Career Growth

Why a Career Coach is essential for your career!

There’s great saying that when you “Fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This is true for most things in life. Thinking about what you want and devising a plan is a great way to ensure you reach your goals. It’s also true for your career goals. Most people often go about their career with little thought or specific steps and it’s often that they find themselves at point in their career questioning how they go there. It’s no wonder they lack true career fulfillment.

We live in a world where you can find a specialist on anything. Struggling with pain management? You can see a pain management specialist. Troubles with your nasal passage? You can see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. Troubles with your back? You can see a Chiropractor. Ready to get into shape? You can see a personal trainer or fitness coach. Yet when it comes to your career, you often think you can work it out yourself. Or worse still, you think your manager should tell you what’s next in your career.

Here’s the thing. Your career is yours to own. You are the CEO of your career. So unless you want someone to decide your career path, then it’s time you realised that your career is something unique to you and you need to have a plan. That’s where a professional career coach can help you. By getting to the heart of what your value, what your strengths are and what skills, knowledge and experience you have, they can help you to package up your most valuable assets to ensure your marketability to an employer.

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Leaving your career to chance or crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, is best left for playing lotto. But when it comes your livelihood, your happiness and your career fulfillment, why would you leave it to chance? Don’t you owe it to yourself to realise your potential? This is where a Career Coach can help you. There are 3 essential parts to your career:-

Knowing yourself

Values – One of the most important parts to knowing yourself, is knowing what your values are. Values are those intrinisic things which shape our decisions and help us decide what we want. It’s really your internal compass. Being clear on your values is important for your career in determining what you would like in your next job, team or work group and the company.

Needs – A job can affect every area of your life and as such you will have needs to be met. These needs can include a paycheck (specific amount), benefits (such as retirement), interesting work, supportive manager, flexibility and opportunity. Getting clear on what you need from your next job will assist you to know whether a job is right for you.

Knowing your assets

Skills – these are your work-related competencies. The specific competencies required to do a job. Skills can fall into one of three categories, hard or job specific/technical skills, soft or adaptive skills or transferable skills. It will depend on where you are at in your career and where you are going as to which skills may be more applicable. For example, if you’ve been working for 15 years, then transferable skills may be more relevant for you.

Knowledge – this is really the stuff you have learned. It can be formal or informal. Formal knowledge is things like education, courses, qualifications or licenses. Recruiters and potential employers want to know what formal knowledge or training you have obtained as this is often an entry point to some careers or professions.

Experience – this is really the informal knowledge that you’ve learnt along the way in your career. Through both your personal and professional life, you’ve gained experience which has helped shaped who you are today. Often experience has enabled you to develop tools, techniques and processes which are great selling points for a new employer. Actually capturing your experience isn’t as easy as you think. It’s not until you’re challenged to go back over your career or until a career coach helps you to identify this, do you stop and think about it.

Knowing how to market yourself

Branding – whether you like it or not, you are a brand. In the job market, your skills, knowledge and experience are really a commodity which you’re trading. It can be competitive in the job market, so knowing how to brand yourself and confidently sell your skills, is an art. Not only knowing how to do this but to be able to do this effectively to ensure you stand out, is essential to your success.

Careers can be complex and challenging. However, they can also be fulfilling and fruitful. A career coach will help you to close the gap between your current career situation and where you want to be. It can be truly transformational. In this ever-changing world of work, you are being asked to evolve and adapt your career in ways you would’ve never imagined. Having a professional career coach to help you navigate your career journey is an investment in yourself. You deserve to enjoy Mondays, be paid your worth and feel fulfilled in your career.

Feeling lost in your career? Do you need help with your next career move? Most importantly, a career coach can help you close the gap between your current career situation and where you want to be. Above all, Feeling lost in your career? Do you need help with your next career move? Most importantly, a career coach can help you close the gap between your current career situation and where you want to be. Above all, having a career coach to help you navigate your career journey is an investment in yourself. It can be truly transformational. Don’t leave your career to chance. Your career is yours to own. Ready to transform your career?

It can be truly transformational. Don’t leave your career to chance. Your career is yours to own. Ready to transform your career?

5 Podcasts That Will Skyrocket Your Business

As consumers, our appetite for podcasts has increased as they become the new radio, and consequently our medium of choice. Listening to them has never been so easy, with 64% of podcasts being listened to on a smartphone or tablet. We’re able to consume them in virtually any computer-free environment such as our car or at the gym.

