Thursday, January 7th, 2021

How to make 2021 your most exciting year yet

 

This year some of the ways I intend to make 2021 my most exciting year yet—and you can too, is by setting audacious goals. You know, the ones that scare the heck out of you—but are exciting too. Several of my scary goals for 2021 include:

  • Opening my own art gallery
  • Showing and sharing my art with strangers! (who will become collectors and friends)
  • Building a new home

As always, I have no definitive plan, just a vision, a dream in my heart and a willingness to start.

 

As I share in Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.

 

“Dream big,” encourages James Patterson, currently the bestselling author in the world. “Don’t set out to write a good thriller. Set out to write a #1 thriller.”

Patterson, whose father was raised in a poorhouse, knows the power of big dreams and passionate perseverance.  His first book was turned down by 21 publishers and won The Edgar for Best First Mystery. He also quit a lucrative legal career because it didn’t make him bounce.

Given that science has barely even begun to explore the real potential of the human mind, it’s a funny thing how easily we persuade ourselves of its limitations and settle for less.

You’ve probably caught yourself thinking about a big dream, some inspired course of action, and at some point talked yourself down by saying, “I could never do that!”

Or perhaps you’ve come up with a bright idea about something and then shelved it because somebody said dismissively, “You can’t do that!” or “That’s crap.”

Or perhaps, as I have so often said to myself before reconnecting with my millionaire mindset, “I can’t do this. I can’t write this book. It’s too big. Who do I think I am trying to write such a complex book?”

But how do you really know what you are capable of unless you try?

Paulo Coehlo, the author of The Alchemist, once said: “Know what you want and try to go beyond your own expectations. Improve your dancing, practice a lot, and set a very high goal, one that will be difficult to achieve. Because that is an artist’s million: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.”

Thinking big demands a long step outside the comfort zone of what you know.

It can feel scary to contemplate stepping out of the space where you feel you know what you’re doing and you feel fully in control.

It can feel frightening to explore what it would be like if you were to leave the comfort rut and attempt to climb toward a new summit. You don’t know for sure where it will lead. But everyone who’s ever made a success of anything started with a big dream.

And you can, too.

Tim Ferris dreams big by adopting and cherishing his beginner’s mind. Rather than succumb to the fear of failure, he changes his mindset, and affirms his love of variety and challenge and being a perpetual debutante.

“Think small, to go big” encourages Gary Keller in his book The One Thing. “Going small” is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do.

“It’s recognising that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realising that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make a focus.”

When you think too big, achieving success can feel overwhelming, time-consuming, and complicated. Calendars can become overloaded and success starts to feel out of reach. So, people opt out and either quit or settle for less.

“Unaware that big success comes when we do a few things well, they get lost trying to do too much, and in the end, accomplish too little,” says Keller.

“Over time they lower their expectations, abandon their dreams, and allow their life to get small. This is the wrong thing to make small.”

Every extraordinary achievement starts as someone’s daydream. Dream big, become audaciously obsessed, and fuel your verve—pursue the vision that sparkles and get ready to bounce!

 

 

Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

What 14 Self-Employed Business Owners Wish They Knew at the Start of Their Career

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Wild horses wouldn’t drag me back
to working for someone else.”
Alan Sugar, Entrepreneur and host of The Apprentice, UK

 

Fourteen Individuals tell you their stories…

Their backgrounds and dreams are as unique as you are. What unites them is their creativity, passion, and integrity. In Mid-life Career Rescue: Employ Yourself they share their fears, their struggles and their joys as they overcame obstacles and pursued their dreams of self-employment.

They were doing something they love; their passion drove them.

