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We’re in the last week of summer. Once Labor Day is over many of us will be in full “back to school” or “back to work” mode. While the fall season doesn’t officially start until September 22nd, the unofficial start has always been associated with Labor Day.

But before we back to business as usual, there’s still time to get in a few of those last minute summer to-do’s. If you didn’t have the opportunity to take that cruise, visit out of town relatives, or just spend a week relaxing on the beach, here are five (5) things you can do to enjoy your last week fun in the proverbial fun.

5 Things You Can Do Now

1. Be a Tourist For the Day – Do you live near a tourist attraction? Have a few historically significant sights in your back yard? Why not play tourist for the day and see your town or city with new eyes. Try new restaurants, visit landmarks, and taken in the day as if you were there for the first time.

2. Go to a Baseball Game – The season’s not over and while the weather still allows, check out game. It doesn’t matter if the major or minor league. Grab a few friends and indulge in a great bratwurst and beer.

3. Plan a Picnic – If you and your honey couldn’t get away for a romantic getaway, why not run to the store and grab your favorite snacks and goodies and plant yourself in a park overlooking a river. Being around water can be really grounding for most people so get outside and take in some fresh air and vitamin D.

4. Read a Great Book – Has your “must read” list been growing over the year? Well, pull out the one that’s calling your name and commit to reading a few pages a day until you’re done. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.

5. Have a Garage Sale – Now is the perfect time to “bless and release” those items in your office, closet, family room or garage that are just taking up space. Instead of dropping them off at your local Salvation Army, why not make some extra cash and set up a garage sale. If that sounds too stressful, you can also take those items to a consignment shop and let them do the selling.

Summary

And there you have it! Five fabulous things you can do to squeeze in a little more fun before the end of summer. Which will you choose to do?? Whatever you decide….have fun!!

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol

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Today on my monthly tv segment on AM Northwest I talked about Pantone Color Trends. Specifically, I shared how to wear and use them in your wardrobe. It’s a topic I’ve shared about before.

You can watch the FULL segment here:

Dr Carol Parker Walsh AMNW Aug 14 2018 - YouTube

Tips to Build Your Wardrobe

Pantone sets the color trends for the season. The first thing you need to know is that Pantone sets the color trends every year. So when you go into your favorite store and wonder, “what were they thinking?” remember, it wasn’t up to them. Now the buyers for these retails stores can choose to keep their colors neutral, but in order to offer you a great variety, you will see Pantone’s color trends.

The color trends are set a year or more in advance.  If you want to know what’s colors are coming up in advance of the season you can also go online and read about the colors selected and why. It’s actually exciting. Also designers can include and design around these colors in their upcoming collections.

Know YOUR color palette. Why?  Because when your color palette is in season, that’s when you need to SHOP and purchase key pieces for your wardrobe! This will keep you from making ill-fated purchases that won’t serve you in the long run.

If it’s not in season, purchase accent pieces or accessories.  Just because something’s NOT in your palette doesn’t mean you can’t shop. Consider adding complimentary colors to your palette in accessories like shoes, scarves, and handbags. Remember, the key is wear your palette around your face, you can wear other colors that go well with your outfit any where else. 

Use the trends in your branding. The colors in your website, stationery, communications marketing materials, and cover photos will say a lot about you or your brand. So if you’re in the midst of updating or changing your branding palette, take a peak at what’s on trend.

Here’s a few examples on how to wear the Fall Color Trends.

During the segment I shared images of the 10 colors and ways to wear them. You can see that in full when you watch the link to the segment above.

However, you can CLICK HERE to download them all! But here are my thoughts on the colors:

RED PEAR: This is a beautiful deep rich red, close to a deep brick red.

VALIANT POPPY: On the other hand this is a bold stunning read that has a higher vibration of energy and is more playful.

NEBULAS BLUE: I love this blue. Not quite as deep as Lapis but is a clear vibrant blue that will add a nice pop of color to your fall charcoal grays and winter whites.

