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13 Big Reasons You Need a Life Coach Right Now To Boost Your Career and Life



Reasons You Need a Life Coach

Too many people leave their lives – especially careers – to chance. A vast majority of employees feel stuck and helpless in a job that doesn’t motivate them

I see this often as a life coach that specializes in career transitions. Bright kids and mid-career professionals approach me wanting to change jobs, tweak resumes, impress at interviews, and on. Many are desperate for change, but don’t know where to start. Most of them never worked with coaches previously, and simply hope for good results.

Good coaches work on tactics. The great ones first dig into a client’s psyche, helping to connect the person to him- or herself again.


Digging Deep

Reasons You Need a Life Coach

Before a life coach can help a client with his job search or life problem, it’s imperative to diagnose the depth and breadth of issues in the mix. What to the client may seem a simple thing to fix, like resume mistakes or fear of failure, is quite often symptomatic of a host of baggage from the childhood, work, and life experience.

As such, there is much more to coaching than just listening and giving advice. The transformation takes A LOT of work and shepherding through pitfalls. Quite often, clients coming in are NOT aware that their career success depends a great deal on the work they do inside their head – not just their daily grind, their boss, or schooling or experience.

Idealists believe that good performance on its own will merit raises, better titles and so on. The cynics say that politics is everything, or superficial things like clothes and makeup win the day. The truth is more complex, yet certain trends emerge.


Perception vs. Reality in the Working World

Reasons You Need a Life Coach

The two-faced working world on the one hand can seem to value simple good performance above all. Yet, we all know, there are unspoken rules, conventions, areas of gray, red lines, bad days, irrational behavior, and business cycles.

There is much more to getting your dream job than simply dressing well, doing your research, or arriving early. The only way to know what is behind the Wizard’s curtain is to ask the Wizard.

Hence, a life coach who has hired and done HR can help a client wade through what they need to say and do throughout the process with the different actors. Psychology and language can quite often trump the right experience and schooling. 

A PC world deficient in attention means that we are selling images, perceptions every day, all day, four seconds at a time. To get a chance, you must convey exactly the right message to the proper audience.

Unwinding all the baggage takes great patience, plus a robust system and the work to follow through until the end. Before the tactics help, it is important to determine where the person holds in life, how close – or far – he is from doing life’s best work, FOR him.

When mission, values, outcomes all align between the client and his list of companies, then magic starts to happen.


Here are the things a top career and/or life coach can help you do:

Reasons You Need a Life Coach

1) Reconnect with your life mission and values, identify your natural role in any organization or situation, plus the outcomes you enjoy delivering to customers. 

Before you can tell a convincing story about your career, you must convince yourself of the inherent value of your particular personality traits, interests, talents and experiences.


2) Diagnose the negative scripts, bad career habits, and other psychic baggage.

These are holding you back from achieving your potential. An experienced life coach can help you get rid of them eventually. Tough love, frank feedback, and a sense of perspective and balance are important for progress to materialize.


 3) Diagnose your body language carefully in a conversation.

This is so that you can tangibly improve how others perceive you. A great life coach who really cares may give you acting and dress-up exercises to do in order to overcome any self-esteem, body image, and stereotyping issues. Body language and ready stereotypes may be the most overlooked reasons for why brilliant people often lose out to lesser candidates for dream jobs.


4) Formulate and demonstrate your clear and concise value proposition (your professional brand). 

These involve the specific problems you can solve, the specific metrics to demonstrate your achievements, and a record of creating tangible outcomes (better health, greater wealth, delivering delight, making processes cheaper/better/faster, etc.). The value you bring must ALWAYS greatly exceed the cost of hiring you.


5) Tell your professional and personal story in an authentic and relevant way. 

This should be customized for the particular audience you’re engaging for a job, business deal, or partnership. Each audience is different and you must adjust accordingly to be effective.


6) Always speak the language of opportunity.

Always think of the win-win scenario anytime you engage someone in a conversation, whether in an interview, negotiation or a networking event – or even when chatting with a stranger. Attitude is the first thing people notice. Perception is inevitably reality.


