Halimah Madeline Bellows

Self-Help

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Halimah Madeline Bellows

At an early age Halimah Bellows became aware of her natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as her desire to be of service to others. In her life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, she has been able to marry her fascination with people’s stories with her deep interest in the world of work. A Pacific Northwest and California-based career/coach for more than 20 years, Halimah Bellows holds an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Exeter, an MS in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and received training at The Coaches Training Institute and Retirement Options to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS, she is a seasoned workshop presenter, group facilitator and talk show guest. In addition to assisting people through career transitions and supporting retirees to “retire with fire”, she also focusses on helping couples and business partnerships build powerful intentional relationships as well as empowering artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals to develop their business and achieve their dreams.

Books

Champion Your Career

Self-Help

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, it provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career. About 493 characterw

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Decision Making Strategies

People change careers in America generally between five and seven times in a lifetime. This is just something to bear in mind so you don’t get caught up in the dead-end thinking of, “This is my choice and I have to stick with it for the rest of my life.” You don’t because you grow and as you grow you may change and you may find what was rewarding to you once may not be rewarding at a later time. You have to embrace the change. But the career development process remains the same each time you make a change. The first question you need to answer is, “Who am I?” That’s the bottom line. Then you have to know what your interests are and what you are passionate about. You need to explore your values and assess your skills, your strengths, and your talents.

Verve Up our Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here. My favorite saying about core values is: “The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy, healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in this world. When we honor our values regularly and consistently, life is good. When we are living from our core values, we feel fulfilled. Our values serve as a compass, pointing out what it means to be true to ourselves, and providing a sense of authenticity, self -respect and peace.

Decision Making Strategies

Finding a career that’s right for you is a process. As you know, we all change during our lifetime. What’s right for us today may not be right for us in five years. People change careers in America generally between five and seven times in a lifetime. This is just something to bear in mind so you don’t get caught up in the dead-end thinking of, “This is my choice and I have to stick with it for the rest of my life.” You don’t because you grow and as you grow you may change and you may find what was rewarding to you once may not be rewarding at a later time.

Retire With Fire

To have a quality retirement, you need to incorporate the qualities and elements you would miss most from your work life as you enter into your retirement. You need to explore your interests and be ready to discover and experiment with new ways of thinking, behaving and engaging with others, based on your self-exploration. The questions and exercises in this chapter will help to stimulate a dialogue within yourself as well as between you and significant others so that you can extract new understanding about your needs and wants and gain a sense of what you would like to pursue in the future. The goal is for you to have the best possible retirement.

Verve Up Your Values

“The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy, healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in this world. When we honor our values regularly and consistently, life is good. When we are living from our core values, we feel fulfilled. Our values serve as a compass, pointing out what it means to be true to ourselves, and providing a sense of authenticity, self -respect and peace.

Power Up Your Passions

In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity, with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness. Saying “yes” to a calling tends to place you on a path where half of you doesn’t think it makes a bit of sense, but the other half knows your life won’t make any sense unless you participate in certain activities that automatically draw out your passion for life. You’ll also find that the bigger the calling, the more likely it is that it will fling opposing energies into your life. For example, one part of you will want to awaken, while another part wants you to stay in the comfortable, safe but unfulfilling lifestyle. So what is your calling? What feelings come to you as you imagine fully with all of your senses, living your life with passion and purpose? How do we know what our passions are? How do we uncover what brings us to a greater understanding of what our purpose is? And once we know our passion and purpose, how do we express them in a work environment so that our life is continually being fulfilled?

Clarifying Your Choices

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision. Take advantage of any opportunity to consult with the important people in your life. Often other people can identify skills and qualities that you possess even if you can’t see them in yourself. Discuss your questions and concerns with friends and family and, if you are a student, be sure to schedule a one-to-one appointment with the career advisor on your campus. Now is the time to begin a self-assessment process that will give you more choices, broaden your options, and give you the confidence to know you are on the right career path. A self-assessment will clarify your characteristics, interests, values and skills. It will define your strengths and your weaknesses. Looking for a match between these and the work you are considering is the most important step you can take before you write a résumé or begin the search for a job. In fact, when the time comes to write your résumé and prepare for a job interview, you will find the task easier if you have completed the self-assessment process first!

