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 November 2013

Dear Client:

Are you in the midst of a major career or life transition? Are you feeling stuck or at a loss for how to ignite your career plan or job search? Or perhaps, like many, you’re navigating a major life change and it’s left you feeling uncertain about the future? Here are 8 strategies that have helped us and our clients face and overcome their fears and move back into the driver’s seat:
1. Define the unknown. Often our fears are unfounded, are figments of our imagination, or are simply not based on fact or reality. Research, explore and seek out resources that help you have a better understanding of the area you are moving into. Usually, the more you know, the more comfortable you become and your fear of the unknown begins to dissipate.
2. Become comfortable living in the unknown. The reality is there are many situations that are out of your control and leave you unsure about what the future holds. This is particularly true when you're taking risks. Living in the unknown is an extremely uncomfortable state for most of us. However, this is the time when many experience the greatest personal/professional growth. Release expectations, focus your energy on what you can control, trust yourself and your instincts and breathe. This period won't last forever. (Read 10 ways to become comfortable living in the unknown.)
3. Ask for support. You never, ever have go through a change alone. Creating a support system to assist you in brainstorming, processing ideas, sorting through options, seeing things in new ways or simply listening and validating your strengths can help tremendously in dispelling fears and anxiety. Also, sharing personal fears with close friends or colleagues can cause the boogey man to turn into a smurf.
4. Play the "what if" game. Ask and answer, "What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to me if I ... (whatever it is you're moving toward)?" Write the answers down. Many times we're so paralyzed by the thought of this "worst thing" coming true that we make a mountain out of a molehill. So you fall on your face, but at least you took a risk. And, you begin to see that yes, you really will be all right, whatever the outcome. Whew, what a relief!
5. Take baby steps. One of the main reasons many of us abandon ideas, job changes, new businesses, etc. is because we become overwhelmed thinking about everything that needs to be done. We literally drown in a sea of details and wonder "where am I ever going to find the energy to do this?" Break your idea down into simple, realistic goals. One meeting a week, two visits a month, research the top 3 companies in the industry, etc. You don't have to do everything right away. Ever heard the phrase "action-motivation-action?" Simply initiating the process, will give you more energy to keep going.
6. Timing is everything. Have you ever heard "Make plans and watch the Universe laugh at you?" Planning and goal setting are wonderful but realize that there is an ebb and flow to everything in life and often we don't accomplish things in the manner in which we had anticipated (I experienced this recently after a sick child and a writer's block kept me from making progress on a project). Relax. Trust that everything happens for a reason and when the timing is right, everything will click into place.
7. Be gentle with yourself. If you're battling fears, know you are in good company. Everyone on the planet faces fears and each of us is doing the best we can to work through these. Just as you would tell a friend, "keep on trying, you're doing great, I know you're on the right track," extend the same compassion to yourself. Know you'll have easy days and challenging ones.
8. Set yourself up to succeed. When looking at whatever it is you want to create in your life, ask yourself "what do I need to really set me up to succeed at this endeavor?" Stock the cupboards (the emotional, physical and mental cupboards, that is). Build your energy reserves, make your self-care a priority, align yourself with the right individuals/organizations, have a clear vision for what you want.
We all must decide that what we truly desire—the new job, the promotion, a chance to be more creative, the book deal, greater work-life balance—is more important than the fear and we just have to “feel the fear and do it anyway.”  And believe us, after helping thousands of clients over the last 14 years do just this, it’s worth it.
Let our coaching team know how we can support you on your career/life path and in integrating who you are with what you do. As always, we offer free initial consults and would love to help you put together a career plan so you can experience greater clarity, focus and joy in your work in the New Year. Drop us a line at info (at) careerstrategists (dot) net or 512-459-6700.
Warmly, Renee and the Career Strategists Coaching Team--Angie, Angela and Sarina

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

  • November 1-30 ~ 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 November 30th!

  • 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).
  • December 20 ~ Winter Solstice: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat at Soma Vida in Austin, TX. Winter is a time to go inward. To pause, reflect, contemplate and replenish. Reconnect with who you are in an empowering and nurturing environment. This retreat is designed to nourish you from the "inside-out" and to offer you the space to hear what you most need to hear about your next steps in life. Register here.
  • January 24-26, 2014 ~ A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat at 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.
  • January New Ways of Being: Going with the Flow in 2014 ~ A group coaching experience; four teleclasses/group support. Details TBA.

Job search tip

Develop at least three highly-memorable, well-rehearsed "personal success stories" to share during an interview which sell your experience and unique talents and leave a mark on the employer's mind. These stories should communicate your brand and core strengths (ex: problem solving, collaboration, idea generation, etc.).

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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Career Strategists' Personalized Services Include:

  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
  • Client marketing, branding and positioning services (including resume and cover letter review/development)
  • Coaching on job transitioning, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Tailored job search strategy sessions
  • Work/life balance coaching, groups, workshops and keynote addresses
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and interpretation sessions for individuals and groups
  • Customized presentations and seminars for companies and groups

Things we do for our clients

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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