According to statistics, podcast listeners get hooked. Those in the UK listen to over 6 hours per week and those in Australia listen to 5.5 hours per week. In the US, with only 21% of the population are listening monthly, there’s still plenty of opportunity to convert the rest.

So what is a podcast? A podcast is “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer” (

Podcasts can be about any topic that people are interested in or passionate about. Most are free to download and listen to. You simply subscribe to a podcast via iTunes or an app on your phone to have each episode automatically downloaded when it is released.

For those of you keen to pursue your passion and become an entrepreneur, podcasts are one of the best ways to gain information and knowledge. All you have to do is listen. As podcasts allow you to digest information whilst doing your morning commute or daily walk, there’s no such thing as unproductive time. It’s important to be always improving yourself and doing something to move towards your goals.

With so many podcasts out there, it’s often difficult to know which ones you should listen to. So I’ve compiled a list of the 5 podcasts you need to subscribe to and start listening to today! These podcasts combine business tips and strategies, mindset approaches, lessons and challenges. As well as lots of entrepreneur journeys to inspire you every step of the way.

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  1. She Did It Her Way

This podcast is a must to subscribe to. It’s hosted by Amanda Boleyn who created “She Did It Her Way”. It’s a resource for female entrepreneurs wanting to make the leap into entrepreneurship. Amanda is extremely relatable having quit her corporate job in 2012. She understands the trials and tribulations associated with the world of entrepreneurship. She’s honest, down-to-earth and vulnerable in sharing her struggles and lessons. The podcast has a mix of interviews with other cubicle crushers who’ve made a variety of transitions as well as solo-casts with Amanda. There’s a range of topics from mindset, the journey of entrepreneurship, productivity, relationships to spiritual awareness. With an average podcast length of 35 to 40 minutes, it’s perfect for your daily walk or morning commute.

2. Christy Wright’s The Business Boutique

The energetic and deeply passionate Christy Wright has developed a podcast for like-minded women wanting to build a business. Her podcast explores everything from combining motherhood and a business, digital marketing strategies, making money in your business to understanding if your business ideas will work. Christy shares her true self, uncovering and exploring the challenges of business and family. Along with solo-casts where Christy delves into a topic to interviewing others who’ve walked the path her listeners are on. There’s always something to learn and many gold nuggets you can take away from her podcast. Allow about an hour to soak up the information and enjoy her endearing accent. You’ll love what The Business Boutique Podcast has to offer you.

3. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

Hal Elrod is the most amazing, inspirational and passionate person I have ever listened to. From surviving a car accident at age 20 where he was clinically dead for six minutes, broke 11 bones and was told he will never walk again to surviving acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a very aggressive form of cancer. Hal’s positive mindset and determination is absolutely inspirational. Everybody needs a bit of Hal in their podcast playlist! The Achieve Your Goals podcast provides you the motivation and inspiration to achieve your goals and dreams. Hal’s energy is infectious as you listen to him interview others about how they have achieved their goals and dreams. From building wealth to making the best of every day, the list of guests share their journeys and offer practical tips for anyone wanting to achieve in any area of life. The average podcast length is about 42 minutes and it’s the most favourite minutes of my week. I literally look forward to the new release of Hal’s podcast every week. A must for your weekly podcast listening!

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4. Pivot Podcast with Jenny Blake

Based on the book, “Pivot”, this podcast hosted by Jenny Blake explores unique stories of Pivoters who’ve often walked the unconventional path. The stories are refreshing and moving as they share lessons learnt, challenges overcome all whilst embracing the unexpected and learning to trust in their bigger purpose. Jenny has a very honest and raw connection with her interviewees which really draws you in and makes it relatable. Usually around one hour long, there’s so much value and takeaways that you’ll be wanting for more.

5. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

The incredibly honest Amy often exposes her true self to her listeners sharing everything from her personal relationships, struggles with self to tips and strategies for building a six to seven figure business. Her behind-the-scenes look at business gives you actionable steps to help you build a successful business of your own. From online course creation, creating a lead magnet for your audience to creating multiple streams of revenue. Amy combines a mixture of solo-casts and interviews with other experts on a range of topics to provide a super-sensational resource for your business success. It’s easy to connect with Amy as her infectious personality comes through. Not only is this one of the best 40 minutes or so of your week, there’s a wealth of information shared that you’ll need to download the notes of the podcast to ensure you captured everything. Subscribe today to supercharge your marketing and business success!

