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When I started focusing on the right things


My husband recently summed up a work-life conversation, saying, “It’s a funny thing, but when you start focusing on the right things, everything else starts falling into place.”

I cling to this, as I pursue a new phase in my journey.

Just seven months ago, I felt adrift as frustration began seeping into my foundation. My resume and career storytelling business was booming, and life at the lake with my husband was an actualization of dreams. Unable to pinpoint what was amiss, returning to shore became difficult.

As the intensity of these feelings grew, solution cues began to sail into my line of vision, and one Saturday last spring, Whitney Johnson became a beacon.

I have known Whitney through social media for several years, as we connected initially through Twitter and on several occasions have worked together or referred business.

In a moment of emotional aha, I clicked on her website and then the Coaching tab. I felt the hope of possibility surge, took the leap and emailed her, asking if she would consider me as a coaching client.

Whitney and I began working together in August of this year. She aptly describes herself as an accountability and thought partner. After some initial worksheet homework, akin to what I have my clients complete, she and I began mapping out a plan.

We are nearly three months into our coaching, and change is afoot.

  1. The eye of the focus needle is helping me sort through overwhelm.
  2. My revenue is increasing. The power of a thought partner has helped me articulate value into revenue, converting prospective client concerns into enthusiasm to invest in their careers.
  3. Profit margins are growing. Reframing my offerings to be more profitable for both my clients and myself is foundational to our coaching.
  4. I’m baring my strengths. When overwhelm started to grip my life, I could feel my intellectual and creative powers waning. Having a coach cut through the fog and gently remind me of strengths – my superpowers, as Whitney refers to them – has been powerful in helping me to rev up those strengths for my clients, while also fulfilling my own satisfaction goals.
  5. I’m sharpening my ‘no.’ While declining invitations to collaborate or contribute to a new project had become a familiar act, the ‘why’ behind my ‘no’ had become dull. Looking at the most interesting-sounding opportunities through the lens of current goals helps me to determine if they are truly part of my overall focus. It also makes my ‘yeses’ more exhilarating.

I love how I feel after an hour of lightning-round coaching, my head stuffed full of new ideas while also ratcheting up plans in progress. As with any bold change in life, the outcomes are rich with experiences and stories well beyond what I originally imagined. Coaching with Whitney is an empowering journey of disruption.

PS – Check out Whitney Johnson’s new book book on personal disruption, named an Amazon Top Pick Business + Leadership Book of the Month.

© Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter | I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.

My Three Words for 2013

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa asked me what my three words are. She was referring to Chris Brogan’s “My 3 words for 2013” post, and I took the challenge. Below are my chosen words. I hope I ‘got them right.’ This is a new exercise for me!

1. Deliberate: Do things consciously and intentionally. Carefully weigh and consider commitments, professionally and personally. Once I’ve committed, be positively, energetically and thoughtfully proactive in delivering fully, with gusto on my commitments.

2. Revive: Revive and act upon latent goals: be a more prolific personal blogger; create a more zen and cared-for personal and work space; read more outside of business.

3. Relationships: Be a better, more detailed and proactive wife as well as more tuned-in and active friend and colleague.

As well, my New Year’s post spoke to my 13 vows for 2013, “Creating Striations: Defining 2013.” Deliberating on this post, I focused in on 13 areas of my life I envision improving upon in actionable, planful ways throughout the next 12 months. Some helpful tools and personal resources to help track my action include white boards, a daily journal, an electronic calendar and accountability partners, including my husband and best friend, Rob.

Further, I have employed a new Desktop Task Timer, which my friend, Alicia Arenas wrote about in her post, “My Ultimate Productivity Tool,” to keep me more deliberate in my schedule. And, I’m following Arenas’ series authored by Dr. Joe Dispenza on why resolutions don’t work and how to apply 7 steps to help you reach your business goals. The first in his series can be found at “Why New Year Resolutions Don’t Work – Part 1.”

Sam Fiorella at Sensei Marketing wrote a delicious post, “Only One Resolution: Accept Less Mediocrity” which further inspired me further to be more deliberate, revive goals and be better with my relationships.

I am curious what others are doing to actualize their goals in 2013. If you care to share your dreams, goals, action plans or even, your three words here, I would be delighted to hear!


Image by Andy Zingo, Flickr

Putting Career Resolutions Into Action

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Every year about this time many people begin making promises to themselves and others to create positive changes in their lives and careers. These resolutions run the gamut from dropping a few pounds to getting a new job.

You can find plenty of help where your physique is concerned, but here, let’s focus on your career goals.

According to a recent survey of employees from the jobs and career community Glassdoor, 32 percent say that a pay raise is among their top work-related resolutions for 2013, while 2 percent admit their top work-related resolution for 2013 is to get their boss fired. Other notable resolutions included looking for a new job (23 percent of employees), improving their performance rating given by their supervisor (21 percent), and attending work-related training (16 percent).

Making resolutions is easy; putting them into action can prove to be more challenging.

Follow this link for 3 actionable tips to achieve your 2013 career goals:  How to Turn 3 Career Resolutions Into Reality.
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