How to hunt for an inclusive employer

The world of work is changing. And I’m seeing that like my own priorities, candidates’ priorities have changed too. My last job search was vastly different from previous searches. I wasn’t looking for a specific role or a specific salary. The hours I worked weren’t as important. Or the location. I was looking for an inclusive employer with values aligned to my own. And a role that would enable me to have social impact. No easy feat!

Many of today’s candidates want flexibility, a positive culture, and work environment. And like me, they look for organisations with strong values. If you have a disability, a long-term health condition or carer responsibilities, these matter even more. So how do you hunt out a forward-thinking, inclusive employer? Here are a few of the things to consider…

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1) Their values are visible throughout the organisation

A website is a great place to start. Can you find their values? Is their website accessible? Do they show customers and candidates evidence of their ethics, values, and priorities? In contacts with the organisation, how are you treated? If you call up and ask about accessibility, what response do you receive?

2) They don’t just listen to their employees; they act too

Most employees want flexibility in their work. Has this been put into place or is it still being talked about? Do they advertise their vacancies as flexible? Do they have remote vacancies? Do they have employee networks? Are sickness and annual leave policies the legal minimum. Or is staff wellbeing prioritised?

3) It’s not just lip service; they commit to inclusion

Look for signs of positive action towards inclusion. How do they choose to attract candidates? Via mainstream, traditional strategies only? Do they put money and resources behind inclusion? Or is inclusion limited to a paragraph on their website? Do they purposefully target underrepresented groups to increase diversity? Look at their job adverts. Are they open to all or do they only appeal to a few? Are their values clear? Here’s a great example from Guidant Global of what to look for in a job advert.

In a nutshell, you’ll need to become something of a detective to find an organisation that walks the walk. But the result is worth it and for many, it can be life changing.

To keep in the loop about opportunities for candidates email info@evenbreak.co.uk or visit www.evenbreak.co.uk

Spotting strengths and latent skills – why it matters

Today I learned that my five-year-old is a talented actress. I’d had no idea. It’s easy to focus on the things she needs help with instead. I know she struggles to ride a bike. I know she doesn’t like being told what to do. I had been simply enjoying her strengths rather than nurturing them. But now this strength has been spotted, she’s playing Lady Capulet. And in doing so, she lights up. Her confidence has soared. She’s a much happier child. Thank you, William Shakespeare!

As adults, I think we forget to pay attention to the things we’re good at. It’s much easier to focus on the negatives. And our confidence responds accordingly. Many of us can rattle off our positive attributes for CVs and interviews. But I’m not sure we pay much attention to them or sculpt our work days accordingly. Do we ever address the organizational or environmental aspects of our work? Two of the factors that affect our wellbeing and productivity…

Picture shows the words 'be smart' and a picture of a lightbulbWhat impacts on your work day?

Last week (as a nice change) I was given a computer game to play. Job Fit is a work simulation game. It shows you how you would perform in a job and flags up areas for improvement.  In a nutshell, it teases out strengths and lagging skills. But in a fun way! With my nursing background, it was no surprise that I’m good at relating to people. But it also revealed that interruptions stress me. The constant ringing of a telephone in the game set me on edge. So much so that I almost stopped playing… Looking back, I remembered roles where noise massively affected my wellbeing. But at the time I had no understanding of this and no strategies to manage it.

So we need to pay attention. What makes you happier? Which aspects of your work do you focus on and enjoy? What part of your job description would you do for free? And can you build more of this into your role?

 

What do you find hard? Do you need to develop this area? Or can you focus on your strengths instead? How does your environment affect you? If like me, noise is a stressor, can you work with one earphone in? Turn off your phone when you need to focus? Would you be better working remotely? Or do you thrive on the buzz of a busy office?

Take the time to notice. Look for the people that pay attention. Find out your strengths and latent skills. And ask for what you need. Be Lady Capulet!

 

* As a loyalty perk, registered Evenbreak candidates can play Job Fit for free. Register here and you’ll receive the link in our newsletter.

Invictus Games (in the every day)….

Written by Corporate Engagement Manager, Adam Etherington
 
Who else has been watching the Invictus Games on the television last week? I’m amazed at the passion, tenacity, courage and determination of the athletes. So much so, that I wrote this blog and dedicate it to the many disabled athletes that the ‘I AM’ logo represents.
 

Image shows a scrap of paper with the words ‘what are you waiting for?’

