How Ignite Your Potential Life Coaching Can Cause Your Next Big Shift

It takes a village to raise a child.

This African proverb rings true: you sometimes need greater insight to deal with the joys and pitfalls of life. However, its use isn’t limited to parenthood, it can also be applied to other aspects of life. It can take a village to move yourself to the next level, to reach the goals you’ve been striving toward.

Think of a life coach as an essential part of that village.

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An Objective Viewpoint

Blind spots are a normal part of being human. In other words, we all have areas of our lives and ourselves that we are overlooking. In addition, we get stuck, get in our own way, and don’t know where to turn. A life coach can offer a unique set of perspectives and with this new awareness we can get out of a rut. A life coach helps us look at the big picture and reframe the way we see the scene.

Are old patterns getting between you and a career or life change? Have certain habits caused your life to stall? A life coach begins to understand your goals, helps articulate them, and then sets action plans to achieve your targets. The clarity and process that comes from working with a life coach is fundamental, if you want to make a positive shift in your personal and professional life.

Discovering Yourself

Many people live their life without articulating their strengths and talents. Life coaching utilizes emotional and social intelligence methods to help you observe yourself and your natural abilities. As life coaches, we support you to stop second guessing yourself and be the person you’re meant to be.

Asking the Tough Questions

To unleash creativity, sometimes we need an outside perspective, someone to ask questions we have not considered. A life coach will ask insightful questions that make you think and help you gain insight. These are the cornerstone of how change is created. They lay the groundwork for you to reach your greatest potential.

Support

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At times you may experience imposture syndrome. While completely normal, this negative mindset can actually contribute to missteps in life. A life coach sets your mind in a healthy direction by telling the truth: that you are capable of reaching your goals, you are good enough. They will show evidence of this and help boost your self confidence by giving you the power to reverse the negative statements that may keep you from taking the next best step in your life.

Planning

Do you have big dreams but don’t know how to execute them? Achieving goals can be more difficult if we don’t have clear intentions. What steps are you going to take? How long will it take you to make this shift?

It’s hard to go on a road trip without a map. How do you get to your destination without a route to follow? A life coach can help develop a clear, concise vision and then a strategic action plan to reach your goals.

Conclusion

While it’s tempting to try to power through life on your own, sometimes it’s necessary to bring people into your inner circle. An Ignite Your Potential life coach is an unbiased, highly trained professional who can highlight where you may be holding yourself back, with understanding and compassion. By asking the right questions, they help you see your strengths and talents.  Our coaches also help develop your self-confidence by guiding you to reframe your thoughts, and develop a clear, effective, strategic plan for the future. It’s time to lean on the village and grab onto your next big shift.

How to be More Organized

One of the areas that you can work on with one of our life coaches or career coaches is your organizational structure. You want to be more organized, but you don’t know where to start. You may even think you’re stuck in a chaotic rut, and you’ll never be the type of person you want to be when it comes to organization. While some people are born with a preference to be organized, others are more challenged in this area. Still, it’s vital to remember, that no matter your preference, these habits are created with time and dedication. Here are a few tips from our coaches you can try today that will bring more order into your life.

Write It Down

We all know someone who seems to remember everything: meeting times, names, phone numbers, their obscure aunt’s birthday. These people don’t have photographic memories: they write things down.

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Writing down important information can help you be much more organized. You won’t miss that meeting, forget the dry cleaning, or leave that loaf of bread out of your grocery cart. Writing down people’s names shortly after meeting them can also help you avoid embarrassing moments of trying to figure out who you’re speaking with.

Notes can be taken on sticky notes and stuck in places where you’ll see them often; you can carry a small notebook; utilize a planner; and even download applications for your smartphone or tablet.

Prioritize

Let’s face it. We’re forced to multitask. We frequently have two, or more, things vying for our attention, so we try to divide our time up equally, and, usually, everything ends up being neglected. This is why it’s important to prioritize your activities.

We don’t need to be preoccupied with activities that are only stimulating for a few minutes, instead we should focus on what will benefit our goals in the long run. Calling a potential client is much more important than browsing the internet. While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break, it’s fundamental to prioritize our necessary commitments; they should come first.

Declutter

Do you find yourself digging through the stacks of paper on your desk to find something? Is your closest so overcrowded that you can’t find an outfit to wear? It might be time to step back and decide what’s most important to you.

Purging papers — like old meeting notes, junk mail, and unused magazines — can help you feel like you’re on top of things. If you know you’re not going to need that scrap of paper, recycle it! Don’t let it gather dust on your desk.

Going through old clothing can help as well. If you’re not going to wear it, donate it. Not only will you be doing a good deed, but it can streamline those mornings when you’re running late and don’t know what to wear.

Don’t Procrastinate

We’ve probably all done it: we put things off in hopes we’ll feel like doing them later. And guess what? We usually have to rush to finish them. Completing tasks in a timely manner can make your life less messy and more organized. You won’t have to be stressed about a last-minute deadline you have to meet; it’ll already be done.

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This tip doesn’t only help for work-related activities; it’s a great habit to create in every aspect of your life. Our number one suggestion in this area is to complete the task you least want to do first. As Brian Tracy says in his useful procrastination book, referring to this very suggestion, “Eat That Frog!”