7) Pinpoint the industry(-ies), list of dream companies and specific title(s) that fit with your preferred role, outcomes, life mission and values.


8) Identify the pain points each company (and/or team) in your list is having.

The pain points should be something with which you can instantly help, based on your problem-solving experience and passion.


9) Write effective pain letters to decision makers at your ideal companies.

This is to show your genuine passion for their products or services, offering your help to with their biggest pain points and demonstrating your value proposition concisely. “Tell me why you love my crazy idea and how you can help me succeed in my mission as an entrepreneur or team leader.”


10) Prepare you supremely well by doing a mock interview and giving you instant, unvarnished feedback.

It could be advice on body language, appearance, preparation for both behavioral and standard questions. Plus, a great life coach will go through with you on the quality of your actual answers and questions asked throughout the interview, so you can improve in time to ace the real thing.


11) Help you negotiate a higher salary, title and/or benefits with a detailed waterfall that prepares you to ask for the next most important thing for you if your #1 option isn’t possible.

It’s mostly a science, with a bit of art. Just remember that failing to negotiate a $10K raise in your first job can mean as much as $500K lost throughout your career.


12) Help you choose from among offers.

These could be based on team dynamic and fit, prior success, interview quality, company’s fiscal health, market share, growth and dynamics, alignment with your natural role/outcomes/mission/values, your gut feeling, as well as other factors of importance to you. All offers are NOT created equal.


13) Follow-up with you once in your new role.

This is to ensure a smooth transition, whether through New Manager training, help with networking, industry-specific insights, etc. Getting your dream job is great, but failing to get off to a solid start may quickly turn it into a nightmare.



Based on my clients’ progress through this checklist, I have seen the massive difference in the way they see themselves, the story that they tell at interviews, their confidence and preparation, focus – and success.

Even the ones that come to me when unemployed and desperate have left their baggage at the door and got across their message in the proper way. This is the most rewarding outcome for a life coach.

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5 tiny habits that can change your life and career



Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

When it comes to the daily grind, time seems to keep passing by – yet many things remain the same. We are so busy trying to get things done, keeping our heads above water, that we don’t take real time to think about things like balance, self-care, or making necessary changes.

Little do we realize that small tweaks at home and at work might create opportunities for us to have true balance, and even achieve that elusive success.

Let’s look at five tiny habits you can implement today to control the chaos – and start changing your life and career.


Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life and Career

1.) Embrace the concept of a “clean slate” at work.

Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

This involves implementing a few simple routines and organizational tools upfront. This will save you time in the long run, and will leave you feeling satisfied at the start – and end – of your day.

For example:

  • Create folders in your e-mail inbox by person and topic. Be sure to move applicable items there. The feeling of a clean inbox can reduce anxiety and enables you to find important material faster!
  • Write phone messages on a notepad next to you each day.
  • Return each call.
  • Note the status of what you were able to do, what needs to be done, and cross out which ones have been taken care of.
  • Complete your list before you leave work.

Nothing feels better than looking at the list and knowing that you have attended to every person, every item, and every task you started with. Yes, more may come in later. But these were your starting tasks.

You are leaving with everything crossed off, a clean slate for the day. You can start tomorrow with a clean slate as well. You’re more organized: able to look at a detailed history of each item you did, each person you spoke to, each item you completed.

A well-structured system and way of doing things is mentally good for you. It’s also a nice feeling to walk away with a complete sense of accomplishment for the day.


2.) Surround yourself with people who nourish your soul, NOT people who infect it.

Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

Think about the people you chose to be with. Don’t feel guilty about setting boundaries, no matter who they are. Be honest if someone is a “toxic” person in your life. Surround yourself with folks who build you up, support you, are honest but fair with you, and those who have your best interests at heart.

We of course need people who are going to tell us the truth. But remember that truth can be told with kindness. We can give ourselves permission to distance ourselves from, or let people go. These are individuals who make us feel bad about ourselves, or take every chance they can get to criticize our every choice.

