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"After working with Amber, I finally found the job I was waiting for for so long!  They made me a great offer and all of my "non-negotiables" and values were respected and my expectations were exceeded.  Our sessions really helped me to focus on what was important and definitely contributed to me finding a fantastic position."
- Ana Schuster, Research Scientist, San Francisco, CA

"Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful service. You're a great coach and I deeply value the time we've spent together and the progress you've helped me make in my life. I wouldn't be this far along in my goals or have this much courage to push forward without your support. I've made more progress with you in the last 2 months than I made in 2 years of therapy."
-Joanne Stewart, Geography/Wildlife Project Manager, Glasgow, MT

"I highly recommend Amber as a life/career coach. In our work together focusing on career transition, she's provided exceptional value in her ability to assess situations quickly and offer concrete tools, processes and plans of action to enable successful growth, change and resilience."   
-Tracy Wiseman,
Technical/Business Consultant, San Jose, CA

 
"Working with Amber was a life-changing experience. She helped me reach new heights in my career and finally succeed at long-standing personal goals. She is extremely personable and has the ability to connect with her clients quickly. She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences in pursuit of goals and dreams."
-Nanette Mickelson, Business Analyst, San Jose, CA      
 
 
"In just a few short months of working with Amber, I have experienced what I can only describe as exponential internal growth. Amber's unique insight, her attention to the not so obvious, lends to her overall spirit and excellence as a life coach. I am blessed our paths have crossed. She is indeed exceptional."
-Leslie Stephenson, Business Owner, New York, NY  
 
 
"I worked with Amber during a big transition time in my life. I was deciding between a career shift and going to graduate school. She helped me focus in on what I'd like to contribute to the world and navigate balancing work and personal commitments. Amber is a great listener and was able to reflect back to me my own experience. I can especially recommend working with Amber if you are at a point of transition in life and want someone who is action-oriented."
-Justina Cross, Program Director, Berkeley, CA  
 
   
"Working with Amber, I've achieved challenging career objectives, improved personal and professional relationships, and found greater balance in my life. Her techniques allow your strengths to be realized, your journey to be appreciated and a greater sense of purpose to be obtained. I am a more confident and fulfilled individual today as a result of Amber's coaching."
-Laurel McCloskey, Communications Professional,  Albuquerque, NM


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Dear friends - This newsletter features my inspiring client, Kerry Philp, who through coaching, decided to follow her dream of moving from San Francisco to Italy.  In our work together, she made her vision a reality and is currently living in Rome and enjoying the food, the culture and a rewarding new job.  

"I worked with Amber for the past year after struggling to find the next step in my career and to explore the possibility of living abroad. Amber was fantastic. We set objectives for what I wanted to accomplish, identified my values, tackled current work issues and explored future career ideas.  I was so pleased at the structure and focus of each session.  A year later, I can honestly say that I have work/life balance, better non-defensive communication skills, plus I'm living and working in Europe.  I highly recommend Amber. She's the complete package: focused, reflective, practical, productive, and supportive."
-Kerry Philp, Marketing and Communictions Professional
 
I met up with Kerry on her recent SF visit and she gave me permission to share her inspiring story, written by Tamara Murray, freelance writer, below.  Even if you're not considering a move abroad, this article includes great tips for finding a new job or career.

Here's to making your dreams a reality,
Amber


How to Move Abroad and Find a Job in 11 Steps

By Tamara Murray

"I wish I could live here," many of us say while on vacation somewhere far away. Meet Kerry, who actually made it happen. Here's how she made Rome, Italy her new home.

Kerry was in love with her career and life in San Francisco, where she worked in marketing for a financial services company. She had no reason to leave, until she visited Italy in March 2013.

"Italy was romantic, challenging, charming, beautiful, and delicious. I was smitten," Kerry writes. "And I couldn't stop thinking about it."
One year later, she was on a plane to Italy. Her goal: find an employer who would sponsor her within 90 days, the maximum visit for a U.S. tourist without a visa. Now, she's working in Rome for the United Nations World Food Programme and eating pizza along historic, cobblestone streets.

