An Extraordinary Life Starts with the Right Relationship & Right Career
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When you stop to think about it, your career and your relationships are the most important part of your life. A 50 year-long study out of Harvard has shown that meaningful relationships are the single most important contributor to our mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. In other words, good relationships are critical to our happiness. Of course, our career is also extremely important. In fact, the type of job we have matters a lot. Its importance extends far beyond salary. Job satisfaction is closely linked to overall happiness. While this may all sound like common sense, it’s a whole different story when it comes to putting theory into practice. As it turns out, a sound relationship take lots of work. The same is true about your career. And when it comes to success, we now know we aren’t happy because we are successful; rather we are successful because we are happy.
Because it is so important to get our career and relationship right, I have spent a great deal of time training to be the best I can possibly be as a career and relationship coach. The strength of one influences the strength of the other. Very much so. Since so many new discoveries are being made in the area of neuroscience and positive psychology, my work is always evolving and adapting to integrate the best training and coaching techniques out there into my career coaching and relationships coaching. Some ask how can you do both? I say, how can I not do both?
People from all walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds come to me for help with their careers and relationships. They want change. They want to get up in the morning and look forward to going to work, or, in the case of a relationship, to look forward to meaningful time spent together. For some it’s about finding their true calling with work. In a relationship it might be finding the “one” who you want to spend the rest of your life with. For others it’s transitioning from one career to another or advancing to the next level in a job where they feel stuck. I love my work because I get to unlock the natural born potential in people and watch it thrive and blossom into something beautiful.
My integrative approach to coaching is a key component to my success. When I coach an individual, I use only evidence based outcomes to get results which means that all of the techniques and strategies I use have been scientifically proven to work in studies conducted by researchers in the field of Positive Psychology and Neuroscience. The specific types of techniques I use are often associated with using mindfulness as a strategy to develop Emotional Intelligence or EQ. Emotional intelligence is basically understanding how to use your emotions as an asset rather than a burden. As an example, there are so many wonderful exercises I like to use that increase feelings of confidence, calm and contentment. These are especially important character traits to nurture in order to cope with and respond more effectively to the stresses of our unpredictable world. Cultivating traits such as these can bring about a radical change in our mindset or motivation. We can literally go from being an overly anxious, stressed out person, to one of calm and contentment. Some call this neuroplasticity but I like to call it personal improvement.
If this sounds too clinical for your taste, which it does to me sometimes, I like to remind everyone that I am also a big fan and practitioner of the ever popular coaching strategies found in positive psychology. In this balanced approach of coaching, I take a more wholistic approach to helping my clients. Together we evaluate a set of criteria for what makes a balanced life and then figure out the areas where we can zero in on for improvement. We gain valuable insight into what makes a person successful and happy because the criteria is explained in simple straightforward terms. The crucial areas which we need to be practicing are: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement. It’s a beautiful thing when you can clearly discern what part of you need your full-attention and which parts are already thriving.