Conclusion

Having an organized life may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You can become the person you want to be by creating new, small habits, and these small changes, can transform your life. You can also have a complimentary 25-minute phone session with a #1 coach.

Seven Signs You’re Experiencing Job Burn Out

We’ve all been there. You get a job that you really wanted, and you put everything you have into it. You work late. You obsess over every little detail. You volunteer for projects you don’t really have time to do. You want everything to be perfect. You want to make a difference.

But what happens when the job that you worked so hard for starts affecting you in negative ways? How do you know if you’re just in a rut or if you’re experiencing job burn out?

Here are seven signs that it may be time to step back and take a break:

1.Your Job Becomes Annoying

If you find yourself annoyed by a job you use to love, you may be facing job burnout. Meetings, deadlines, and even your co-workers may become hard to bear. You might even feel trapped and unappreciated in your current position

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2. Exhaustion

Are you tired all the time and catch yourself napping after work more often than you use to? You may oversleep and arrive late to work due to overwhelming exhaustion. This is a clear sign that you’re pushing yourself too hard.

3. Lack of Enthusiasm

Do you find yourself not wanting to do activities you use to enjoy? It’s a possibility that you’re even avoiding friends and family because you don’t want to make excuses about why you’d rather hang out at home than go out on a Friday night.

4. You’re Irritable

If you’re unhappy with your work life, it can begin affecting your personal life too. You may find yourself being short-tempered and responding in a less than polite way to your friends and family.

5. Cognitive Problems

Do you find it hard to concentrate? Feeling unfocused and dissociated from life can be a side effect of working too hard. Burnout can have you making mistakes at work, you may become forgetful, and miss that 9 a.m. meeting.

6. Neglecting Yourself

With burn out, you may neglect yourself in favor of dedicating yourself to your job. You may skip lunch to work on that important project and meet the deadline, or you may comfort yourself with food. Self-medicating with drugs and alcohol is also a danger. Unwinding with an occasional glass of wine is fine, but overindulging is a problem. You may notice that you’re not doing the self-care habits. Suddenly putting off the very things that help you recharge and be your best.

7. Your Health is Declining

Pushing yourself too hard can have a negative affect on your health, and this is probably the most serious sign that you’re experiencing burn out. Ways that burn out can affect your health are:

  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Frequent colds
  • Depression
  • Feelings of Apathy

How Do I Fight Burn Out?

If you think you’re experiencing burn out, you need to dial it back at work. Don’t take on extra projects that you know will stress you out. Take your breaks: having a few minutes to unwind and center yourself can release the tension that had built up throughout the day.

It’s also important to have a support system.  Your family and friends are there for you, so don’t feel guilty about confiding in them if you’re having a hard time.

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Take care of yourself. Getting an adequate amount of rest is vital when attempting to overcome job burn out. Make sure to take regular days off to do what you enjoy, and, if you’re stressed out, don’t overindulge in activities that are not sustainable and actually deplete you.

At Ignite Your Potential, we work with clients who are experiencing burn out. We help them make the adjustments they need in order to get things back on track. In some cases, we help clients transition into a new role, better suited to their strengths. Whatever type of help you need regarding your career we can be there for you. Click here to schedule a complimentary initial 25 minute phone session with the coach of your choice.

Top 3 Ways Your Career Coach Will Make You a Better Person

Having a career coach is like having a confidante, an advisor, and your own personal and professional growth mentor rolled into one. A person on your side with years of experience helping people improve their career and become a better person. Our career coaches at Ignite Your Potential have helped hundreds of people activate their greatest career potential from the inside-out. So what does it really mean to become better person? It means, among other things, changing habits, taking some risks, and thinking differently as you go forward and meet your goals.

Below are the top three ways your career coach will make you a better person:

1. The Power of Being Seen and Understood.

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Having a dedicated space where every other week you can talk with your trusted career coach about a variety of scenarios at work and be understood. The feeling of validation that comes when someone truly gets where you’re coming from and empathizes with your struggles is not only a relief but begins to create a sense of hope that things can and will change. Sharing with someone who has years of experience listening to and comprehending career challenges will give you a sense of recognition and affirmation that comes from being witnessed in a caring way. Our coaches offer a space to unpack your career woes and experience quality acknowledgment, and in this way, a productive process begins.

2. Expanded Self Awareness

You know yourself. You’ve done work in the realm of personal observation. Working with an Ignite Your Potential career coach will further expand your knowledge of your strengths and help you articulate your talents no matter what level of career you are at. This builds confidence and is a catalyst for insights related to changes you can make, and other types of goal setting. It will also help you release or reframe any false-perceptions that do not serve you or your goals.

3. Strategic Action Plans

Every time you meet with an Ignite Your Potential career coach you have a dedicated place to work on your goals with a collaborative partner that will help you formulate a customized, strategic action plan. This is how you turn your career dreams into reality. It’s one thing to know where you want to go. Maybe you want to have more influence on your team or maybe you want to become more masterful at managing up. Whatever your goals your strategic action plan is how, day to day, you’re going to make this happen.

At Ignite Your Potential we know that making career changes is about both the high level, big picture goals, but just as important are the concrete steps that get you there. We will help you identify the strengths to leverage and the best routes to meet your most important goals.

We all want to be better people, make improvements, and know we are having a positive effect on the people around us. Working with an Ignite Your Potential Coach is a way you can make that happen.

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