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So grab some pods or earphones and subscribe to one of these podcasts today. Such a great way to increase your knowledge, develop yourself and learn!

37 of my favourite all-time career quotes

From time to time we all need a pick-me-up when it comes to our career. You might be searching for a new job, trying to land your dream job or simply trying to survive in a challenging work environment. All these situations can be really trying and it can be hard to keep positive that good things are ahead. Sometimes the road seems too long and whilst cliché, it might feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. In times like these, you can always reach out to your partner, family and friends for a heart-to-heart career chat to help keep you motivated and on track for your career goals.

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Whilst a chat with a friend or loved one can lift our spirits, sometimes we can find that “lift” in inspirational words such as quotes. Reading a quotes from a famous person or someone we admire can really provide that pick-me-up and re-energise you in staying on your path. Knowing someone else has walked our path or endured hardship and come out the other side, can be reassuring and calming to our well being and state of mind.

Quotes can be found in a number of places, but one of my favourites is on Pinterest. Pinning quotes to a board or printing them for a visual reminder are great ways to keep these words of wisdom front and centre of mind.

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  1. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  2. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem
  3. “’What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words come. But put them together side by side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What If?” – Letters to Juliet
  4. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – Bishop T. D. Jakes
  5. “Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.” – Oprah
  6. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Jimmy Johnson
  7. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve
  8. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner
  9. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell
  10. “Recognising that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to being changing your life.” – Deborah Day
  11. “Starting something new or making a big change requires effort, persistence and motivation. Doubt, fear and worry will only slow you down. Focus on doing your best now and celebrate every step of the way.” – Doe Zantamata
  12. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferris
  13. “If you think you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life, if you don’t.” – Joe Penna
  14. “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin
  15. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
  16. “Epic things start with small humble steps. Pay respect to your beginnings. And if you’re just starting out, know that it’s okay to be sucky. To be small. To be messy and chaotic. Just make sure to never ever stop dreaming.” – Vishen Lakhiani
  17. “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs
  18. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
  19. “Work for someone who believes in you, because when they believe in you they’ll invest in you.” – Marissa Mayer
  20. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
  21. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
  22. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neal Donald Walsch
  23. “Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
  24. “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan
  25. “Success means pursuing a career that inspires you, brings passion to your life and totally absorbs your energy.” – Marin Alsop
  26. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams.” – Lady Gaga
  27. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn
  28. “Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown
  29. “What would happen if we encouraged all women to be a little more ambitious? I think the world would change.” – Reese Witherspoon
  30. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
  31. “I failed my exam in some subjects but my friend passed. Now he’s an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner.” – Bill Gates
  32. “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up…..Persisting……what simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?” – Tony Robbins
  33. “What one skill, if you developed it, could have the greatest positive impact on your career? This is the key to your future.” – Brian Tracy
  34. “Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.” – Diane Sawyer
  35. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  36. “Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou
  37. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
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There’s so much wisdom, boldness and hope in this list of career quotes. You should be feeling inspired and energised to continue on in your career journey. Find your favourite 5, write them out or print them and stick them somewhere you can see them. Read them regularly whenever you need a “pick-me-up”. Your dose of inspiration is only a “quote” away.

How to develop a mindset for career success!

One of the most important parts of your career journey is having the right mindset for career success. It’s the number one thing that separates successful people from everyone else. There’s going to be setbacks, rejection and frustrations that test your mindset. As long as you treat them as something you can learn and keep growing from, you’ll be successful in your career. So here’s my top tried and tested tips on getting your mindset right for career success:

  • Get rid of any doubt

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem

It’s natural when you are looking for a new job, starting a new job or launching a different career path, that doubt will creep in. As doubt often starts in the mind, when your inner doubts arise, try to disrupt the thought pattern. Simply saying an affirmation to yourself such as “I believe in myself”.

When you find you are doubting yourself, think of all the times you achieved what you set out to achieve in your career, something else wonderful happened, or you benefitted from the experience.