Focus on Your Future: Recognizing the Need fo

If you are already working, there are three main reasons why a career change might be right for you. First, it could be that you have the right job with the wrong company. For example, you may love the work you do as an administrative assistant, but you may not like the philosophy of the company, or you may find that you cannot stand behind their mission. Their values are not a match for yours. If the environment, including the people, is not a good fit for you, even the right work you do will feel like you’re in the wrong job. The second reason could be that you have the wrong position in the right company. In this case, you should look at your passions, interests and skills and find a way to put them to use in your own position or in another job within the same company. For some people, it might be about finding time outside of work to make use of those skills. The third reason that career change might be right for you is that job security is an illusion. Y

Verve Up Your Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here. My favorite saying about core values is: “The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy, healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in this world. When we honor our values regularly and consistently, life is good. When we are living from our core values, we feel fulfilled. Our values serve as a compass, pointing out what it means to be true to ourselves, and providing a sense of authenticity, self -respect and peace.

Retire With Fire

To have a quality retirement, you need to incorporate the qualities and elements you would miss most from your work life as you enter into your retirement. You need to explore your interests and be ready to discover and experiment with new ways of thinking, behaving and engaging with others, based on your self-exploration. The questions and exercises in this chapter will help to stimulate a dialogue within yourself as well as between you and significant others so that you can extract new understanding about your needs and wants and gain a sense of what you would like to pursue in the future. The goal is for you to have the best possible retirement.

Change Careers with Courage

Any kind of change takes courage. People want to stay where they are comfortable. However, in order for you to be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you. Your Holland Code—the three job categories you are most attracted to—may change throughout your life. In fact, they most likely will change. Statistics show that people change careers up to three times throughout their lives—and some people pursue as many as seven careers. We are different people at age 20 than we are at age 30, 40, 50 or 60. We look at life differently and our values change too. That is why identifying your values is such a key part of career development. This process involves asking and answering questions of yourself about what is important to you, and observing what you feel passionately attracted to (as well as what you feel passionately repelled by).

Become Your Own Career Champion

This book is designed to help you understand that you have the power to be your own champion. You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Summoning Your Strengths and Skills

Recognizing Your Strengths In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas. When you see a little kid creating an amazing drawing or painting you say, “That kid is a natural.” It’s automatic. The child knows how to do it.

Jump Into Your Job Search

If you have done your homework in assessing your own values, skills and strengths and researching the current job market, you will find that these next steps in your job search will help you build the confidence you will need as you begin approaching potential employers.

Retire With Fire

In taking your first steps to retirement, ask yourself, “To what degree do I feel I am emotionally detached from the strivings and accomplishments of the work I am about to leave behind?” How much do you see yourself defined by your work? How much is your personal worth invested in your work world? By reflecting on these questions you will gain a clearer understanding of what you need to do to redefine and redesign your life in the process of retiring. Even if you plan to continue working on a part -time basis, your leisure time will increase. So you will be focusing on making a smooth transition from full-time work to more leisure time. After you have explored the qualities you highly enjoyed in the workplace, consider ways to fulfill those same needs in your increased leisure time. This will make your transition much less stressful and uncertain.

