"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." William Arthur Ward

Dear Client/Colleague,

Throughout the month, our coaching team receives a lot of questions around career exploration and life balance, so we have decided to introduce a new Q&A format for our monthly Career Strategists newsletters. Have a question related to career or life management that you’d like answered? Send it to sarina@careerstrategists.net.

“I have been feeling lost and deeply unsatisfied for several years and know a career change is on the horizon. Whenever I start to think of what I could do, all I can come with are options within my current industry: working for a different hospital, department, or specialty. None of these excite me. What if I really have no idea what I want to do, where do I start?” Amy, 39, healthcare professional

When we ask clients to share what their ideas about what they want we hear, "I have no idea.” If this question is also playing over and over in your mind like a skipping CD, we want you to know you are not alone and it is a normal response that everyone has in the initial stages of career exploration.

After many years of working with our clients, we recognize that what often lies behind this question is fear and overwhelm or an inability to even dream or envision “what is possible.” And it’s this mindset that leaves us feeling stuck and hinders us from even initiating our first steps towards finding a better career fit.

Amy, a Career Strategists client, asked this question when we began working together. After listening to her initial thoughts about career options I asked her to pause for a moment – to let go of the shoulds and fears – and to try to approach this as if she were playing with possibilities. After a bit more discussion, I said, “Lets start fresh: so what is it you really want?” And with much more levity, she was able to generate an incredible list of very different career ideas.

In order to really open up and see what is possible, we encourage clients to adopt a new mindset of "playful fearlessness." And remember, you’re not committing to anything—you’re just playing the “what if” game: thinking about your interests, the things you want for your life and possible career paths that excite you. You don't have to do anything else! You’re not sending out resumes, interviewing or making a single decision. All you have to commit to is being open to the process, to new ways of seeing things (read Renee’s latest life balance newsletter along this theme). And if you need permission to do this—you’ve got it!

Let me know how we can support you in taking that first step towards work that is a fit for you inside and out.

Warmly,

Sarina LaMarche, Career Strategists senior career coach, and The Career Strategists Team

P.S. You asked for it! Join Renee Saturday, April 10th, 9:30-noon for the highly popular The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work in Austin. But register today, we have professionals from around the state attend and this fills quickly!

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RESUMES IN 2010: THINGS HAVE CHANGED!
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News you can use! Hear what Career Strategists senior career coach Sarina LaMarche had to share on AOL’s Job Search Site during a recent interview on resumes: what’s changed. Need help with your resume? Email us at info@careerstrategists.net.

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IS YOUR JOB A FIT? TAKE THE MYERS BRIGGS AND FIND OUT
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Would you like some insight into how others perceive you, what type of work environment and boss are a fit for you, how to improve your EQ (emotional intelligence) and ways to enhance your relationships? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used tool of its type in the world. Email info@careerstrategists.net to set up your personal appointment with Renee today. More details here.

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MANAGE YOUR ENERGY: ELIMINATE TIME ZAPPERS
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What are the top unrewarding activities to dodge on the job so you can reclaim your time—and life? Read a recent interview with Renee on productivity tips from Achieve Solutions. Check out Renee’s life balance site for products/events and serviced to help you enhance balance and equilibrium in your life: www.ReneeTrudeau.com.

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*NEW* DIY CAREER CHANGE AND JOB SEARCH TOOLKITS!
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Ready to make a change but need a “jump start” to help you get started? On a tight budget or unable to allocate the resources for one-on-one coaching? Purchase a DIY Career Change Toolkit or a DIY Job Search Workshop today—only $99! Learn more.

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HAVE A HECTIC SCHEDULE? CONSIDER PHONE OR EMAIL COACHING
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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 info@careerstrategists.net to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment with Renee, Sarina or Angela.

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UPCOMING CAREER & LIFE BALANCE EVENTS
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February 18 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Texas Self-Renewal Party with Renee Trudeau, Austin, TX. Hosted by Rhonda McMahon. Email rmcmahon@austin.rr.com; learn about the Power of Self-Care

February 23 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. (CST) FREE Live Inside Out class via telephone with Renee Trudeau. Topic: Good is Good Enough: Releasing Perfectionism. Join author/life coach Renee Trudeau and women from around the world in a "virtual living room" as we explore how to live life from the inside-out. Register and receive details here.

March 5 9:00 a.m. - Noon The Empowered Entrepreneur with Renee Trudeau. Learn to work less, make more and be the master—not the slave—of your business. Space is very limited; register now.

March 26 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.Refresh & Renew Mini Self-Care Retreat with Renee Trudeau at The Crossings Spa and Resort; cost: $175. A perfect Birthday or Mother’s Day gift to give or receive. View the flyer here. Make a date with yourself today!


April 10 9:30 a.m. - Noon The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work at St Edwards University. A small, dynamic group-coaching workshop focused on helping you strategically map out your next steps and find work that is a “fit” for you. **BONUS** register by March 15 and receive a free DIY Job Search Toolkit (a $99 value). Class size is limited. CLICK HERE to register online. Contact info@careerstrategists.net for more information.

April 23-25 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Woman’s Self-Renewal Retreat. Join us for an amazing weekend designed to nurture and nourish your body, mind and soul at The Crossings Spa & Resort. Led by Renee Trudeau. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Commuter options available. Download flyer here. Details/register here.

August 13-15 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance (with Renee Trudeau). Kripalu Retreat Center - Lennox, MA (The Berkshires). Click here for details and to register.

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