story, you simply become a player in one you didn’t choose.”—Jay Perry 

You’re already the hero of your talent story, even if you don’t yet believe it. The story of your life holds clues to your talents and a career you’ll love. While you may see mostly challenges and maybe even failures as you look at your life, when you take time to reflect you’ll realize how abundant with career choice potential your life story is.

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Perhaps, like many of my clients, you’ve struggled with ADHD or dyslexia and the challenges they bring. The stress of such struggles often blinds you to your successes, causing you to focus solely on your weaknesses and leaving you afraid to pursue a new career.  

Or your challenge may be more of a physical nature that causes you to be uncertain about your career options. My client, Rosa, was a 71 year-old emergency room (ER) nurse who loved her work and didn’t want to retire, but she could no longer perform the rigorous physical labor her ER nursing career required. Rosa wanted help channeling her passion for nursing into something new that let her draw on her substantial experience while honoring her need for less physical rigor.  

Together, we crafted a strategy that helped her gain valuable insights into the patterns woven into her life story and discern viable options that were open to her as a highly experienced nurse.  

Discover Career Options You Never Knew Existed 

Rosa was ultimately delighted to discover the field of telemedicine, where nurses and doctors offer basic recommendations to patients on the phone or online. She now works from the comfort of her own home as a telemedicine nurse drawing on her tremendous amount of hands-on medical experience. 

Technology is but one option that allows employers to offer more flexible working arrangements and remote work positions, not only for seniors but for younger people who have physical or other disabilities that prohibit them from a more traditional position in their profession. 

So take heart. If you feel discouraged by your challenges, there are several important developments that might be the solution to a new career you’ll love. They include: 

Technological developments:Today our world is filled with new techniques, discoveries, and technologies that can give you new capabilities if you understand them. In a world of constantly evolving apps and web services, it may be possible to truly wow an employer, client, or potential employer by refreshing your knowledge and periodically looking for new tools that let you do a job you love in a different way than you originally envisioned. 

Job market evolutions: New types of jobs are constantly being created to replace or alter existing ones – perhaps including yours. Salaries  and work culture change. These all lead to demand for new skills that can give you an edge if you acquire them. 

Check out https://www.MyNextMove.org, an excellent free resource with lots of data for learning about new job market trends and projections. As you pull together all your interests, patterns, and strengths from your life story, you will be able to discern a career you’ll love and then seek out resources that will help you assess how your skills and knowledge measure up to those of your target career field. Being able to tell employers that you’re current on the latest techniques and technology, or that you have a skill that can give them a competitive edge, is a definite asset on résumés, cover letters, and in interviews. 

Government policy changes: For example, Rosa discovered that while telemedicine positions were quite rare ten years ago, with rising costs of healthcare and stricter government requirements which compel insurance companies to offer more to their customers, many insurance companies now hire nurses to speak with customers by phone to provide more cost-effective and accessible health and medical advice. You too may discover a policy change that benefits you in your particular choice of career. 

Claim Your Role As Your Life Hero 

Take time to reflect on your own life story. Find a quiet place to sit with a pen and notebook, and write your story. You can do this in several sessions over a period of time.  

What patterns do you notice? What opportunities can you find to reframe something you’ve believed is negative into a positive? What strengths and interests have you developed from your history? 

You’re in charge of telling your unique story in a way that best serves you. Many of us criticize ourselves relentlessly for the choices we’ve made and the paths we’ve taken. But if you could tell your story any way you want, free from the opinions of other people, what would you choose to tell? Claim your role as hero of your own talent story, and find out. 

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, 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 or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

When You’re Going Through HELL, Keep Going!

When You’re Going Through HELL, Keep Going!

How Your Challenges Bring You Success

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” –Winston Churchill

Life is full of challenges. The mere act of living creates contrast between what you want and what you don’t want. Which is wonderful because experiencing what’s unwanted – also known as a challenge – brings you much greater clarity about what you do want.

In other words, the times you struggle are ripe with enormous potential to define your path to success.

An Easy Life Isn’t Necessarily A Successful One

Going through Hell

Sounds counter-intuitive, right? Surely if you got everything you wanted and life was easy, you’d be much more successful?

Well, think of it like building muscle. When you do resistance training, your muscles grow. You challenge yourself by increasing the weight you lift. By working through the challenge of lifting a heavier weight, you reach your fitness goals. The same principle applies for achieving the success you seek; by working through your challenges, not only can reach your goals but you can hone the details and get clear about what you want to achieve.

There will be days when you want to give up.

Exhausting times when you feel you can’t take one more step. When you want to lay your head down and weep.

When you do, pause. Rest. Rejuvenate.

But only for a brief time.

And then carry on.

Because you won’t forgive yourself if you quit.

You’ll forever wonder what you could have accomplished if only you hadn’t given up.

And you don’t have to struggle alone! Reach out to someone you trust: a friend, mentor, family member, or coach. Share your story. Let them know about your dreams and goals. Ask how they can support you. 

Sometimes you need is someone to be a sounding board while you bounce ideas off them. Someone to keep you honest when you can’t clearly see your situation, you’re feeling discouraged, and you want to give up.  And someone to celebrate your victories with you, no matter how big or small. 

Challenges Are Fertile Ground

I know it’s asking a lot to want you to view your challenges as something positive.

Some days it’s easier than others.

But what if you really got, in your bones, that struggle is a precursor to success? 

You will learn to appreciate the times you’ve been challenged. You become a person who sees the positive aspects in all of her life experiences; who feels grateful for her opportunities; whose optimism inspires not only herself but those around her.

Overcoming your challenges brings gratitude, an essential component of an excellent life. When you regularly look for things in your life to be grateful for, you cultivate a mindset that challenges are positive and failure simply doesn’t exist.

