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  • Contact Dee Relyea — Career Life Coaching
    Now is a good time to assess where you are in your career and in your life Are you happy fulfilled and feeling appreciated for your efforts at work If not don t let more time go by doing work that isn t satisfying You CAN have fulfilling work Here s how Career Jumpstart 90 Minutes of Personal Coaching 200 value Just 100 Please visit my Specials page for more information Follow Me 3 Keys to a Good Business Idea Tweets by deerelyea Amazon com Widgets Recent Posts Growing Gratitude 8 Questions to Ask Yourself in 2015 Career Passion and Purpose How to Be Your Best Self How Rob Got His Dream Job Search this Blog Choose Your Interests achievement appreciation attitude awareness balance book review Business career change consulting creativity employment empowerment energy enlightenment Entrepreneurship freelance fulfillment getting hired gifts goals gratitude holiday Ideas interviews job joy love marketing meditation mind Passions peace play resolutions self actualization Self Employment social media Starting a Business stress management talents travel values vision work Categories Career Transition Featured Finding Your Passion Self Development Starting a Business Videos Archives Archives Select Month November 2015 January 2015 February 2014 December 2013 October 2013 July

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  • Dee Relyea — Career Life Coaching
    our brains did you know scientists now say we have as many as 80 000 thoughts a day When we stop following the monkeys from branch to branch we may hear our small inner voice our intuition our higher Self prompting us and nudging us to move toward that alignment of passion and purpose Here are some of the books I recommend to help you find that dream job your purpose your passions The Passion Test The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose Janet and Chris Atwood Build Your Dreams How To Make a Living Doing What You Love Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden Inspired Unstoppable Wildly Succeeding in Your Life s Work Tama Kieves I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It Barbara Sher Zen and the Art of Making a Living A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design Lawrence Boldt We re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value the rapture that is associated with being alive is what it is all about Joseph Campbell Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With career Dream intention job Passions Purpose values How to Be Your Best Self December 20 2013 by Dee Relyea Holidays aren t always Jolly days There are more errands to run tasks to do lists to make and follow through We get stressed out trying to get it all done so that we can actually enjoy the season Then there are the social gatherings some mandatory and not always pleasant Sometimes it s our own family interactions that put a damper on our best intentions to have a Happy Holiday How can you shift this scenario and bring the Happy back into the holidays Try being your Best Self Carolyn Hax a columnist for the Washington Post was recently asked how to define Best Self Here is how she answered that question in her column of Dec 13th It s when you like yourself Or when you re getting the most out of your strengths and succumbing the least to your weaknesses It s highly personal but here are some ideas for cultivating strength Are you doing things that are meaningful to you well suited to your interests skills and talents and challenging enough to keep you humble This is also the key to joy in your chosen work Are you with people to whom you want to be kind who reinforce your good choices and who don t inspire persistent doubts about whether they re dependable genuinely fond of you free of ulterior motives honest with you Are you that person to those you love When you are impressed by grateful or concerned about someone do you show it Do you take responsibility for your choices and their consequences This is hard for many but if you can consistently operate this way you will stop blaming others external circumstances for your life as it is you stop being or feeling like a victim and instead begin feeling and being empowered Don Miguel Ruiz says in his book The Four Agreements Be impeccable with your word and Always do your best Similarly Hax asks the reader Do you honor your promises and commitments to yourself and others and Are you representing yourself honestly to yourself and others How about dealing with your weaknesses so that you can be your best self Here are some of the questions Carolyn asks her readers to consider Do you resist the impulse to blame others when things go wrong Do you understand the boundary between you and others business and stay on your side When you re unsure do you admit that and seek help When you re about to express negativity or a criticism do you ask yourself whether it needs expressing And imagine how its target will feel I challenge you to consider these questions and be honest with yourself in your answers This doesn t mean berating yourself or wallowing in regret Forgiveness is a powerful activator for positive change Forgive yourself and others for not being their best selves and move on In every moment we can choose to be our best self and by doing so we become more mindful and sometimes even JOLLY Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year Dee To view Carolyn s full article in the Washington Post on 12 13 2013 click here Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With awareness empowerment mindful self actualization talents How