Are you considering a career coach? It’s pretty common to see celebrities or high-achieving people as being in a completely different league from the rest of us. They have accomplished a lot and are wealthy and successful.
But guess what? They go through the same emotions and challenges we all do because they’re human. They just followed a different life path to become who they are. So why are they at the top?
The truth is that not everyone wants to be a celebrity. But everyone wants a fulfilling, thriving, and wealthy life, doing something that aligns with their interests and life values. And I’m sure you do too.
You know, there’s a lesson to learn from high-achieving people. So can you tell me what Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Aniston have in common?
They have all had a career coach throughout their careers! Someone who guides them towards success. A career coach is someone who helps you fulfilling your vision. Someone not involved with all the emotions and distorted truth you feel in your life and who understands your unique circumstances, leading you towards success.
If you think about it, everyone is different. You have your priorities, dreams, talents, and skills. And a career coach concentrates on how you can achieve your goals.
Three things a great career coach will emphasize
There are three things that a career coach should bring and you should be looking for and expecting.
If someone’s not mentioning these things, they’re offering you services, but they’re probably not going to provide you the kind of coaching that’s going to make the most significant difference in your life, and in your career.
For the investment in money and time, you want to get the highest and best value and the most significant impact, right?
1. Create clarity of purpose with your career coach
The first thing you want to be sure is present with any career coach is real clarity of purpose.
There are two parts of clarity of purpose.
- What are you accomplishing?
- What are you wanting to accomplish in your career?
- How are you gonna get there?
The second part of clarity of purpose is:
- What’s your purpose of working with a career coach?
- What’s your goal there?
- How are they going to help you accomplish that?
If you haven’t determined that a little bit yourself and if they’re not asking you questions about those things, and bringing you into conversations, and having you think thoughtfully about those things, you’re gonna receive services, but I’m pretty confident, unfortunately, that it won’t be career coaching you’ll be receiving.
It may be a lot of things, but it’s not going to be coaching.
Number one thing a great career coach will help you achieve is clarity of purpose. What are you trying to do in your career? And why are you with a coach?
2. Improve relationship skills with your career coach
Relationships are fundamental to human experience. Humans are social animals, and successful people have good relationships.
No career coach is going to be useful to you if they’re not giving some focus to relationship quality.
You must have and create and sustain great relationships at work, with everyone, including your boss, your peers, your coworkers, and your employees.
The best part is those skills and great relationships will come home too.
Relationship skills coaching will improve your relationships, if you observe any issues with your spouse, children, parents, neighbors, you name it.
Relationships need to be a part of the conversation for career coaching, and your career coach, darn sure better have some content and some exercises for you there.
3. Improve leadership skills with your career coach
The third thing to look for and demand in a career coach is a conversation around leadership skills.
If you have a career coach who isn’t bringing to bear some conversations and some skills development, around leadership, you, my friend, are not going to be moving into the next part of the 21st century, in your career, in the most powerful way possible.
Here’s why these three things are important
The fact is, in modern businesses, and in the future, everyone in every company is there for a reason.
You know it’s true because anyone who’s not productive or successful, always gets whacked, unless you’re a buddy of the CEO, or a friend of someone who can’t be fired. But most people, if they’re not productive and useful, they’re gone.
Leadership skills is how you make sure you’re productive and useful.
Relationships are how you stay sticky in the organization, and well-liked, and encouraged, and supported by people.
Anyone can learn these skills
These are skills that anyone with a high school diploma, or who can get one, can learn: relationship skills and leadership skills.
Why most people don’t have these skills
Unfortunately, they don’t teach these things in most schools, right?
You didn’t learn relationship skills or leadership skills in grade school or junior high or high school, college, or even graduate school unless you got a degree in counseling or the few other places you’ll get those.
Most of us didn’t get a degree in a program where we’d get trained in those. Most of us got degrees with specific training in a specific area, whether it’s computer science or marketing or law or even technical services like aviation or construction trades. In fact, that’s why we’re looking for career coaches. We didn’t get trained in the “soft” skills that enable us to advance or be valuable except in our narrow technical area. We have to develop our clarity of purpose and our relationship and leadership skills.
In fact, lack of training in these areas is why the divorce rate is 50%. It’s why 2/3 of people are unhappy at work and in their jobs actively disengaged.
The practical benefits of learning these skills
When you build clarity of purpose, all your relationships work well, and your leadership and influence skills improve, you’ll find that everything improves.
That’s the kind of career coach you want. Those are the kind of skills a good career coach is going to have you considering, learning, and practicing in your daily life.
How to start learning these skills for free
The final thing I want to offer you is get that download below because it brings to bear the first stage of this, clarity of purpose. It’ll give you a way to think through these things that are important to you and critical to your ongoing success with a career coach.
One of the things on offer with that download is a Strategy Session. In that call, e can talk about your goals and establish a clear path or plan to get to what you want over the next several months or a year.
A strategy session is a way to be confident about what you’re doing, and to know that you’re moving in the right direction, that you’re at the right pace.
I want you to have that because I want to be a part of your success.
I want you to see what’s possible.
In my own decades of career, I haven’t always been so thrilled with how it’s been going.
A good career coach has made all the difference for me, as well.
Get the download.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
A case study of working with a career coach and many others
But let’s take a step back. For your career coach to lead the way, you need to have a clear vision of where you’re heading.
I too was once in a meaningless job that I endured just because I hoped things would get better on their own one day. My life was falling apart in front of my eyes, and I couldn’t understand why I was passed promotion after promotion, even though I was working harder than others. All my relationships were failing, and my health was a disaster.
After years of studying and researching, working with counselors and coaches, therapists, doctors, and even attorneys, through 12-step programs, Landmark Worldwide, nutritionists, and Weight Watchers, I found the solution to achieve true job satisfaction and a job suited to my own life. The life that I wanted to live!
Pillars for career success
I discovered the 4 pillars for career success:
- Purpose. Finding and following your life purpose brings immense energy and motivation beyond anything you’ve experienced.
- Success mindset. This mental state leads you to accomplish all your goals independently of anything that happens around you.
- Positive relationships. Surround yourself with people who value you and support you for who you are.
- Leadership. We all rely on others and being a leader means positively guiding and influencing those around you.
These 4 pillars have the power to transform your life, as they have transformed mine and that of many others.
You’ll be able to attain a wonderful life that fulfills your dreams, expectations, and what really matters to you. Achieve the clarity and balance you need to reach your goals and succeed in anything you want.
Take actions towards your career success now
Start today and get free access to the first pillar of my Career Accelerator Blueprint: Purpose, where you’ll find the four types of questions my clients and I use to define success right now.
Click here and begin your journey with the Personal Purpose Blueprint today!