Russell’s Story: Year After Year of Being Unhappy Takes a Toll
Before the coaching I was primarily unhappy with where I was in my career. I’d worked so hard to get here, earning a Law degree and a Masters degree. Yet with every turn and each passing month and year there was a misalignment in my soul. I knew there was something better. I couldn’t figure out how to get over there. It affected everything and led to confusion.
I was surveying a lot of areas at once. I wanted to write novels and tv scripts. I would do research and bounce around, but never take any action. I kept asking the wrong people what to do, putting out little feelers. “Hey, do you think this is right for me?” They’d say no, and I’d get derailed. I did that for decades.
I felt muddled, confused, and frustrated. The things I thought interested me confused me. How do I segue to something creative? Was it too late for me? I was googling a lot of writing classes, college programs, reading articles in Backstage, and e-newsletters in the tv writing space.
I wanted a total career change to entertainment. I was mostly concerned that if I made a switch, I’d be poor. I had a certain level of comfort and security, and it’s really hard to extricate yourself from that lifestyle.
The thing that tipped the scales for me was that I have a Year-at-a-Glance wall calendar. I’d put up a big X when a month was over. I looked up and saw three to four months X’d out. I started asking myself, “What have you done for yourself? What has changed?” But I was spinning my wheels. I wasn’t changing anything. I was still in the same place.
I’d tried working with a career coaching firm that helped lawyers through transitions, but they didn’t get to the deeper root of my needs. We didn’t back up to see what I wanted and what my dreams were. It wasn’t tailored to the person. There’s an emotion and a psychology to coaching, and it’s important to get to know the person.
When I worked with Cardy Career Coaching my coach started out by getting to know me, my needs, desires, and interests. We talked about what excites me. Everyone has gifts and talents. Coaching is aligning those with a path with goals and action steps to move yourself forward.
Since The Coaching My Life Has Completely Changed
I’ve lost a lot of weight in a healthy way. I was pre-diabetic. Now I’m not even remotely diabetic. It’s all interrelated. Year after year of being unhappy takes a toll.
I was so afraid of saying what I wanted, which was to be an actor. My coach and I talked about how I could do that without losing my financial security. It’s really about developing you as a person and not judging you.
I enrolled in an acting studio, auditioned for tv shows like Veep and Parks and Recreation. That held a certain level of change your underwear level fear! But I went for it and made myself vulnerable. That never would have happened before the coaching. I have proof from those months and months of X’s on my calendar.
My mental health, my career health, and my physical health have all improved. I’ve made new contacts and connections. When you’re being authentic people want to help you, even when you’re a beginner. You have to allow yourself to be a beginner.
You’re hearing from the most skeptical person out there who tried with another career coaching service that was mediocre. I never thought I could get here. It was a team effort. I really needed that sherpa.
Coaching Was Worth it 10x Over
Since the coaching, day-to-day I’m more upbeat and optimistic. A million options are open to me. It all feels possible and very exciting. I feel more at peace. I know who I am and I have a plan of action. I’m light years ahead of where I was ten months ago.
The program is really solid and there’s a foundation to work to your goals through real actionable steps. This is money very well spent. I had a fear of the investment, but it was worth it 10x over.