CEYLON YELLOW: This is a spicy color like a lighter version of Gray Poupon mustard. It has great depth and substance for a fall color.

MARTINI OLIVE: I’ve seen Pantone play with their olive greens over the years adding more yellow, more green or more brown to make the color toastier. This one has a bit more yellow in it to warm it up a bit.

RUSSET ORANGE: This is a beautiful pumpkin color and fall classic and can be warn with so much.

ULTRA VIOLET: This is a cool purple and an unexpected color for fall but can be incorporated in great accessories or a warm sweater.

CROCUS PETAL: This light lavendar/lilac color is something you would see in spring, so again it’s unexpected for fall but adds a lightness to your fall palette and allows you to extend the wear of some of your spring favorites.

LIMELIGHT: This is NOT an easy color to wear. It’s a pungent yellow-green and would work best on those with olive skin tones which have both cool and warm undertones.

QUETZAL GREEN: This beautiful blue-green teal color can serve as your go to neutral this fall. It’s one of those colors that can be worn well by many and compliments so many other colors.

What’s next?

Want to get your closet ready for the new year? Learn a bit about your best colors, getting your closet organized and feeling more confident in the process.

Check out my 31 day Clarity + Closet + Confidence Challenge and spend the next month getting prepped for the new year!

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine,

Carol

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Before you know it we’ll heading into the end of the year and people will be creating their vision and goals for the new year. One of the most overlooked ways to help accelerate those vision and goals is to create a personal brand that will support you and aligns with your goals.
Psychologists have found that what you wear impacts not only how you feel about yourself but how others see and interact with you. So it’s key to learn how to leverage what you wear to create a personal brand that will match and accelerate your goals.
If you’ve set a clear and definite goal beyond where you are right now, you have to create the conditions to facilitate that goal to happen. You have to act as if you’re already there. As Leonard DiCaprio said, “Every next level of your life will demand a different you.”
Most people don’t do this backward. They approach goal setting and personal improvement the hard way. They set a goal, create a vision board, and make no changes to themselves, their environment or their relationships. Instead of stepping into the goal, they try to achieve it with the status quo.
Here’s an example.
If you want to get that job promotion this year start stepping into that promotion by dressing the part. Shift how you show up, communicate in meetings, and update your digital presence. Invest in elevating your brand to the position you want so you feel more confident and those around can actually start seeing you in the role.

Here’s the steps:

a. Determine your goal;
b. Step into the goal by aligning your personal brand;
c. Leverage your personal brand to act as if it’s already true.
Next Steps

Want to learn how to align your vision, brand and use these things to create an action plan?  Join me in new program Accelerate Your Vision. It’s just in time to get you ready for the new year.

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine,

Carol

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On the recent season of the Bachelorette, the winner was criticized for liking highly inflammatory posts on Instagram. Even though he issued an apology the backlash to his reputation was continued to linger.
Last year the BBC reported on a landmark case in Switzerland about a man who liked the wrong posts. The court said, “the defendant ‘clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own‘ by liking the comments.” The defendant was convicted and fined $4,100 for liking six defamatory comments on Facebook.

A potential candidate was recently disqualified from job consideration because of his LinkedIn activity. Upon review, a recruiter found that the candidate was coming across “too negative.” This was based on the reviewing the posts the candidate was “liking.”

I always tell my clients there’s no difference between personal and professional on social media. Whether you’re doing business, searching for employment, or even applying for admission to schools, people are watching. Think about it. When you meet someone for the first time, where’s the first place you go to learn more? Their website? Their company? No! You go straight to Facebook or LinkedIn.

Your digital footprint is a big part of your personal brand. If you haven’t done so recently, assess how you’re showing up on various social media channels. Be careful and think before you post.  In today’s highly charged climate you must also be careful about the posts you like.  Also, I highly recommend you Google your name and see what comes up. If there’s negative stuff out there about you, take steps to clean it up or do some damage control.