  • Don’t let fear get in the way, kick it to the backseat

Fear can really paralyse you and stop you from taking action. What you focus on grows. If you focus on fear, it will only expand. When you feel fear, instead of focusing on it, count to three and face it head on. Just jump in and be brave as it’s never as bad as you imagine. Start to take intentional action in your career and run towards your fears instead of away from them. Don’t let fear be the reason you don’t achieve your career dreams.

Stop waiting & go for your dreams!
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  • Remove the “what ifs”

“‘What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words come. But put them together side by side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if?” – Letters to Juliet

Spending time worrying about “what if” keeps the mind focused exactly where it doesn’t need to be. Try to spend time focusing on what you do want to happen in your career. Every time you go to say or think “what if?”, say to yourself, “so what!”, which pushes the nagging thought away.

  • Get out of your own way

Stop self-sabotaging your success. Take a moment and listen to the way you speak to yourself, and think about the habits and behaviours you have. For example, do you start a diet and say to yourself “no chocolate allowed” only to find yourself eating chocolate that afternoon? This is self-sabotage.

Often, our thoughts and behaviour are tied together. Many times, it is these habits and behaviours that are taking us away from attaining the things we deeply desire. In every moment, we are taking action that moves us toward or away from our deepest desires, such as creating the career and life we want. Spend some time understanding which thoughts and actions are in conflict with your deepest desires.

  • Work through your crappy limiting beliefs

Maybe you don’t feel you truly deserve to land your dream job or have the career success you are seeking. Spend some time and do a deep dive to know where these beliefs came from and then be able to move past them.

Believe you deserve to achieve your career goal!
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  • Stop holding yourself back

Don’t put your health and happiness on the backburner any longer. It’s all about what’s going on between your ears. Believe you deserve to achieve your career goal. Visualisation can be a very powerful tool to help move you towards your career goals. Take some time to visualise what you want in your career and feel into the emotion you will experience in attaining this.

  • Contain your freak-out moments

Your career journey can be a total rollercoaster of amazingness one minute and the next minute someone criticises you, which plummets you down. Accepts that this is part of the career journey and don’t spend too much time on the down. Pick yourself up and keep going.

  • Eliminate your fear of taking action

You have to take action on your career dreams. Nothing kills a dream quicker than inaction. You can have all the knowledge and skills in the world, but if you don’t take action, then how do you expect to land your dream job or get promoted? Commit to spending a certain amount of time each day on actions to move you closer towards your career dreams. This could be listening to a self-development or career podcast, reading a motivational book or developing an action plan for the next step in your career.

Take action today!
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  • Develop a daily mindset practice

All you need to do is find 10-15 minutes a day to dedicate to your mindset practice. It can be saying affirmations or meditating or a combination of both. Your mind is like a muscle and needs to be strengthened. A daily practice develops a strong mind, which helps to keep you moving forward. You have to constantly feed your mind and remind yourself that you are great.

  • Focus on the positive and be grateful

You have the power within you to control your thoughts. So start focusing on what you have achieved in your career and be grateful for that. Take a few minutes each day to write in a journal and develop a gratitude practice, noting what in your career you are grateful for. This helps you to focus on the positive and when this happens, your career starts to change. Positive vibes you put out into the world always come back.

What you want for your career is within you!
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Rome wasn’t built in a day and finding a job or landing your dream job can be a marathon, not a sprint, so work at your own pace. Too many people give up right before they would have experienced the career success they are seeking. Career success is within your reach, so get really determined and focused. Don’t give up. You can do it!

5 Ways To Get Out Of A Career Rut!

Are you one of those lucky people who found a job they’re passionate about? You absolutely love what you do and it doesn’t feel like work at all. Or have you found yourself in job where you dread every Monday? You spend your working week counting the days till the next weekend.

You’re not alone if you find yourself in a career rut and hating your job. In fact, according to a Gallup poll 85% of people worldwide hate their job. It’s not as simple as handing in your resignation and saying “I’m outta here” to your boss. There’s a number of things for you to consider. Number one is that all important pay check. Let’s face it, we all have bills to pay. You also might be really good at your job, the pay is decent and you know the company. However on the flip side, there’s no excitement or passion for your job. Instead of fulfilling you, it’s draining the heck out of you and impacting other parts of your life. Your relationships, health and happiness are all taking a back seat as it takes every bit of energy to go to that job every day.

