Coaching Success Stories
1. Believe in Your Dream.
If you start out thinking that your dream job is just a dream with a bunch of “what ifs”, “buts” and “I can’ts” then your dream job will always be out there and never right here. It’s trite but anything is possible unless we listen to our “stories” and then everything’s impossible!
“Margie” was stressed, overworked and hated her boss. She liked her job in the entertainment business but could not stand the toxic environment she worked in. At first she did not believe that she could have her dream job. She was ready to settle for anything. But once we worked through her skills and expertise and the vision for her new job she began to put the doubts to one side and focus on the positives. She ended up with a great job, still in the entertainment business with no pay cut but working in a more nurturing environment with management she could respect. Two years later she still loves her dream job.
Coaching was for one hour twice a month for three months
2. Make the Negatives Work For You.
It may seem that during a recession is the worst time to get your dream job. But you can turn that negative around for you. A company that is struggling may take a risk with you if you can persuade them that your unique and different approach is going to be what they need. Instead of going for the familiar they may choose something unfamiliar as a way of beating the downward trends. If an MBA didn’t get the company the sales they needed then may be they need you with your street smarts and high school diploma.
My client was a successful entertainment executive who was laid off. His dream was to have his own company. He found that he was getting consulting work while his ex-colleagues who were also looking for jobs were not getting hired. Organizations were more willing to pay fees for a project than hire someone on an expensive annual salary with benefits. His dream, in this market, was a plus and became a reality. During our sessions we worked on his dream job vision (he didn’t know until we started working together), his pitch and angle and his marketing and business plan. He loves his work and makes more money than he used to.
Coaching was for one hour twice a month for six months
3. If You Can’t Sleep You Won’t Dream
It’s great to have a dream job but it’s even more important to have a roof over your head and food on the table. Sometimes one of the steps towards your dream job is getting the survival job so you can be at peace and be open to working on your dream job. There’s nothing wrong with that, it may just be a necessary step on the path.
My client loves to write. He is a very funny screenwriter. When I met him he was ready to dump his 9-5 job because it was getting in the way of his ”real career” writing. When he talked through his fears and concerns we found that he actually had time to work on his dream and that his job was actually a gift. It enabled him to pay his bills without working every hour of the day. People were nice, the commute was fine and it was a cool office. He realized that he was scared about getting stuck in the job and not ever making his dream come true. We put a plan together to enable him to write and pay the bills. He stopped beating himself up for what should be and accepted what was. A year later he has a screenplay finished and he is pitching it.
Coaching was for 15 minutes once a week for three months