If You're Worried About Your Career In These Uncertain Economic Times, Investing in Life and Career Coaching is a Wise Move

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Feeling helpless as the economy keeps struggling and your job hangs in the balance? Wondering what your next steps should be after beling pink-slipped? Certified Life Coach Dr. Mary Coussons-Read of Powerful Mind Coaching talks about the benefits of working with a life or career coach for reinventing your career, refocusing your life, and staying positive during these tough economic times.

Coaching Provides Direction

People are ready to make an investment in themselves. As companies close and stocks tumble, putting time, energy, and money into personal and professional development is really smart, because you know it will have a payoff!

In these tight economic times, paying for professional life of career coaching may seem like a crazy idea. Not so, says Dr. Mary Coussons-Read, a Certified Life Coach and the Founder of Powerful Mind Coaching, LLC. (http://PowerfulMindCoaching.com). "Interestingly, the number of inquiries I receive, especially about career coaching, has increased in the last several months," says Coussons-Read. "People are ready to make an investment in themselves. As companies close and stocks tumble, putting time, energy, and money into personal and professional development is really smart, because you know it will have a payoff!"

Despite the down economy, or perhaps because of it, more and more people are seeking out Dr. Coussons-Read's services to figure out what steps to take next. "Some folks are facing a lay-off, considering returning to school, or trying to find a new career or life direction. As I work with these clients, it's clear that there is a common thread in what they are seeking--a sense of control and choice about their own lives in the face of the significant uncertainly that's out there."    

Coussons-Read says that one consequence of times like this, when things in the outside world seem to spin out of control despite our best efforts to "do the right thing", is that people develop what Psychologists refer to as "Learned Helplessness", which can fuel a cycle of feeling hopeless and not taking action, even when things can be done to improve a situation. Learned Helplessness occurs when people begin to believe that no matter what they do, their behavior does not translate into the desired outcome, and then, when an opportunity to make a real positive change comes along, they are too tired of trying and failing to try again. "This is where coaching can be a great help," says Coussons-Read. "Many of my recent clients are fed up with feeling like they don't know what's coming next and are looking for support and a little cheerleading to help them take control over what they can- their own behaviors, choices, and actions."

The small investment required for life or career coaching can result in changes that are so profound it's hard to place a value on them. Sharon, a recent client of Coussons-Read's, had this to say: "Although it seemed like a lot of money at first, after working with Mary for just a few weeks, I've made some really critical decisions about going back to school that I'd been struggling with for years. I feel like I'm finally unstuck."

The feeling of getting "unstuck" is common in successful coaching, says Coussons-Read. "We all need a little help from time to time making decisions and sticking to them, especially when we are unsure of the best course of action. Clients tell me that coaching is much cheaper for them than the price of inaction or making choices they regret. The investment of time and money involved in coaching can have almost endless benefits."

About Powerful Mind Consulting and Coaching, LLC

Powerful Mind Coaching, LLC (http://PowerfulMindCoaching.com), provides personalized career and life coaching for professional men and women. For more information about or to engage Dr. Coussons-Read for interviews or speaking engagements, please contact her at 1-877-753-2251.

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