Bottom line, think twice before you like social media posts. Need support creating a positive authentic personal brand? Apply for a discovery session today.

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine,

Carol

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When you think of a traditional business plan, you probably think of pages of text, graphs and confusing stats and numbers. You know, the kind of thing you’d nervously push across the desk to a bank officer in hopes of securing a loan.

Similarly, a career plan that list the results of job searches, contacts, upcoming interviews, and employment possibilities may also make your eyes glaze over.

I know these things are important but neither seem exciting right? And what I know to be true is our thoughts govern our feelings and actions. When we’re not feeling awesome about something we’re less likely to do it.

But what if you could create a business or career plan that doesn’t follow the standard model? What if there was a way to make it less stressful and frankly more fun? Well, it’s possible.

The Business Plan That Isn’t

Ok, the first step is the grab some crayons and colorful photos. Are you still with me? Before you judge hear me out. What if you could make a plan with fun, interesting images and inspirational quotes and phrases instead? What would that do for your daily motivation?

When you think about, doesn’t that feel better? Doesn’t it feel doable?

Well that’s exactly what a vision board will do for you.

By collecting images that represent your dreams, goals and aspirations, you clarify and concentrate your focus, energy and attention on what you want. This consistent visual reminder imprints upon your subconscious mind and translates it into reality, not imagination. You see the brain doesn’t know the difference between what’s real or imagined, it just follows instructions. This is particularly true when your vision board evokes emotion within you. If you feel inspired, moved, connected, or energized by your vision board the deeper the imprint on the brain and the more successful you’ll be at bringing these things to fruition.

In addition, the things you can add to a vision board are more robust than what you could ever add to a business or career plan. They allow you to create a holistic plan that will encompass every area of your life. Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids as they’re growing up, or have enough money to finally take that vacation to Europe. What about that house in the country you’ve always dreamed of owning, your spiritual journey through Tibet, or paying your kids college tuition in full every year.

None of these things will find a place in a traditional plan, but they’re perfect for your vision board. More importantly, they’re critical to your long-term success. Without your dreams, it’s nearly impossible to remain focused and on track when it comes to your professional growth.

Why Vision Boards Work

Still feeling a bit woo-woo for you? You’re not alone. Lots of us were raised to believe that when it comes to professional development you have to be all about facts and figures. While I support setting number goals, whether it be income, revenue, client or interview goals, you have to consider more than just numbers when creating a vision of what you want for yourself in future.

In fact, some of the most successful people in the world routinely use vision boards to help clarify their dreams and keep their goals front of mind. And that’s precisely why vision boards work so well. They allow you to easily see exactly what it is you’re working toward.

By keeping visual reminders within sight, you’re constantly aware of your “why,” and that’s a powerful motivator, no matter what you’re working on.

This video with Steve Harvey on OWN is a perfect example of the power of vision boards.

Steve Harvey-Vision Boards - YouTube

Accelerate Your Vision

While vision boards can be fun to create, they’re actually the roadmap to your future. Most people actually never pause long enough to ask themselves what they want or what would it mean if they got it. So they don’t take action. Instead, they just let life happen to them. I believe it’s because people don’t believe they can really get what they want and dreaming is safer than doing.

Most of us have fleeting ideas of what we want to be, do or have in our lives. But they remain just that…fleeting. After all, who has the time to intentionally get clear about what we want to create? How do you even know where to start?

If you would like to learn not only how to create a vision board, but build a plan of action that will support you in implementing your dreams, join me in Accelerate Your Vision.

Learn more about positioning yourself for a great 2019 and click here to learn more about how Accelerate can help you. 

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol 

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I love books. When I grew up there were only four channels on tv so as I kid I was either outside or lost inside of a great book. English literature was my favorite so Shakespeare’s plays, Jane Austin’s heroines, and the Bronte’s poems and stories filled my day. I was curious about the world so our personal, and outdated, set of encyclopedia’s not only fueled my school reports but my imagination. I’m truly grateful for that experience.