I watched the ex-Army Sergeant, that had three of his limbs blown off when on tour in Afghanistan, as he swam at the Games. He won two gold medals, using just one arm. The whole event says so much about the character and the attitude of the individuals taking part. They are an inspiration to me and many other disabled people across the world. I hope the following doesn’t strike you as too indulgent, but I have to get a few things off my mind.
 
I am Disabled
 
I am a 53-year-old man with Multiple Sclerosis
 
I am working for Evenbreak – an organisation that helps inclusive employers attract and retain talented disabled people.
 
I am working from home. This benefits both myself, my employer and the environment.
 
I am working with a brilliant team of disabled colleagues.
 
I am good at my job.
 
I am not a burden to Evenbreak.
 
I am a Corporate Engagement Manager.
 
I am loving what I am doing.
 
I am learning from Jane Hatton, who founded Evenbreak’s niche disability job board seven years ago.
 
I am impressed that we have over 30,000 disabled candidates registered on our job board.
 
I am calling out to large employers. Let me illustrate the advantages you’ll gain from employing talented disabled people.
 
I am positive. I don’t give up.
 
I am reaching out to you at adame@evenbreak.co.uk
 
Do you? Motivate others?  Appreciate the value of different abilities? Understand the business case for employing disabled people? Get in touch.

What was your dream job as a child?

 

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Picture of the words ‘dream job’ written in multicoloured chalk

Written by Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi, Evenbreak’s Candidate Engagement Manager.

We spoke to five different disabled candidates about their dream job as a child. We asked them what they do now. What barriers have they faced? How did they overcome them? And made a video to share their answers with the world…

As a child I wanted to be Pocahontas – yip, that was my dream job. At the age of two, it seemed like a viable career option to me.

I grew up and went through the astronaut phase. By then I was seven years old. Old enough for adults to start treating me like a person and not a gurgling baby to coo at. It was then an adult said, “You can’t be an astronaut”. Why? I asked. “Because you’re in a wheelchair and you can’t go into space with a wheelchair, they responded”.

By the age of eight, I wanted to become an actress. I saw Harry Potter on the billboards and thought ‘How come Daniel Radcliffe gets to be Harry Potter? I wanna be Harry Potter!’ I wasn’t content to sit and watch – I wanted to be in the movie.

What if you’re told you can’t do your dream job because of your disability?

Yet again I got hit with “You can’t be an actress you’re in a wheelchair”.

I was growing up and starting to wonder what I could be. Everything I wanted to do was not possible or not allowed. I didn’t understand the reasons. But they always culminated with “you’re in a wheelchair”.

I’m now near 25 years old. I’m a pro-filmmaker, semi-amateur rapper and proud member of Evenbreak. I’ve done almost every single thing people have told me I can’t do in life (when I’ve put my mind to it). I’m still working on space travel…

But back to our video! It was a challenge bringing five disabled people across the UK together on the same day. But disabled people tend to be good at problem-solving, and all five wanted to succeed.

And it was worth every minute.

Each person so different –  As children, they dreamed of being a broadcaster, an actress,  a fireman, a stuntwoman, and a space crew member.

Society forgets that disabled people are just as diverse and talented as non-disabled people. It was important to showcase that on video. We wanted people to hear authentic stories through the power of 21st Century technology and good old social media!

We learnt about what they do now, their hopes for the future, the barriers they’ve faced and how they’ve dealt with those barriers. We learnt about negative reactions and discrimination. All expressed concern about those two things turning into an awful self-perpetuating cycle. But we also learnt about pushing forward, no matter what.

There was one unifying message to all disabled candidates: Put yourself out there for opportunities. Know your rights. Realise that you offer immense value because of your unique experiences, and finally, believe in yourself. Enjoy!

 

Boosting your confidence when job seeking

Confidence is important when job-seeking. If we don’t have confidence in our own abilities, why would we expect a prospective employer to have confidence in them? Unfortunately, being unemployed can make it difficult to remain confident – particularly when we may have faced a number of rejections, or worse, had our CVs completely ignored. This is, sadly, a common situation for disabled candidates. Here are some suggestions for boosting that confidence again:

Carry out a Skills Audit

Write down all the skills, qualities, experience, knowledge, talents and abilities that you have acquired in your life. Not just the ones from any jobs you may have done previously, but also skills gained outside of paid work – in voluntary work, during sports or hobbies, community roles such as school governor or pastoral roles, through travelling and so on. Ask people who know you to add to the list. Seeing a long list of abilities you have reminds you what you have to offer and can help restore confidence. Don’t forget the skills you’ve learned in coping with being disabled – creativity, patience, determination etc.