The list below is what they have in common. As you read this list think how many strategies could apply to you:

  1. Making money was not their sole motivation. Their businesses grew from a desire to serve others; they were not trying to force something on others or to make a killer sale. Instead, they wanted to make a positive difference and create something of value. They didn’t badger people into buying their goods or service.
  2. They cared about whether or not they could help a prospective client. If they could, great. If not, they were either quietly persistent until they were needed, or they moved on.
  3. They planned for success. Their business and marketing plans were living documents and they managed their finances extraordinarily well.
  4. They shared. They communicated their vision, goals, and plans with those important to them, and they researched their clients and stakeholders constantly to learn how to do things better together.
  5. They listened. They listened to their staff, their families and their clients. Then, and only then, when they understood their issues, fears, needs and desires did they offer a solution.
  6. They started smart. When employing others, whether on contract or as salaried staff, they hired the right people for the right job. And, when necessary, they gave their people the training, systems, environment, and recognition to do their job well.
  7. They took calculated risks. They always looked before they leapt, but they leapt nonetheless. Courage and confidence were something they built as they went.
  8. They believed in themselves, or faked it! Even professionals doubt themselves – but they don’t let self-doubt win.

“You have to believe in yourself. Even when you don’t, you have to try,” encourages Serena Williams, tennis super-star and 21-time Grand Slam champion.

“There are moments when I am on the court and I’m like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to do this’. But then I fortify myself and say, ‘I can, I can’ – and it happens. If you believe in yourself, even if other people don’t, that really permeates through and it shows. And people respect that.”

If the strategies above sound like things you can do, or are willing to try, chances are self-employment is right for you. Be sure to get off to a good start, and be inspired by those who have walked the path of success.

 

 

Client Success Story: Business Can Be a Wonderful Box of Chocolates

Lisa Conroy, Director and Empowerment Coach for women’s lifestyle, career, and wellness. Box of Chocolates, www.boxofchocolates.co.nz

Lisa Conroy’s passion for helping others led her to start her coaching business. The seeds of change were also cultivated during a stressful time in her former job.

Leading up to my coaching training I had been working for a major sporting organization for eight years. They were going through massive change and unsettling times. I was up to my fourth restructuring with this company, and management informed us that they were moving the organization to another city. It was an eight-hour drive away, and an expensive place to transport my family to live.

It had been a toxic environment for some time, HR was non-existent, and I saw first hand during this time of transition amongst the team, the effects of stress and uncertainty. I knew going to the new venue was not in my family’s best interest, so I had to think about my options, which led to a call for change. The idea of coaching and helping others with their life and career goals appealed and seemed to be a growing industry.

I did some investigating and found Cassandra Gaisford and her Worklife Solutions Career and Life Coaching certification program. Her personality, variety of skills and zest for life just really resonated with me.

I realized becoming a life coach would allow me the freedom, flexibility, and independence to do work that I loved in an industry that seemed very rewarding and much needed.

I knew it would be a steep learning curve, but I love a challenge and felt this was the perfect fit for my interests, skills, and goals.

My new coaching journey began, which led to a career combo. I decided to start my own business within three weeks of starting my coaching program and haven’t looked back since…

 

 

Do something you love

I have always wanted to have my own business doing something I loved. Once I started my coaching training, I felt this was the perfect match for me to be able to utilize my skills and help others to reach their lifestyle, career and wellness goals.

I also wanted the freedom to be able to work on new ideas and create my own style by offering a unique service in the Wellness industry through my combination of coaching, art therapy workshops, wellness retreats, Reiki healing, and aromatherapy pamper parties.

 

 

Deciding what to do

My initial focus was purely on the lifestyle, career and wellness coaching but realized it would take the time to build my brand, Box of Chocolates, along with gaining trust with clients and networks.

I went into this with a realistic view that it would take twothree years to build to a point of going full time with my business ideas. I also believed that if I had a few alternative strings to my bow, it would assist me in offering a variety of services to a wider audience and give me alternative sources of income.

I was drawn to running wellness retreats where my event management skills, love of wellness and creative activities, and relevant workshop topics would help me attract the right women. Women who wanted to feel empowered and find new inspiration for their lives, and be able to share and learn from others in a safe and nurturing environment.