You know you need to do something but what? Complacency may have crept in and you find it almost easier to get up and go to that job than to get off your butt and do something about it. Let’s face it, getting another job is pretty much a full-time job in itself. You quietly hope for a miracle. To win Lotto? To find that rich partner? I’m afraid to tell you, while either of those would be amazing, the odds aren’t in your favour for either of those happening.

So that means the only person to change this situation is YOU. Yep, that person who’s looking back at you in the mirror. 

How the hell do you get out of a career rut?  It’s not as complicated or as difficult as you think. I’ve got 5 ways for any budget that will help you change your job situation for the better.

As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

“If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.” – Jen Welter, NFL first female coach.

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1 – Conduct a skills inventory

It can happen that you find yourself in a job that wasn’t part of your plan. This could’ve happened for many reasons. Maybe your job options were limited at the time or maybe you thought you would enjoy it more than you are. Whatever the case, don’t discount the skills you have learned. Sometimes you can overlook what skills you have and focus only on what you don’t have. However, it’s important to remember that every skill you have gained is valuable. They are never a waste. Your skills are also transferable into another job or career. It’s time to sit down and list the skills you have so you are clear on what value you could bring to a new job.

Take a piece of A4 paper, make yourself a cup of tea or pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a pen and sit yourself at a table. Think of your current job and list all the skills you have in order to perform the role effectively. Repeat this for all the jobs you have had. Once you have finished, look for any commonalities as this will give you a guide to what is a strength.

2 – Know Yourself

One of the greatest attributes an individual can have is self-awareness. The ability to know yourself inside and out, your strengths and weaknesses, what you like and don’t like in a job can be very beneficial for your career satisfaction. Whilst this sounds simple, you’d be surprised how often people overlook the powering of deeply knowing oneself. The best way to do this is to invest in a personality assessment. These tests measure your personality (relevant to the workplace) and behaviourial style. There’s no right or wrong answers and they help to determine your suitability for a role or job. There’s a number of different ones available. The more popular ones include, Myers Briggs, Strengthsfinder, Enneagram and DISC. Each assessment offers something slightly different but they all show your inherent strengths and potential blind spots. For the full benefit, I recommend working with a certified professional in the respective test as they can assist you to interpret your results. For access to each test, click below:-

Myers Briggs –

Strengthsfinder –

Enneagram –


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3 – The Power of Books

One of the most valuable resources you have at your fingertips, is books. They are a great way to get practical steps and advice from an expert without the hefty pricetag. Additionally, they are also a great alternative if spending the money on a personality assessment is not an option for you. Here are some great ones that I highly recommend.

“Do What You Are” – by Paul D. Tiger, Barbara Barron and Kelly Tieger

This book goes into more depth on the Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI – which is it’s official name). It breaks down everything about the test including the four personality preference scales. There’s information on to how to identify your strengths, detailed explanation on the 16 different personality types and also how each of these types is at work. The in-depth chapter on each type identifies different job or career options, gives practical examples of different types at play in work and outlines a pathway to success. Whilst this book will provide enormous benefit to you for your career, it will also help you to understand other personality types which can lead to stronger relationships and assist you with working with others.

“Pivot” – by Jenny Blake

If there’s one book I recommend you buy, it’s this one. Pivot is a fantastic resource for anyone who has hit a career plateau and trying to work out their next move. Jenny is a former career development program manager at Google. Her book gives you a 4-stage process to help you work out how to pivot in your career. It is an easy read, very relatable with examples from successful pivoters and filled with practical exercises aimed at helping you answer, “What’s Next?”. Everybody should have this book regardless of where you are at in your career.

“The Element” and “Finding Your Element” by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Ken defines “The Element” as the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When you find your element, you feel fulfilled, inspired and will be able to achieve at high levels. There’s many inspiring stories and a theme of getting active in finding your element.

In “Finding Your Element”, Ken helps you to discover and find your element. There’s a series of practical exercises to help you uncover your natural strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, there’s stories of others who found their element.

In both of these books there is a theme of opportunity. That is, having, creating and seizing opportunities that provide you with a new experience aimed at getting you closer to finding your element. 