As a student from elementary school through college I lost my love for reading when it became a requirement and not a choice. Then when my children arrived I read few things above a third grade level. While the books weren’t for me, I loved how excited they got for story time. As a result, they developed their own love of reading and I was proud to watch them spend hours doing just that. With each story, saga, or wizarding triumph their imaginations and capacity for learning grew exponentially.

During my doctoral studies I was introduced to epistemology, which is the study of knowledge. In other words, how we know what we know. This theoretical construct completely changed how I read books. It’s like I was opened up to a new language and universe. My mind was stretched and my comprehension deepened.

Now I read for depth, growth and transformation. I enjoy the occasional diversion, all 50 shades of them, but I primarily love to dive into books that will expand my worldview and self-concept. Needless to say my library is expansive. I love new thoughts and frameworks, but there are some classics that will always stand the test of time.

Books To Thrive By

I’m sure if I asked you for a list of favorite books several would come to mind. When the editors of Thrive Global asked me and other contributors for our favorite books I was happy to share a few of mine. The lists were divided into three categories. Books that changed your career, unlocked your potential or altered your world view.

In case you want to expand your list of good reads, here’s the list for you.

1.Books that changed careers.

2. Books that unlock your potential.

3. Books that altered your world view.

What do books mean to you? Do you love reading? What are your favorites?

Share this blog post and your favorites on your preferred social media channel!

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol 

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There was a time when career paths were clearly defined. If lucky, you’d be hired on with a good company and progress to higher levels at the appropriate times. Ultimately, you’d retire having dedicated your prime years to the company.  Those days have long disappeared. It’s no longer about company loyalty but about loyalty to self interests. The last two generations of employees have focused more on better compensation and job satisfaction. While employers have focused their attention on operating lean, productive and efficient machines.

Today, on average, a person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life. Within those career shifts, the average person will change jobs about 10-15 times. Between downsizing, outsourcing, telecommuting, and the entrepreneurial boom, our once clear career paths have become more like career mazes.

If you’re reading this you may be on your second career and investigating a third. You’re perfectly normal.

In Jon Acuff’s book, Do Over, he talks about the four reasons we may find ourselves in a career transition. As a result of one of the above rationales you may have experienced one of the following in your career:

  • Jump – a chosen career transition
  • Bump – an involuntary transition due to a layoff or firing
  • Ceiling – where you’ve reached the height of your current career ladder
  • Opportunity – where an unexpected new position has emerged

In order to master these various transitions you must accumulate career capital in the form of business contacts, technical skills, character and gumption. Together, the combined wealth of this career currency will support you in achieving your desired results. However, each transition requires an abundance of one over the others.

I’m going to use one of my favorite movies to further demonstrate these transitions.

Career Jumps

Working Girl is a classic movie that turned 30 this year. While it’s woefully outdated in a number of ways, there are still some great lessons that can be learned.

I have nostalgia for this movie because I was working in the Financial District on “Chicago’s Wall Street” in sales wearing my shoulder pads and sneakers to work dreaming of my career trajectory in the late 1980s. I left a position as a retail selling supervisor because I longed for a position with an office and a view. My dreams dashed when I found myself working for my own version of Katharine Parker.

Like Tess, I decided to make a career jump. I thought about becoming a lawyer for several years and my current situation gave me the motivation I needed to make the leap.

In order to successfully go through a career jump, however, you must have strength of character. It’s scary learning to navigate new terrain when fear and self doubt are your constant companions. Know who you and rely on the strength of your convictions that are pointing you in the direction you need to go. Tess “jumped” from secretary to financial executive and it took a belief in her abilities to step into Katharine’s shoes.

Whenever you start something new, you find yourself back at the novice level. For a seasoned professional this can be quite uncomfortable. If you approach the new role with open-mindedness, like a hungry newbie, you’ll see new and creative ways of doing the work and advance your current skill level in the process.

