I continue to be amazed how much we under-estimate what we are capable of.  Back to the late 90’s, there were several events that resulted in a serious decline in my self esteem. Being laid off three years ago was the push I needed to fly or crawl.  I flew.

Well, actually, I didn’t think of it as flying, I just took one step in the direction of my dream–hoping that I wasn’t off my rocker.  Could I really become a life coach?  I wasn’t sure, but after thinking about it for ten years, and no job to hold me back, I was at least going to give it a “go.”

So here I am now, continuing to stretch my wings.  Now–going outside my comfort zone is my new normal. Once I accomplished a few of the goals I had established, I knew I was capable of more.  I know when I approach something new, while it may seem over-whelming, I just do something fairly small and it raises my confidence enough to take another step.

Unfortunately, many people remain frozen in place.  The comfort of their box is too cozy.  Cheri Britton, local speaker and coach, calls it our velvet rut.  Sometimes we have to be pushed like I was with being fired; sometimes it’s another low point that throws you to your knees.  Our biggest growth often comes from those events that are negative, stressful or unpleasant.

There has never been a want for something new to learn when starting a business.  As my coach tells me, there is no “there.”  There is always a continuing list of things to aim for and strive for.

How do you handle your stretch goals?

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Although I had your business card for a few weeks, I hesitated calling you until one day, I just felt inspired to contact you. Am I glad I did! After applying for literally hundreds of jobs this past year with not even one interview…after sending the résumé you created for me, not only did I get the interview, but I got the job! I feel that God inspired me to move forward and sent you into my life when I needed it the most. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
—J. Bloomfield, Asheville, NC

 

So, thought I'd brighten your day!  My new supervisor complimented my resume. She said she liked the summary at the top. She also commented that she wasn't positive that my background would've jumped out as a perfect match, but it was written in a way that highlighted my skills as a match for her needs. The resume you wrote for me did much more than any of those things, however. It changed the way I view myself.  It supported me, and gave me a confidence that I was lacking at that time. When I first saw your draft, I didn't immediately connect with it, yet I knew it was all truth. It grew on me, or I grew into it. By the time I walked into those last 2 interviews, I had a new confidence. Something deeper than just knowing I could do the job. I knew I was the right choice. That confidence, that knowing, attracted those jobs to me as surely as my credentials well presented.  It was both, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
—J. Everson, Bloomfield, KY

 

I just wanted to write and let you know how much I appreciate your help with my resume. It worked!!! I have had 3 interviews, a step I did not reach before. While I have not received a job offer yet, I know it is just a matter of time before I find a position that is the right fit. Your help with the resume made all the difference!
—L. McLamb Asheville

 

I have built my business through satisfied clients so I cherish testimonials. One of the most stand-out testimonials that was given to me was shared by a client I coached to help her with an upcoming interview.

This client told me later, that she had met a woman at a community event. Jen shared about looking for a position and was telling her about the "biz coach" who prepped her for the interview. The other woman mentioned how she found this excellent person to do her resume and that the résumé itself was highly complemented on in her interview. And best yet, she got the job in the end! In a few minutes, they deducted they were both talking about the same person…ME!

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