Feeling Stuck in a Dead-End Job?

How do you know when you are in a dead-end job?

I have spoken to a lot of people who feel they are stuck in a dead-end job.  When Sunday comes around they dread thinking about going into work the next morning.  On Monday mornings they hit the snooze button multiple times and force themselves out of bed.  On the way to work, they push themselves with positive affirmations or the opposite with “I hate my job” self-talk.

🦋  Do you feel like you could do your job in your sleep?

🦋  Are there no advancement opportunities where you work?

🦋  Do you feel hateful and resentful when you walk through your workplace?

🦋  Do you get any acknowledgement for a job well done?

Well, here are some questions below to ask yourself.  Answer them with the first reaction you have.

🦋  Am I learning any new aspects in my position?

🦋  Are my job duties challenging to me?

🦋  Do I enjoy going to work everyday?

🦋  Am I motivated and strive to increase my productivity level?

🦋  Do I feel I am making a difference?

🦋  Are my coworkers positive at work?

🦋  Am I positive at work?

If you answered no to these questions, you may be feeling stuck in a dead end job.

What are some options to improve my career situation?

Create a Career Journal to keep track of your career goals, action steps, certifications, accomplishments, achievements, and references all in one area.

Making or adding to your career journal is a great way to be organized and to refocus on your career path.

What’s in a Career Journal:

  • Career goals and ideas
  • Keep track of career progress
  • Lessons learned
  • Coaching strategies
  • Advice from mentors
  • A private place to vent career disappointments
  • Keep positive affirmations and quotes
  • Gain a new perspective
  • Resume, cover letters, interview tips, interview questions, thank you letters, recommendations, references and certifications
  • Mission statement and values
  • Develop a career action plan
  • Keep motivated and inspired
  • To celebrate the small successes

How to Get Started:

  • Get a large binder; put all your career paperwork and ideas into it
  • Then decide if you want to put all your information into a computer document, on-line journal, a book journal, or a binder
  • Organize by categories
  • Add to your career journal regularly
  • Keep it in a secure place

Self-Reflection Questions for Career Journal:

  • What did I learn?
  • What did I accomplish?
  • Did I receive any compliments?  If so, what was it and who said it?
  • How did I make a difference?
  • Did I have any setbacks and how did it affect me?
  • How can I change my situation and get new career opportunities?
  • Where should I start networking to meet new people and look for better job opportunities?

What to consider:

Should I stay at my current employment or move on?

Make a list of “why to stay” and “why to go”.  Be upfront and honest. No holding back from the truth of the matter!

What’s keeping me here?

Are there other options?

If, so what are they?

  • A Transfer within the company?
  • Start job hunting?
  • Hire a career coach?
  • Go back to school and learn something new?
  • Retirement?

After making and reviewing the list to “stay or go”.  What did this list tell you?

Take Away:
Don’t stay in a job where there is no opportunity for advancement.  Take a leap of faith and try something different.  You will have a career purpose with meaning again.  Whatever decision you make to either stay or go; having a career journal will keep you organized and focused on your career goals as well as helping you be ready for the next career opportunity.

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Lifescaping ~ What is holding you back in life?

What is Lifescaping?

My definition of Lifescaping is figuring out what you want to escape from and removing it from your life, as a result, creating balance and harmony in your life.

Collins English Dictionary definition of Lifescape –
A narrative that details the intersection of events in an individual’s agency, emotions, health, socio-economic circumstance, cultural norms, and behaviors over their lifespan.

Glosbe English Dictionary definition of Lifescape –
Urban agriculture improves city residents’ lifescape.  The elements of that model include the interdependence of the landscape and lifescape, full participation of intended beneficiaries, values-based planning, and “passing on the gift.”

What is holding you back?
Figuring out what is holding you back from enjoying your life is key.  Being brave and confronting it will end the constant worry, anxiety and unhappiness in your daily life.

What’s in your life you need to remove or change to create harmony in your life?

Make a list of the things that you want to remove from your life.

Here are some examples:

  • A toxic friend
  • A hostile workplace
  • A verbally abusive partner
  • A controlling family member
  • A destructive behavior

The big question is “What do you want in Life?”  

Make a list of things you want, to create harmony and balance in your life.

Here are some examples:

  • Positive Encouraging Friends
  • A Motivating Career
  • A Peaceful Home
  • A Happy Loving Family
  • Good Health
  • Some Fun and Adventure
  • A Healthy Lifestyle


What action steps will you take to change your life for the better?

