Career Satisfaction isn't achieved as just one moment in time-
it's a Lifestyle.
Career Satisfaction isn't achieved as just one moment in time-
it's a Lifestyle.
Client: You know, Clara, I am really curious about you and how you came to be a Career Satisfaction Coach, because I’ve been cruising around and I came across your website, and it looks a little different to me. So what can you tell me about that?
Clara: I’m glad you noticed it was different. I think part of what makes it different is the way I came about discovering career satisfaction for myself, and I remember being in school- a lot of people can relate to this story- I remember being in school and it became that time where you had to talk to your career counselor at school. And they came out with all the standard, I mean I was in England at the time, but all the standard jobs that you were meant to do. You could be a doctor. You could be a nurse. You could be a lawyer… all these different types of jobs, and nothing resonated for me. I just never felt like I quite fit with the direction that I perceived the masses wanted to go in. And that was really the beginning of it. Now on top of all of that, I had my own challenges and problems going on at the time. We’ve all got our stories. We all have our wounding and our challenges from the past, and it really kicked my butt around about my teenage years, which of course is the time when you’re meant to know just exactly how your life is going to play out. . .
Clara: …and what you’re meant to do for your career. And at that time, I just started running. It’s funny because so many people in my family thought I was running away from something. But in hindsight, I was really running towards. And there really was a method to the madness. But at the time it seemed very unclear and without a clear road of any kind.
But what was actually happening was I was doing a checklist- I had a checklist. And every time I had any kind of idea about a profession that I wanted to do, anything from humanitarian work to sales to actually looking at being an attorney to being a psychologist to being an actress; any time I had an idea about a professional thing that I might be interested in, I went towards it. Now what this meant was: I ended up leaving England, I moved to Hawaii for a few years, I worked in India for a few months, I went over to Romania. I ended up heading over to Africa. I mean, it took me all around the world. (I’ve traveled to 41 countries at this point) And every time I checked something off the list, it was always a little bit disappointing- but at the same time, I could let something go. And the journey of finally getting to this place where I know what I’m passionate about (I’m passionate about helping people!) I’ve traveled to enough places to have been exposed to the challenge of career satisfaction and fulfillment which is a global challenge. It’s not just something that happens in the Western world; it’s happening all over the world. The fears that are behind that. My own fears that I had to face because I was faced with the judgment I was receiving about the way I living my life because it was so completely off track from what most people were doing. And my other self-doubts about that: What’s wrong with me that I’m not doing it the way that everybody else is telling me to do it? And yet ultimately, the clarity came because I was honoring me - who I was - my authentic heartbeat. I’ve always loved to travel. That will be something that’s in me forever. But through that journey and through trying all these different things, slowly, slowly, slowly I started to attract opportunities. And I remember the big turnaround point. I was working for a large Fortune 500 company, and he looks at my CV, my resume, and they said to me, “Oh, you do organizational development.” And it was the first time that I had had somebody turn to me and actually define what I had been doing naturally over the years. Anyway, when I left there I started Clarity Unlimited, and now I help people from all walks of life, usually strong, smart men and women, to find satisfaction through following their own heartbeat, their own authentic self, because that can be the scariest thing that we can do, to go against what everyone else is doing. So my own sort of mish-mash of a journey here actually turned out that there was a lot of method to the madness, as I said. And that’s why I do what I do. Because figuring out the professional side of things, it’s changed everything. I’m a better friend, I’m a better partner, I’m a much better daughter (laughter), and sister. So everything’s changed because of that. Because I can now own who I am and walk proudly in the world that way. So yeah, great question. Great question. Well, I’m passionate about what I do because I think it does impact everything else that we do and who we are.
Client: Well, I’ll tell you what, I love that story. Because what it tells me is that as a Coach, you have a ton of life experience, and experience like that, and I think that - to me- that speaks volumes. So thank you for sharing that because that was awesome. But you know what? I noticed, because I’m looking out there for Coaches, that there’s a whole bunch of different types of Coaches out there. And so how do I determine if we’re going to work well together? If we’re a good fit?