Goal-setting

Successfully achieving goals can be very satisfying, and help to boost confidence levels. Make sure that the goals you set yourself are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) so that you don’t set yourself up to fail. Relevant goals could include, for example, setting aside a morning to create three different types of CV to decide which sells your skills best, and then you have a template to adapt for each job you go for. Or perhaps deciding to research an employer you would like to work for and sending them a speculative CV and cover letter by the end of the week. This makes you feel more pro-active, more in control, and continually moving towards the ultimate goal of landing that dream job.

Control your “Internal Dialogue”

We all have that little voice in our heads, and it tends to sabotage rather than help. You know, the one that says “you’re useless, you’ll never get a job, no point in even trying” in response to being rejected for a job. The good news is that this is your voice, and therefore you can change it, or at least challenge it. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts like this, challenge them. OK, so you didn’t get that job. Instead of catastrophising the situation, instead try to think “on this occasion they thought someone else met their criteria more closely than me, well – it’s their loss, what can I learn from this before putting it behind me and concentrating on the next job application?”. Make sure your inner voice talks to you in the same way you would talk to someone you care about.

Putting things in Context

Having a job title, and all that comes with it (income, self-esteem etc), is important, but it doesn’t define who you are as a person. As human beings in this society our job title is part of our identity, but only part. In every other respect we are still the same person as we were when we were last working. We have the same personality, relationships, friendships, skills, interests. If you are a parent, for example, being a good Mum or Dad is far more important than what your job title happens to be. Your children and family and friends won’t judge you on whether or not you happen to be in work at the moment, and neither should you. It’s important, but there are far more important things.

Fake it ‘til you Make it!

Whilst our mood can affect our behaviour, it can work the other way round too. If you behave as if you were full of confidence, you will start to feel more confident. For example, if you go into a job interview telling yourself you are no good, you failed the last four interviews you went for and will probably fail this one as well, you almost certainly will, as this will show in the way you behave. However, if you tell yourself that you have looked at the job description and know that you can do all of the tasks on there, you have all the skills they are looking for and you would be really great in this role, you will behave and look and sound much more confident – greatly improving your chances of success.

I hope these suggestions have been helpful and that you soon regain that all-important confidence you once had, helping future employers have confidence in you too.

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Using SEO Services to Reach Disabled Candidates

One of the toughest aspects of recruiting candidates with disabilities is knowing where to find them in the first place. With the business benefits associated with employing disabled people, this is not only a challenge, but a necessity.

Rather than advertise through online job sites, or search through cold email, LinkedIn, colleague recommendations or more, there is a straightforward solution which will both allow recruiters to save valuable time, and is also highly effective – using SEO services in order to specifically target candidates with disabilities.

What is SEO?

SEO – or, ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ – refers to information and content you find by typing in queries to a search engine, such as google. Everything you see on the first page is there due to careful research, and has been sprinkled with certain keywords (along other search-friendly terms and more), in order to make it the most relevant to the specific search which is being performed. It is notoriously difficult to know how to do this correctly, and is best left to the professionals if you’re looking to achieve positive results.

How Can SEO Services Help Me Recruit Candidates with Disabilities?

As mentioned above, knowing which keywords your ideal users – in this case, potential candidates with disabilities – will be using to make searches. Professional SEO services will help find your target audience, and then the types of queries they are typing into search engines, and any other related keywords or queries. Then, they will either optimise – rewrite or edit – your existing site content to include these keywords and other factors, or explain to you the types of content you should be writing in order to attract more of your target audience.

For example, if you’re looking to attract candidates with disabilities, one longtail keyword (a keyword which is actually a sentence) these people may be using would be ‘how to find a job if you have a disability’. SEO services would know how to capitalise on this, helping you to edit your content in order to include it. Then, the next time, and every time after, that longtail keyword was searched for, your content would be one of the first items to appear in the list.

Is My Business Suitable for SEO?

SEO is something which every type of business, employer and individual can use to help them be placed in front of the relevant people.

Whether you’re looking to recruit for a factory, retail, an office or more, SEO services can tailor your exact recruitment needs to reflect the type of candidate you’re searching for. For example, if you’re recruiting candidates with disabilities for your office, an SEO professional might find that keywords such as ‘find job in an office disabled’ and ‘office jobs for disabled people’ might be suitable terms to target.