I was also interested in gaining a certification in Reiki healing as I felt this would complement my coaching and retreats/workshops, which then led me becoming an aromatherapy consultant too.

This year I will be focusing on increasing my impact/marketing reach strategies by striving to increase my coaching capacity to offer Skype sessions/coaching packages globally online as well as within New Zealand.

 

 

Finding an idea that would be successful

A belief in my abilities, along with a determination to be of service and offer a solution to key problems facing many women helped me find an idea I thought would be successful.

When you can tap into understanding who your niche market is and what they need, you can then build a strong foundation of core services to assist them.

I took a leap of faith but I knew in my heart that every time I coached someone it didn’t feel like work to me, it was so rewarding seeing my clients grow from strength to strength and be able to reach their true potential with a boost in confidence.

When you are coming from the heart and follow that guidance, you will always be supported to find the people and resources you need.

However, that doesn’t mean sitting back and waiting for it to happen. Action and dedication are required to build momentum, along with commitment and trust in your abilities to manifest your dreams and goals.

I also knew that there were not many people holding retreats that offered a unique Zen and creative style that my program offers – you have to think outside the box and run with it! I went along to lots of Wellness industry events, seminars, network meetings and got a feel for what people were needing and built my strategies around that.

 

 

Finding the right product for the right market

I did my research, I talked to successful coaches in the industry and I asked for feedback from all my clients, I went online to see what trends were coming through and what topics were hot, locally and internationally.

I read lots of industry-related books and blogs and signed up to sites that inspired me to keep my finger on the pulse on what was working successfully for others that I could leverage off.

 

 

Keeping your energy levels high

I’m not a big fan of the saying ‘hard work’ as it has stressful connotations. You need to be passionate about your services and ideas, and you need to have the ability to encourage others to use them. It is also important that you make time to promote yourself and get your messages across to your targeted market through various avenues.

Start small and take your time to build confidence, so that when you realize you’re onto a good thing, it doesn’t feel like ‘hard work’ but is exciting to see your business and ideas coming to fruition. When you are coming from a place of authenticity, it will always come through and people will naturally want to refer your services because they benefit from your genuine concern and skills. This is always going to be your best source of repeated business and will quickly amplify your brand through referrals you can use in your marketing material…

To read more of Lisa’s story, be inspired by other entrepreneurs, and gain practical strategies to help you plan your beautiful business, purchase your copy of Mid-life Career Rescue: Employ Yourself  TODAY! Mid-life Career Rescue: Employ Yourself is available in hardback paperback and e-Book version from Amazon. AUDIO COMING SOON

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Listen your way to a new career

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 Mid-Life Career Rescue: The Career For Change

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How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

 

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The Little Princess

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The Little Princess Can Fly

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I Have To Grow

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Think Outside the Box: How to ignite and sustain the power of creativity to change careers and love life again

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

How to quit your job, change careers, stress less…live more

Whether you dream of quitting your job or you’ve lost the one you had, moving forward fearlessly is a vital success strategy.

 

There are several ways to boost your courage muscles and gain ideas to propel your career change strategy. An easy peasy option is to devour mindfood, including binging on inspirational media. Limit your consumption of toxic mainstream media and tune into uplifting inspiring stories. For example, after 23 years as a postal worker, Alex quit his job to make violins.
Watch this inspiring video

https://mailchimp.com/presents/series/second-act/alex-reza

 

A client of mine has always dreamed of creating her own skincare line. I recommended she tuck into Jo Malone’s, My Story. Known around the world as a fashion and beauty icon, Jo Malone is responsible for revolutionizing the beauty industry and creating some of the world’s most-loved and recognizable scents. Watch this video where she shares her story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fhRBI8Le1g

 

One of the many things that stands out about Malone’s story is that she built an incredible empire with no qualifications, no formal training, and is dyslexic.

