Professional goals and dreams aren’t always as easy to obtain as you might think. Many of us often need a little boost or a little bit of motivation to help get us to where we want to be in our careers. Not only do some of us need a boost to help us get started with our career paths, but our personal lives can also affect some of the decisions that we make if we are experiencing anxiety, stress, or doubting ourselves when it comes to advancing in life.
Everyone has a breaking point when it comes to various different aspects of life and we all have our strengths and our weaknesses. If you are part of an organization where your position requires that everyone comes to you, then you most likely have trouble finding someone that can help you in times of stress and hardships.
Being a Woman and CEO
Both men and women alike suffer when it comes to keeping things together, especially when they are at the top of the business chain. If you are in a CEO position of your company, then you know what I’m talking about. I can’t say that women suffer more than men do, but there are differences when it comes to the stress of keeping things together for the company and taking control when business decisions seem to unravel. As women, we struggle in our leadership roles because we are typically not taken as seriously as men are. The pressure is high most definitely and it is expected that we work just a little bit harder to prove ourselves when it comes to making decisions in the business world
Being the executive director of an Independent Review Board I stay quite busy making sure that things run smoothly with our company and that we are meeting the expectations of our clients. Everyone comes to me for every matter of the company. I can say that as a woman, I feel as though I stress out more than what a man in this position might. Quite often, I’m also looked down upon as though I can’t handle my job very well. I only say this because we women think differently than men do and we take criticism different; we are more emotional beings.
There is this constant pressure of feeling the need to prove myself to people that I barely know. I have actually been told by an angry client that I shouldn’t be working in an executive position because it would be better for a businessman to handle such a job title. I have been told that I didn’t deserve my position as an executive director. It’s simply mind-boggling the things that people say to you when you are already under a lot of stress from dealing with clients, paperwork, making phone calls to people, etc.
Not only do I have this stress to deal with at work, but at the end of the day I have to go home to my family, and by this time I barely have the energy and motivation to take on my wifely duties and spend time with my kids.
Searching for a Personal Coach
I reached a point in my life after about five years of stress and working under so much pressure that I just needed help. I needed the type of help and assistance that couldn’t be offered by my husband, couldn’t be offered by a colleague, and couldn’t be offered by a friend. That help would come from a personal coach. I had never thought I would ever need a professional coach in my life, but I had heard in previous years some of the success stories that some of my fellow colleagues had shared with me about how their personal coaches helped to get their career life back in order as well as helping them with managing daily stress.
I started my search online of local personal coaches and came across various web pages and eventually, I found what I was looking for. My personal coach has helped me through some of the hardest times in my career during these past two years. I can never thank her enough for all that she has done to help me get back on track, and help me to build the confidence that I needed as a woman for my choice of career. She is a very understanding person who I was able to go to at the right time. Being a woman herself, she was able to easily sympathize with me and relate to me with some of my struggles.
She spoke words of encouragement to me and I think it is a wonderful thing that she has chosen to do. As a woman, it helps to have other women out there that will help to build self-esteem and confidence in one another. I would say that having a female coach, in general, is the best option for women because we can relate to a lot of things, whether it’s business, or our family, or home lives. Although just having a personal coach period could really help a person to keep their heads on straight.
My personal coach was able to help me become more organized and think clearly so that I could focus more on tasks at work without falling apart. She helped me come up with plans of actions for reoccurring issues that I was having in my leadership role at work.
It’s Worth It
If you feel like your world is crumbling around you and you have a lot of responsibilities; a career that requires high demands, it is definitely in your best interest to have a personal coach. I feel as though everyone at some point in time in their lives needs a personal coach. We all have our breaking points and sometimes it really does take someone with the proper knowledge and skills to help build us back up again.