Career Change: Mindful Meditation

I recently attended a webinar by Sanjib Mukherjee called ‘How To Make 2014 Your Best year Ever’. I was introduced to mindful meditation and found it very powerful and life changing.  Even though I have meditated in the past erratically, I am now doing so regularly as a priority, being aware of the immense benefits in my reach. This technique is brilliant for career changers due to these benefits.

The primary benefit of mindful meditation is that it helps us be fully present in the current moment. This is a place most of us avoid as we tend to live either in the future or in the past most of the time. Some of the other benefits are becoming motivated, achieving clarity and focus, and removing limiting beliefs about success. 

I was struck by how important mindfulness is for success and as a tool for overcoming stress, fear and lack of confidence. As a career coach, mindfulness is an important part of my approach, central to which is compassion, non-judgement and being open. In your career change, try mindful meditation for yourself and see how it helps propel you forward.

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Mark Vernon, author of The Good Life, says that mindfulness means making the time to step back and provides you with a method for doing it.  “It encourages you to be more aware of life, and promises to be a source of insight and hope”.

Liz Hall, author of Mindful Coaching maintains that mindfulness “helps us be more emotionally intelligent, more present, more creative, better able to make better decisions, better able to manage stress, and become more resilient”.

If you would like to discuss how mindful meditation can help you achieve your career change, go to www.careerchangeat40.com/signature-programme. You can email me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com or call me on +44 7563 563 254.

 

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Career Change At Thanksgiving

Wishing all the US visitors to my website and friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I think Thanksgiving is a wonderful festival and it is worth celebrating everything we have with those we love. I hope this Thanksgiving brought you joy and peace with your family and friends.

Personally, I believe this is one American custom that the British could adopt, given that we have adopted Halloween so zealously.  The closest we Brits come to Thanksgiving is the Harvest Festival that takes place in September across the island and has done so since pagan times. Today, the Harvest Festival is celebrated mainly in churches and schools.  Churches are decorated with locally grown produce that is then given away to the needy.  Schools collect food from the families of their pupils that is again distributed to local charities.

On this Thanksgiving, what were you grateful for?  Personally, I am grateful for the roof over of my head and having a car to drive.  I am grateful for having an abundance of food to eat and water to drink. I am grateful for each and every one of my large extended family and especially for my seven year old daughter.  I am grateful that I still have my elderly mother even though she is finding being old difficult. I am grateful that I have a business doing work I love because when your work is your passion, it’s not work at all!

Thank you to all the people I have worked with and all the people who have helped me in my business. I could not have done it without you. I have met some wonderful people in the past few years who have an abundance mentality.  That is, they are happy to share their knowledge and gifts to help others progress.

I hope that you too do work that you love to do and have a career that excites you.  My mission is helping others find their passion and enjoying going to work every day. If you would like to change career to one where your passion is at the centre, contact me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com or call me on +44 7563 563 254 for a free career assessment.

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Career Change By Finding Your Passion & Purpose

Most people know the famous Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

But how about this one:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.

How does that apply to where you are in your career today?  Are you doing what you love?  What legacy would you like to leave? Perhaps you have been wondering your whole life what your life purpose is.

Lucy Whittington, who runs a program called ‘Being A Business Celebrity’ says it is vital that you “find your Thing’ or passion, whether this is for your career or your new business. You need to stand out from the crowd to secure the new career and to make it a success.  Many people have been in their job for several years and no longer know what their passion is or what work would make them happy.

I believe my life’s purpose is to help people find their ideal career.  I deeply feel that we should all do work we love and if we pick a field where there is a market, we can create the career of our dreams.  However, how do you go about finding your passion if you have no idea what it is? As a career coach, I have tried and tested processes that I take my clients through, either as a group or as individuals to reveal their passion and purpose. It’s just a question of taking the first step and investing in yourself to progress your career.

Or do you need to give yourself permission to find your passion or to work in your dream career?  Do you feel guilty even thinking about it?  I know it’s hard to put yourself first when you have obligations and responsibilities to others.  But it’s okay for you to put yourself in the spotlight and find out what makes you tick and know what’s important to you at a profound level. 