Verve Up Your Values

If you feel your life is unfulfilled and unhappy or has too much conflict in it, then it may be that you are leading a life that is not in accord with your own core values. The question is: Do you know your own personal core values? Do you know whether or not you are expressing them in your daily life? Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work Let’s go jewel hunting for core values by considering the following question: What in your life is important to you? Step 1: Don’t think about your answers at first. Just write down whatever comes into your head no matter how strange, amusing or worrisome it may seem. These first answers are probably your intuitive answers; sometimes those are closer to the truth than answers that you “think” about. Step 2: Now think carefully about what is important in life for you. Take some time to consider your answers

Powering Up Your Passions

Too often we do so many things for others and get so involved in our really busy lives that we neglect ourselves. If you have been multitasking—doing a variety of things at the same time—you may be producing a lot of stress. Slow down. Stop. Give yourself time to pull yourself back and say, “Okay, all this is going on, but where am I? Who am I? Where do I want to go? Who do I want to be?” Next, take a look at where you are now with regard to your “zest” for life. When you are engaged in expressing your passion and purpose, you will automatically experience vitality.

Nourishing Your Network

Having more education or a better degree is not necessarily going to get you the job you want. There are a lot of variables here. Basically your success in landing a job lies in your ability to assess the totality of your life experiences and relate them to your career goals and the job opening you are pursuing. Then you need to be able to “sell” yourself to the prospective employer in the interview. Instead of thinking you have to get another degree, look at the skills you have and the ones that are transferable into different occupations. Then put your package together and market yourself.

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Your chances of achieving success in carrying out the actions you choose will be greatly enhanced by your ability to effectively set goals that give order and direction to your efforts. Here are the qualities that need to be considered in effective goal-setting: S – Specific. Your goals should be stated in detail, not in vague terms. M – Measurable. Your goals should be stated in language that includes definite quantities so that the degree of your success can be evaluated. A – Achievable. You need to be realistic about what you can actually do and avoid setting yourself up for failure R – Relevant. Make sure that the goal aligns with the actual outcome you want to achieve. T – Targeted. Give yourself a realistic, definite time frame for carrying out the action. The more often you apply the guidelines of S.M.A.R.T goal-setting to results you want to achieve, the more you will become accustomed to doing it automatically. Whenever you think of a result that you want to achieve, you will begin to think of it in terms of goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and targeted.

Becoming Your Own Career Champion

As you move through this process you will see that when you show up to work, you get to decide how your situation is going to be. There are no victims in the career development ladder unless you choose to be one. The inner voice that says, “I have to get a job,” gradually shifts to be more about, “I want to do something that feels good to me, something that serves me. I want to be in an environment that’s nurturing and productive.” Career Development Theory The theory of career development has not changed over the many years I have been doing this work. To answer the question “What career is right for you?” there are three important answers to seek out: 1. What are your interests? What do you love to do? 2. What are your values—professional as well as personal? 3. What are your skills and talents? All of the career tests, assessments and services are designed to determine this fundamental information. Defining Your Interests...

Retirement Planning

To have a quality retirement, you need to incorporate the qualities and elements you would miss most from your work life as you enter into your retirement. You need to explore your interests and be ready to discover and experiment with new ways of thinking, behaving and engaging with others, based on your self-exploration. The questions and exercises in this chapter will help to stimulate a dialogue within yourself as well as between you and significant others so that you can extract new understanding about your needs and wants and gain a sense of what you would like to pursue in the future. The goal is for you to have the best possible retirement.

Power Up Your Passions

As we listen more to our intuition, we come into conflict with the status quo and others’ expectations of who we are and what we should be doing. A natural consequence of aligning our own values and integrity is that we will inconvenience someone, including ourselves! Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it! Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied, even though perhaps all our material needs are taken care of.

Wotk Values

What are your work values? If you’re unhappy at work, it is likely because your values are not being met in the workplace. For example, if you value autonomy and independence and you have a boss who is constantly looking over your shoulder, you’re not going to be happy there as the situation is totally opposed to who you are and what you value. The job may be fun, you may like the work, but you either need to change your job or change your boss or, possibly, adopt a reframing attitude to bridge the gap between your values and the way your supervisor and coworkers value you. Your Work Environment Ask yourself what work environment will give you a combination of the values that matter most to you. Once you have determined the top three to five values you hold important, brainstorm on your own or with friends and research which jobs would likely meet most of these values. Working with others on all stages of research and development is extremely helpful.

