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  • Why we fail to find our life's work — Career Life Coaching
    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

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  • Passion at Work — Career Life Coaching
    passion for his art eventually lead him to pursue it full time Largely self taught he is best known for his abstract art He describes the essence of it as To unfold the spirit of self exploration by painting or creating freely without restraint or self criticism To develop a deeper trust in one s intuition and instinct as they happen To realize that letting go of set goals opens up a whole world of infinite possibilities I think these are terrific goals for anyone seeking fulfillment in their work don t you agree William B Leonard of Bold Life said it would be hard maybe even impossible to find anyone who is more passionate and energetic about his work than Jonas Gerard He is an artist with the heart of a showman and he happily welcomes visitors into his studio to watch him work As he paints he dances in front of the canvas to music that blares raucously from his cd player and talks while painting saying that he has no idea where the music and paint will take him Another studio I visited was Pattiy Torno s When she was in high school she decided to head towards fashion design as a career She says on her webpage It was the only career I could think of that would allow me to earn a living doing what I love most sewing She apprenticed in the fashion industry in New York and then started her own business in the 1980 s as she wanted to get back to the simple joy of playing with fabric She began making quilts See her picture above with a thimble on her finger and quilt behind her As I sat in her studio drinking herbal tea that chilly afternoon I was struck by how much she truly loves what she does Pattiy shared her work and encouraged me to touch and try on her creations I walked out with one of her lovely fleece hats on my head Whenever I wear it I think of the joy of the artist who made it and it makes me feel good it s nice and warm too Do you have passion at work If you are shaking your head NO you might re consider if you feel or express any of the following Empowered energized excited unstoppable joy entertaining creative evocative motivated a sense of flow giving to others or sharing your talents And if none of those words apply you might rethink your career path Life is too short to spend more than half your waking hours in passionless work Related posts Let Your Passion Fuel Your Work Work Labor or Love Finding Fulfilling Work is Like an Easter Egg Hunt 4 Ways to Discover Your Passions Merging Work and Play Filed Under Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With art career creativity empowerment energy joy love talents work Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 Now

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  • Identify Your Skills and Talents and Find Your Ideal Career — Career Life Coaching
    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 Related posts Ages and Stages in Your Career Life Expand Your Career Horizons Making Enlightened Career Choices 7 Steps of Career Transition Use Linked In and See Your Career Opportunities Blossom Filed Under Career Transition Featured Tagged With career change creativity job Passions skills talents work Yes Send

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  • Ages and Stages in Your Career Life — Career Life Coaching
    to do that and be a freelance writer full time Since all of her work was done via computer she was able to live anywhere so she moved to Denver It was the perfect scenario for Sally Your 30s Another client of Relyea s Bob got a computer science degree went to work at Epic where he had no trouble getting his foot through the door He loved his job until his position changed and he was required to travel frequently This was a problem because he had dogs and he was miserable with the travel aspect of his job Bob realized that his favorite thing was teaching computer skills to other people so he stared a home business doing that He needed to earn a little more so he picked up a part time job at the Apple store Addendum to this story from Dee which evolved into a full time career and where incidentally he met the love of his life and is not only fully engaged in his work he is engaged to be married The universe works in wondrous ways Your 40s Betsy had a high end marketing job at a Fortune 500 company As technology advanced and Betsy was required to carry a smart phone she found she had no respite from the office whatsoever says Relyea Betsy was a single mom with two adolescents and she was working 70 hours a week Then she heard the company was going to be bought out She came to me to create an exit strategy says Relyea Betsy completed a career assessment the MBTI which revealed her natural personality preferences and transferable skills She discovered she wanted to teach She had a master s degree in marketing but she needed to go back to school for a teaching degree When she was laid off she got a severance package which gave her the time and the money to get the education she needed She was prepared and thrilled when she got that pink slip says Relyea Today Betsy is a high school teacher and loves what she does Your 50s and 60s In middle age many people find themselves discontented with unfulfilling jobs They want to do something they are passionate about says Relyea Sometimes they have been downsized and sometimes they want to respond to an inner calling You have a right to enjoy what you do for a living says Relyea It s really not a luxury she says We don t have much time on this earth You shouldn t have to do something you don t like Often people in this age range have golden handcuffs they re held hostage by a big house or a fancy car or expensive recreation But you can choose to downsize your standard of living she says People have successfully done that to find more fulfilling work A lot of people in their 50s freelance or consult and work part time in retail or whatever to make

