Getting back on track

Where New Year’s resolutions fail, career coaching can succeed by helping you identify what you really want and work towards it, writes Mandy Day-Calder.

Abstract

January is often a time of personal reflection. In a post-festive haze, many of us relive the highs of the past 12 months, gloss over the lows and set unrealistic goals for the year ahead. You can do it differently.

Career coaching can help to ensure your goals are focused on what you really want, and be clear about the steps you need to take to succeed.

Aside from your annual development review, how often do you really take the time to focus on how you want to develop as a nurse? Working with a trained coach will give you the opportunity to explore all aspects of your professional and personal life.

Unlike talking therapies, which seek meaning by exploring the past, coaching is about moving forward. Your coach’s role is to guide you through a structured process of self-discovery, empowering you to move from self-doubt to self-belief so that you are inspired and motivated to take positive actions towards an agreed goal.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 19

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