Rob Got His Dream Job October 9 2013 by Dee Relyea Rob and family I had the great privilege of having a client come back and visit me while he was on a vacation in Madison He wanted to share his joy of a new baby and his appreciation for the role I played in helping both he and his wife land wonderful jobs in St Louis Rob was working as an organizer for a labor union when we met He really enjoyed his role in educating union leadership researching and writing content for the website building and managing social media and creating training and marketing materials What he didn t like so much was the constant travel and long hours In 2011 Rob s position required his involvement in demonstrations regarding the governor s Budget Repair Bill which impacted collective bargaining agreements After 5 months of being embroiled in the protests Rob was ready for a change of pace He has a high value for harmony and strives to build community and collaboration wherever he goes Spending Feb June with crowds of frustrated angry people was both exhausting and disheartening for him He decided it was time to update his resume and begin looking for a new job preferably in St Louis Missouri He attended both of my mini courses Rock Your Resume and Ignite Your Interview and had hired me to help him find a new position We went through the process of identifying what work tasks he did best and enjoyed most and emphasized those on his resume his Linked In profile and in his correspondence with potential employers Next I asked Rob to write out what his dream job would be Rob s ideal work needed to offer innovation autonomy collaboration research writing teaching training advocating and community building One of the things we worked on was structuring questions he could ask in interviews to help him learn more about the work culture and management style to determine if the jobs he was applying for might be a fit to his ideal work It took a few months of networking and using Linked In contacts conducting informational interviews and searching job listings in all the higher ed institutions in the St Louis area but Rob found a great job as did his wife This month he is celebrating two years being in a job he loves in one of Missouri s prestigious universities His work not only combines his education and experience but it is in alignment with his core values and fits his lifestyle enabling him to spend more time with his growing family Rob s wife Laura also attended the Rock your Resume class and was the first one to obtain work in the St Louis area She is very happy in her job in higher education and will soon be starting classes towards a masters degree If you are unhappy in the work you re in consider a change It is possible to have fulfilling satisfying purposeful work Whether you do it with a coach a book or a friend please explore your possibilities for a brighter more fulfilling work life Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career dream job interviews job love purposeful resume work Why We Fail to Find Our Life s Work July 18 2013 by Dee Relyea Listen to your inner voice I had a birthday this week and got to thinking about how quickly the years go by It saddens me how many people slog though endless days working at jobs they don t like What stops them from leaving an employer or an occupation they don t find satisfying Why do they grit their teeth and continue to go to a job that drains their energy and robs them of precious hours they could be using in pursuit of more joyous work I ve been re visiting some to the books in my career coaching collection and in How to Find the Work You Love I discovered something I thought important to share The author Laurence Boldt suggests that what stops us from pursuing a calling or finding our life s work are the Voices of Doubt Here is how he defines these inner voices The voice of doom and gloom You might identify this for yourself when your mind starts up about fears of financial ruin Are you really going to become a bag lady if you quit your job Is it really riskier to ignore your creative urges and stay in work that pays the bills but sucks your precious life force As George Bernard Shaw put it If you are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life your reward will be that you will earn but you will not live I think sometimes we just have to feel the fear and move forward anyway You never know what opportunities may come your way once you start moving towards your ideal career The voice of conformity Evidence of this voice occurs when you start worrying about others opinions of you For example when I decided to launch my home based business 10 years ago I got some negative response from people You ll never be successful don t you know most small businesses fail in the first couple of years You have no business in being in business You don t understand the principles Go get a steady job and get a regular paycheck like everybody else If I had succumbed to those opinions I would have missed out on years of fulfilling heart engaging and energizing work Just reading these old voices of conformity brings my energy down Don t let the naysayers undermine your intentions to follow your heart Trust your inner wisdom and go blaze a new trail You don t have to do a certain job you can choose differently The voice of self diminishment This one is insidious and can derail your best intentions These are the messages we tell ourselves about not being enough You fill in the blank Don t put off following your passions because you think you have to get more training practice organized money or whatever you feel is missing This doesn t mean that you don t do