Are you a legal professional; paralegal, attorney or mediator and you are unhappy in your current career as a legal professional?
Do you feel the “itch” to start your own professional services business, but are just not sure what type it should be? Does becoming an independent business owner appeal to you? You may want to consider owning your own divorce services business.
One of our Divorce With Dignity business associates is P.J. Ferguson, who operates his own Life/Business Coach firm, The Supreme Me. We asked him to tell us how working with a business coach can help someone determine their ideal career.
First, know that you’re not alone. Choosing a career can be a nerve-wracking process. Deciding what you’ll do for the rest of your life, possibly, is a lot of pressure. It’s important to have someone like a Coach who will listen and offer support and feedback. Without this kind of guidance and encouragement, some people simply don’t create the career they wish they would have.
Next, get out lots of paper and a pen. It’s list-making time. Getting your ideas out on paper is an essential part of choosing a career. Sometimes we’re not even sure what we think, feel or believe until we write it down. Below are several exercises that will help you with your decision-making process.
Decide what you want to get out of it. What are your biggest motivators? It could be flexibility, money, possessions, travel, family, clout, early retirement. Knowing your driving motivation is one of the most important steps you can take. Finding a career that satisfies these drivers will help ensure it is satisfying, and that you are successful at it.
What are you passionate about? If you’re really going to succeed at a career, you have to do something you get really jazzed about. A great exercise for getting crystal clear on what gets your blood pumping is this exercise:
Get out a piece of paper and divide it into four columns. In the first column, list your passions, talents, skills, things that make you feel energized, things you love doing. Label the next three columns “Hell Yes!”, “Hell No!”, and “Maybe”. Go down your list and check one of the columns next to each item to determine what you might like to do in your business.
If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about or nothing jumps out as a “Hell Yes!” this is a great topic for some coaching help!
Step back and look at the bigger picture. You may like to do many different types of things. You may be good at those different things. Just because you can do a thing, doesn’t mean you should do that thing. Review your list. What would be the best use of your time and talents? What would make the most positive impact on the world?
Go through the process. Take a few quiet minutes for this exercise. Visualize yourself waking up in the morning. See yourself go through the day, getting ready for ‘work’, a full day of work, then life after work. What happens? How did you feel? Could you see yourself repeating the process again and again?
Get the chills. Find and do something that gives you the chills!
If you find your interest, passion, and things you are good at fit with your professional legal background, why not explore the benefits and career satisfaction of having your own peaceful divorce services business as a Divorce With Dignity Provider? Visit us today at PeacefulDivorceBusiness.Com to learn more!
PJ Ferguson is a Life/Business Coach and you can find out more about PJ and his company at TheSupreme.Me.