Clarifying Your Choices

Many people try to fit into jobs advertised in newspapers or other sources. The employer today has many qualified candidates from which to choose. You will be seriously considered for a position only by showing the employer that you know who you are, what you can offer, and where you are going. You will need to commit some time to prepare your personal inventory. Your honesty and the quality of your work will predict your level of success in getting the right job. Write out your answers and the conclusions you come to as a permanent record of your thoughts and feelings. This data then becomes an important resource as you continue in your career planning and work search activities.

Reetiring with Fire

Now, for the first time in history, most people can expect to be in “retirement” for 15 to 30 years. It is generally accepted that after the stages of growing up (from birth to age 20) and building a career and family (from age 20 to age 60), retirement is now considered a wonderful new stage called “the Bonus Years.” We have this gift of time, combined with our skills and talents, to create the best stage of life for ourselves.

Clarifying Your Choices

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision. Take advantage of any opportunity to consult with the important people in your life. Often other people can identify skills and qualities that you possess even if you can’t see them in yourself. Discuss your questions and concerns with friends and family and, if you are a student, be sure to schedule a one-to-one appointment with the career advisor on your campus.

Develop Dynamic Decision Making - Strategies

Finding a career that’s right for you is a process. As you know, we all change during our lifetime. What’s right for us today may not be right for us in five years. People change careers in America generally between five and seven times in a lifetime. This is just something to bear in mind so you don’t get caught up in the dead-end thinking of, “This is my choice and I have to stick with it for the rest of my life.” You don’t because you grow and as you grow you may change and you may find what was rewarding to you once may not be rewarding at a later time.

Jump Into Your Job Search: The Resume

The Cover Letter Decide on the focus of your letter, tailor your information to the reader, and make sure that all the points keep on topic. Base your correspondence to employers around what you can do for them, not on what you want them to do for you. Let your enthusiasm be apparent. You do not want to lose the reader’s interest before he or she finishes the page. Avoid the words “as you can see,” because the reader may not be able to “see” the point the way you do.

Acknowledging Your Core Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences.

Recognizing Your Strengths

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas. When you see a little kid creating an amazing drawing or painting you say, “That kid is a natural.” It’s automatic. The child knows how to do it.

How You Fit In

Although the internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal, don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking, company research, a winning resumé, and thorough interview preparation. Take advantage of resources such as: • Professional and Trade Publications–There are thousands of magazines, journals, and newsletters with information about specific fields or industries which may also contain job listings. • Newspaper Advertisements–By analyzing ads you can unearth valuable information relating to today’s job market. You may want to consider subscribing to a major newspaper in your chosen area when involved in a long-distance job search. You can learn of current salaries, pick up buzz-words to use in cover letters and at interviews, and find out which skills, qualifications, degrees and work experiences to emphasize in your resumé and cover letter. Some newspapers provide web pages where they include jobs that were advertised in recent editions. • Job Search Jump Starts—Libraries are a bountiful source of information about career development and labor markets.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives. What networking does is to tap into the hidden job market. This market is approximately 80 percent of the jobs that are available every day and do not get advertised.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives. What networking does is to tap into the hidden job market. This market is approximately 80 percent of the jobs that are available every day and do not get advertised. It is a myth that all jobs are advertised. If you think about it from the perspective of most employers, when there is a job opening within their company what are they going to do first?

Recognizing Your Strengths part two

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas.

Recognizing Your Strengths

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas.

THE COURAGE TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER

Your dream job will allow you to tap into your unique talents. Your skills and strengths are gifts that come naturally to you. If you are in your ideal career, it will feel like a perfect fit. It will allow you to express yourself fully and you will notice that your work will feel effortless. Your work will give you energy instead of draining you. If you’re not doing work that’s right for you, you will probably feel drained and tired when you come home. But if you’re doing what you love, you will feel energized by it instead of exhausted by it.