Career Bumps

When you go through a career bump, and Tess went through a couple in the movie, it’s important to cash in on the career capital of business contacts.

Katharine once told Tess,“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick is tomorrow’s senior partner.” She was absolutely correct. Your business relationships won’t all become personal close relationships and that’s ok. Building good business contacts will be useful when find yourself unexpectedly out of work. Let your network know when you’re available for new opportunities and specifically what you’re looking for.

Whether you need an informational interview, mentor or a job reach out to those connections you developed so they can access their network on your behalf.

Career Ceilings

Career ceilings occur when you reach the top of a career ladder or when you hold a position that no longer maximizes your skills and abilities.

When you hit a ceiling it’s time to gain additional skills, knowledge, education or experience to position yourself for what’s next. Tess reached her “ceiling” as a secretary, so she honed her skills over time in various positions and added to her knowledge by receiving a business degree with honors. She said, “I read a lot of things. You never know where the big ideas could come from.” 

Up leveling your skills will support your next move and will prepare you for those career opportunities that may come your way.

Career Opportunities

We don’t often get the opportunity to go from secretary to financial executive overnight; or get offered a new job while literally walking out of another as Tess did, but that’s what career opportunities are all about.

When an opportunity presents itself, how do you react? When you have true vision clarity you can see your next best steps before they present themselves. In fact, you work to put yourself in opportunities way.

Tess captured it when she said, “I’m not going to spend the rest of my life working my ass off and getting nowhere just because I followed rules that I had nothing to do with setting up.” Opportunities call for gumption. Whether you call it gumption, chutzpah or hustle, the key is to be nimble and ready take advantage of the right opportunity for you.

Without gumption you’ll miss out. You’ll be left with doubt, confusion and fear, unsure about what to do when your best opportunities arise.

A Word About Your Brand

When you’re going through various career transitions, you must consider your personal brand. It’s critical to update or entirely revamp your brand to stay current and prepared for what’s next.

Personal branding is about impression management. Like it or not, your clothes speak. What you wear influences not only how you feel about yourself, but how others perceive you. Quoting Coco Chanel, Katharine told Tess, “Dress shabbily and they notice the dress. Dress impeccably and they notice the woman.”  Picking up on this, Tess shifted her appearance from wild and trendy to sophisticated and classic. Hey, “You wanna be taken seriously, you need serious hair.”

If you’re in transition, take a moment to evaluate your visual brand and make the necessary adjustments. Your visual brand should give you the confidence to leverage your career capital to your advantage.

Summary

I’ve made a few career transitions over my working life so I can appreciate the importance of career capital. In hindsight, I can also see the importance of having someone who can help in gaining the clarity you need to navigate the career maze. It’s no longer a straight line to where you want to go and what you want to do. I’m grateful for the twists and turns in my career because it’s made me a better coach and consultant, and it has informed my life’s work.

Looking back I’m confident it was the combination of investing in relationships, advancing my skills, gaining character, a lot of gumption and a kick-ass personal brand.

Would you like support mastering your career capital to support your transitions? Let’s connect today!

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol

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I could never do something like that.

Oh, I’m not that talented.

You need years of experience to do that job.

No one would ever hire me to do that.

I’m just not good with money.

Some people are just born to succeed.

I’m too old to wear something like that.

I bowed out because there are much more talented people doing the same thing.

Any of these statements sound familiar?

These are only a few of the comments I’ve heard my clients say over the years. Before I was trained in cognitive behavior theory I tried to work within the limitations my clients would share with me. Now, I work them out of their limited thinking and belief systems.

When you ask a few key questions and shift perspective, you can easily learn to shift your thinking around certain ideas. How? Because our brains are super effective machines that seek to accomplish all it needs to do in the most efficient way.

So if you tell it, “I’m not good with money,” it stores that information (instruction) in your unconscious mind and then works to reinforce it daily. These random comments become commands for your brain. Very similar to that line in the Ten Commandments when Yul Brynner as Pharaoh (yes I’m dating myself), says, “So let it be written, so let it be done!”