4 – Talk to a Career Coach

There are various situations and times in our lives when we need a little help from someone outside our friends and family. Just as you would see a Chiropractor when you have an issue with your back, it is a worthwhile investment to see a Career Coach when your career needs a little boost. A Career Coach can help you to identify where you are now, where you want to go and how to get there. They can help to keep you accountable on your action plan and assist you with each phase of the job search process. The sessions can vary from 30 minutes to 90 minutes and you will generally require a number of sessions to explore your career in full. There will be a cost involved however when you think of how much time you spend at work, the investment is definitely worthwhile. Any cost you outlay for your coach will often be recouped when you secure your next role either through personal happiness, career satisfaction or a salary increase.

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5 – Have a Plan!

The easiest way to stay in a career rut is to do nothing! But that’s not you.

There’s that great quote which say, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. You need to spend some time and come up with a plan. Your plan might include:-

  • Who do you need to call?
  • Is there someone in your network you can reach out to?
  • Do you need to meet with some recruiters?
  • How up-to-date is your resume?
  • Is it tailored to the types of roles you are after?  

Knowing what steps you need to take provides clarity and confidence. It also feels less overwhelming and motivates you to keep going on the journey.

Don’t let another day go by going to a job that is sucking the life out of you. You can do something about it! Your happiness depends on it.

Tell me about your career rut! What are you doing to change your situation?

How These 4 Simple Statements Can Transform Your Career!

Let’s face it, our careers can be a little complicated at times. It’s easy to caught up in the office drama and negativity that surrounds you. I bet you wish at times you could hit the mute button and blissfully go on with your work without having to hear from any of your colleagues. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble but there’s no mute button. And what’s more, your colleagues aren’t going away. What I can offer you is four simple principles which can really transform your career. The Four Agreements from Don Miguel Ruiz is one of the most profound books you’ll ever read. I know that’s a big statement but these agreements can allow you to have a more meaningful career. They are such simple statements which serve as the foundation to a successful career.

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

If you say you are going to do something, then follow through with this. This simple step builds credibility and respect with your boss, colleagues and other managers in the organisation. It can lead to you being given more responsibility or projects because you can be counted on to deliver all the time.     

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2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

This sounds so simple, yet for most of us (especially those of us who are sensitive beings) this isn’t easy. You bring your whole self to work and that means if there are other issues or challenges going on in your life, it’s natural that they will spill over into your work life. Anyone who says you should leave your personal life at home, isn’t really being honest with themself. Add to all of that the individual intricacies of our uniqueness and there’s beautiful little combustion of emotions that could explode at any time.

When you spend so much time at work, it’s easy for little things to get to us. Let’s face it, we all like to know we’re doing a good job. So some harsh words from your boss, not receiving an invite to lunch with your colleagues or being left out of the office gossip can really get to us. That’s why this agreement is so important. Often what other people say and do is really about them. It’s nothing to do with you. Remember you can’t control what others say or do, you can only control your actions and words. When you don’t take anything personally, you will find yourself feeling very free and liberated.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions

Don Miguel says, “whenever we make assumptions, we’re asking for problems”. There it is, in black and white. Making assumptions can often lead to more drama and making a situation bigger than it needs to be. Unless you actually know what is going on, you’re creating a story in your mind and believing that story. This is highlighted in any relationship across work, personal life and friendships. We often need to justify why someone did or didn’t do something and so we make assumptions. Never assume. You will only create more emotional suffering for yourself. Dig deep and find the courage to ask questions. Clarify a situation before you go on a tangent which can be far from the truth.

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4. Always Do Your Best

This probably isn’t new to you. You’ve heard it before. Throughout your childhood, this phrase was often used by your parents. Doing your best will often vary depending on how you feel, your energy levels and where you are in your career. It’s not always possible to give 100% each and every single day. This agreement doesn’t mean giving 100% every single day, some days your best will only be 60%. If you push yourself to always give 100%, you will exhaust yourself and ending giving far less. Remember in any given day you are dealing with lots of different things from emotions to   situations. Knowing you have done your best can bring huge contentment to your life. It’s also about enjoying your work and career so that doing your best doesn’t feel like a chore. So whatever task you are given at work, just do your best no matter how big or small it is. 

There it is. Four simple statements that can transform your career and life. Write them down and put them somewhere you will see them every day. Continually remind yourself of these until they are embedded in your conscious.

Have you read The Four Agreements? How have these helped in your career or life?