Why Do You Need a Career Coach?

Here at Ignite Your Potential, we understand some peoples’ hesitation in using a career coach. But do you know what makes career coaching so valuable? Read on to learn 3 things that anybody can gain from spending some time working with a skillful coach.

1.You Get Personalized Advice

There is plenty of career advice out there on the web. But while there is a myriad of general advice on how to develop your personal brand, you’d be hard-pressed to find an article on, “How to Succinctly Explain Your Diverse Writing and Communication Skills While Also Sharing Your Accomplishments and Mentioning Your Love of Sports” (or whatever your situation may be). General career advice will only get you so far. With career coaches, you have someone listening to your situation and giving you expert opinions on how to handle it.

2. Allotted Time to Make Progress

One of our clients’ favorite aspect of our coaching sessions is that it forces them to put everything else aside and spend time defining and vocalizing their challenges. Having set sessions gives you the accountability needed to sit down and actually make progress. It’s your own personal project manager whose main project is the achievement of your goals.

3. You Get to Experiment and Improve

Working with an Ignite Your Potential career coach is a refined, low-stress way to experiment with different ideas for your future. The time spent with a career coach allows you to get an outside perspective on new ideas, without any actual repercussions. That means you have more space to experiment, and then get real-time feedback and strategies from your coach on how to improve.

Consider giving career coaching a try, we have a hunch you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And remember, all of the award-winning coaches at Ignite Your Potential Centers off a complimentary 25-minute phone session to help you meet your life goals and career goals. We are the #1 career coaches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, let us show you how we earned that praise.

 

Top 3 Reasons Why YOU Need a Coach

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Having a Coach has become a common practice for the goal-oriented business professional. Just like a professional athlete has a coach to reach their highest potential, in today’s world a coach can help you achieve your most coveted life and career goals. Here are the top reasons you need a coach now:

  1. You Want the Edge “Knowing Yourself” Will Give You – One of Aristotle’s famous quotes is: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Our coaches at Ignite Your Potential will help inventory your talents and strengths. You can then build a strategic action plan that leverages the best of yourself to meet your most challenging goals. Without this understanding, you could be running in circles on a path to nowhere.
  2. Help with Your Career Pivot – Changing careers to a path that best fits YOU is on the rise. According to an NBC News article, more than 35% of business professionals have made pivots into different careers. When making this type of move, the first questions are: “What do I really want to do?” and “How will I know what fits me best?” Having an Ignite Your Potential coach will help guide you based on innovative assessments and the unique “Finding Fit” process we use at our centers to help clients move all the way through to complete the pivot into a new right fit role.
  3. Building Winning Self-Narratives – Having an Ignite Your Potential coach means reframing the stories you tell… about yourself. Suddenly, you see your offerings in a new light. You understand all the ways your strengths and talents can be used to meet your goals. The process builds you up, you feel stronger, happier, and ready to keep becoming who you’re meant to be.

If you’re at all looking to build upon the above within yourself, a coach can help. Contact one of our amazing coaches today.

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.

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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How to Know When to Hire a Life Coach

Let’s face it, life is a beautiful joyride with bumps, with twists, the occasional tree in the road, and plenty of right and wrong turns. The perils and pitfalls of life affect everyone differently and we all have our own unique experience or perception of life. That’s the magic of it! The fact that there are all these potentially different perspectives, means there are different ways of looking at the same experience. Knowing this can help you gain new, and more productive ways of looking at what’s going on in your world. Some people, called a life coach, even devote their lives to helping others improve their outlook by offering unique, constructive perspectives that can inspire and uplift when life gets bumpy.

The Ignite Your Potential Center, is a team of expert life coaches with locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  We have put together this guide that will help as you as you consider hiring a life coach. We are an organization of people who are dedicated to helping others live a life of happiness and success. Read below to find out if you should consider hiring a life coach.

You’ve Realized Your Decisions, Behavior, or Patterns are Not Supporting Your Goals, and Maybe, Are Even Blocking Opportunitieslife coach

Recognizing that you may be getting in your own way, can be the first step in taking action. Sometimes, we need a coach to help us see all aspects of what’s really going on and to strategize new ways to move forward. Bad habits can be hard to break. An SF life coach or LA life coach can help you become fully committed to your goals. They can also collaborate to develop a strong action plan, and can create accountability, so you can stay on a clear pathway to achieve those goals.