Make the Shift

The first step in making the shift is to change your interpretation of events. When you can recognize the fact that you made it all up in the first place based on the stories you’ve created or accepted about your past experiences, you can make the shift. But this all sounds easier than done.

Once we equate an emotional charge to that thought process it becomes a bit more challenging. Not because the process is challenging, but because it’s hard for us to separate our thoughts from our feelings. Over time, the two become fused forming your belief system. Unraveling the two will give you the necessary clarity to make the shift.

Once the shift is made you can examine how you’ve created a negative interpretation of previous events. From there you can begin to shift your distorted thought process and ultimately your behavior, which does nothing more than reinforce the original command you gave your brain.

It’s Both As Easy As You Think and As Hard As You Think

If you look back over your life, I’m positive you can name a few times when you’ve shifted your thinking when presented with new information. Quick, easy and painless.

Equally, you can probably look at the course of your life and find thought patterns you’re still holding on to, even though you’ve been presented with contrary information. Why are some thoughts easier to change than others?

As I noted earlier, when there’s a strong emotional charge around a thought or belief system, it’s hard to make the shift. The good news, however, is that it’s possible.

Here’s my point in all of this. Thoughts make up and can change your reality. I’m not just talking about the Law of Attraction, but good old fashion science (which I won’t go into here).  It’s the first step in all things. Ultimately these thoughts inform your actions.

Are you ready to change your life…..let’s start by changing your thinking.

I’d be happy to help! Let’s connect.

Live, laugh, and unapologetically shine!

Carol

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You ever get that tingling feeling in your soul when the alarm goes off signaling it’s time to go to work? You may even hear a little voice in your head that says, “go ahead and start that new business,” or “now would be the perfect time to take that certification course,” or maybe, “apply for that job you saw on LinkedIn.”

As usual, however, you dismiss the voice as crazy. Your brain kicks in and says, “but who’s going to pay the mortgage,” or you remember the college tuition bill that arrived yesterday. These things remind you that you can’t afford to do anything other than get up and go to work. So you drag yourself out of bed and head to a job that at best you could have easily done in your sleep or at worst, sucks the life out of you.

The Issue of Money

Lack of clarity around next steps is often cited as the number one reason people delay or defer the career transition process. However, I believe it’s because of money. Money is a loaded topic that brings up different things for different people.

When I get to the money conversation with my clients, it’s not the lack of it that concerns them, it’s the abundance of it and the fear of losing it.  Particularly, it’s the lifestyle that their salaries have afforded them. They have the house, clothes, car, travel, and money and wonder what would their lives be like without those things.

The question I ask that usually stops them in their tracks is, “what would it feel like to have less”?

We’ve been conditioned when it comes to our work, lives and career to believe we “should” have it all. It’s so deeply imbedded that to rail against it feels not just foreign but scary. That mentality makes us slaves to our work.

I remember when I told my kids that I was leaving my job to start my own business, their first question was, “Are we going to be poor now?” I laughed at the time, and now they do too, but it helped me see how the equation of “job equals money” is so ingrained in us.

The real challenge, however, is our relationship to things and money.

How We Relate to Money

My own relationship to money growing up was confusing and filled with mixed messages. It’s not uncommon for children of divorce to go from plenty to want and that was my experience. Pre-divorce I always seemed to have or get what I wanted. Money, I believed, grew on trees regardless of how many times my father tried to tell me otherwise. Post-divorce my lifestyle drastically changed. Even though my father continued to support us, my mother never really had the means to do so. It was frustrating for me. While my father paid for me to attend an expensive all-girl high school, my mother couldn’t afford the clothes my stylish friends wore. My father would cover the cost of my travel, but we couldn’t afford to own a car.

