Are You Stuck in Your Life? Hire a Life Coach and Create the Life You Desire

Coaching blends concepts from counseling, mentoring, sociology, business, psychology, spirituality, and sports. The main purpose of a coach is to support people as they strive to create the ideal life for themselves.

Life coaches help their clients achieve and narrow down their personal goals. Life coaches usually specialize in one or more areas such as career, business, creativity, pets, small business, and many other areas.

The International Coach Federation offers certification in life coaching. The International Coach Academy is accredited by the International Coach Federation. These classes are teleclasses that are online. They are not like online classes that you would take at a college or university.

Sometimes you need support from someone other than a family member or friend. This is why I contacted Beth from InSpirit Life Coaching. I was curious if life coaching is something that I really wanted to pursue and to find out first hand what it is. The session “flew by,” and I realized that I still had some “family issues” to work out even though I thought I forgave people and moved on with my life. Yes, I did what Debbie Ford says most people do which is cover up “your story” with another “story.”

Whether you live in the Phoenix, AZ area or not and are looking for a life coach, please visit In Spirit Life Coaching. Beth is a fantastic life coach who listens with compassion and understanding. She gives you guidance so you can begin to create an ideal life for yourself. The question is, are you ready to do that? If the answer is “yes,” contact Beth today. Tomorrow, you will have a new perspective on your life.

Do you have a life coach or considered hiring a life coach? Is it worth it to you?

Warning! Working With People Maybe Killing You!

Most people cannot stand to go to work. When Sunday comes around, they are already dreading going to work. Perhaps it’s because the boss or another employee makes their blood boil or stomach do “flip-flops!” Most people have experienced an overbearing, rude, or negative boss, co-worker, or employee at some point in their career. It is becoming a job requirement to know how to work with all types of people.

“In their book, “Working with You is Killing Me — Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work,” (Warner Business Books, 2006), Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster offer advice on how to recognize a co-worker problem and provide tools for dealing with them professionally and effectively.” See MSN.CareerBuilder for further reference.

Do not allow people to take your power! Most people do things to get a reaction out of others. Once they know what buttons to push, they will do it all of the time. Here’s a saying that you can say to yourself if you find yourself in a negative situation at work: “I’m rubber, your glue, your negative energy bounces of a me and sticks to you!” You may even find that a smile forms across your face.

Some people are very insecure or in so much pain that they do not know how to deal with their issues. It is not your job to “fix people.” It’s your job to monitor your thoughts and feelings. When a person is “getting on your nerves,” walk away as fast as you can. Think about something that makes you happy, like a new job. Be sure to thank your current job for providing you with experience and a salary, then start looking for a new job.

The workplace is full of people. The key is to know how to deal with all personalities types. Remember, it’s just a job and not your life. Another way to deal with toxic people is an attitude of gratitude. You can thank God you are not related or married to these people! Can you imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? It would be an exciting day which would make you want to be at work instead of spending the holiday with them.

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How to Avoid Desk Rage in the Workplace

Work relationships can be pleasant or very intense. Employers must be aware of “desk rage.” Just like road rage, desk rage can be deadly. Employees are overworked, underpaid, and stressed out to the max! Mix in a little economic uncertainty, debt, and family troubles into the pot and employers have a recipe for disaster in the workplace. Before employers know it, they have a mess that may not be easy to clean up with disciplinary action such as firing.

What is desk rage? People who come to work that are angry, grumpy, ill-tempered, insulting, or worse. Anything from acts such as impatience, yelling, gossiping, backstabbing, throwing things, stealing office supplies, and abusing sick days are part of desk rage.

What causes desk rage? Americans who are coping with woes of rising costs, debt, family problems, and job uncertainty suffer from desk rage. Employees with the least power are more than likely to show desk rage because they feel they are at the mercy of everyone else. Those who do not seek help to deal with their emotions in a more healthy way are a disaster waiting to happen.