You Lack Self Esteem or Confidence

We’ve all been there. Sometimes the voices in our heads aren’t friendly and they perpetuate a fear that does it’s darndest to impair all the wonderful things we want to achieve for ourselves. It’s hard to say where this fear or imposture syndrome comes from, whether it’s society, our parents, or simply our amygdala. Wherever we attribute the roots of these messages – they are not our friends. Anyone of the coaches at the Ignite Your Potential Center will tell you that often: Fear is a Liar. And even if these fears are deeply ingrained in our conscience, it is possible to start reversing these messages and improve your self-acceptance. Our life coaches have the philosophy, the psychology, and the skills to help you begin to do that.

You Have a Vision But it Isn’t Specific Enough or It’s Overwhelming

A life coach can help you discover your vision, define it, or help you hone in on specific action-oriented goals so you don’t feel overwhelmed. A lot of times, our visions come in the form of “I want to help people” or “I want a more fulfilling career.” While these are both great “North Stars,” you need a chunked down set of action steps to move toward these big-picture goals.

In Forbes, Ashley Stahl recalls her experience when she first hired a coach. “When I hired my first coach, I had some general ideas on what I wanted—to start a business, to help people, to be more authentic in my career— but I wasn’t clear on the specifics, nor did I know how to get there. I was done with the corporate world and clueless on how to make an empowered and strategic exit. Thanks to my life coach, I discovered my calling and built a multi 6-figure career coaching company in two years time.”

life coachSomething is Missing, You’re Unfulfilled, Or You Lack Passion

This is the biggest one. We get so wrapped up in our daily lives that before long we’re wondering why all of the sudden we seem unsatisfied, unfulfilled, or burnt-out.

There’s build up over time and soon you’re in a state that you just can’t pull yourself out of. This is the perfect time to hire a SF life coach or a LA life coach. They can help you discover what led you to start feeling this way, help you find different solutions, and get you back on track working toward a happier and more fulfilling life. A life coach can do this by helping you look within before actively making outward shifts. When you’re ready to put positive new changes in place, they will stick.

If any of these points sound like what you’ve been experiencing, then hiring a life coach might be your next right move. They are knowledgeable professionals who have experience helping others in these areas and more. Ignite Your Potential is a premier team of life coaches in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area that can help you get back on the road, driving full-speed ahead, to your dream destination. If you’re ready to take that step, fill out the contact form below and we’ll reach out to you.

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How to Know When to Hire a Career Coach

Rare is a person who hasn’t, at one time or another, reached a crossroads in their career. Fortunately, there are always options: keep moving forward, stay at the current job, pivot, or change directions entirely. The cool thing about options is if we can put fear in its place, and if we have the right tools, we can arrive in our career sweet spot where we experience the sustained sense of thriving.

Getting to that point isn’t easy, and just as a professional athlete turns to a coach, we have to recruit the right coach to help us stay inspired, motivated, and directed to reach our top potential. Some people struggle with the idea of needing “help” but really, like that athlete, there is a time when it makes the most efficient sense to have an advocate to get you to the next level of your performance. Our team of experts at Ignite Your Potential has put together some key indicators that show you it’s time to seek out that collaborative partner and hire a career coach. Here is that list:

Your Career Search or Professional Development Isn’t Moving Forward as Quickly as You’d Like

So you’ve taken the first steps toward goal setting and professional development, you’ve begun your search for a new career, or you’ve taken the first steps toward starting a new career. It was exciting at first, however, it just doesn’t seem to be moving as quickly as you’d like and you are beginning to feel you’re spinning your wheels. Here’s where hiring a career coach is on point.

A career coach can help you do the following:

  • Create a strategic job-search action plan and stay on course
  • Structure your step by step professional development plan.
  • Learn how to make new connections and effectively network within your industry or the industry you’re pivoting to
  • Learn how to effectively prepare and have a job interview,  and the best post-interview process
  • Gain valuable advice, expertise, and perspective that encourages you to reach your milestones
  • Most importantly, create an accountable way to track your goals and encourage you set and reach your desired outcomes.