Clara: Well you know, one thing that I think is really important is, “What the heck does ‘Coach’ mean?” Because there are a lot of people out there that put that hat on and go “Oh yeah, I’m a Coach. I can Coach you.” And what I hear them actually doing is telling people what to do, and that is not what a coach is. There are two different titles. There’s a coach and there’s a consultant. And I do both, because sometimes people come to me and they’re wanting to do things in their business, and I’ve run my own business and I’ve got a lot of experience in business as well as Corporate America over the years. So I can put my Consultant hat on, but when I’m Coaching somebody, what I’m doing is I’m helping them find their own answers from within themselves. So if you were looking for somebody to sort of tell you what to do and lay out the path clearly and make it all easy and just follow what I’ve done, then I’m not the right match for you. But I am the right match for you if you know that somewhere in you, you’ve got the answers. You just need somebody to help you pull them out, and maybe help you to face some of the fears that you have around seeing what those answers are. So that’s what I bring as a coach. It’s really important that we share the same ideas around how clarity comes. And my primarily believe around this, based on experience, my personal experience and the experience of working with hundreds of people at this point, is that clarity is an inside job. So when I work with people, we go deep inside. We go inside them, we look at what are their beliefs, what’s going on in there, and start to transform some of their relationship with themselves. That naturally starts to ripple out across the rest of their lives, and starts to bring clarity. Then all of a sudden they’ve got this idea of what step they need to take professionally. So I put the consulting hat on when I need to, but the coaching hat is primarily where I hang out, and we go inside > out. And it’s important that people, even though they’re usually in a hurry and lacking patience, are willing to go with the flow, go with the process. Hang in there until it’s complete. Every single person that’s hung in there has gotten where they wanted to go with me.
Client: I’m liking what I’m hearing. This is really- I’m very- I’m excited because I’m listening to your voice and it makes me really excited which makes me feel excited about doing some Coaching. But I am curious, because I am one of those people, of course, that wants to know time-frames and such. I know it’s tough, but is there a typical kind of time-frame that I might work with you?
Clara: Yes. So there’s three types of people that come my way. One is the type of person that knows exactly where they want to go professionally, and they just can’t quite figure out how the heck to get there. The second type of person doesn’t know what that professional goal is, but they feel deep inside that there’s something better, something more meaningful, more fulfilling that’s out there for them, and they want help actually clarifying what that is. And the third type of person is probably either working for themselves or in a job, or they’re trying to decide “Should I stay or should I go? Can I make this better for myself? Or do I need to get out of here and take a risk and do something different?” So essentially those are the three camps, and depending on where you fall in those three camps, can really make a difference. So what I find is people either come to me, and there’s different packages for this, but people often come to me for somewhere between a three to six month period. And that could be people who are like “I know exactly what I want, here’s where I need to get to, help me bust through the barriers that are in my way. Here’s what they are.” And there might some under the surface they don’t know about- but they’re pretty clear and they are highly, highly motivated and ready. That can take three to six months, somewhere in there. I’ve had people make huge changes in that amount of time. Then there’s another type of person that can come for much longer than that. And when I say longer, you know, I’m talking somewhere a year and onwards. Because what some people like is “Get me through this initial period. Get me through this hard part, and then I want you on my team.” So I have clients and business owners or are still growing professionally, and they just want me as part of their team. Sometimes we see coaching as this thing that you just have for a moment in time to fix a problem and then you move on. But not everybody wants it that way. Some people want that relationship to last longer. So there’s a very, very small amount of clients I work with over a long term. But those are sort of two of the average timeframes that I’ve seen.
Client: Well, I mean that makes sense to me, because I know from some reading I’ve done that people who are highly successful have a coach or a mentor, or somebody that they work with on a regular basis as well for long term. So I know it’s not just…um, well it can work either way.
Clara: Yeah, yes.
Client: So I was looking on your website, I notice that you’re an author (which is super cool!) I think that’s awesome. And you’ve got a book called “Turn.” So, what would I do with that? Is that something I should just jump right on, or, what should I do with that? What is it about?