 

Keep looking forward

Sometimes when we quit our jobs, or plan to make a move, we can spend too long second-guessing and doubting our decision. We can long to go back to something we knew we needed to quit. My client shared the following:

I still have my days where I regret leaving my job (rear view), and those days are hard and I continue to work at it.  I have to stop myself looking at SEEK and TradeMe for jobs, as I am finding nothing suits eg: hours are too long, nothing based in town, which then makes me feel like I shouldn’t have left my job as it ticked a lot of boxes – hours/time was flexible, local, didn’t require a certain qualification or large set of skills etc.  I miss the contact with the volunteers too.

 

Looking in the rearview can be a helpful strategy is you gather learning points to help steer you forward. For example, embedded in my client’s email are clues to what she does what:

  • Reasonable (short, school) hours
  • Based at home or near home
  • Flexible time
  • Qualifications/skills are not barriers to entry or fun and easy to achieve
  • Contact with others
  • Great team, great vibe
  • Working with people who want to be there
  • Filling my cup up

 

Equally important is to remind yourself of what you don’t like or didn’t enjoy about your role. In my client’s case:

  • Lack of challenge
  • Boring
  • Not aligned to passions
  • Not feeling appreciated
  • Not being valued as part of the team
  • Lack of support
  • Poor management
  • Negative environment
  • No one wanted to work as a team for the greater good.

 

“The old me would have rung up my old boss and asked him to take me back,” my client told me. “I’m so glad I didn’t.”

Make time

“At this point in time I have put aside anything to do with developing a cream/beauty product. I feel like I don’t have the headspace with everything else on my plate.”

Changing careers, creating a new product or service, or beginning any project we don’t have expertise or experience in can summon the fear demons. Resistance will show up big time. Our days will become full—but not necessarily with the right things. It’s essential to keep moving forward. Much like writing a novel, the change can seem overwhelming. Yet a novel is finished word by word.  A career change is made step by step. A new service or product bit by bit. Significant progress can be made in as little as 15 minutes a day devoted to something you love and want to achieve.

The only thing that will make you feel good is making progress toward something that may not seem urgent but is high in personal importance.

 

 

Fill up your cup

Be sure to make time to fill your life with things you love and which nourish you. For my fatigued client who told me she was suffering from a COVID hangover (too much, too often, too toxic news updates) she opted to go with Dr. Joe Dispenzas movement GOLO-20 to counteract all the negative stuff being spewed into the world. This means doing more of what she loves, including:

  • Scheduling time to enjoy her health and well-being course, “Bye-Bye- Burnout”
  • Learning a new skill, one aligned to giving her a qualification and expert knowledge aligned to her passion project
  • Exercise, to keep her energy high
  • Buying a sauna and using it

Into her ‘cup’ she was also pouring high-vibe feeling like joy, nourishment, wonder, excitement, flow, love, and gratitude.

 

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Did you know you can enjoy and be inspired by Cassandra Gaisford’s most popular and successful books on audio? In less than 15 minutes you could be listening to your way to a new life!

Check out the following written and narrated by Cassandra.

 

 

Mid-Life Career Rescue: The Career For Change

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5CCD4C

 

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5BL9NB

 

Australia

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How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

 

USA

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UK

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Australia

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The Little Princess

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WPH2KML

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WXPMFGC

Australia

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The Little Princess Can Fly

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Audible USA: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Can-Fly-Audiobook/B086VV4Y4G

Audible Australia: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WYGKB5R

 

 

I Have To Grow

 Audible UK:

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Audible USA:

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Kobo:

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In less than 15 minutes you could be listening your way to a new life!

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

How to love, not leave, your career during the Coronavirus crisis

 

Job sculpting: create a life of bliss

 

I am working around the clock to get my final edits done of my book, “Happy@work: job hunting for mid-lifer’s”. Tonight, I’m working on a favourite chapter of mine – “Love it, don’t leave it.”

 

As one frustrated HR manager said to me recently, “The only time people tell us what they want is when they are walking out the door. If only they would tell as what they need, then at least we could try and work something out.”