How'd she do it? I caught up with Kerry via Skype from her apartment in Rome to learn more. While every situation is unique, much of what Kerry did is universal.

Step 1: Consider getting help with the decision
"When I came back from Italy that March, I asked, 'How can I live there?' First, I enrolled in Italian classes at a school I found in downtown San Francisco. Then, I got a life coach I found through Yelp. I read the reviews and saw that she'd lived abroad. You get a free consultation and, if it's not a fit, there's no obligation to keep working together. People think life coaching is really touchy feely, but it's structured and goal-oriented. She gave me homework and asked questions that moved me forward. My goal of moving to Italy took over our sessions, and by August I'd made the decision to go."

Step 2: Make a savings plan
"Talk to people who've done similar things and don't be afraid to ask questions. I talked to a colleague who took a year off in Europe and she was very open about how much she'd saved which helped me plan. My goal was to hit $30K in savings to last me for six months. I stopped contributing to my retirement plan and factored in when I knew I'd be receiving a bonus. I saved for eight months."

Step 3: Research visa requirements
"Google really helped me. What are the rules for being a resident? What do I need to know? For someone my age who isn't retired, it's either a work visa or student visa. I wanted to go the work visa route. So I needed to find an employer that would sponsor me."

Step 4: Ask yourself what jobs you don't want
"Your job search depends on where you are in your career. Ask yourself what you are NOT willing to do - it's an important question. People will say you should be a barista, English teacher, or au pair. I had researched the job situation: there was no way an Italian cafe would sponsor a work visa for an American, especially with the Italian youth unemployment rate at 40 percent. A colleague of mine taught English abroad and said the pay isn't good. Plus, in Italy they'd rather hire someone from Britain because there's no visa required. And to be an au pair, it's not for me. I'm going to live in Rome and watch three kids? That's not the experience I wanted."

Step 5: Research the job market and explore possibilities
"I looked at three categories of organizations: Italian, international, and American. I kept everything in a spreadsheet. From my research, I knew most jobs were located in Rome or Milan. I didn't have the language skills for an Italian company, so I focused on finding an American or international organization based in either of those two cities. From there, I looked for openings with those organizations where my marketing and communications experience would be a benefit. LinkedIn was a great resource because you can narrow your search by city and see how many other people are applying, and I would also just Google 'jobs in Rome' to find local job boards."

Step 6: Reach out to your network for help
"Once I narrowed down possible companies to work for, I sent people in my network an email asking for connections, which got a lot of responses. I treated those responses and connections like informational interviews. I respected their time, had questions prepared, and my goal was to walk away with three or more things I could follow-up on."

Here's a sample networking email:

I'm reaching out to you because I trust you, I respect your opinion, and I value your professional perspective.
 
After much personal reflection and soul searching, I've decided to take a massive leap and move to Italy. I spent a wonderful month there a year ago, and fell in love with the culture, the language, and the food. The plan is to resign from my current job at the end of March, enjoy one last month in San Francisco in April, spend time with family in Pennsylvania in May, and move to Rome in June.

I'm in job search mode now. I am looking for positions in which I can use my marketing and communications skills, either as a contractor or in a full-time position. As you know, successful job searching is all about networking and building connections.

Here's the Request!

Therefore, I'm asking your help in connecting me with personal or professional contacts in any or all of the following:

1. Introductions to other marketing and communications professionals.
2. Introductions to professionals who work for the following companies that are either headquartered or have offices in Rome:
-Salesforce, Nike, Google, World Food Programme (WFP), UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Microsoft, Doctors without Borders, Save the Children, and any Financial Services company
3. Introductions to personal or professional contacts in Rome or in Italy; and/or
4. Introductions to professionals in the food and wine industry.

I'm attaching my resume as background, and you can feel free to forward this email/resume on to others, introduce us by email, whatever is easiest for you.

I really appreciate your help. My announcement is not public, so I ask that you keep this confidential for now. Many, many thanks!