Choosing Well

Moving forward boldly with your decision-making process is essential to your success in your career and in all aspects of your life. Career coach Linda Markley () notes, “Many people put off making choices either from a fear of making the wrong choice or simply not getting around to it. Paradoxically, not making choices is harder work in the long run. If we make the big choices about what we want in our lives we have a direction, a blueprint against which we usually make the small choices (like what to pay attention to, what to do next) more obvious.”

Passions and Purpose

In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity, with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness. Saying “yes” to a calling tends to place you on a path where half of you doesn’t think it makes a bit of sense, but the other half knows your life won’t make any sense unless you participate in certain activities that automatically draw out your passion for life.

What Are Your Core Values?

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here.

Clarify Your Choices

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision.

Career Choices

When you do what you love, you believe in it. You want to do more of it. You feel you are making a difference and you feel happy about doing this work. Sometimes you’ll think about your work and it will bring about change in your life or help to clarify something else that’s important to you. Very frequently, if you love what you do, you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “Do I really get paid for doing this?” A dream job follows your wants instead of your “shoulds.” You’re listening to your intuition and to your heart instead of solely to your rational mind. When you listen to what your intuition says, then you will find that the rest of your life will start to rearrange itself so that you can truly be who you are and enjoy a truly meaningful life.

Your Career

Generally, when you do what you love, you believe in it. You want to do more of it. You feel you are making a difference and you feel happy about doing this work. Sometimes you’ll think about your work and it will bring about change in your life or help to clarify something else that’s important to you. If you love what you do, you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “Do I really get paid for doing this?” Your dream job can feel more like a hobby than a job!

Retire With Fire- The five stages of retirement

It has been observed that there are basically five stages to retirement. By understanding these stages you will find it easier to deal with the emotional component of retirement, a pivotal transition from an active work life to creating an identity outside the work environment.

Part Two of Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding F

By answering the second question you can help uncover the real or underlying value for you. So for you, perhaps money is not the real value; perhaps the real value is “security” or “being successful” or “being independent” or “being able to provide for my family.” It’s always helpful to anchor or relate the values you express to real world situations. If you say you value “honesty” or “teamwork,” write down what “honesty” or “teamwork” would mean in terms of your behavior and how it would impact others.

Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Wo

Many people cannot express what their five to ten core values are and thus are living lives unconnected to them. This ambivalence can lead to a life of unhappiness, discontent, conflict and unease. Some may feel conflicted because they are trying to live a life according to the values of a certain company, religious or political organization, or the values of their friends and colleagues or their partner rather, than living a life according to their own core values. If you feel your life is unfulfilled and unhappy or has too much conflict in it, then it may be that you are leading a life that is not in accord with your own core values. The question is: Do you know your own personal core values? Do you know whether or not you are expressing them in your daily life?

Retire With Fire

We have this gift of time, combined with our skills and talents, to create the best stage of life for ourselves. The greatest mistake, however, is thinking that our retirement years will be happy and perfect without any planning or preparation. It’s magical thinking that will lead to depression, disappointment, and even declining health. This chapter is about how, when you’re approaching your retirement years, you can reinvent yourself and allow or effect a transformation into a fulfilling new life.

Focus on Your Future

This book is designed to help you understand that you have the power to be your own champion. You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Doing What You Love

As we listen more to our intuition, we come into conflict with the status quo and others’ expectations of who we are and what we should be doing. A natural consequence of aligning our own values and integrity is that we will inconvenience someone, including ourselves!

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

This process takes courage. What we’re talking about is a leap of faith. Go through this process as many times as you need to in order to become clear on who you are, what you want, and what your interests, values, passions and purpose are. Then develop a strategy to test your choices for your next career path. Your chances of achieving success in carrying out the actions you choose will be greatly enhanced by your ability to effectively set goals that give order and direction to your efforts. Here are the qualities that need to be considered in effective goal-setting:

Does Your Career Blend with Your Personal Life?