 

The trouble. as you may well know, is that most people don’t know what they want. So they hop from dissatisfying job, to dissatisfying job, never pausing long enough to work out what’s wrong. Conversations are never had with work colleagues and bosses to improve the unhappy situation, and internal opportunities are never followed. All in all it’s an incredible waste of talent, time, money and energy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

Job sculpting is a term that came out research by career theorists at The Harvard Business School. They encourage people to chisel way at their staid, linear job descriptions and tailor responsibilities, tasks, even remuneration to better meet individual needs – and both people and organisations all over the world are doing just that.

 

If you are already employed, but not really enjoying it, you’ll find the job sculpting exercise in the book really helpful. As I was writing this chapter I reflected on my own experience.

 

My first job when I graduated from university as a mature student was working for an international recruitment firm. I had graduated with a Commerce degree – majoring in Human Resource Management. I was full of excitement about the prospects of landing a fantastic, high paying job. Hope turned to despair as initially I was only offered a role as a PA. I’d had seven years out of the workforce and even though I’d had numerous senior management roles prior to this, the organisation didn’t feel my skills were current enough.

 

I took a deep breath, sucked in my pride and, my eye firmly on my longer-term career goals, took the job. I was single-parenting at the time and desperate for relevant work experience. Even though I didn’t enjoy being a PA at all and I wasn’t too thrilled about not being taken more seriously I didn’t let it get to me. Leaving wasn’t an option. I actively set out to find ways of increasing my satisfaction and future career prospects. I signed up for an international certification in recruitment and asked my new boss if I could shadow him to gain more firsthand experience for my assignments. It wasn’t long before he rewarded my initiative and enthusiasm by promoting me to a trainee recruiter. Was I glad. Being a PA didn’t come naturally to me. I found all the running around and organising stressful. The money was terrible too.

 

For a while recruiting was fine but the individual performance targets, and sales culture didn’t sit well with my values. The hours were terrible too. At the interview they told me, “We know who will succeed here – they work late at night and they are here in the weekends. I was tempted to leave – especially after I developed shingles from all the stress.” The corporate culture was terrible and one of my bosses threatened to smash my head in if I asked him one more time if a candidate I was looking after was going to get an interview. I don’t know what was worse – his bullying or the fact that because he was a big biller, the company ignored his behaviour.

 

What I really wanted to do was help people find a job they would love. So, I did some internal research and found out that this was the kind of work that another part of the firm did. I networked actively with people in that department to learn more about what they did and to make a good impression in case an opportunity ever arose. When a vacancy came up I talked to my boss about moving across. He wasn’t happy at all. In fact, he was positively angry. He tried to make me resign and then reapply.

 

The company made me apply for the internal vacancy with other external candidates. I had three interviews – including a panel interview with 8 senior executives. I also had to do a role play and perform in an assessment centre. Everyone asked me, “why are you staying? You don’t have to put up with that.” But I did. I needed to get more experience to achieve my long-term goals. Besides I didn’t want my bully boss to win.

 

I visualised succeeding, practiced for the interviews, maintained my cool and promoted myself with passion. I got the job. Once again it was just a stepping-stone to where I truly wanted to be – career counselling and running my own business.

When I moved into this role it was still a sales role – I brought in the work and other people got to career counsel staff affected by redundancy. My motivated skills of counselling and coaching, and my values of helping people still weren’t met. I tried numerous times to get the company to allow me to redefine my role.

I showed them what was in it for them and how by helping me they would also grow the business. They wanted to keep me in sales. So, I looked around for another company who needed my sales and marketing skills but who would also give me the opportunity to coach people hands on.

While in the short-term I took a salary plummet, I moved to a Greenfield role that allowed me to gain the experience I needed. They also supported my counselling training. Four years later I went out on my own and trebled my salary and satisfaction.

Being self-employed meets all my criteria for career and life satisfaction. Importantly, it has allowed me the flexibility to support and care for my daughter during her school years. It’s also enabled me to make the best use of my talents and the things that give my work a sense of meaning and purpose.