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  • achievement — Career Life Coaching
    I mean I remember answering incoming calls in a tiny office space storage room with no windows One day instead of lunch I headed to a poster shop to find visions of serenity I came back with 3 beautiful photos of ocean scenes You know white beaches palm trees unlimited horizons to gaze at kind of like the Corona beer commercials That one small improvement in my work space enabled me to breathe easier and put a smile into my voice in responding to callers It was a quick and inexpensive action step toward changing my environment for the better and resulted in my feeling more relaxed and optimistic in my job That one small action step created immediate change for me What do you want to change Do you want to have more joy peace love achievement success health or wealth Whatever it is that you want to bring into your life I challenge you to take a least one action step in the next 30 days to help it to happen and I d love to hear about it Dee Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With achievement change joy love peace vision Yes Send me the e course Email Career Jumpstart Career Jump Start Save 100 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

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  • appreciation — Career Life Coaching
    loving intention to absent relatives We are fortunate in our family to have two living grandmothers and one of the appreciations shared this year was just that Both my mother and mother in law are hale and still quite hearty in their mid 80 s As they both live in the Carolinas and no longer enjoy flying we don t see them often My daughter Nicole suggested we organize a grandmother s getaway so that she could spend some time with them Last month the four of us had five glorious days together and enjoyed the beauty of Myrtle Beach SC I took this picture from our hotel balcony on our last morning There is something purely magical about witnessing the sun rising seemingly from the ocean I love the dawn the light of a new day Each morning is a new start a fresh slate You can set the tone of your day simply by appreciating it Every time I see this photo I will remember the great time we four had together My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the octogenarians playing bridge and hearing about yesteryear when the world was simpler They find smart phones GPS and digital cameras to be mind boggling to quote my mother in law Nicole and I listened to her grandmothers share their stories and their practical wisdom She and I both realized how fortunate we were to be there with them to still have them in our lives As we move through this holiday season I hope we can hold that sense of gratitude not just for our family and friends but for the larger community of mankind I encourage you to foster an attitude of gratitude and spread it around Here are some tips to develop it Keep a gratitude journal Every day or two write down things you appreciate As a regular exercise I ask my coaching clients to list 3 things they are grateful for each week It helps to remember that there are good things happening in our lives despite whatever challenges like job searching we may be going through Take a walk in natural surroundings Take time to breathe in the fragrances of flowers the earthiness of fallen leaves or the tang of winter air It is very soul satisfying to just be very present to the magnificence of the natural world around us Write a note or letter of appreciation Tell people who have helped you or touched your life how much you appreciate them Give them a recommendation write a testimonial or send them a card If you receive some of these save them and review them when you are having a black day or an off week Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation Brian Tracy Wishing you all a warm and wonderful holiday season Dee Filed Under Featured Self Development Tagged With appreciation attitude gratitude Work Labor or Love September 5 2011 by Dee Relyea Work is it a labor of love Today is Labor Day in America It became a national holiday in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement following the deaths of workers during the Pullman Strike Fearing further conflict the bill was rushed through Congress a mere 6 days after the strike Much has changed in the workplace since then Now we largely look at Labor Day as the last weekend of summer and the kickoff of the football season a day off for fun and relaxation If we view this occasion as it was originally conceived it is a day to appreciate those in the workforce and celebrate employment I ask you do you feel celebratory at work Are you fully engaged and joyfully expressing your talents and skills Do you really like your job Are you appreciated and rewarded for your contributions Do you feel energized by the work you do Sadly I don t think the majority of workers would answer yes to these questions When my daughter graduated college she had a hard time being motivated to get that first job I asked her what came to mind when I said the word work She thought a minute and then said I get a picture of a sweaty bald guy in a warehouse pulling a huge chain My internal response was yikes she views work as drudgery Sadly I think many people view work from this perspective Happily my daughter now loves her work as a blogger freelance writer and social media consultant in Denver For many people a job is tied to the idea of being in servitude to get a paycheck I ve had coaching clients tell me they are miserable in their jobs but are locked into the golden 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