Be Ready For Success On Your Terms, Not Anyone Else’s

I don’t wish hard times on anyone. I’ve just been around long enough to know that life throws us curve balls all on its own. And when it does, I want you to be ready to knock that ball out of the park.

Maybe not the first time.

Or the second.

But I want you to face your struggles head on and dig deep for the treasure within them:

  • Clarity
  • Ease (Yes, ease can flow from struggle!)
  • Contentment
  • Fulfillment

Leading, ultimately, to a successful life, however you define success.

And that’s the truly great part. Success will be on yourterms, not anyone else’s. Your life is unique. There’s no one else who can experience it, live it, and respond to the circumstances. This uniqueness in turn makes your goals, dreams, and aspirations unlike anyone else’s.

You’ll Be Grateful For Your Struggles

I promise you, one day you’ll look back and be grateful for the times you struggled. Because those challenges brought you personal fulfillment you couldn’t have discovered any other way, just as a beautiful pearl can’t be formed without a grain of sand in an oyster provoking irritation.

When you’ve moved through your struggles, your life will become that pearl.

So when you’re going through hell, keep going. Even if you pause to rest, you’re not quitting—you’re building more perseverance. Hold your head high and carry on. You’ll be glad you did.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, 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 or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. 

Transform Life Challenges Into A Perfect Career

Transform Life Challenges Into A Perfect Career

How To Transform Your Life Challenges Into A Perfect Career

Most of us perceive the challenges we’ve experienced in our life to be barriers or limitations on our choice of career. For example, if you have a learning disability you may believe you’re not cut out for a career requiring a lot of writing and researching. You may feel your lack of detailed understanding of business financials means you can’t be a corporate executive; or, conversely, your love of numbers and spreadsheets prevents you from being an effective people manager.

But when you dig down into the core of the challenges you’ve experienced, you mine the gold nuggets of your strengths, interests, and talents forged as you went through your struggles.

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Be Proud Of The Challenges You’ve Faced

While there are many people who go through similar challenges, your history and personality uniquely shape your responses to and outcomes of your struggles. Sometimes without even realizing it, you hone keen self-awareness you never would have without the circumstances you encountered.

Be proud of your challenges; they’re the source of so much of your resiliency and wisdom.

Your Challenges Become A Treasure Map

Here are 5 steps to draw on your wisdom and map a route to guide you to the perfect career for you. Gather up a timer, a pen or pencil, and a notebook. Choose a time when you won’t be interrupted. Sit in a quiet place and set the timer for 30 minutes. Then:

  1. Spend the first few minutes sitting quietly with your eyes closed.
  2. In your notebook, quickly jot down the challenges you’ve faced. The more honest you are with yourself, the more value you’ll get from this exercise. There’s nothing to be hesitant about or ashamed of – simply note what happened.
  3. See if you can find any patterns in your past situations: how they came to be, how you reacted, how you solved them, how you felt. Be curious, like a scientist collecting data.
  4. Write down any interests, talents, or strengths you believe came about from your challenges.
  5. When the timer goes off, stop writing, sit back, and relax for a few more minutes. Reflect on the experience

A neutral third party such as a coach is incredibly valuable to help you unearth the most compelling details and revelations; to keep you honest with yourself; and to point out strengths or talents you may not even be aware you’ve developed.

Let’s Follow The Map To The Treasure: Your Ideal Career

Once you’ve finished the mapping exercise above, you can follow the map to discover your ideal career. Here’s how:

  • Choose a tool that will help you refine the information you’ve developed about yourself. I recommend Holland’s Codes and Gallup’s Strengths Finder to start. And I’ve developed a number of exercises for you in my book Happiness, Passion and Purpose, which will be published in early 2019.
  • With your coach’s support, brainstorm even more career choices. You want to be thorough and not rush through this stage.
  • Set aside quiet time to reflect on and rank the possibilities.
  • Allow yourself to envision and play with different scenarios. Sketching or writing out the possibilities will unleash your creativity; as you play, you’ll hone in on your top one or two choices.
  • Draft a plan to explore the practicalities: for example, any training or education you may need; the typical work schedule of your chosen career; and the salary range.

If you get bogged down, don’t be discouraged! Simply pause and come back to this process when you feel refreshed. You may need to complete it in stages over a period of days or weeks, and that’s fine.

What Riches Will You Discover?

Rather than perceiving your struggles as barriers to a fulfilling career, I’ve shown you how you can deliberately mine your challenges to discover a wealth of insight, wisdom, and clarity that will guide you to a career you’ll love.

The reason most people drift to and through lackluster careers isn’t a lack of awareness, or smarts, or information. Rather, they don’t believe they can transform their challenges into careers where they can soar

But you’re going to be different, right?

You’re going to set out on a voyage of self-discovery and reap the reward of a fulfilling career crafted on your passion, purpose, and strengths. And when you do, you’ll discover how valuable your struggles truly have been.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, 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 or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

The ultimate goal of ADHD career coaching

ADHD Career Coaching

Finding a Perfect Career Match when you have ADHD

The ultimate goal of career coaching is about finding the perfect career match to help you discover your hidden capabilities and talents. Career coaches work with people to help them in seeking to explore career options. This is a good fit for someone seeking help after college or experienced professionals contemplating a career change.

The elements of our Career Coaching Program start with your end goal in mind and a plan to execute your next steps.

It will provide the structure and planning needed.  You and your coach will analyze where you are on your road-map to a successful career.   With the help of an ADHD career coach, the path is clear and direct. The client and ADHD career coach work closely creating a tactical plan using customized strategies and habit building routines that will help you get to where you want to go in your career path.

“A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision will leave you uninspired. But a vision with a plan can guide your destiny to reality.” – Michelle

 

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, 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 or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

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