My work is a powerful vehicle for me self-expression – it allows me to be who I am, and who I truly want to be, while serving others at the same time. Bliss!

If you are already working but unhappy at work, rather than leave, I can’t encourage you enough to look for internal opportunities to gain experience. Take a sideways move, put your hand up for a secondment, or identify an untapped market demand and create an internal opportunity.

Let other people leave their fate in others’ hands – but not you my friend, not you.

While now may not be the optimum time to change jobs, changing careers right where you are may be the ultimate survival strategy.

 

Enjoy that article? Here are three more things you might like:

 

Easy, Inspiring Ways to Whip Yourself Out of a Rut in Your Life, Relationships and Career

 

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Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Coronavirus—threat or opportunity?

 

In the wake of the 2020 Coronavirus many people’s careers have been, or about to be upended. People are being urged to stay home, avoid crowds, and millions are in lockdown. But what if you could future-proof your career and help others at the same time?

 

How would it feel to be in control of your earning ability? What if you were free to work when you want, the hours you want, and where you want?

 

There has never been a better time to become a coach – it’s a growth area with unprecedented demand. Many people are terrified of change and need a helping, professional hand. Coaching has been ranked by numerous studies as one of the fastest-growing professions and it’s one of the most exciting careers to enter today. Not only does it provide heaps of variety and challenge, but also it plays a vital role in helping shape people’s lives in a meaningful, tangible way. Imagine doing what you love, making a difference and getting paid. It almost sounds too good to be true. But it’s not—it happened for me and it can happen for you!

 

Discover how to make money as a life coach, create a side hustle, earn extra income on the side, and easily create your own online business using Worklife Solutions fail-proof system & attract your first paying client in weeks.  All from the comfort of your own home – or exotic destination (the photo above was taken just before I made a coaching call with a client who was also based overseas.)

 

The truth is, now more than ever, people don’t want or need face-to-face coaching and you don’t need to leave your home to train with me. Take advantage of technology and regain control and freedom over your life.

 

I absolutely adore the variety I have in my life—and it’s proven to be a smart strategy. Diversifying my income streams enables me to adapt quickly to change. From chaos, I have found opportunities to not only survive but thrive. I’m a holistic therapist, author, and expert coach. I’m also the director of Worklife Solutions, a global coaching and training consultancy. We’re celebrated for our fresh, solutions-focused approach, and dedication to helping people live happier, fulfilled and successful lives.

Personally and professionally I’m passionate about passion. For over 25 fulfilling years I’ve made a living from following my purpose and helping others work and live with passion and joy. I’d love to show you how you can inspire others, make a difference in the world and build a successful global business from home.

Our philosophy is to work creatively, passionately and professionally to tailor training programs and coaching services which meet your individual needs and aspirations. I’m super excited to share my system and structure with you in using a combination of distance and web-based training.  Join me and let me show you how you can easily create your own online passion and purpose-driven business.

 

No age-discrimination. No barriers to entry. No onerous qualifications needed. Your skills and experiences are unique and valuable. Easily earn extra money on the side & build a beautiful life coaching business, share your knowledge, and be rewarded for it.

 

 

Enjoy a world-class learning experience

Let Worklife Solutions do the heavy lifting so you can focus on what matters – sharing your skills and making a difference in the world. Easily attract fee-paying clients, master our unique FastTrack coaching skills, and gain your coaching qualification easily.

 

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With just a few clicks, you’ll access a fully functioning school with tutorials, checklists, templates, downloads, and sales & marketing tools.

 

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Gain a professional qualification out-of-the-box with minimal effort. Plus, enjoy full control to personalize any aspect of it…

 

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Take your skills to the next level by packaging it in a beautiful, professional, and fully personalized coaching business.