Step 7: Start applying before you leave, and don't let the written job description dissuade you
"Once I figured out the job market, I started applying for jobs. I had some phone interviews while in San Francisco, including one with the United Nations World Food Programme. I didn't get that job, but another position in the same division opened a month later. It was a more junior position, but I applied anyway. When I arrived in Rome the next month, I got a phone and in-person interview. It was apparent to everyone that the position was a bit too junior for me, so they decided they could just give me more responsibility to match my experience. I was offered a one-year contract, with a special work visa for the contract period."

Step 8: Understand unique salary and tax situations
"Because it was the U.N., most of the salary information is public and consultants are paid based on a set structure. Still, I had already done my homework on the pay scale. Google is wonderful for that. I also had to get a sense of the tax situation. Would I qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion? Or is this considered self-employment?"

Step 9: Be over-prepared when it comes to visa processing
"After I received my offer, I went back to the U.S. and stayed with family in Pennsylvania. I had to wait for two weeks for my paperwork to arrive at the consulate so I could apply for my visa. Then I could return to Italy. My advice? If you know an offer is coming, book an appointment with your nearby consulate as quickly as you can. You can always reschedule, but it's better to get it on the books because sometimes there's a six-week wait. I had appointments at the Philadelphia and Baltimore Italian consulates and just kept moving them. You should also call the consulate ahead of time and find out EXACTLY what you need to bring. Once the paperwork arrived at the consulate from Italy, I had an appointment already scheduled for the next day. They got me the visa the following week and I flew back to Rome."
 
Step 10: Enjoy your new home country, but remember you're not on vacation anymore
"You can't live in Rome and be unhappy. It is a challenging place to live though. Getting things done can be a long process. One of my colleagues said it was easier for her to get her Internet installed when she lived in the Sudan. Traffic is bad, roads close at weird times, and there are public transit strikes monthly. But I can also go eat a pizza and sit outside and it's fantastic. I pulled it off! I did it; I live here. The grocery stores are so interesting. I have an apartment in a cool, historic neighborhood. I had dinner the other night with the 89-year-old woman who lives downstairs."

