What is passion? By Webster’s definition passion is excitement, enthusiasm and delight. Is your job exciting and challenging to you? Do you wake up in the morning enthusiastic to go to work. Do you have job that inspires you? A job that delights you or a career you love? If your answer is yes, please send me your stories of inspiration. Was it your resume, interviewing, social networking or negotiating skills that landed your dream job or career? What do you love about your job? What inspired you?
If your answer is “no” or you’re concerned you will lose your job soon, or, maybe you recently lost your job, consider this … Did your job inspire you? No? Not really? I wrote this for you too. Read on ...
Where do you find your passion(s)? Your inspirations? Your dream job? Could it be right here, right now? Could it be right in the midst of the sudden changes happening to you today? Is your future all about attitude? Is your future all about perspective?
When I was thinking about what to write to you this week, I thought of one of the most difficult times in my life. A time so difficult, I realized my fear of public speaking changed from a big giant in my life to a tiny, little piece of dust. As a career coach, I am confident this information will be valuable for interviewing, networking and negotiating as well.
Do you have a fear of public speaking? Have you ever wanted to be a trainer, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from applying for the job? Or, maybe you have a story to tell. A story that will help others, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from telling your story to groups? Is fear of public speaking your answer to the question Whats your biggest weakness? FYI! Only use this answer, if you dont need it for the job. All these things were ME, many years ago. Can you relate to this today? It could be hard for those who aren't native English speakers to speak publicly, so might look for help from somewhere like Effortless English accent training to help an improve their English.
Did you know that most of us started out with this fear? Well, in 1997, I had just gone through an experience that was bigger than my fear of public speaking I knew my fear of public speaking was about to end in comparison. However, I still needed to prove it to myself. So, this is what I did. I applied for the trainer job I always wanted and created a marketing campaign for my first public speaking engagement. I was ready.
Are you at a crossroads in your career? As a career coach, one thing every client I work with has in common is they are all going through a major change in their life. When you are in career transition, whether you’re working on your resume, interviewing, networking or salary negotiating skills, it is so important to maintain a healthy balance during change so you don’t crash. Remember, being successful includes maintaining a healthy balance in every area of your life. So, in this week’s blog, I would like to give you the tools you’ll need to create career goals and overcome fears in order to achieve your goals.
I have a story to tell you. Before I get started … I want you to know… that everything I’m about to tell you about my life is what led me to be in this positive place. I am living proof of how using your own personal power by choosing positive thinking, can change your life.
Here's my story. I discovered the inner strength and personal power within me many years ago when I lost my job, I lost my house and to top that off, my dog of 15 years died. I remember sitting there as I was realizing that almost every area of my life had changed within 1 month. Was I scared? You bet I was. It was at that moment, I decided I had to clean house, mentally and physically. Get rid of negative people in my life and surround myself with positive energy to simplify my life. I was starting over. My life was a new adventure. What I didn’t know was I was about to face, within another month my biggest challenge ever. The phone rang, I heard a voice say “Are you sitting down?” I remember thinking “Oh God, no, not my son, Max.” I asked “is he alive?” He said barely. My 7 year old son was diagnosed with bone cancer and if we didn’t start the most aggressive, experimental chemo therapy within 12 hours he’d die. For me, it was incomprehensible that my happy little boy who already was challenged with Cerebral Palsy and in a wheel chair at the age of 7 was now fighting for his life with bone cancer. It took me a very long time to tell this story without tears. I was already aware of the effects that positive thinking could have on my life. I also knew that if I didn’t start practicing positive think right away, I would not be able to make it through this to be there for my son.
My vision started pulling me many years ago (long before I was aware) when I had a fear of public speaking. You see the companies I wanted to work for told me it was required to facilitate workshops first in order to be a coach. It was common in the industry. So for a long time I just didn’t bother applying for the jobs when I learned this. Can you relate?
Later, whenever I saw a trainer position available, it would jump out at me. It would give me a nudge. I noticed it, but I wouldn’t pay attention to it because it required getting up in front of a group. Eventually, I would land the interviews and sabotage each one over and over and over again. I would start out doing great in the interview. When the interviewer started describing the job to me and I saw myself standing in front of a group of people, the fear would overcome me with an internal panic and I would sabotage the interview. It was very subtle. I didn’t even know I doing this. However, I do remember thinking back in 1995 over 15 years ago “I not going to get up in front of that group.”
Today, I know there was clearly something trying to emerge from within my soul. My passion, my purpose. What I didn’t realize was I was in an internal war between my EGO and my soul’s purpose, my true vision, my destiny.