Once you start putting the action steps into motion.  You will feel the shift from being trapped to a sense of peace and freedom.

What are you waiting for?

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How Does Coaching Change Lives?

May is my favorite month!

It is springtime, International Coaching Week and so much more.  Coaching has such a powerful and unique way of changing lives for the better.

International Coaching Week (ICW) is May 7-13, 2018

What is International Coaching Week?
International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual week-long global celebration of the coaching profession, which the International Coaching Federal (ICF) local chapters and members spread the word about coaching and how coaching changes lives.

What is Coaching?
Coaching is client focused.  The coach recognizes each client is a unique individual with the ability to determine their own priorities, goals, and action steps towards what they truly want in life.  The coach assists the client through active listening, asking questions, and affirming the client’s accountability.

How Does Coaching Change Lives?

Recently, I asked one of my client’s the following questions:

What has been your experience working with me as your coach?

Answer:  You are firm, when I am not.  You are able to clarify where I may not be standing up for myself – or what I am here to do.  You are fair, and see what is the fair or appropriate thing to do in situations that involved partnership, teams and relationships with others.  You simplify what I am looking for, so I don’t waste time, you help me get straight to the point.

It actually inspires me to do good, be a better person, be INVESTED in people, be caring, be passionate AND be connected to those I work with.  Think about myself and my needs AND think about the needs of others, while making sure I don’t sacrifice my needs.  A lot of care. You make me feel I’m worthwhile, valuable and you make me feel that others are worthwhile and valuable, and show or support me to support the value in others.

How do you think my coaching has helped you become a better leader?

Answer:  By being fearless to express my needs.  In simple terms, so even if I have emotions about expressing my needs.  I still express them.  Plus clarifying the benefits of expressing my needs to the best outcome for all involved.  It is important to understand what coaching means and why it can be essential to your life in and out of the office.

I wrote this poem Life is Liking Hiking a Mountain by Patti Oskvarek about experiencing coaching and how it can make a big difference in people lives.

I had submitted this poem to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Phoenix local chapter a few years ago and included a testimony from a client. The testimony is at the end of the presentation. This testimony is a good reminder of how coaching can change people’s lives for the better and why I became a coach.

Click on the click below to view the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Phoenix Chapter Presentation and scroll down the page to the presentation and read the testimony at the end as well.

Life is Liking Hiking a Mountain by Patti Oskvarek

What do you think?  Are you ready to learn more about the coaching experience?

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Have you experienced coaching?  If so, feel free to share about your coaching experiences.  Comments are always welcome and please share this post with your colleagues, friends, family and on your social networks!

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What is a Good Leader? [Video]


What is a Good Leader?

A good leader listens and explains the why.

Has a talented way to give feedback without deflating the employee.

The ability to communicate the strategic plan.

Motivates and encourages to obtain goals.

A good leader is trustworthy and dependable.

They coach and mentor their employees to succeed within their organization.

They are upfront about difficult situations.

Just think of the possibilities, if everyone had a good leader.

These are some of the traits, I believe makes a good leader. ~ Patti

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How Not to Lose Vision While Moving Fast and Forward in Business [Guest Blogger]


How Not to Lose Vision While Moving Fast and Forward in Business

When businesses start operating, they try their very best to work hard and put in the optimum effort. But when they get disappointed, they can easily lose sight of their vision and they just stop trying to achieve their business goals.

To efficiently run a successful business, it is very crucial to keep your vision alive.

8 Tips for Keeping Your Business Vision Alive

1. Develop a Clear Vision Statement

Keeping your business vision alive begins when you’ve developed a clear vision statement. If you don’t have such yet, sit down and write a clear vision statement for your business. Take into account the reasons why you started your business and what you hope to attain.

Apart from planning goals, always keep your vision in your mind. Knowing what you want won’t matter if you just throw it in a drawer and just think about it once every six months. Write it down where you can see it often or post it somewhere visible in your office.

2. Turn Your Vision Statement Into an Image

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, consider using this to your great advantage. Instead of just posting your vision statement, find pictures that will make you think of what your business goals are, and position them in places where you can easily see. For instance, you can place the picture in a frame and hang it on your wall. This will constantly remind you of what you are working toward.

