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Successful people have a Career Facilitator. They acknowledge that they cannot be an expert in all areas of their lives. They seek advice from others. Tiger Woods, Ken Blanchard (author of ‘One Minute Manager’) and many millionaires have Career Facilitators.
The more I work in this field, the more I understand why it is a real challenge for individuals to make changes in their lives on their own. During our younger years our parents orchestrate our every move. In high school we are told when our reports are due, given a choice of classes to select and are expected to get a job during the summer. If we go to college, our curriculum is pretty well outlined. If we get a job immediately out of high school, our boss tells us what to do.
Then we decide we want to do something on our own and there is no one pushing, threatening or prodding. The attitude of “I’ll do it tomorrow,” “When I make more money or when I retire” prevails. Our dreams can easily be covered up or totally removed, if we do not focus on what is really important to us.
FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!
It is extremely easy to get off track. There is always that interesting subject matter, the latest science fiction novel or Made for TV Movie to distract us. Your friends and significant others will rarely keep you on track. Either they have heard you say you were going to do it before and you did nothing or they agree that you have been a busy person that week. They understand why you slid again on the way to the accomplishment of your goal, and do not hold you accountable.
A one-on-one Career Facilitator asks you what you need for support. It may be working on your beliefs or language that is holding you back. I may serve as a sounding board for a new idea. Help you identify ways that would streamline your work. Help you identify roles in your life and then a checklist to make sure your are giving them all sufficient attention. You tell me what you need and I will support you. All of your life is intertwined – beliefs, career, relationship, finances and emotions. A good Career Facilitator can see the patterns and help you move forward.
Finally, ALL conversations are totally confidential. It wasn’t until I was in a high-level position that I realized that I didn’t have anyone to talk to about the issues that were personally bothering me. The Board President was not the person I could talk to nor was it my staff. Now I realize what a viable option it would have been to hire a Career Facilitator.
“Structure cannot be avoided. If you don’t create your own structure, you have to deal with someone else’s.” Laurence G. Bolt
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To learn more about me, please visit the About Kathy page. A list of my credentials is available. Be sure to check into my helpful 55 Networking Tips eBook and read more about my CD, "Connect with People - It's the little things!"