You Haven’t Invested a Lot in Yourself

If you’ve ever spent any money on education, classes, etc. then that was an investment in yourself that definitely hiring a career coachpaid off, as rarely do investments in education goes to waste. How much time has passed since you’ve done anything like that? It may be time to re-invest in yourself, to springboard you into the next place in your career, and get you where you want to be.

Investing in a career coach, not only holds you financially accountable to your goals, but it shows that you’re ready to commit to yourself and focus on the fulfillment of your strengths and talents. John Tarnoff, in his contributed piece for Forbes, mentions that “putting your money on the line as an investment in your career coach will be an expression of your commitment to yourself. Even (and especially) if you’re on a tight budget, spending the money can light a fire under you. It will make you more focused and more directed because the clock is ticking and the coach’s meter is running. Then, your commitment will be palpable to everyone from networking allies to recruiters and hiring managers.”

You’re Thinking About Leaving Your Current Career, But Aren’t Sure

Most people think you only need a career coach when you’re thinking about leaving your current job and are going on the hunt for another. It’s also commonly believed that a career coach is only necessary when you know what dream career you wish to have, but need help on your journey to achieve it. While both of these are true, it’s also useful to hire a career coach the minute you start to become unsatisfied with your career. The moment this occurs, you are in a transition, you no longer have an end goal, and a career coach can help you find that north star again.

hiring a career coachIn fact, career coaches can help with many different career obstacles or crossroads. In her insight for Business News Daily, Monster.com career expert Vicki Salemi mentions that it’s okay to hire a career coach at any time you’re deeply pondering different aspects of your career.

“Whether you’re just starting out and unsure which path to take, hoping to chase a new passion, or you’re ready to move to the next level, getting an outside perspective from a professional can be extremely helpful,” said Salemi.

She suggests that it’s not a bad idea to hire to career coach before you really need one.

“If you’re thinking about leaving your job, but aren’t sure, you may want to hire a career coach.” She mentions that “it’s important to be proactive. Don’t wait until it feels like you absolutely detest your job and can’t stand going into the office.”

It’s also paramount to remember that not all career coaches do the same things. Some of them have specialties in certain areas, such as incorporating life coaching or psychological strategies into their methods to help spark inspiration and motivation, while others tend to focus more on the tactile job searching objectives such as negotiating salary, teaching you how to network effectively, interview skills, etc.

Most Importantly: You Feel Unfulfilled, Unengaged, or Bored

Feeling unfulfilled in your career is an internal experience that contributes to de-motivation, lack of productivity, and hiring a career coachthat over all “blah” you get when thinking about or doing your work. If you’re constantly wondering, “How did I get here?”, “What happened to my drive?”, or “I wish I could leave, but I need the money and don’t know what else to do.” Or if you have some sort of variation on those thoughts, you have textbook symptoms of career burn out. Considering that we spend most of our lives at work, that’s a lot of time to be feeling unsatisfied, which lead to decreases mental health and degraded well-being.

If you’re looking to breathe new life into your career because you’ve reached a point where it no longer gives you fulfillment or satisfaction, hiring a career coach is your answer. They can help you discover what happened in your career, what the recipe is for your true engagement, and help you find the right-fit career for you. In other words, they can help you get back to thriving.

If you’re even slightly dissatisfied with your career, or constantly find yourself wondering if there’s more out there for you, then hiring a trustworthy, accredited career coach is worth considering. Ignite Your Potential has a team of career coaches in Los Angeles and San Francisco ready to help you blossom in your career, help you bloom into another, or help you take the thorns out of your current one. Our career coaches can help you no matter what stage in your career you’re in so that you can make the right decision at your career crossroad or to make and set goals for yourself to get you exactly where you want to be in your career.

4 of the Smartest Tips for Hiring a Career Coach

Hiring a career coach, particularly in large, industry-diverse cities like L.A and San Francisco, can be overwhelming. While most career coaches tend to have the same objectives with their clients, which is to help them work toward discovering and achieving their career goals, not all career coaches use techniques that mesh well with their client’s perceptions, outlooks, and personalities. Believe or not, some of them don’t have the expertise or experience necessary in order to fully help you. This is an important investment, you want to make sure you get the most for the assests you’re putting in and not taking a huge risk.