It’s only when you are working from your authentic self will you be leading a happy life.  Gandhi also said:

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

If your career is not congruent with who you really are, you are likely to be dissatisfied with your working life and this lack of fulfillment will have a knock on effect on those closest to you. When you do work you love and get paid well for it, you and all your loved ones benefit too.

Contact me today by emailing me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com or call me on +44 7563 563 254 for my help with finding your passion and your ideal career.

 

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Career Change: The Power Of Vulnerability

Have you come across the TED talk by Brene Brown in 2010 called The Power of Vulnerability? I came across the video below last year and was very moved at the time. Thanks to a friend I watched it again today and was struck by how true and insightful Brene’s comments are, especially as they are evidence based, following several years of research. Her research has shown how important vulnerability is and how central a role it plays in the lives of the very successful.  Many of the people who succeed are ‘wholehearted‘ in the way they lead their live.

Brene Brown argues that “vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity and love”. You can choose to surrender to vulnerability and tenderness or to fight it.  Sadly, for many of us, the more vulnerable we perceive ourselves to be the more afraid we are. Yet the power of vulnerability is standing up for who we really are and having the courage and compassion to make a difference.

In our modern age we want everything uncertain to be certain. So politics is no longer about discourse but about blame. Religious faith and mystery have been replaced by certainty and claims that only our group knows the right way to God. When you contemplate your career change, is the lack of certainty holding you back?

Many of us ‘numb’ vulnerability with overeating, addictions, medications or debt. However, emotions cannot be selectively numbed, for example grief, shame, disappointment.  In the process we also numb joy, gratitude and happiness and thus numb our search for purpose and meaning. Brene argues that the question is “why and how do we numb?”

In conclusion, we need to let ourselves be seen deeply and vulnerably, just as we are, love with our whole hearts even without guarantees and practice gratitude and joy. Lastly Brene says, “believe that you are enough“. 

I believe this video has a very powerful message for people seeking a career change.

Find out for yourself:

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Career Change By Avoiding These Four Mistakes

Not Doing Research

If you don’t do your homework and research the new career you want to work in, you may make a decision that you later regret.  Outline the pros and cons for the new career path and look at all the ramifications for your career progression and your personal life.  Find out what qualifications and training you need and whether your current skills are taken into account in your chosen career.  Don’t start at the entry level in a new career, make sure your experience and skills are valued. You may decide to stay within the industry or completely change the sphere in which you work.  You may choose to stay with the same employer but seek a different career within the organisation.  For example, instead of Sales, you may move over to Marketing or Accounts.

No Career Plan

It is important that you set long term goals in the career of your choice. Without a direction or actual practical steps to achieve your new career, you limit what you can achieve and the time it will take you. Hire a coach to support you through this process.  You do not have to do it alone, especially if you are not clear what your new career path will be. Goals and a career plan provide you with a clear road map for your career change journey. A coach will also help you achieve your personal best, keep you accountable and support you until you achieve your goals.  You will avoid procrastination or giving up through despair and lack of confidence.

Allowing Money To Be The Deciding Factor

Many people work for money to enable them to have the lifestyle they desire. However, money should not be the deciding factor in your decision to make a career change or to take a new job. Find out what your passion is because if you work in your passion, you will be much happier, more productive and more creative.  You will be in flow and money will then come easily as you excel in what you do for your living. Don’t change your career out of desperation because you are unhappy with your employer or colleagues.  Change it when you are at the top but are aware that this is not your passion and you are not fulfilling your ambitions for the rest of your life.

Not Controlling Your Mindset

Which affects you more, fear of success or fear of failure? We go through our lives and our careers allowing negative beliefs about ourselves or our capabilities to limit us in the choices we make regarding our career.  Often these beliefs have been instilled in us from a very early age and we regard them as true.  However, limiting beliefs are those that are not objective and do not serve you.  What about your values? Do you know who you really are?  You need to choose a career that upholds your most important values, otherwise you will be deeply dissatisfied with the change of career.  It’s also important that you have a positive outlook and a positive mindset that you control to ensure that negative and fearful thoughts do not sabotage your new career.

For my help in your career change journey, email me on Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com or call me on +44 7563 563 254 or 07563 563 254.