SEO is incredibly adaptable to every type of business and need out there, and is astonishingly effective too – when done correctly. It will also save countless hours of trying to source candidates, allowing them to quite literally search for you, and get in touch.

To advertise jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/employers/

To find jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/jobs/

 

Position your Disability Positively for Employers

This is a guest blog from a good friend of Evenbreak, Louis Jameson, Assistant Manager, Group Disability Programme at Lloyds Banking Group:

Today I want to share some thoughts on how to position a disability or health condition when entering work. Whilst our universities get us work-ready, no one discusses how to address our disability with an employer. This is what I will try to do. We can show them our disabilities are ‘no worries’!

I am Louis first, being blind is secondary. Actually, my guide dog, Fleur, has decided she’s first and a top networker. I have no choice but to share information about my disability, but I would always recommend it, as then you can be yourself at work and supported by your colleagues.

Positivity

We all feel nervous at interview or starting a new role, this is natural. However you feel; positivity is vital. Sure your disability can create challenges, but that is a conversation for later.

Due to a lack of knowledge the interviewer may be nervous recruiting you. It’s up to you, be positive and show them it’s ‘no worries’ for you!

Think ability not disability! Does your disability enhance, or give you extra abilities?

Mine does. Here are three:

  • strong planning and organising abilities;
  • resilience to overcome challenges;
  • a different perspective to better serve customers.

I like to just slip disability into my CV overtly, but it can come in useful for interview questions too.

  • In my personal profile: “He … supports his team by providing disability insights on everyday issues.”
  • Under Volunteering I cover giving talks to children about Guide Dogs and living with sight loss.

Subtle.

The Power of Language

How do you introduce your disability to someone? Have you ever considered the impact this could have?

You Say They Feel
  •  I suffer from …
  •  I am a victim of …
  •  I am an “ic” (e.g. epileptic)
  • Well-meaning negative action
  • Invokes pity
  • Disability before being a person
  •  I live with …
  •  I have lived experience of …
  •  To support me in the process of       managing my disability, I need …
  • Non-emotive language
  • You first, then your disability
  • You are taking ownership

You may ‘suffer’, I’m not disputing that. When you’re out to get a job though, you need the right response. Well-meaning negative action isn’t going to help you.

By this I mean, the recruiter doesn’t want to increase your suffering by accepting you on their grad scheme. They’re not being nasty or discriminating, just negatively nice. Stick with ‘live with’ – it’s un-emotive and much safer ground.

‘To support me in the process of managing my disability’ are the magic words.

The fear factor has gone and they can breathe. You’ve taken ownership, shown them the path and guided them to simple actions they understand and can cope with. They may not quite be at ‘no worries’, but better than blind panic – no pun intended.

Positioning Your Disability

You are the expert of your own condition!

Its okay, don’t panic – you don’t need to know it all. Entering work is a big deal! You do have past experiences though and that’s a good starting point. By sharing these your putting your manager/team at ease. They’re only scared of what they don’t know and you need to empower them.

I always start by telling everyone that there is nothing they can ask which is going to offend me – dangerous! You can then have a conversation with your manager, create a one-pager and/or do a short presentation in a team meeting. In these you could include:

  • what is your disability;
  • how does it impact my everyday life;
  • what challenges you expect at work;
  • what they can do to support you.

My one-pager talks about how I live independently; using my talking gadgets and organising my ties to match with my shirts (it’s important). In work, things like PowerPoint and travelling alone are challenges. They can help me by sending materials in Word, giving me notice of travel so I can book assistance ahead.

When I presented this in a team meeting I thought I’d make it fun. Showing them:

  • how I handle money;
  • got out the Braille and;
  • some gadgets from home.

I only started doing this after a few roles;  I found that it really educates and engages everyone. In one swoop you’ve a room of advocates. Here are some strategies some colleagues use:

  • a traffic light or scale to indicate to others their mood and what action they require from the team, such as being left alone;
  • have a seat saved near the door for anxiety or regular loo breaks;
  • having a code word to communicate that you feel stressed or anxious etc.

So now the unknown is known, they know how to behave and can help you overcome the new challenges that await. Before long, supporting you manage your disability will be second nature and ‘no worries’.

If you are unsure about something, stay calm and take it away. You have control, take some solutions back and discuss. To help you consider:

  • your firm’s workplace adjustments provider;
  • networking with other colleagues with a disability;
  • Speak to a charity or;
  • Access to Work for guidance and/or funding.