 

Join coaches who have created happy, purpose and passion-filled incomes  

Their secret? Focusing 100% of their effort on learning and developing exceptional coaching skills, and letting Worklife Solutions fast-track their success.  Become a service-based entrepreneur…

 

Learn with New Zealand’s most experienced and qualified change expert

I can’t believe I established my company 18-years ago  (15/10/2002) when I will a single parent to a busy 10-year old!

“I had come across Worklife Solutions (Cassandra) as a training provider back in 2014 but just wasn’t sure at that time.Decided on another education provider which has provided me with a foundation in coaching but last year realised that I wanted more discussions regarding putting sessions together, evaluating and discussing this with a mentor and someone whom had been walking the talk for a long time. This was not provided by the previous education provider. The above factors influenced me to contact Cassandra again.I was looking for a different type of training, wanting someone who has such a solid background in coaching and whom could offer more input regarding sessions planning and feedback, starting a business etc. I’ve now realised my dream!”

 

Hear what our students are saying about us

 

“I was looking for a credible trainer and a life coach training programme that was flexible, personalised and a base from which I could become accredited with the International Coaching Federation. Cassandra and the programme she offered ticked all the boxes for me.

Working with me individually, Cassandra was able to specifically tailor the training modules around my particular skill set. This resulted in less time being wasted in areas of my strength and more time being given to the areas of required development. I was able to work through the modules at my own pace and the sessions with Cassandra both cemented the learning and modelled to me the art of coaching.

Cassandra is an outstanding coach and her enthusiastic professionalism brought the theory of coaching to life. She walks the talk! She also respects the particular vision and values of her clients.

The training session that stands out most in my mind took place over a cup of tea in the Langham Hotel in Auckland. It was there that the name for my coaching business naturally emerged as the result of my answers to some very well placed questions. A ‘eureka’ moment was reached and the domain name was secured there and then.

Significant Lives was born; a coaching business that is a great reflection of who I am and my vision for the kind of coaching role I want to play.

I will always be grateful to Cassandra for giving me the perfect start and warmly recommend her to anyone wanting to explore life coaching as a career.”

 

Clive Wilson, EAP and Corporate Coach

http://www.significantlives.com/

 

 

“The one on one mentoring was what really sold me.”

“I have always been passionate about empowering and motivating others and when I learned about life coaching as a career I knew it was something I was being drawn to pursue. As you can imagine, a google search for life coaching courses brought up hundreds of providers all with their own content of what they believed life coaching to be.

I was lucky enough to come across Worklife Solutions and their Certified Life Coaching Course. I sent through an email requesting information as I had through other providers, but was pleasantly surprised when I received a response from Cassandra and not someone employed to help with enrolments/course advice, I found her to be very warm and helpful in answering all my questions. As a mum and student I was looking for flexibility, content that would really help me develop my skills and confidence as a life coach, a personalised approach and for me to be able to learn from someone who not only has the skills and qualifications in the field of Life Coaching but tons of experience too.

The one on one mentoring was what really sold me as I will not have to contend with a large group of other students. And will be able to use that time to perfect the skills I learn in a way that some online courses could never assist. I am confident that with this course alongside with Cassandra’s mentoring that I am on my way to my dream career as a life coach.”

~ Celesté Stephens, trainee life coach

 

Whether it’s a change of age or season or wanting to get ahead of the global crisis, it’s timely for all of us to reassess how we live, work, and what the future has in store.

 

P.S. Marvelous March Special! Enrol and pay by 24 March and save over $500

To learn more and receive the special March offer, go to: http://www.worklifesolutions.nz/coach-training/

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Monday, May 14th, 2018

How to Change Careers and Manifest Your Dream Job or Passion-Driven Business

 

“What counts for me, in business and in life, is making a difference. That and having fun. Okay, it’s not always fun. Sometimes it’s b***** stressful,” says Laurie Wills, a mortgage expert with a passion for butterflies.

“But work feels less like a slog when I get to help awesome people make their dreams come true. I’m lucky to have clients I’m proud to call friends. Of course, the odd bottle of champers I’m sometimes sent goes down a treat too.”

