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.
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.
Champion Your Career
It is far better to change your mind than to stick with a decision that you know is wrong for you.
To summarize, here are the steps involved in decision-making:
1. Recognize the need for a decision.
2. Define the decision to be made.
3. Gather information and define your options.
4. Determine the probable outcomes and your willingness to take risks.
5. Evaluate your options and select one.
6. Take action to implement the option you have chosen.
7. Evaluate the outcome of your decision.
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.