Clara: Well, T.U.R.N. the Book is foundational, and I think everybody should jump right on that. It’s a little book. It can be a fast read although it has exercises in it. It’s a great starting place for people who aren’t quite ready to jump into coaching or come work with me personally; it’s a really powerful starting place. So often we just go through our lives and we don’t pause and reflect, and even when we do, we sort of go “Well I don’t even know the questions to ask myself! I’m not even sure what to do with this pause and reflecting time.” Turn provides that. Turn’s my four-step process. I developed it over all these years of traveling. And also, I mean I’ve got Coach training. I mean I’ve been trained by various organizations. I’m trained in voice dialogue. So it’s this wealth of training but also the decades of experience in my own personal journey to “back to me”, and all of that turned itself into this four-step process that I think of as the fundamental steps that we need to be living. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not a moment in time, it’s a lifestyle.
Clara: So the book’s a great place to just pause, reflect, be guided towards some of the clarity that you’re looking for, out of some of the obstacles and a way of starting to look at how you think and who you are in a very different way. And everything I do has two parts to it: the first part is we go inside. We do the inner game - the inner game - the inner game. And then the last part is we get practical. Because we can feel great and motivated and energized, but if we’re not actually taking any action steps, it’s not going to take us anywhere! And vice versa, action steps without the inner game can send us down the wrong road. So the book gives you a nice balance of both of those, of both of those. It’s a great starting place.
Client: I like it. I like it. Because, let’s face it, sometimes reading with somebody’s step processes really, for me at least, helps me get an idea of them as well a little more. And maybe, by doing that process, I can come to you in the coaching and I’m a little bit more prepared as well. Because I’ve done some of the inner work and done your exercises. So tha’t awesome.
Client: . . .I appreciate that you’ve got something out there for me. So I guess I’m going to pick up the book, I’ve read your website, and you’re awesome here to be talking to me, and then- so what’s my next step right now? What do you think I should do? What’s going on in the website that I need to take a look at?
Clara: Oh well, that’s easy. Enter your name and email address and get yourself logged into our member site. And right now we’ve got some really exciting interviews going on. What’s most exciting about them for me is that the approach I take with this work is very holistic. We can get very single-focused on our professional lives when our bodies are completely out of whack, and that is impacting our career movements, or lack of movement. Or our finances are out of whack. So we’re doing these interviews from a holistic standpoint, different experts from different fields giving you really practical feedback. So that’s one thing. But get yourself in there, and if you’re really risking a deep dive and wanted to do coaching with me, then there’s actually an application process you can go through so that we can make sure we’re a really good match when you’re making that kind of investment. But the first thing is really, get yourself into our database. Get involved. Get access to those resources that are a little bit behind the scenes.
Client: Nice. I like it. Okay. Well that makes me pretty darned excited, and I’m definitely going to get signed up because the idea of kind of being in a community with those type of people who are doing thise type of thing is, I think, really where it’s at for me. And then I definitely feel like maybe now I can start to get some satisfaction in my career. And I love the fact that it’s career satisfaction. That makes me seem pretty happy.
Client: I don’t know why. And not just with that, but in my life. But the fact that you’ve added my life into that as well and it’s not just single focused on “I need to be more organized” but it sounds like. . .
Client: . . . yeah, it sounds like you’re telling me that “Hey, maybe you’re out of balance here and you’re out of balance there, and if those things were in balance, maybe that would be a better solution.” I like that.
Clara: Yes, yes, very holistic. And I have to say that if, for anybody that’s listening to this, if you want career satisfaction, you can have it.
Clara: You can have it, absolutely! No question about it! It’s just whether you’re willing to take the steps. If you at least take the steps, you can have it. I can guide you there, with the tools and what you’re going to learn and what you’ll have access to through this organization, Clarity Unlimited. You can have it! Everybody can have it. You’ve got to be willing to take those steps. It’s really that simple. And you nailed it when you talked about community. Doing this and community make such a difference, such a difference. We have to see other people winning who were in the same situation we are in. It’s inspiring us, isn’t it! It keeps us going when we can see other people like “Oh! They’re doing it, therefore I can do it.”
Client: That’s for sure. And I really thank you for taking the time and talking to me about some of these things, and I’m looking forward to diving in.
Clara: Great. Well I’m looking forward to supporting you, I really am. Thanks so much for your time today.
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