What can employees and employers do about desk rage? Breathing and walking are great ways to “cool off” the emotions. Taking 10 deep breaths and focusing on each breath is a great way to calm down. Getting up and going for a walk is another technique that will help to curb desk rage. Not only is walking great exercise but it is a way for people to change their focus.

How to avoid desk rage? Change your thoughts, change your life. A job is just that, it’s a job. If employees feel that their “job” is their life then they have deeper issues to resolve. Don’t buy into the doom and gloom speak of others. Many people thrive in good and bad economic times. Choose to think your own thoughts.

Listening to and partaking in gossip will come back to haunt you. Just because some employees have gathered around the water cooler to talk about “Bob” does not mean you have to join in the conversation. Remember the saying, “what goes around comes around” and it will get you. Karma is powerful; we’re all in this together.

Another way to avoid desk rage is to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Employees could be grateful they have jobs because others have lost theirs. Just something to think about before performing an act of desk rage.

To learn more about what causes “desk rage” and how to prevent it, please visit News.Yahoo.com and MSNBC.com.

Help Wanted! Are You Overqualified For That Job?

If you search the “main” career websites such as CareerBuilder, Monster.com, or Jobing.com, you will find a plethora of job opportunities. If you are a person with a Masters Degree, do you think you are qualified to be a receptionist? Most people would say “yes” you are qualified. In fact, you are more than qualified to be a receptionist.

It is very discouraging when you are looking for work and you read a job posting that states “Experienced Veterinary Receptionist.” Translation, if you do not specifically have veterinary receptionist experience do not bother to apply. So, the people running the office feel that it takes a very special talent to pick up the phone and say “Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, Dr. Soandso’s office, how may I help you? Yes, Dr. Soandso has 9:00 am this Saturday available. Would you like to schedule an appointment?” You get the picture. Yes, you will have to know how to use a computer, provide great customer service, and have a love of animals. If you are applying for the job not only do you have a strong interest in the position, you most likely possess other qualifications that would benefit everyone in the office.

Employers wonder why employees are disgruntled. The government of the United States of America wonders why its people have a lack of faith in the establishment. Could it be the fact that our jobs are shipped overseas even though reports will say that “x-amount” of jobs were created. Congratulations to the people who were hired in those jobs.

It can be very aggravating and frustrating when you have yourself or a family to support. Employment search engines seem to “pop-up” each day. Yet, many people are having a difficult time of finding employment. Maybe there is something in the air. Will it change? Hopefully things will start to improve. Of course, one way to improve your situation is to keep the faith!

10 Ways to Assess Leadership Skills

What does it take to be a good leader? Do you think you’re ready to move into a leadership position at your organization? A person may “climb the corporate” ladder but that does not mean he or she has leadership ability. Unfortunately, most people are promoted based on seniority instead of their qualifications. Seniority is not a good reason to promote someone to a leadership, management, or supervisory position.

Top 10 List

  1. Inspire and motive people.
  2. Confident and trustworthy.
  3. Committed to succeed and meet all goals. Never give up!
  4. Non-verbal and verbal communication skills. Say what you mean, mean what you say.
  5. Receptive to constructive criticism.
  6. Apologizes and admits mistakes.
  7. Listens with an open mind.
  8. Self-starter who takes calculated risks.
  9. Empowers others to think for themselves.
  10. Time management.

Bonus!

If you are not familiar with “Principle Centered Leadership” by Stephen R. Covey or the essay “The Servant as Leader” by Robert Greenleaf you may want to visit Barnes and Noble. Improve your leadership skills today!

Links to Leadership

  1. The Art and Science of Leadership.
  2. Center for Creative Leadership.
  3. The Five P’s of Leadership.
  4. Leadership 501.

The Art of Leadership

I graduated with a Masters of Science, Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Let me tell you, I am getting my money’s worth! We often discussed in our classes whether or not leadership can be taught or if it is something you just have within you. Lately, I have been asking myself this question. Here’s why…

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