any preparation to realize your life s work it does mean you stop trying to talk yourself out of it because you are feeling inadequate Do some research and find out the truth For instance do you really have to have a degree in business to start one No you don t The voice of idle complaint Another name for this voice could be the whine and procrastinate process We all know people who seem to enjoy complaining You know the ones that love to share how awful their work life relations situation whatever is Please don t do that to yourself Evidence of the voice of idle complaint appears when we procrastinate When we turn a deaf ear to the voice of our inner wisdom and come up with excuses to ignore it For example you might say to yourself or others I will make a career change when I have enough money my husband wife finishes school when my kids go off to college when I get fired or laid off when XYZ occurs We wait for some external circumstances to change in order for us to take action to create our own future Write down a few actions you can realistically take towards making your dreams for fulfilling work come true and then do them I am not suggesting anyone act irresponsibly and just assume if you leap off a cliff your wings will appear but I am encouraging you to really examine your reasons for staying in a job or work situation in which you are truly unhappy Your time is limited so don t waste living someone else s life Don t be trapped by the dogma which is living the results of other people s thinking Don t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice And most important have the courage to follow your heart and own intuition They somehow already know what you truly want to become Steve Jobs Steve got it right He certainly blazed a trail and changed the world You can to Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With Business career change creativity inner voice inner wisdom intuition job joy work Identify Your Skills and Talents and Find Your Ideal Career June 11 2013 by Dee Relyea Are you thinking it is time to get a different job or shift careers The first step is to identify your package of skills talents and natural abilities We all have abilities life experience knowledge talents passions creativity yearnings interests and skills within I imagine them as being different shapes sizes and colors kind of like this picture I took of Dale Chihuly glass I find clients often assume that they are stuck in the same type job because that is all they have done in the past If we look beyond the job description and instead look within ourselves we can discover a wellspring of transferable skills and hidden talents that can help qualify us for a variety of potentially satisfying jobs Let me give you an example Scott had been a master electrician for 15 years He climbed up ladders and crawled through ducts while wiring commercial buildings At 35 he was finding the physical demands becoming challenging and decided to explore a career change When I asked him what he liked best about being an electrician he responded it is really satisfying to wire an entire system and then bring a building to life with the flip of a switch We began exploring how this could relate to other kinds of careers You see if you start with what you really most enjoy about your work and look at where you can do something similar in a different environment some times the ideal career reveals itself After identifying his transferable skills and natural gifts Scott decided to become a chiropractor He compared the work of being a chiropractor to his career as an electrician In both cases he said you are working with the electrical system In the human body it is the nervous system but my role is the same Determine where the electricity is failing to connect and fix it He went on further to say instead of working in a building with ducts and blowers to move the air and maintain the temperature and electrical wiring to circulate the juice I work on the human body it too has respiratory circulatory and electrical systems Today Scott has a thriving practice in Landrum SC and says he just loves his work He s good at it too I often see him when I am visiting there You never know what new wonderful career may be just around the corner Identifying your own skills and talents is the first step in exploring other kinds of work Need a nudge to start looking at your own Here is a list of Transferable Skills for you to select from After you identify the skills you possess review the list and note those that you really enjoy doing Then mention those in correspondence with potential employers emphasize them on your resume describe them in interviews or launch a business built on them YOU have a unique package of skills talents and abilities Why not use them and live the work you love Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career change creativity job Passions skills talents work How to Have More Mindful Moments May 14 2013 by Dee Relyea Last week I facilitated two workshops on mindfulness for employees of John Deere Financial I was struck by how earnestly engaged the participants were in the process It was like they were hungry to explore mindfulness What a gift it is to give ourselves time out to allow our busy brains to re focus on the present moment as we did during those workshops For the most part we move through our days on autopilot Scientists tell us that the average human brain thinks 70 000 thoughts a day Now if those were all empowering positive thoughts imagine how different our lives might be Unfortunately we humans tend to ruminate on the past and imagine and plan for the future We also tend to get in loops of repeating memories or patterns of thinking Consider the times you have re played a situation in your head and thought about what you could have should have or would have done differently if given a chance to do it over The nice thing about using mindfulness techniques is that every time you awake to the present moment you have the opportunity to consciously choose how to move forward to the next one When you consider career paths choosing wisely can make all the difference in whether you experience a job that is boring or stressful vs having work that is interesting and enjoyable The more consciously aware we are the more control we have over the course of our lives Instead of being at the mercy of our mental default programs we can start to wake up to