In fact, U.S. News reports that some coaches are great at helping you, and others are totally winging it by Googling exactly what you’re Googling. That’s why you need to know how to find a quality coach and what to expect from sessions – before you invest your time and money.”

Ignite Your Potential, a team of highly qualified, experienced career coaches in both San Francisco and L.A., have put together these 4 smartest career coach tips for finding the right career coach. This way, you can avoid spending unnecessary time and money that you could be investing in taking your career to new heights!

  1. Define and Outline What You Want to Learn

Knowing what you want to learn in order to achieve your career goals can help you easily communicate this to your prospective career coach. Dorie Clark, in her Harvard Review article titled Find the Career Coach Who’s Right for You, reminds readers that because career coaches come from such widely diverse backgrounds that vary from coach to coach, they tend to possess unique sets of skills and insights. In order to choose the right career coach for you, identify upfront what you wish to learn from your experience with them.

Ignite Your Potential has a curated team of career coaches all with extensive professional backgrounds that can help you identify the challenges you’re facing within your current career that has led you on a quest for career coaching. They will also help you formulate a clear set of action steps to get you to a better, more engaged place. For quality, premier career coaching and reliable insight and solutions, contact us today and we will match you with the right-fit coach on our team to help you get to the next level.

  1. Do Your Research

In an interview with U.S. News, Lisa Quast, author of “Secrets

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 of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach: A Foolproof Guide To Getting The Job You Want. Every Time.”  revealed that “literally just about anyone can start calling themselves a coach.” She mentions that “the most important thing is doing your research ahead of time to find the right coach.”

Find the Career Coach Who’s Right for You author Dorie Clark suggests in her Harvard Business Review article that you can start by asking your friends and colleagues for recommendations, and do some Google and Yelp searching. Use words that will spark specific results such as:

  • “Reliable career coaches in LA”
  • “LA highly reviewed career coaches”
  • “Best career coaches in LA”
  1. Make Sure They Have They’re Own “Model for Change”

A “model for change” is a progression map that outlines the process that will move those seeking career help toward their end goals, objectives, and bottom lines. For example, high-level executives wanting a place to talk through and better understand the corporate political landscape in order to improve their career output and better manage people would adhere to a model for change that outlines the different phases they can go through to achieve that.

In the Forbes article 5 Ways To Find The Best Career Coach In The World For You they mention that you should take a look at the career coach’s change model during your research. Ideally, it will have specific steps and processes for helping you achieve what you first defined in step one. If they fail to articulate a constructive model for change that provides a trail to your desired outcomes that they regularly use to with their clients, don’t consider them.

  1. See What’s Out There About The Career Coach

career coach tipsThere was a time when you’d have to research your prospective career coach through traditional means of discovery such as setting up personal meetings, phone calls, or seeking out their past clients and getting the scoop. Of course, that’s still an effective method, but in current times, that information can be found at the touch of a finger. And because the internet is such a competitive place, content creation has allowed just about any internet user to find the information they need in order to make decisions that are right for them. Professionals in all areas of service offerings have embraced blogging, podcasting, video blogging, and more. Most career coaches will have some sort of internet presence that contains content that is in their own words and effectively communicates the overall “vibe” of their coaching methods. This allows you to discover the issues they write about, their principles, how they approach situations with their clients, and their overall personal style. You’ll naturally resonate with a career coach simply by reading, watching, following their content and feeling whether or not they speak to you.

At the end of the day, trust your gut and your intuition.

After you’ve followed these 4 smart tips for finding a career coach, next comes the decision to choose the one that career coach tipsyour intuition is guiding you to. Everyone has a guiding intuition; it’s our animal instinct. It’s the same hunch or inclination that had you realize, you need the help of a qualified career coach to make efficient strides toward career development. After taking all these vital steps to vet what you can about a career coach, you will be able to feel confident about the one you’re naturally feeling a synergy with.