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 October 2013

Dear :

Do you think most people are more afraid of success or failure?
Surprisingly, most of us rarely feel comfortable shining brightly—of letting others see our brilliance, our gifts and our unique talents. Why is this? 

My coaching team and I regularly meet clients who feel held back in their lives and careers due to insecurities, inadequacies or fears of how others will perceive them. 

They often worry that if they speak their minds or score big accomplishments, their friends will say, “Who does she think she is?” They often fear that if they break away from the pack, they will be ostracized in some way. So they stay safe, play small and never really tap into or express their full potential—or personal power, as I like to call it. 

When you begin to access and own your power, you align with your life purpose and authentic self. And you express all that you were meant to be.

Many of us jump in and out of, dance around or maybe dip a toe into our “pool of power”—occasionally experiencing a moment of enlightenment but then retreating again to the safety of obscurity. 

Standing in your personal power takes time, practice and courage. Here are some ways you can get started:

• Find your voice. When you disagree with what is being presented, do you remain quiet? Speak your mind and express how you really feel. 

 Make your self-care a priority. This is one of the best ways to send a message to yourself that you are worthy. Nurture yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

• Stop caring what others think. You’ll be working on this your whole life. Imagine who you would be or what you would do if you didn’t care what others thought of you!

• Become comfortable using your masculine and feminine strengths. We all have both. Living powerfully comes from the ability to balance both energies—being assertive vs. receptive, and driving for results vs. letting things unfold.

• Practice being more direct and more assertive in your communication with others. Notice how people respond to the way you communicate. Do you feel good about how you state your needs and desires and communicate with others?

 Break away from the pack. If you’d rather go for a hike than go see a movie with the gang—listen to your needs. Don’t just go along with what everyone else wants.

 Let your light shine. Most of us are more afraid of our own light than of our own shadow. Let others see your talents and gifts. Don’t hold back.

 Become financially savvy. Creating your own nest egg, managing a household or business budget and developing a financial plan can be empowering and liberating!

 Stop settling. What do you really, really want? Stop settling. The more comfortable you become owning your power, the easier it becomes to connect to your needs and desires. 

I challenge you this month to find at least one opportunity where you can be true to yourself and let your light shine. As author Marianne Williamson shares, “when we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” 

Let our coaching team know how we can support you in owning your power and feeling more confident at work, on your career path and as you balance work/life. Call for a free coaching consult or attend an upcoming work/life balance event. We’d love to be a part of your support team! 

Warmly, The Career Strategists Team--Renee, Angie, Sarina, Angela

P.S. Here are the answers to questions new CS clients ask us the most: 

  • Do you work with men and women at all life stages?  YES, our youngest client is 21, our oldest, 75.
  • Do you take credit cards?  YES!
  • Is coaching tax deductible?  YES!
  • Do you offer a free initial consult?  YES!
  • Do you work with clients via phone, Skype and in-person?  YES!

We serve clients around the globe.  Be sure to check out free resources on the Career Strategists Inspiration Café.

Upcoming work/life balance events

  • October 1-31 ~ RTA-Certified Facilitator Training: Are you self-employed and interested in expanding your business beyond individual client work? Join an international community and receive training on how to facilitate self-renewal groups/retreats/ teleclasses for women based on the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-RenewalLearn more. Or, click here to find a Personal Renewal Group in your area. *Offering $100 off training certification through October 31st!

  • New Way of Being™: Work-Life Effectiveness Teleclass: 
For men and women led by Renee Trudeau. Are you done with overwork, overwhelm and ready to discard your old habitual ways of working and being? Would you like to de-clutter, simplify, learn to leverage the power of self-care and step into a more spacious, free work/life flow? Join Renee as she supports, guides and coaches you into a new way of being and helps you access greater peace and harmony in your everyday life. REGISTER HERE (Class downloads/materials will be sent to you via email).
  • September 16-October 25 ~ *Rolling registration through 9/30* The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: Reclaim, Rejuvenate, Re-Balance Your LifeJoin Renée and Jen Lemen with Hopeful World Publishing for a 6-week interactive, online class.  The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal Online Experience is the perfect solution for anyone seeking to reconnect with who they are and dive deep into the power and energy immediately available when we bring our focus back to self-care.  Learn practices and tools that turn chaos into calm, making family life an experience of love, joy and connection.  Details here.

  • October 18-20 ~ A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, MA. Tap into the transformative power of self-care to nourish your body, heart and soul. Learn to integrate self-renewal strategies into your daily life, slow down and access your Wise Self and step into a New Way of Being. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition.

Job search tip

After your initial interview, always immediately send a personal,hand-written, succinct thank-you note (on Cranes or similarprofessional stationery) to each person who interviewed you—take this opportunity to clarify a point or reiterate what you can bring to the job and where you can add value.

Hectic schedule? Try phone or email coaching

Need quick help preparing for your next annual performance review, an interview, resources for starting a new business, assistance jump starting your job search or creating more balance in your life? Consider setting up a phone or email coaching session. Convenient, personalized and affordable. Clients say phone/email coaching is highly effective and a great way to get laser-feedback on very specific career, small business or work/life balance issues.

Email to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment with Sarina or Angela.

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  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
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  • Tailored job search strategy sessions
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  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and interpretation sessions for individuals and groups
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Career Strategists' clients receive personalized, targeted, strategic resources, support and guidance to help them create a life and career that is aligned with their personal and professional values. Did you know we:

  • Offer email coaching support to all of our clients who purchase career packages and typically respond to our clients' questions within 24 hours
  • Offer complimentary access to our new online password-protected Career Management Resource Center, packed with hundreds of tips, how-to lists, articles and resource lists on Career Management/Job Search, Personal Branding/Marketing and Work/Life Balance
  • Provide our clients with connections and referrals to companies/organizations to help them move forward on their career or life path
  • Create special exercises just for our clients to help them gain greater clarity and focus while navigating their career path
  • Offer a discount to all current Career Strategists' clients on single sessions
Check out our coaching packages and fees to learn more about our services and don't hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help you. (Note: we have different rates levels based on which Career Strategists’ coach you work with.)

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