Step 11: Leave with gratitude
"Don't leave where you live when it sucks. Leave your job, your life, on a good note. I can't stress this enough. I was grateful to have lived in an amazing city like San Francisco for 14 years. At the end of my contract, if I don't get an extension or a new contract, I'll have to leave Rome and go back to the States. I don't have an apartment or even a city to go back to. But I've learned so much from the job I have about what I want and don't want, how important a team environment is to me. It's so important to challenge yourself no matter what age you are or where you are in your career. It reaffirms your values. Just don't leave with a grudge - leave with gratitude."
~~~
 
- Written by Tamara Murray (@tamaramurray), a social-change communications consultant, full-time traveler, and author of Awesome Supervisory Skills: Seven Lessons for Young, First-Time Managers. She and her husband set out on sabbatical to explore Latin America in 2013 with two backpacks and their dog - and it transformed their lives. Now they're traveling across North America in a minivan-turned-camper while freelancing.


Amber Rosenberg
Amber is a life/career/executive coach who has spent 20 + years helping thousands of professionals to find purpose, success and balance in their lives and work. She started her career coaching executives at Fortune 500 companies and non-profits on public relations. Amber craved more personal fulfillment, so she got trained as a personal life and career coach and opened her own business in 2003. She feels fortunate to have found her calling as a coach and is passionate about making a difference in other peoples' lives.

Amber completed her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous program in the industry. She graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in women's studies and psychology and is an elected member of the Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma International Honor Societies.

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Spring 2015

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Success Stories

"After working with Amber, I finally found the job I was waiting for for so long!  They made me a great offer and all of my "non-negotiables" and values were respected and my expectations were exceeded.  Our sessions really helped me to focus on what was important and definitely contributed to me finding a fantastic position."
- Ana Schuster, Research Scientist, San Francisco, CA

"Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful service. You're a great coach and I deeply value the time we've spent together and the progress you've helped me make in my life. I wouldn't be this far along in my goals or have this much courage to push forward without your support. I've made more progress with you in the last 2 months than I made in 2 years of therapy."
-Joanne Stewart, Geography/Wildlife Project Manager, Glasgow, MT

"I highly recommend Amber as a life/career coach. In our work together focusing on career transition, she's provided exceptional value in her ability to assess situations quickly and offer concrete tools, processes and plans of action to enable successful growth, change and resilience."   
-Tracy Wiseman,
Technical/Business Consultant, San Jose, CA

"Amber was fantastic. After working with her for the past year on career transition and a possible move abroad, I can honestly say that I have work/life balance and better non-defensive communication skills.  Plus I'm on my way to live in Europe. I highly recommend Amber. She's the complete package: focused, reflective, practical, and supportive."
- Kerry Philp, Marketing Manager, San Francisco/Rome
 
 
"Working with Amber was a life-changing experience. She helped me reach new heights in my career and finally succeed at long-standing personal goals. She is extremely personable and has the ability to connect with her clients quickly. She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences in pursuit of goals and dreams."
-Nanette Mickelson, Business Analyst, San Jose, CA      
 
 
"In just a few short months of working with Amber, I have experienced what I can only describe as exponential internal growth. Amber's unique insight, her attention to the not so obvious, lends to her overall spirit and excellence as a life coach. I am blessed our paths have crossed. She is indeed exceptional."
-Leslie Stephenson, Business Owner, New York, NY  
 
 
"I worked with Amber during a big transition time in my life. I was deciding between a career shift and going to graduate school. She helped me focus in on what I'd like to contribute to the world and navigate balancing work and personal commitments. Amber is a great listener and was able to reflect back to me my own experience. I can especially recommend working with Amber if you are at a point of transition in life and want someone who is action-oriented."
-Justina Cross, Program Director, Berkeley, CA  
 
   
"Working with Amber, I've achieved challenging career objectives, improved personal and professional relationships, and found greater balance in my life. Her techniques allow your strengths to be realized, your journey to be appreciated and a greater sense of purpose to be obtained. I am a more confident and fulfilled individual today as a result of Amber's coaching."
-Laurel McCloskey, Communications Professional,  Albuquerque, NM


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Dear friends - the start of spring is a good time to reflect on new beginnings, opportunities and decisions. Here are a few thoughts to help you kick-start this process and make empowered and intentional decisions in your life and career.

Warmly,
Amber


How to Make a Big Decision

Life is full of decisions - big and small. Most of us make small decisions in our every day lives fairly seamlessly. However, the bigger the decision, the bigger the impact and often the more pressure we feel to make the "right" decision.
 