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  • dream job — Career Life Coaching
    those on his resume his Linked In profile and in his correspondence with potential employers Next I asked Rob to write out what his dream job would be Rob s ideal work needed to offer innovation autonomy collaboration research writing teaching training advocating and community building One of the things we worked on was structuring questions he could ask in interviews to help him learn more about the work culture and management style to determine if the jobs he was applying for might be a fit to his ideal work It took a few months of networking and using Linked In contacts conducting informational interviews and searching job listings in all the higher ed institutions in the St Louis area but Rob found a great job as did his wife This month he is celebrating two years being in a job he loves in one of Missouri s prestigious universities His work not only combines his education and experience but it is in alignment with his core values and fits his lifestyle enabling him to spend more time with his growing family Rob s wife Laura also attended the Rock your Resume class and was the first one to obtain work in the St Louis area She is very happy in her job in higher education and will soon be starting classes towards a masters degree If you are unhappy in the work you re in consider a change It is possible to have fulfilling satisfying purposeful work Whether you do it with a coach a book or a friend please explore your possibilities for a brighter more fulfilling work life Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career dream job interviews job love purposeful resume work Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start

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  • purposeful — Career Life Coaching
    those on his resume his Linked In profile and in his correspondence with potential employers Next I asked Rob to write out what his dream job would be Rob s ideal work needed to offer innovation autonomy collaboration research writing teaching training advocating and community building One of the things we worked on was structuring questions he could ask in interviews to help him learn more about the work culture and management style to determine if the jobs he was applying for might be a fit to his ideal work It took a few months of networking and using Linked In contacts conducting informational interviews and searching job listings in all the higher ed institutions in the St Louis area but Rob found a great job as did his wife This month he is celebrating two years being in a job he loves in one of Missouri s prestigious universities His work not only combines his education and experience but it is in alignment with his core values and fits his lifestyle enabling him to spend more time with his growing family Rob s wife Laura also attended the Rock your Resume class and was the first one to obtain work in the St Louis area She is very happy in her job in higher education and will soon be starting classes towards a masters degree If you are unhappy in the work you re in consider a change It is possible to have fulfilling satisfying purposeful work Whether you do it with a coach a book or a friend please explore your possibilities for a brighter more fulfilling work life Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career dream job interviews job love purposeful resume work Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start

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  • resume — Career Life Coaching
    those on his resume his Linked In profile and in his correspondence with potential employers Next I asked Rob to write out what his dream job would be Rob s ideal work needed to offer innovation autonomy collaboration research writing teaching training advocating and community building One of the things we worked on was structuring questions he could ask in interviews to help him learn more about the work culture and management style to determine if the jobs he was applying for might be a fit to his ideal work It took a few months of networking and using Linked In contacts conducting informational interviews and searching job listings in all the higher ed institutions in the St Louis area but Rob found a great job as did his wife This month he is celebrating two years being in a job he loves in one of Missouri s prestigious universities His work not only combines his education and experience but it is in alignment with his core values and fits his lifestyle enabling him to spend more time with his growing family Rob s wife Laura also attended the Rock your Resume class and was the first one to obtain work in the St Louis area She is very happy in her job in higher education and will soon be starting classes towards a masters degree If you are unhappy in the work you re in consider a change It is possible to have fulfilling satisfying purposeful work Whether you do it with a coach a book or a friend please explore your possibilities for a brighter more fulfilling work life Dee Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career dream job interviews job love purposeful resume work Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start