Conclusion

We’re all unique and these ideas might not suit you. That’s fine– all I ask is that you reflect and take-away:

  • be positive;
  • mindful of your language;
  • take ownership for your disability and;
  • engage your manager/teams.

Most importantly though, remember you will be an asset to whichever organisation you join. I challenge you all to ensure you do that!

Louis joined Lloyds Banking Group as a HR Graduate in 2013 after graduating from UWE Bristol with a first in Economics. His team’s role is to make disability business as usual across the Group and Louis partners HR and Recruitment in delivering this.

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Guest blog: Best Careers for People with Visual Impairment?

A guest post by Cheryl Wilcox:

Over the years many people as they have gotten to know me have asked “what are the best career options for the visually impaired and blind”. I had never thought about it but there seems to be an assumption that there are jobs that are ideal for the blind and visually impaired based on their unique characteristics and limitations. I am thrilled to disappoint you!

Blind and visually impaired people are normal people who lack eyesight. For instance, a manager that loses his or her sight still retains all the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired over a lifetime of employment. These include analytical and motivational skills, and the ability to set and implement goals. What has changed is that they can no longer use visual skills to do these things anymore. They have to rely on a whole different set of sensory skills and an alternative way of doing things.

How Did I Plan My Career with Vision Loss?

What can a blind person do for a career? Almost everything! With that being said I will share a little bit of my own experience.

In high school

When was 15 years old I knew I wanted to be a Journalist. I was taking Journalism classes and working on the newspaper in high school. Writing and justice were my passions. They still are today. Over the years I have tweaked my career path time or two due to vision changes and changes in my own way of thinking.

In college

I went to college on the East Coast and although I never saw very well it was during this time that my vision declined even further and there came a day I could no longer pick up a text book and read the print. This was decades before technological advances came along offering large print, text to speech, CCTV’s or video magnification. Telescopes and prism magnifiers were the best assistance anyone could offer.

Work during college

I was a full time college student and I also worked full time at The Exchange Network in Methuen, Massachusetts. The Exchange Network was an answering service for doctors, veterinarians and a variety of other businesses. It was my job to take messages and reach out and locate doctors after hours when needed for medical emergencies and consultations. We reached these doctors through their home phones or various paging systems. Cell phones had not even been thought of at this time and computers were in their early stages.

The company was owned by Bunny Hamer and was started years before by her and her husband who were both completely blind. When the couple started their business venture all phones were answered with cord board technology and was an ideal career choice for the blind and visually impaired. Over the years the Hamer’s employed many of the visually impaired. Cord boards were easy used by the visually impaired because touch and sound were used to answer the lines and make outgoing calls.

Career began

By the time I came around to working at the Exchange Network there were no longer chord boards because technological advances in communications had changed things drastically. I did not work with anyone who was visually impaired but I do think I was designed to be in this career opportunity for a reason. I had no idea at the time but it was a foreshadowing of things to come. It was during this time that I learned that my vision had begun to decline and I was deemed legally blind. Mrs. Hamer was both a great inspiration and support for me.

As the years passed I pursued my journalism career and tweaked it to include marketing which allowed me to pursue my love of writing and art. I have had the opportunity to do what many fully sighted people wish they had the opportunity to do.

Limitation & Chances for Visually Impaired People

Unlike those who are totally blind, those who are legally blind usually have a limited amount of vision. Many are able to read large print and identify shapes and colors, but are unable to drive. Computers and technological advances have opened up a wide range of careers for the legally blind giving them the ability to change the text size on the screen and the option to read text out loud.

Ideal choices for those who are legally blind are jobs which allow most of the work to be done over the phone. For some, telemarketing may be an ideal choice. You are often given a script that you present and scripted arguments help offset a customer’s objections. You can memorize the script or use a large-text program that allows you to view it on a computer screen.

Another great choice may be customer-service. Call center customer-service jobs, such as those that allow you to assist customers who are placing product orders may be a perfect fit. You must be properly trained and become familiar with the company’s products and know how to find them in the company’s system, but technology designed to assist you in reading text on a computer screen can make that possible for you.

Media and marketing may be other avenues for the visually impaired to pursue. If you enjoy writing, there are many options. There are free-lance opportunities available in many areas. Many times you can write for newspapers or magazines as long as the interviews are typically conducted over the phone or by email. Good public transportation also allows you to do interviews in person. You may also find a career in advertising, writing scripts for commercials and catchy copy to reach customers.