For example, let's say you're deciding between two different job offers - one pays better but includes a commute (and less time with your family/friends). This decision impacts you, your family, your friends, your money and your career (as well as other potential relationships/areas of your life). That's a lot of weight on one decision!  
 
My husband and I were recently faced with a big decision on whether or not to move out of San Francisco (spoiler-alert - we decided to stay) and we used some of the below tactics to make an empowered and intentional decision.
 
The next time you're faced with a big decision, I invite you to pick and choose which exercise/s might work for you.

Trust Your Intuition:
Research shows that people who make decisions quickly, even when lacking information, tend to be more satisfied with their decisions than people who research and carefully weigh their options. Your intuition is there for a reason and your job is to quiet the external noise (fear, doubt, worry, guilt and what other people want/expect) so you can truly listen to it. So, find 10 minutes where you can be alone and quiet. Take a few deep breaths. Where do you feel intuition in your body? What does it feel like? What is your intuition telling you?    
 
Since intuition is emotions-based, it can be the most fulfilling way to approach a decision. However, the size and potential impact of many big decisions merit a closer, more thoughtful examination.  We navigate the world through both rational and emotional filters.  The rational brain buys the house, the emotional brain picks the colors and furniture.
 
So let your intuition lead you in a direction and allow for a rational examination as well.  Here are a few ways to approach a rational based decision.
 
Create a Decision Matrix:
The standard pros and cons list has its limitations. It can give us a sort of tunnel vision, where we get so focused on the immediate consequences of the decision that we don't think about the eventual outcomes.  
 
Instead, it pays to take some time to consider the longer-term outcomes. Take out a piece of paper and draw four quadrants. In the upper left quadrant, write down all the best possible outcomes if you decide option A. In the lower left quadrant, write down all the worst possible outcomes if you decide option A. In the upper right quadrant, write down all the best possible outcomes if you decide option B. In the lower right quadrant, write down all the worst possible outcomes if you decide option B.
 
Thinking in terms of longer-term outcomes - and broadening your thinking to include negative outcomes - can help you find clarity and direction while facing your big decision.
 
Ask Yourself Some Deeper Questions:
- What does success and failure look like for each option?   
 
- What is fulfilling and disappointing about each option?
 
- Which option moves you closer to your life/career objectives?
 
- How will each option impact your day-to-day life?
 
Keep Asking Yourself "Why":
By asking yourself "why" as many times as needed, it can help you determine whether a decision you're considering is in line with your core values. Values are one-word descriptions that get to the core of who you are. When you're honoring your core values, you're truly alive and engaged and you show up as your best self.  
 
For example, if you're deciding between freelancing and looking for a full-time job, you may ask yourself the following questions:
 
Why should I start freelancing? It allows me to make my own schedule, be my own boss and work on the projects I choose. Why is that important? Because I want to enjoy work when I'm at work and also have a life outside of work. Why? Because I want to make a real impact through my job and have more time with my family. Why? Because I want to leave a legacy through my work and connect with my family on a deeper level. Why? Because that's what's truly important to me.
 
Through this line of questioning, we uncovered the values of freedom, flexibility, independence, connection, impact and legacy.
 
Next, go through the same line of questioning about looking for a full-time job and pull out the relevant values. Last, compare and contrast which decision honors your highest priority values.

Own Your Decision:
Whichever decision you make or process you use, you'll serve yourself well by owning your decision. The very act of making a decision can be quite validating and liberating in itself. Once you make your decision, you may even find that you adopt a whole new perspective.

Throughout our own recent personal decision- making process, I adopted the perspective of deep gratitude. I was reminded that to be in choice, is to be empowered. We may move out of San Francisco one day - just not today. In the meantime, I'm better able to appreciate what we have and truly live in the present. Isn't that what life is all about?


Amber Rosenberg
Amber is a coach who has spent 20 + years helping thousands of professionals to find purpose, success and balance in life and work. She started her career coaching executives at Fortune 500 companies and non-profits on public relations. Amber craved more personal fulfillment, so she got trained as a personal life and career coach and opened her own business in 2003. She feels fortunate to have found her calling as a coach and is passionate about making a difference in other peoples' lives.

Amber completed her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous program in the industry. She graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in women's studies and psychology and is an elected member of the Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma International Honor Societies.

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Success Stories

"I highly recommend Amber as a life/career coach. In our work together focusing on career transition, she's provided exceptional value in her ability to assess situations quickly and offer concrete tools, processes and plans of action to enable successful growth, change and resilience."
-Tracy Wiseman,
Technical/Business Consultant, San Jose, CA

