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.
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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.
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.”
Champion Your Career
Markley offers the following quiz to help evaluate just how effectively you are choosing:
1. Is there joy, lightness and ease in your life? Always? Often? Sometimes? Rarely? Never?
2. How often are you wholeheartedly involved in what you’re doing?
3. How often do you feel good about what you are doing and who you are with at that time?
4. How often do you feel stress or strain?
5. How often are you bored?
6. How often do you regret having committed yourself yet continue anyway?
7. How often do you miss something important to you (like fun, time with loved ones, exercise, study, growing your business)?
8. How often do you consciously choose?
9. If you could do anything with or without anyone, how often would that coincide with what you do?
10. How much of your life is better than it was this time last year?
11. How much of your life will be better this time next year?
“People who choose well have more of what they want in their lives,” says Markley. “Indecision is exhausting. Choice is freeing.”