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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~Work Hard but Can’t Get Ahead?

Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~Work Hard but Can’t Get Ahead?

What can I do about the fact that no matter how hard I work I can’t ever seem to get ahead? In these difficult economic times, I hear this all too often…so many people have lost their jobs and are struggling either to find a job or make do in a new job where their pay and benefits have been cut.  Lean times come and go (or at least I remain hopeful that better times will again find us), so accept the tried and true saying of “this too shall pass”.  Hold on to that hope, but also be practical in taking action to better your chances for getting ahead. Sit down and take the time to objectively analyze why you seem to be working hard, only to be left with so little in your bank account at the end of each month.  If you don’t have the facts, you don’t have a starting point from which to better your situation, so write down everything using “Money In” and “Money Out” columns.  Be honest with yourself in looking at whether you are overspending for your income.  Case studies I’ve heard of people who’ve gotten themselves out of debt, all carried the discipline of closely monitoring the “In” and “Out” columns. Remember too that getting ahead isn’t all about watching your spending~it’s also about looking for a better job, taking a second job, or asking for that long overdue raise (Yes!  Even in this economy good employees are getting raises!).  Whatever plan of action you set forth, do it with an attitude geared for success…no one likes to work with a grumpity grump! Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ What motivates you to quit living paycheck to paycheck? How will you cultivate and nurture a new mindset geared toward getting

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Leave job of 14 years?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: Leave job of 14 years?

I’ve been in my job for 14 years and I’d love to leave but this is the only type of work I know.  I don’t have extra education and am tired of my boss being so demeaning to me and other people I work with.  I feel trapped.  What can I do? When staying in the same place in life gets too painful, you will make a change.  This applies to a bad marriage, addiction or dissatisfactory job.  Is your unhappiness at work affecting other areas of your life?  Do you come home from work only to bark at your family members?  Do you dread going to work every day?  Has your unhappiness in this area of your life kept you from enjoying your friends, hobbies and other things you used to enjoy?  If so, you are wise to take steps toward change. Leaving a job of 14 years is scary, but don’t let your fear take away your chance for living a fuller, happier life.  Plan for your escape to minimize your anxiety over making this huge change.  Now put on your ninja warrior suit, grab your nunchucks, and fight for the change you deserve! Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ If you could show up tomorrow at your perfect job, what would that be?  Write this vision out in detail. What steps would you need to take to make your vision of your ideal job a reality? What excuses for making this change have you been making? What arguments can you make for refuting those excuses? On a scale of 1-5, how do you rate your motivation for taking those steps to make this change? If your motivation scale is near the top, how can you hold your “feet to the fire” to keep moving toward getting

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Sold business, now what?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: Sold business, now what?

For 20 years I ran a successful bakery working long days.  I sold it a few months ago and tried retirement, but found I am happier having something to do every day.  I don’t need the money because I made a lot in the sale of my business, but just to keep busy I now work at a Deli.  This isn’t what I really want to be doing but how do I decide what is?  I’m also single with no commitments. Running your own business is a bigger time commitment than most people realize.  I hear in your question how you are used to the routine of working long hours, and with this sale your daily routine has changed.  When something, like running a business, is all-encompasing in your life, it leaves little time for nurturing other interests.  This is the familiar grumble heard by wives whose husbands retire only to spend too much time hanging around the house with nothing to do.  We all know those who end up returning to work or in another job. Oh, but what an opportunity, especially since you have money, to do whatever your heart desires!  To do those things you’ve always dreamed of, to take those trips or even start a little hobby business (once a businessperson always a businessperson).  I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes when there is nothing to limit your choices (money, relationships), narrowing down what you want to do next can be challenging.  First, let yourself relax in to your new lifestyle, your new routine.  It will take time for you to adjust to slowing down from the frenetic pace of the bakery.  Take time to reflect on your future desires.  Find a place or activity (some people think best while doing menial chores) that allows for inner

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