"Amber was fantastic. After working with her for the past year on career transition and a possible move abroad, I can honestly say that I have work/life balance and better non-defensive communication skills. Plus I'm on my way to live in Europe. I highly recommend Amber. She's the complete package: focused, reflective, practical, and supportive."
- Kerry Philp, Marketing Manager, San Francisco/Rome

"Working with Amber was a life-changing experience. She helped me reach new heights in my career and finally succeed at long-standing personal goals. She is extremely personable and has the ability to connect with her clients quickly. She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences in pursuit of goals and dreams."
-Nanette Mickelson, Business Analyst, San Jose, CA

"In just a few short months of working with Amber, I have experienced what I can only describe as exponential internal growth. Amber's unique insight, her attention to the not so obvious, lends to her overall spirit and excellence as a life coach. I am blessed our paths have crossed. She is indeed exceptional."
-Leslie Stephenson, Business Owner, New York, NY

"I worked with Amber during a big transition time in my life. I was deciding between a career shift and going to graduate school. She helped me focus in on what I'd like to contribute to the world and navigate balancing work and personal commitments. Amber is a great listener and was able to reflect back to me my own experience. I can especially recommend working with Amber if you are at a point of transition in life and want someone who is action-oriented."
-Justina Cross, Program Director, Berkeley, CA

"Working with Amber, I've achieved challenging career objectives, improved personal and professional relationships, and found greater balance in my life. Her techniques allow your strengths to be realized, your journey to be appreciated and a greater sense of purpose to be obtained. I am a more confident and fulfilled individual today as a result of Amber's coaching."
-Laurel McCloskey, Communications Professional, Albuquerque, NM

"Amber is amazing. She is a gifted coach and her intuitive, sensitive listening skills have supported me through some professional challenges. I highly and without reservation recommend Amber to anyone seeking to improve their professional communication skills or personal life skills."
-Corinne Meulrath, Regional Director, Sonoma County Office of Education, Petaluma, CA

"I can't tell you how amazing this process has been for me. I've come so far since we first started working together-I barely recognize the woman I was-and I owe a great deal of that to you."
-Stacy Karol, Professional Life Coach, San Francisco, CA

"I interviewed a few other coaches and was put off by how much they talked and how little they listened! Amber really knows how to listen. She has such a patient, grounded, yet totally engaged way of working. She was able to give me all the space I needed to think out loud (which is how I work through problems and dilemmas) and offered just the right amount of inquiry, support and encouragement to keep me chugging along. In my work with Amber, I was able to identify my goals, narrow my focus and generate a ton of cool ideas which I am now plugging away at with great results."
-Stephanie Morgan, Therapist, San Francisco, CA

"Amber uses her humor, compassion, and direct nature to help bring out the best in me. She is committed to helping me live...I mean, really live, life to its fullest."
-Jason Rodriguez, Small Business Owner, Los Angeles, CA

"Thank you so much, Amber! Everything has been going so well for me since our first session. I got the raise I wanted at work and I realize how much more confidence I have. I wake up grateful everyday with a big smile on my face."
-E.C., Fundraising, Los Angeles, CA



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Happy Summer!

It's been awhile since I've written and a busy first half of the year with lots of one-on-one coaching, workshops, press interviews and the redesign of Pacific Life Coach. As you'll see, this revised website explains all my services - from various types of coaching to workshops and presentations - in one neat little package. I welcome your feedback.

Also, I was recently interviewed by Fast Company about the lost art of small talk in a social media era and by Wallethub on improving the plight of working mothers.

Last, not least, Daily Worth interviewed me for the article below on how to find a job you love.

As always, I welcome the opportunity to help you find purpose, success and balance in your life and work.

Warmly,
Amber


How to Find a Job You Love
An Interview with Amber Rosenberg
By Serena Kappes, Daily Worth, May 30, 2014

Job Check-in
When's the last time you asked yourself if you're (still) doing what you love? Often, just getting through the daily workload keeps your mind occupied enough that wondering whether your career is really making you happy becomes an afterthought. You can become so focused on your day-to-day job that you set your career on autopilot without even realizing it.

It can take a major transition - getting laid off from a job, for instance, or getting a new boss - before you ask yourself whether you're happy in your current situation and in your career. But doing a career check-in when you're still employed is actually a smart idea. You may come to the determination that the job you have isn't really utilizing all your strengths or the goals you had earlier in your career may no longer be the ones you have now.

"Sometimes people find themselves falling into a career path that was unintentional," explainsAmber Rosenberg, a San Francisco-based career coach with 20 years of experience working with private clients and companies like Google, Adobe and Morgan Stanley. "Five years, 10 years, 15 years down the road, they think to themselves, 'I never really intended to go in this direction and now I'm here. How can I change this?'"

Here are some exercises that can help you figure out whether the job or career you have is really the right one for you - and if not, what you can do to change that.

