It all started with thoughts of career coaching….
Career Coaching, we all reach a point in our lives when we know that involving an expert is the best way to amp our career up. And heck, mine needs a lot of electro shock therapy right now. Here’s a good question, when is it time to hire a career coach? For me, it’s when I see that all my normal career rejuvenating/search methods are no longer working. I’m also a firm believer that if you plan to change careers, it’s a good time to hire a coach. Changing careers is no easy walk in the park; it can be mentally and physically exhausting trying to figure it all out. I put it right up there with a major life change like divorce.
I’m happy to say that I have signed on for career coaching and within my budget, woo hoo!
One of the main roadblocks to hiring a coach previously was the $3000 price tag. Back in May, I checked into career coaches and was quoted anywhere from $2200 – $3400 for six sessions with no resume work. It was a moment where I said holy shit, that’s going to take 3 months to pay back! I needed something much lower in price. The organization I’ve signed on with was mindful of the fact that I was on a budget but still required the resume and networking sessions and suggested a $1900 package. As point of information, their packages run from $600 – over $7000 (exec level). Yep, I hear you, it’s an unexpected expense that will throw me off track a bit but I see it as an investment that will pay off in the end. If I can get myself working the way I should be, enjoying what I do and giving back, the rewards will come.
Did you know that 80% of Americans are not engaged in their jobs? Their skills are not being utilized properly. We are toiling away at jobs that we’re not suited for and for insane reasons. The biggest being fear and change.
I now have renewed focus that has me working harder than ever and has made the past week crazy hectic but a stupendous moving forward type of week. Before I get all gushy on you, I will just say this…the week was filled with moments where the light switch was turned on and I have had clarity on things I’ve never had a clear direction on before.
Like what? Decisions about my career and its direction, saving money and planned spending, financial goals and so on. Coming to an epiphany in regards to these areas of my life is hugely important. I have felt for quite some time that I have been somewhat wandering through 2013 like Alice in Wonderland. The moments were so clear that immediately in my mind I said, I know what I need to do now. It couldn’t be any simpler than that.
The Goal for my Career
To have a rewarding and fulfilling career that will bring success and therefore monetary rewards.
The wheels are in motion and a plan of attack is in place. I have finally taken action and am stepping forward to get my career going in the direction I want it to (and to make that $100K a year that’s locked in my subconscious). I am throwing myself headlong into the coaching and keeping an open mind about it. I know I need the help and I’m going to get my money’s worth out of it. I’m such a keener; I’ve already done the assignment for my very first session.
Ultimately, the satisfaction I will get from my career will overflow into my financial life. I believe it will bring the type of freedom that I’m looking for. I no longer want to be stuck in a job for financial reasons – it’s a yucky feeling.
On Saving Money and Planned Spending
Saving and planning for shopping outings are key; it reduces impulse and keeps shopping trips quick and easy. It couldn’t be simpler. My weaknesses are clothes and travel but I need to ensure I have a plan when I make purchases. No more buying a small bit of clothing here and a little more there, clothing needs to be purchased with purpose and to replace an item that is worn. What do I mean by purpose? Girls, you know what I mean, purchasing with a whole outfit in mind, or, purchasing for the season and purchasing a few keys items of quality that will complement my current wardrobe. I need to be almost military like in my wardrobe. By having a few key outfits for each season, I should be able to mix and match sufficiently and keep it simple at the same time.
Too much choice in my wardrobe = too much thinking about what to wear each day.
Silencing the Debt Demon trapped in its Debt Box
My family loves nagging me constantly whenever I make purchases of any kind. I get the usual “well, you know you have to remember your debt, you have to pay that off.” No kidding, really? I thought I could just stay in debt all my life. The constant nagging eventually makes you switch your mindset to “I’m gonna fix their wagon, get this all paid off and shock them speechless.” That’s the point I’m at.
This week when I came home with some items while out shopping, I got the nagging. I’m not out of debt yet, so I couldn’t throw out that card, but I was able to throw out a I have money saved for this and I will pay off my debt. It still doesn’t appease the nagging gods as I get a bit more grumbling about how my logic is flawed. I kindly remind said family member that without clothing, I cannot go outside and do my job.
It was a light switch moment. My goal and challenge is to silence the nagging. I want to silence the debt demon that is trapped in its debt box.
My hope and desire is to get my career back on track through career coaching, earn more income, pay off debt and silence that debt demon.