My mother did the best she could with what she had and there is no judgment on her. But, what became true for me about money was that having things equated to success or being well off. As a result, growing up I made a promise to myself that I would never want for anything. Over time that belief developed into I should have everything. Money was not a tool but a means to an end.

When I made the transition to become an entrepreneur, I had to deal with my own relationship to things and money. I had to change my thought process on why I believed I needed things and understand how it would inhibit me from living the life I wanted to live.

The Realities of Career Transitions

Money should be there to serve you, not the other way around. But if there are fears or emotional baggage around money, it will prevent you from taking steps toward what you truly want. You may be a saver afraid to spend a dime. Maybe you’re an over indulger and haven’t learned how to cut back. Or maybe your idea of success if having named brands or the latest gadgets. Whatever your baggage is around money, examine it and take steps to unpack it. And before you say, “I don’t have any issues with money,” let me assure you I believed the same thing. It was only after I took my coach up on examining my thoughts on this subject that I saw the truth and began a new course of action.

Now, let’s talk about the realities of money. I know it’s necessary and we need it to survive. There are mortgages to pay, college tuition bills waiting for you, and retirements to fund. But I also know that’s what kept me in a job I hated. It’s not the life I wanted to live or the legacy I wanted to leave to my children.

By no means am I suggesting that you throw caution to the wind and be unthoughtful about your financial situation before you make a leap. However, I am suggesting that you do some soul searching. While you’re at it know your numbers, do your research, cut expenses, create a budget and make a plan so you can start living the life you want.

Summary

If your heart is pulling you to make a change but money is the reason you remain, you may want to consider your belief system around money. Are you willing to get the support you need to make this shift? If not, that may be the first hurdle you need to overcome with money.

As I mentioned earlier, lack of clarity is another reality of making a career transition along with fear, lack of confidence, and judgement. If you’re at the point where you know the career you’ve built is not the the one you want and you don’t how to find your way to it, then let’s connect. 

It’s my pleasure to support you in creating the roadmap or blueprint to making the leap to your life’s work. You can do it! I’m cheering you on.

Live, laugh, and unapologetically shine!

Carol 

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When we grow up we tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that our life should go as follows…go to school and get good grades, go to college, get a nice job, get married, have kids, save a little money to retire etc… I call BS!

Life doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t need to stick to the status quo of a universal plan. We can write our on lives, our on path. Instead of going through the motions of being lost and confused about what we want to do in life, let’s take back control.

One way to do that is to get lost in your past.

We’ve heard the saying, “those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it”. It’s often talked about in the context of societal and world views. However, I believe if we don’t know our past, we won’t have the clarity to know what we should do with our future.  Our past can help us find what our purpose.

Once Upon a Time…

There’s a viral video of a couple who—at the hands of a talented team of makeup artists—are made to look decades older than they actually are. As they “age” from 30 and beyond, they get a glimpse of what they might look in the future. For a brief moment, they get to experience what it might be like to grow old together, and what they’re life may have been like.

Imagine yourself at 90 years old, looking back on the life you’ve lived. You’re surrounded by mementos of the past. Photos line the walls, your shelves are filled with trinkets and souvenirs, and your heart is filled with memories of a life well lived.  Now, use this information to write your autobiography.

Sometimes by looking back over your life, you gain a greater perspective on the life you actually want to live.

You see, chances are if you’re trying to discover what you’re meant to do in this world, there’s an equal chance that doing this work scares the shit out of you. Why? Because revisiting the past can be scary.  Actually taking responsibility to live the life you want to live is scary.

Going back in your past is not about blame or pointing the finger at anyone or anything…including yourself.  It’s about understanding the root of your belief system and to ask yourself, “why aren’t I living this life?” After all, it’s never too late.

Find Your Purpose

Want to learn more about this process?  Get a copy of my Discover Your Purpose Workbook.  In addition to the autobiography exercise, there are additional tools you can use. It’s all designed to help you learn what you’re meant to do in this world.

Want to bypass the workbook? Get one on one support by applying for a live your purpose strategy session.

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol  

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