But Laurie yearned to be free from the confines of an office. He wondered if he needed a break from the industry. But then after analyzing what he really needed to be happier at work it came down to two central themes.

More freedom and control.

He sold his shares in his first mortgage business and after a short break started a new business, Awesome Mortgages. With a vision for the future and a blueprint about how he wanted to operate, he re-engineered his processes. An early adopter of new technology, at the time of writing, he remains one of very few, if any, mortgage advisers working remotely.

“It was exciting to see some of my clients make a move to a warmer climate, and I thought, ‘that’s what I want to do too.”

It was an audacious move that definitely paid off. Together with his partner, they left Wellington and moved onto their own lifestyle block overlooking the magical Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

It was a dream that wouldn’t have come true had he not spent time early on in his career planning, getting clarity about how he wanted to live and work in the future. But the move wasn’t without some apprehension.

“How will people feel if we’re based in the Winterless North,” I wondered. “Will they balk and walk if they can’t do business over a caffeine shot? What about the tie, the dark suit, the polished shoes? Will a T-shirt and shorts send the wrong message?

“I thought it could, but my partner, said, ‘Trust me. It’s what you do, the results you get, and the integrity you do it with, that attracts people to you, and keeps them coming back. That, and all those razor-sharp deals.’

“We kept our dreams alive by creating a manifestation board on the fridge. One of the captions we pasted was, ‘Thriving Up North.’ And that vision has come true. The financial years since making the move have been the biggest, most financially successful in my career as a mortgage expert.”

In the first year alone after swapping his pinstriped suit for shorts, Laurie helped his clients purchase in excess of $65 million dollars worth of property. In the following two years, all records have been broken.

There is a myth that people’s highest income earning years are over after fifty, but as Laurie’s experience shows changing it up can pay big dividends.

“Best of all we’re both happier as a couple,” he says. “Plus, I’ve still been able to pursue my passions.”

Laurie’s passion is researching exotic butterflies. He is renown by many as the Indiana Jones of the butterfly world, due to his exploits and intrepid exploring in jungles, inaccessible mountains, and dangerous landscapes. He’s discovered many species new to science and co-authored several important scientific articles.

His passion sustains him, but he accepts it’s not something he can do to make the kind of living he aspires too. While he’s also passionate about negotiating the best outcomes for his home-buying clients, his day-job funds his lifestyle and passion. And now that he’s taken control back and re-engineered where, when and how he does his work he has better balance.

“Some of the negotiations I’ve concluded while up a tree, butterfly net in one hand, iPhone in the other, while in Papua New Guinea. I’ve also helped people buy homes while I’ve been high in the mountains of war-torn Bougainville.

“Then there were the mortgage negotiations made all the sweeter while I was swinging in a hammock in Fiji. But most of my help has been given while enjoying my own slice of paradise back home. I really do think the warmer climate has given me superpowers when it comes to getting the best outcomes for my clients.”

Yip, there’s a myth in the mortgage industry which Laurie has happily proved wrong, that you have to don a tie, work relentless nights and weekends, and invade peoples’ privacy by going to their homes.

By making positive changes in his life that better reflect how he wants to live and work he’s proved recent research conducted by the University of Cologne right—happier people earn more money and that makes life even sweeter.

In the next chapter, we’ll summarize the key themes and help you find your sweet spot.

 

This is an edited extract from The Passion-Driven Business Planning Journal: The Effortless Path to Manifesting Your Business and Career Goals by Cassandra Gaisford. To purchase your copy and learn how to stress less and love life more, click here—

viewBook.at/PassionBusinessJournal

 

For help to stress less and love life more, discover the joy and freedom of being your own boss—

Midlife Career Rescue: (Employ Yourself): How to confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you love, before it’s too late” by Cassandra Gaisford. To purchase your copy and learn how to follow your passion to prosperity, click here to go to your online bookshop—getBook.at/EmployYourself2018

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