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  • attitude — Career Life Coaching
    in the workforce and celebrate employment I ask you do you feel celebratory at work Are you fully engaged and joyfully expressing your talents and skills Do you really like your job Are you appreciated and rewarded for your contributions Do you feel energized by the work you do Sadly I don t think the majority of workers would answer yes to these questions When my daughter graduated college she had a hard time being motivated to get that first job I asked her what came to mind when I said the word work She thought a minute and then said I get a picture of a sweaty bald guy in a warehouse pulling a huge chain My internal response was yikes she views work as drudgery Sadly I think many people view work from this perspective Happily my daughter now loves her work as a blogger freelance writer and social media consultant in Denver For many people a job is tied to the idea of being in servitude to get a paycheck I ve had coaching clients tell me they are miserable in their jobs but are locked into the golden 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 Filed Under Career Transition Featured Finding Your Passion Tagged With appreciation attitude career employment Passions values work Finding Peace December 22 2010 by Dee Relyea Most of us are familiar with the phrase Peace on earth goodwill to men How many of us consciously practice it in our everyday lives and what does it mean exactly From my perspective peace and goodwill begin with me It is that internal sense of absolute quiet and calm glimpsed in those moments or gaps between the zillions of thoughts that zip through our minds on a daily basis Our brains are like huge computers running a multitude of programs simultaneously with frequent pop up boxes that distract us from clear thinking If we can focus on the gaps between the bits of streaming information we can realize moments of lucidity and calm When we are centered and connected to that inner quiet we exude a sense of peace and not incidentally goodwill Typically in the U S we get wrapped up in a flurry of seasonal preparations and holiday activities purchasing presents decorating our homes and workspace and engaging in social and religious activities The holidays can be very stressful particularly if you get caught up in trying to get everything accomplished in time We put stress on ourselves to get all these holiday tasks and obligations completed and still manage our already busy daily lives Here s a suggestion for alleviating the stress when you notice yourself getting caught up just take a big breath in let it out slowly and completely Repeat until you ve restored a little inner quiet It is amazing how this simple act performed consciously can be so self calming When you are at peace it impacts everyone and everything around you Perhaps the greatest gift we can give to others is to be at PEACE ourselves When you are out and about this holiday season look at the people around you share eye contact smile acknowledge them start a conversation You have an opportunity to shift the atmosphere around you We can share an implicit appreciation of one another or GOODWILL In eastern traditions this moment might be described as Namaste which may be translated as the goodness in me recognizes the goodness in you See how many of those moments you can experience in the coming days and notice how you will be promoting peace on earth and goodwill to men Wishing you the peace and joy of the season Dee Filed Under Self Development Tagged With appreciation attitude gratitude Gremlin Taming how to free yourself from your inner critic September 16 2010 by Dee Relyea I ve been revisiting a gem of a book Taming Your Gremlin A surprisingly simple method for getting out of your own way by Rick Carson I ve worked with this marvelous material with my coaching clients over the last few years to help them overcome self limiting beliefs and negative self talk I ve found Rick s book so useful that today I registered for a 3 month tele course

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  • awareness — Career Life Coaching
    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 each moment each choice point So how do we become more mindful Here are some exercises you might try 1 Watch the mind move in time Take a piece of paper and draw a horizontal line At one end is the future at the other the past In the center of the line make a circle and write in the word NOW Start with your finger on the circle and simply observe your thoughts for 5 minutes Every time you realize you are thinking about the future move your finger on the scale Do the same thing when you realize you are thinking about the past Don t try to stop the thoughts just observe how your mind wanders in time 2 Focus your senses Pick up an object you find interesting and study it for 5 minutes Really look at it touch it observe every detail of color weight shape even whether or not it has an odor This is one method to bring you into the present moment It offers the additional benefit of increasing your power of sensory perception 3 Set wake up calls When I was in grad school I was also a student in The Fourth Way work which was based on the teachings of G I Gurdjieff One of the most interesting homework assignments we were given was called the doorway exercise Every time you pass through a doorway say to yourself I am here now When you realize you have sailed through a doorway without remembering your statement in essence being on autopilot or asleep at the switch go back through the doorway and say it While it may not be

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