3. Be Optimistic

You may be surrounded by negative people, but do your best to avoid thinking negatively as well. As much as you possibly can, minimize your exposure to these negative individuals. Attitude can permeate your immediate environment, so make sure that you are keeping your vision on track and surround your business with positive people.

Why? Because when you get discouraged or disappointed, these individuals will help you get back on track once again. Choose those who are honestly concerned with your vision’s success and those who can push you to always do your very best.

4. Let Your Work Reflect Your Vision

This means not just working toward achieving your goals but also associating with those who are feeling the same. Try to contact or partner with businesses that have a similar vision and beliefs as yours. These people will definitely help you in sticking with what you want and in achieving success.

5. Be Organized

Get organized by developing processes and checklists that will help you stay on track. You can ask help from a personal business coach to make sure that these structures and processes will keep you from deviating or falling off the path.

For instance, create a daily or weekly planning agenda, monitor your progress, and be reminded of your tasks and deadlines. You can also meet with your stakeholders or partners to ensure that they support your vision and the specific efforts you are doing to achieve it.

6. Track and Measure

By constantly tracking and measuring your progress, you motivate yourself and you become aware of how you are advancing toward achieving your business goal. Today, there are plenty of tools you can use to do this. These include a simple checklist, project management software, spreadsheet, or any software meant for goal tracking.

Tracking is very important. As you are measuring your progress, you gain greater insight into your journey, enabling you to adjust and alter your plans.

7. Set Up Rewards

Setting up rewards for reaching certain milestones and achieving your vision is an excellent way of keeping yourself motivated to progress to the end.

8. Review and Revise Your Vision Statement

When you’re having a hard time focusing on your vision statement, perhaps it does not reflect what you want anymore. As such, you must review and revise it. This revision can help your organization capitalize on emerging markets, new trends, and situational opportunities. Keep in mind, though, that you should not revise your vision statement over and over again, or you will not accomplish anything at all.

These tips will help you transform your vision into reality. The journey won’t be easy, but the reward will definitely be worth it. You must never lose faith in yourself and in your business.


Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

Lucky Penny Day

Today is National Lucky Penny Day it is observed each year on May 23rd.  The Lucky Penny tradition is when you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies.  When you see a penny, pick it up and all day long it will bring you good luck.

Lucky Penny Quotes on Pinterest

How does your luck stand up? Do you consider yourself lucky in your life and your career?

Questions to Ask Yourself  to Measure Your Success:

  • Your Career Goals:
  • What are your career interests and aspirations?
  • What are you still working towards?
  • What have you accomplish?
  • Your Relationship Goals:
    What do you want in your relationships?
    Describe your ideal relationship?
    What is true friendship to you?
    What kind of people do you want to attract in your life?
  •    Your Health Goals:
    What are your lifestyle goals?
    What healthy habits do you want to develop?
    What habits do you want to eliminate?
    What does healthy mean to you?
  •   Your Financial goals:
    What are your financial goals?
    What are your debts versus your income?
    How much do you want saved for retirement?
    What adjustments will you make to accomplish your financial goals?

Call to Action:

What are you going to do to reach success?

How to Celebrate Lucky Penny Day:

Go for a walk and search for lucky pennies.

Take the whole family on a walk looking for lucky pennies and see who finds the most pennies.

At work, a team building exercise, have the team go for a walk together and search for lucky pennies, at the end of the walk have everyone share how many pennies they found.

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What Motivates You?



What is motivation?

According to the dictionary MOTIVATION means the following:

1. the act or an instance of motivating
2. desire to do; interest or drive
3. incentive or inducement


I truly believe that motivation comes from within the person.  If they want it, they will commit and go after it.

Why is commitment so important?

When you are committed in doing something, then you are driven to get it.  People can be lead towards something, that doesn’t mean they will act on it.  It could be the best thing for them, if they don’t see it, or want it, they won’t act on it.  Wanting it leads to being motivated to get it.

Questions to Get Motivated:

Do you really want it?

How badly do you want it?

Why do you want it?

What does it mean to you to get it?

Are you willing to make sacrifices to obtain it?

What are the potential obstacles?

How will you overcome them?

What will your life look like when you get it?

Are you motivated yet?  If not, what will get you motivated?  Write these questions and answers down.  Reflect on them daily.  Dream about them.  Stay positive and focused on what you want.  Your thoughts are the key to success and staying motivated.  Don’t give up when you face difficulties.  Come up with solutions to get around the obstacles and just keep going until you get it!

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