 

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Career Change: Accelerate Your Career Now Book

Are you ready to ch

ange your career and take the first step to your new life? Then you will be interested in my new free eBook called Accelerate Your Career Now.  I propose that now is the ideal time to change your career, despite the economic downturn or the insecurity that many who are in work feel. I explore the quickest way to achieve your dream career, and outline what can fast-track your career change.  You’ll learn about some of the latest scientific research that provides proof of the advantages a positive mindset brings.  I cover the mindset extensively as its influence is critical to your success.

In the book you’ll discover how to review your skills and decide on the type of career change that suits you. Find out how you can uncover your passion or niche and how you can reframe your values and your beliefs to those that serve you and ensure that you do not limit your own potential.

I give my ideas on how you can develop a vision for your life and your career and how you can achieve your new career by setting goals.  Written goals are not enough to get you your new career however.  You’ll learn how to put your goals into action through a career plan.  Subsequently, you will find insights into how social media can impact your career change with several practical tips through the minefield of privacy and libel.  The job search strategies that will give you the edge are explored and finally I give you my eight tips for success that I believe will get you to your destination fast.

I believe that doing work you love is vital for your mental and emotional health and a career change could be just what you need.  It’s why your dreams are so important – they reflect the real you. I personally do not intend to have any regrets at the end of my life.  In this book, I will show you how you can avoid experiencing regrets by finding out who you really are deep down and seizing opportunities to do work that you love.

 I believe you have the whole world in your hands. Carpe diem!

For your free career assessment, call me on +44 7563 563 254 or email me at ghazala@careerchangeat40.com. If you enjoyed reading this book but career change is not for you at the present time, please share the book with anyone you feel may benefit from it.

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Career Change: Career Happiness

I recently read a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project (2009) and I want to share with you some insights and tips from this book that I think are valuable to career changers. She considers her book to be an approach for changing your life.  Although superficially she had all the elements of a good and successful life and career, there was something missing and she identified some malaise in her life. 

She decided to dedicate one year to trying to be happier and planned to implement new resolutions every month from January to December.  I am impressed by Gretchen’s candour and courage in baring her feelings and warts and all behavior to the world as she sought more joy, satisfaction and engagement in her life.

This book is extremely well researched and pulls together a huge number of studies in related areas. Gretchen asserts that “Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness.”  This may seem a truism but it is amazing how most people don’t expect to be happy in their work. Studies have shown that people who are happy outperform those who are less happy and that “happier people make more effective leaders”.

When people are happy in their career they tend to be more cooperative, less self-centred and generally better team players which not surprisingly makes them more popular with colleagues. They are generally regarded as more assertive and confident and even more attractive! This ties in neatly with my earlier blogs on the importance of having a positive mindset.

For many people, finding the right kind of work is crucial for their happiness.  Are you one of them? Don’t despair! It’s never to late to start planning your career change and taking one step every day towards your career goals.  If you are not sure what future career would suit you, get support from the experts.  Career coaching can take you through a voyage of self discovery to finding the work you love to do. 

One of the keys to your ideal career is what you love to do in your spare time.  Gretchen had a former career as a lawyer and realized that she spent her free time writing or reading.  Eventually, she turned this passion into writing books for her living.

If you would like my support as your personal career coach, call me on +44 7563 563 254 for a free 30 minute career assessment or email me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com.

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Career Change: What Sort of Mindset Do You Need?

Do you have a positive or a negative mindset? Do you know how powerful your thoughts are? We all need to have a positive mindset, as our thoughts are extremely important. Our subconscious mind is influenced by our thoughts and cannot tell the difference between positive or negative thoughts. It acts as if everything we think about is true and real. This often leads to the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’.

What is a positive mindset and why do you need one? A positive mindset is a mental approach to daily life that chooses positive and optimistic thoughts over negative and pessimistic ones on an active basis. With this attitude, you always expect favourable results and good things to happen to you instead of expecting the worst.

We, therefore, need to ensure that our internal mind chatter is positive, forward looking and reflects what we wish to have in our life because that is what the subconscious will deliver. If our expectations are negative, the subconscious will deliver those instead.

You may be asking what makes me such an expert in positive thinking? I am a qualified and experienced business coach as well as a life coach. The reason I am a coach is because I have an optimistic approach to personal development and love inspiring and motivating people. Coaching is a future oriented process that encourages and facilitates people to make positive changes that lead to the life of their dreams. I am committed to working with people who actively want to improve their lives and careers and in the process improve the world around them.