There is enough negativity in the world. We don’t need to have it in those closest to us. You will be amazed at the difference when you give yourself permission to set healthy boundaries. So surround yourself with healthy relationships. Stop feeling like you must endure unhealthy ones.


3.) Clutter creates anxiety more than you realize.

Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

Whether it’s your home or your workspace, getting organized makes a huge difference in your state of mind. So start practicing tiny habits that create structure.

At work:

Get those piles into drawers and desktop storage. File folders are your friends! Label by topic, date, etc. Having things organized and at your fingertips will save you time and a great deal of anxiety.

Have trays for things that are needed on a daily or weekly basis. Organize your office supplies neatly. Remember that your desk is also a presentation of who you are.

You may think that those piles make you look busy – but they really make you look disorganized. Create your own system so that you can locate anything instantly. That, is more impressive than a pile.

At home:

Think more in terms of scaling down to get organized. Make it a goal to make you space your solace. Organize, donate, and find a place for everything. If you have not used it in a year, consider donating. If things belong together, group them. Get the right storage to hold things.

Group things where they make the most sense. Move things where they work and function best. Get rid of things that no longer work, are expired, are outdated, or that could benefit someone else more than sitting in a pile at your home.

You will not miss them. You will probably feel pretty good for sharing the love. Nothing feels better as having a fully functional home where you can live and breathe; where there is no clutter, and where everything has a place.


4.) Practice good, daily self-care.

Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

It may seem so simple, yet we all seem to fall short when it comes to this vital area that impacts our lives and our careers. If we practice tiny habits of self-care, we function better, perform better, and surely, improve our opportunities for success.

Good self-care includes things, such as:

  • Getting enough sleep each night. This includes going to bed and getting up at the same time, seven days a week. When going to bed, there should be NO electronics, including screens or cell phones, as they stimulate the mind and keep you awake.
  • Eating food that nourishes you – such as whole foods, not processed foods.
  • Drinking eight glasses of water each day.
  • Enjoying treats in moderation, no need to crash diet!
  • Be sure to wake up 30 to 60 minutes earlier than usual to ease into your day, and allow yourself to practice your morning routine.

Whether it be reading the paper, listening to a podcast, watching a TV show, yoga, or morning meditation, how you begin sets the tone for the day. So set aside time in the morning so you are not rushed. This is an essential part of your day.

If you start rushed, you are going to feel that way the whole day. Starting with balance, leads to a balanced day.


5.) Self-talk is one of the most powerful habits we can change.

Tiny Habits That Can Change Your Life

If we think about how often we thought something negative about ourselves, someone else, or about a situation, we would see how powerful negative self-talk can be. Now think about how better our lives could be if we stopped ourselves before doing it. It’s possible – but it takes effort and conscious work.

You simply need to pay attention and catch yourself. But as you do, the difference can be profound. You start to see how by removing negativity and replacing it with realistic thinking, you feel more balanced. Imagine the impact it can have on your work and relationships, to not see things in the worst possible light?

By implementing these tiny habits, you can bring about tremendous changes to your work and personal life. A few would only be one-time tasks. While others require minimal, but – hopefully welcome – effort.

If things are not working well in these areas of your life, why not give these tiny habits a chance? You will at least be a little more organized. And hopefully, be well-rested at the end.



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7 Ways to Organize Your Day for Success



Organize Your Day for Success

Nope, don’t panic. I’m not going to start by telling you to get up earlier! As an Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach, I firmly believe in bio-individuality. This is the idea that we are all unique: just as some people can’t tolerate gluten and some can, there are early birds and others are night owls. Neither is wrong – they’re just different.

So yes, just as our definitions of success look different, how we structure our days for success will vary as well. However, I believe that there are some things in common.

For the sake of having a starting point, let’s agree that success is showing up in your life (career, relationships, physical activity, etc.) in the most biologically effective way possible (i.e., you are healthy in every sense of the word).

So how would you organize your day for success? Here are seven ways to try:


7 Ways to Organize Your Day for Success

1.) Wake up without an alarm if possible (see also #7).