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  • skills — Career Life Coaching
    something similar in a different environment some times the ideal career reveals itself After identifying his transferable skills and natural gifts Scott decided to become a chiropractor He compared the work of being a chiropractor to his career as an electrician In both cases he said you are working with the electrical system In the human body it is the nervous system but my role is the same Determine where the electricity is failing to connect and fix it He went on further to say instead of working in a building with ducts and blowers to move the air and maintain the temperature and electrical wiring to circulate the juice I work on the human body it too has respiratory circulatory and electrical systems Today Scott has a thriving practice in Landrum SC and says he just loves his work He s good at it too I often see him when I am visiting there You never know what new wonderful career may be just around the corner Identifying your own skills and talents is the first step in exploring other kinds of work Need a nudge to start looking at your own Here is a list of Transferable Skills for you to select from After you identify the skills you possess review the list and note those that you really enjoy doing Then mention those in correspondence with potential employers emphasize them on your resume describe them in interviews or launch a business built on them YOU have a unique package of skills talents and abilities Why not use them and live the work you love Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career change creativity job Passions skills talents work Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now is a good

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  • Expand Your Career Horizons — Career Life Coaching
    an occupation in your geographic area Handy to know when you receive a job offer and want to negotiate your paycheck Another consideration is the physical demands a new line of work may require For instance it may not be practical to become a massage therapist if you have joint problems Find out before you enroll in a program Identify your transferable skills What skills and abilities do you already possess that are valuable in a different line of work We all have them but often overlook them I m talking about non occupation specific skills such as public speaking writing concisely gathering resources implementing new systems mentoring others translating complex information and building consensus Here s a checklist for you Examine the market The bottom line here is who needs what you have Where is there a problem you can solve Does your community need another coffee shop or chiropractor or whatever it is you plan to do next Consider the timing If you need to go to a 4 year degree program to enter a new field better be sure it is in a growth mode New occupations are arising all the time Five years ago Social Media Consultant wasn t an occupation Today it is a promising field along with distance learning coordinators GPS systems developers nanotechnology engineers and about anything in the green industry Again check out Onet for info on emerging careers as well as the outlook for careers you are considering You don t have to do any kind of work there is choice Get the information you need to chose well Dee Related posts Use Linked In and See Your Career Opportunities Blossom Making Enlightened Career Choices 7 Steps of Career Transition Work Labor or Love Answering the Toughest Interview Questions Filed Under

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  • Work: Labor or Love? — Career Life Coaching
    handcuffs They feel they cannot leave their jobs for fear of losing health insurance and other benefits I ask them If you really can t leave your work can you find a way to be more satisfied with it What would happen if you shifted your perception and viewed work as a creative expression of yourself How might you bring your natural talents and skills into your work life Can you see how your work could then become a labor of love I believe that each and every one of us can find or create work that is inherently fulfilling If you are currently in a job consider how you can experience it with more joy Ask yourself What is one thing I can do this week to find more pleasure and satisfaction at work How can I make the best contribution to my workplace my co workers or my employer What can I change in my daily routine to make my job more interesting If you are looking at career options consider these questions What am I passionate about How might I express my passion through my work Is my work an expression of me Is the work I do in alignment with my value system What kind of work would energize me Who could utilize my natural talents skills education etc Where is there a need I can fill If you can t find a way to love the work you re with it s time to look elsewhere You might consider creative self employment starting a small business or a combination in income producing endeavors Remember you don t have to do a particular kind or work you have choice Follow the path of your potential and live the work you love Dee Related posts Doing Work

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