For a free Career Assessment, call me on +44 7563 563 254 or email me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com.

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Are You Ready For A Career Change?

Sometimes the very prospect of changing your career can be daunting and it’s no surprise that many continue with the daily rat race rather than embark on what might be a long process. However, what may seem impossible today may seem highly achievable tomorrow. What can change the situation completely for you is whether you get support for your career change.

I have been through a complete career change myself and know the challenges you are facing. I had worked all of my life in the public corporate sector only to be given redundancy after 10 years of loyal service to my last employer. Despite being a valued member of staff, having an excellent track record and reputation, being a senior manager, none of this mattered in the end when decisions were made. The organisation underwent a major restructuring and my post, among many others was deleted.

It was difficult to accept at first as I had invested emotionally as well as professionally with this employer and was losing a social circle too. However, I knew I had been coasting in my job and had needed to move on for some time. I had wanted to do consultancy work but felt unable to leave my ‘permanent job’. Well, now I know that there are very few ‘permanent’ jobs today. ‘Jobs for life’ are definitely in the past and loyalty to one employer has been replaced by loyalty to one’s own career or industry.

What enabled me to change my career to work in my passion was getting guidance and support from a coach who helped me set up my own business.  At that time, I was unaware of the rules and regulations affecting small businesses. I was very soon able to register my new company and began working for myself.

Anyone can completely change their career at any age. For most of us, reaching 40 is a huge milestone, not only in terms of our career aspirations but in terms of our life plans. We come to the realisation that time is not endless and we have not yet achieved the life we had been dreaming of. It may even be that we have been completely deflected from our own ambitions by the pressures of duty and responsibility.

However some people, perhaps once their children have grown up and left home, have decided that now is their time and they can put themselves first. Are you one of them? Perhaps you are asking, “what is it that I want to do? What is my passion? I would like to work for myself but what can I do and what will work? How will I support myself until it becomes a success?”

If you invest in yourself to live your dream by engaging a career coach, your coach will help you answer all the above questions and more. If you would like to work with me, contact me on 07563 563 254 from the UK or 0044 7563 563 254 from abroad or you can email me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com.

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Career Change By Example

Sometimes the very prospect of changing your career can be daunting and it’s no surprise that many go back to the daily rat race rather than embark on what might be a long process. However, what may seem impossible today may seem highly achievable tomorrow. What can change the situation completely for you is whether you get support for your career change.

I have been through a complete career change myself and know the challenges you are facing. A few years ago, I had been working for most of my life in the public corporate sector only to be given redundancy after 10 years of loyal service to my last employer. Being a valued member of staff, having an excellent track record and reputation, being a senior manager, none of this mattered in the end when decisions were made. The organisation underwent a major restructuring and my post, among many others was deleted.

It was difficult to accept at first as I had invested emotionally as well as professionally with this employer and was losing a social circle too. However, I knew I had been coasting in my job and had needed to move on for some time. I had wanted to do consultancy work but felt unable to leave my ‘permanent job’. Well, now I know that there are very few ‘permanent’ jobs today. ‘Jobs for life’ are definitely in the past and loyalty to one employer has been replaced by loyalty to one’s own career or industry.

What enabled me t

o change my career to work in my passion was getting guidance and support from a coach who helped me set up my own business.  At that time, I was unaware of the rules and regulations affecting small businesses. I was very soon able to register my new company and began working for myself. This was the best move I could have made and I have never looked back.

Anyone can completely change their career at any age. For most of us, reaching 40 is a huge milestone, not only in terms of our career aspirations but in terms of our life plans. We come to the realisation that time is not endless and we have not yet achieved the life we had been dreaming of. It may even be that we have been completely deflected from our own ambitions by the pressures of duty and responsibility.

However some people, perhaps once their children have grown up and left home, have decided that now is their time and they can put themselves first. Are you one of them? Perhaps you are asking, “what is it that I want to do? What is my passion? I would like to work for myself but what can I do and what will work? How will I support myself until it becomes a success?”

If you invest in yourself to live your dream by engaging a career coach, your coach will help you answer all the above questions and more.

To work with me to accelerate your career change, call me on 0044 7563 563 254 or email me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com.

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