Organize Your Day for Success

Jolting awake to an alarm is a sure-fire way to feel like you’re off to the races first thing in the morning. Instead, learn how many hours of sleep you are naturally inclined to. Then try to get that every night.

Waking up naturally prevents that influx of fight-or-flight chemicals coursing through your veins: nobody needs that kind of stress at the start of the day! Chronic stress can wreak all kinds of havoc with your body, starting a cascade of poor health outcomes.


2.) Start the day with screen-free “me time”.

The moment you check your email or social media, you are giving others power over how you spend your time. There will almost always be an email that just can’t wait or a post that brings on a severe case of #FOMO. Before you know it, you’re sucked in.

Instead of reaching immediately for a device, consider starting a new practice that can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes (or less) or as much time as you create for it: breathing, meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, journaling.

The Web is full of resources for these – just don’t go looking for them first thing in the morning! Are you an early bird? Use this gift of time to work out, meal prep, read, etc.


3.) Create time blocks (see also #5).

Organize Your Day for Success

As much as we think we can multitask, research shows we really can’t. “Task-switching” – what we’re really doing when we think we’re multitasking – can cost us as much as 40 percent of our productivity.

The solution: block out specific times on your schedule for tasks that require your full attention. During those times, close all other tabs and turn off all your notifications – and I mean all of them!

In between these blocks and not before, take a break to check email, make some calls – take care of some smaller tasks. Set a timer that indicates your next productive block is starting.


4.) Schedule your workouts and meals.

We seem to have time for everything but what really nourishes us: fuelling our bodies well and moving them regularly. As a health coach, when you tell me, “I don’t have time to…” what I hear is, “I don’t prioritize…”

I see you rolling your eyes. Let me tell you: if you do that enough, they’ll stick back there. But seriously – it comes down to this: if you wouldn’t cancel on your work, your client’s needs, your spouse’s needs, your kids’ needs, why would you cancel on yourself?

Meaningful self-care is putting on your oxygen mask first so you can help those who depend on you. Organize your day and put those blocks on your schedule. Treat them as unbreakable appointments with yourself.


5.) Multitask…intentionally (see also #3).

Organize Your Day for Success

Yes, I know I told you not to multitask. Now I’m telling you it’s okay if you do it intentionally. What does that mean?

In my work, I talk a lot about primary foods – all the other things in our lives that nourish us (or don’t!) besides what we put in our mouths. Think: sleep, career, spiritual practice, physical activity, time in nature, etc.

The multitasking I encourage is the kind that helps us nurture ourselves on the primary level, NOT the type that tries to manage a staggering number of little tasks that make our schedules so overwhelming.

What this looks like:

  • Need to spend quality time with family members? Instead of adding an outing (with all the planning, preparation, and consensus-building it requires), combine it with another area that needs some attention: take suggestions on the week’s meals, shop together, do some meal prep, etc.
  • Missing time with your girlfriends? Combine it with a workout or better yet, a walk in nature.
  • Desperate to do a little meal prep for the week? Invite a few friends over to cook so that you all get to stock up for the week. (There might be wine involved?)
  • House feeling like a hardhat zone, but you’d rather read? Clean while you listen to an audio book.
  • Time constraints making you choose between a workout and your spiritual practice? Take a walk in nature or practice a walking meditation.


6.) Make a plan for tomorrow.

You don’t have to organize your day down to the minute (although that works for some people). Instead, write down 1-3 large tasks to be done tomorrow and prioritize those once you’re done with your “me time.”

Are the tasks unpalatable? Brian Tracy has written about this concept in his book ‘Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time’. He calls the tasks we are most intimidated by (and therefore put off doing) as “frogs”.

His recommendation: start your work – not just the day – by “eating a frog”. If all the frogs look big and ugly, eat the biggest, ugliest frog first.


7.) Get to bed on time to get the sleep you need (see #1).

Organize Your Day for Success

Once you know how many hours of sleep you need, organize your day and figure out when you need to get to bed. Make sure to end the day as you began it: NO screens for at least 30 minutes before bedtime!

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