If your work life and your personal life do not add up to a high enough level of satisfaction, then you might be ready to look at a career change. Either way, this book will help you determine what your basic needs are for happiness in the workplace, as well as your personal life. Then it will help you move on to a higher level of overall satisfaction in your life.

Dynamic Decision Making Strategies

Decision-making is a process—a process that can be so short as to be almost instantaneous or one that can so completely involve your thoughts as to lead to paralysis. The process presented in this chapter of my book will enable you to select the appropriate strategy for various situations step by step.

Our Core Values

My favorite saying about core values is: “The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy, healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in this world.

Recognizing Your Talents and Strengths

Talents and strengths are related; they work together. An example of a talent could be the ability to organize people, to motivate people. There are people who are linguists. They don’t have to work too hard at learning a new language. They just pick up a language naturally. You can learn a language, yes, and it is a skill, but some people have what we call natural ability. Some people pick it up one, two, three and others just struggle. It’s a natural ability to be a linguist, to learn languages. For some people it just comes and it flows. So that is basically how you can recognize a talent.

Changing Careers to Fit Who You Are Now!

People change careers in America generally between five and seven times in a lifetime. This is just something to bear in mind so you don’t get caught up in the dead-end thinking of, “This is my choice and I have to stick with it for the rest of my life.” You don’t because you grow and as you grow you may change and you may find what was rewarding to you once may not be rewarding at a later time.

Changing Careers Takes Courage

Any change takes courage. To be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you. The job you are most attracted to may change throughout your life. Personalized career coaching exercises will assist you to explore your passions, values and recognize your strengths and skills. Once you have those, you will apply strategies for determining your desired career.

A Wake-Up Call to Meaningful Work

If you’re stressing out over people and situations that you absolutely believe you have no control over, it is time for an emotional adjustment either by shifting your attitude or shifting into a more satisfying work experience.

Find Out Where You Fit

Although the internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal, don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking, company research, a winning résumé, and thorough interview preparation. Take advantage of resources such as: • Professional and Trade Publications–There are thousands of magazines, journals, and newsletters with information about specific fields or industries which may also contain job listings.

Become Your Own Career Champion!

You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Change Careers With Courage

Any kind of change takes courage. People want to stay where they are comfortable. However, in order for you to be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you.

The Importance of Self-Assessment

Whether you are a college student with little or no work history or an experienced worker seeking a new career direction, finding your way through the maze of career options available today can be daunting unless you have clarity about the choices that are appropriate for you. This clarity can be gained only through careful and honest self-assessment of your personality, your values your strengths and your skills.

Passion and Purpose

Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied.

Defining Your Purpose

Defining your purpose is the first step in doing work that you love; work that encourages you to grow as a human being.

Finding Your Dependable Strengths

Finding your dependable strengths is a very powerful process. The first step you have to take is to identify your life’s good experiences, because your dependable strengths will emerge through these experiences.

Do What you Love to Do and Never Work a Day in You

If you are doing what you love to do, it allows you to be your true self all of the time. Think about it. It really takes a tremendous amount of energy on a daily basis to not be authentic at work. Sometimes we feel we have to take on a sort of “false persona” to fulfill the job requirements. Your ideal job will enable you to be who you are and not waste any energy.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives.

Recognizing Your Strengths is Key

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths.

Verve Up Your Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here.

Defining Your Purpose

Defining your purpose is the first step in doing work that you love; work that encourages you to grow as a human being. In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity, with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness.

Change Careers With Courage

We are different people at age 20 than we are at age 30, 40, 50 or 60. We look at life differently and our values change too. That is why identifying your values is such a key part of career development which involves asking and answering questions of yourself about what is important to you, and observing what you feel passionately attracted to (as well as what you feel passionately repelled by).

Passion and Purpose

Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it!

Become Your Own Career Champion

You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world.

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