Write a Vision Statement
A vision statement, explains Rosenberg, is a writing exercise to help you identify some important attributes of a fulfilling career: what kind of people you really work best with, what values you're honoring in your career (think about what makes you feel engaged and happy or achievements you're especially proud of), what kind of impact you want to make in your career and what you need to do in order to make this vision a reality. It may seem daunting to tackle, but don't overthink it. Plan to spend about 5 to 10 minutes thinking about each.

"Sit down after some kind of self-care activity, like exercise or meditation or yoga - whatever it is that's going to help you feel really centered and grounded and not in your head and coming from a place of fear, doubt or worry," says Rosenberg. "If you have an annual vision statement for where you want your career to be and you check in along the way - little check-ins every month to see how you're doing against that vision - that's a good way to approach it."
And, if during the course of writing your vision statement you realize that your values (what really makes you feel fulfilled) aren't being met in your current career, it may be time to make some changes. "At the end of the day, if you're in a career or a profession that really does honor values, you're going to feel more fulfilled and be more successful," adds Rosenberg.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
You want to be S.M.A.R.T. about setting goals - that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. "The idea is the more specific and measurable you make them, the more realistic they are," says Rosenberg. "You can break them down into small, achievable action steps that are big enough to move you forward but small enough to be doable." For instance, a short-term goal might be getting more engaged with clients. A long-term goal might be that you want to be the CEO of a company in 10 years. By segmenting your goals, you won't feel quite as overwhelmed.

Learn Your Strengths
Sometimes we're not even aware of what our strengths are because we take them for granted. Rosenberg recommends taking an online strength-finder assessment like the one on the Authentic Happiness"from Dr. Martin Seligman, the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology (a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of positive emotions and strengths-based character).

"It can be very validating and confidence-boosting to do a little bit of external check-in to find out what are these strengths and are you leveraging them? I always recommend that people look at their top five strengths and record them," says Rosenberg. "So much of our performance reports in our culture focus on areas for improvement and instead, if you can approach your job and your career from a place of strength, how much more empowering is that going to be?"

Analyze How Your Job Makes You Feel
A2012 survey by Net Impact, a nonprofit organization geared toward students and professionals interested in using business skills in support of various social and environmental causes, found that 88 percent of workers considered "positive culture" and "work/life balance" to be very important or essential factors in their dream job. Meanwhile, 86 percent said the same about "interesting work" and 58 percent of respondents said they would take a 15 percent pay cut in order to work for an organization "with values like my own."

Because we spend so much of our life working, how your job makes you feel really matters for your overall well-being. "A good way to gauge if you're on track with your career is how do you feel at the end of the day? Do you feel energized? Do you feel depleted? Do you feel excited?" asks Rosenberg. "These are good questions to ask yourself as well as how do you feel at the beginning of the day when you're going to work. A lot of people want to feel like they're making some sort of difference. Is your job helping people to live better lives? Is it helping companies to produce more? Is it making things easier for a population of folks? Getting a sense at the end of the day what people are contributing to helps them evaluate, 'Is this really feeding my soul?'"

Have a Daily Renewal Ritual (It'll Help You Think Better)
In our non-stop, email-checking, Facebook status-updating culture, taking time to decompress and just be is often a challenge. But it's an essential factor in figuring out what motivates and makes us happy. "All the experts and the research points to the benefit of taking 10 minutes, twice a day, for some sort of quiet, reflective activity that quiets the thinking brain and allows you to be present and in the moment," explains Rosenberg. "It can do wonders if you're in a career and you say to yourself, 'I don't really know what I want. It's very difficult to think clearly and make decisions when you're operating from a place of stress and overdrive." Any regular daily renewal ritual that quiets your mind - cooking, going for a run - can really help center you and help you think more clearly about what you really want.


Amber Rosenberg
Amber is a coach who has spent 20 + years helping thousands of professionals to find purpose, success and balance in life and work. She started her career coaching executives at Fortune 500 companies and non-profits on public relations. Amber craved more personal fulfillment, so she got trained and certified as a personal life and career coach and opened her own business in 2003. She feels fortunate to have found her calling as a coach and is passionate about making a difference in other peoples' lives.

Amber completed her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous program in the industry. She graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in women's studies and psychology and is an elected member of the Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma International Honor Societies.


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