These are just a few of the employment opportunities available to those who are blind or visually impaired. With the proper training and a little heart, you can achieve any goals that you set for yourself and for the most part can pursue any career you choose.

To advertise jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/employers/

To find jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/jobs

(Please note that the views expressed in guest posts are not necessarily the views of Evenbreak)

Specialist Colleges Providing Vocational Training for Disabled Young People

This article was written by Andrew Atkinson, Managing Director of UK ecommerce website Mobility Smart – an online store stocking products to make life easier for those with mobility difficulties and for the older generation requiring living aids and specialist equipment.

Derwen College is an educational facility in Oswestry, which promotes itself as a ‘residential college for students with learning difficulties and disabilities’. Where some people with disabilities feel more comfortable in (and more suited to) a mainstream educational environment, there are others that benefit from the specialist education provided at colleges such as Derwen.

At Derwen College, study programmes partly cover academic subjects and are partly vocational, with real work experience included to enable students to get a taste of the world of work. Hospitality courses, for example, include access to a recreation of a branded hotel room where students can be taught about cleaning and housekeeping. Students at the college, and other similar educational facilities, are also encouraged to work on campus in college restaurants and shops.

How can specialist colleges help?

Specialist colleges can help to prepare their students for the ‘real world’ – working environments outside of the comfort of the college. Some people with disabilities might otherwise feel concerned that employers won’t be patient if they require extra time to learn and to adapt. Learning within the college will provide students with transferrable, real world skills that they can take with them to their new jobs. Employers such as the aforementioned hotel chain can benefit further, with college students are being trained to do the work specifically in their style. Should any students wish to work in a big brand hotel after graduating, they’ll be a top pick for the job as they’re already fully trained!

Not all employers have a full awareness of what it means to provide equal opportunities to people with disabilities, and these specialist colleges can also help in this area. Employers can connect with the college to learn more about the requirements of students and how they can better meet the needs of future applicants, and can also meet potential future employees through a college’s work experience programme.

What are the issues that specialist colleges are facing?

To meet the needs of their students, specialist colleges need to provide a wide range of courses and training opportunities. Unfortunately, not all colleges can find a broad range of companies that are willing to help with the process. Many employers aren’t yet reaching out to offer work placements or to help to shape the courses that are on offer.

The aim is for specialist colleges to show that people without disabilities and those with disabilities or extra needs can work side by side. The goal is to prepare students with disabilities for jobs alongside those that might have found the journey into the world of work a slightly easier experience.

According to current UK statistics, only 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid employment. Some of the remaining 93% will be willing and able to work, if only they have the required support from employers and the necessary training delivered in a way that meets their needs.

The next step, of course, is to encourage more employers to truly be ‘equal opportunity’.

 

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Guest blog: Have I got what it takes?

Today’s guest blogger, the lovely Mike Brodie of Thoughts Without Limits, asks the question we have all asked ourselves:

This may be a reflective question that you have secretly asked yourself at one stage or another in life. Can you remember when this was? How did you feel when it popped into your mind? Was there self-doubt that said to you that you don’t have what it takes? Maybe even though you wanted to say YES and shout it to the world you just couldn’t do it? Now maybe that little voice had come to you from many years before through school, your parents, your peers, your family, your friends or work colleagues and has stuck with you ever since.

Those little but destructive voices in your mind are called ‘Limiting Beliefs’, maybe you can think of other times that this has happened now that your awareness has been raised? But do you want to know something AMAZING? You have the talents and abilities in you right now to put a stop to it, you just need a helping hand to get you where you want to go.

I live alongside secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and have had many people tell me, you can’t, you shouldn’t and you won’t be able to, but that only serves to make me stronger to prove them all wrong. I won’t let anyone put limitations on me and even if I fail or can’t manage to do something then at least I have tried my best and that’s good enough for me. I always say that I am less-abled instead of that dis_____ word but less-abled doesn’t mean less capable and that applies to you too. So go ahead and be the AMAZING person that you were born to be and don’t let others place limitations on you.

Think about this statement for a second or two ….

“If you don’t know where you are going then you’re never going to get there”.

Do you know where you want to go or are you just letting life pass you by? Remember there’s only you that has ownership and responsibility for this statement. Maybe you want a better job, a better work/life balance, maybe you want to have a better relationship with your spouse or partner? Maybe you have stresses in your life right now that’s affecting how you live?

Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

So how do you find the right path to walk down I hear you asking?

Answer:    Get a ‘Life Coach’

‘Life Coaching’ is not about making decisions for you or telling you what you should do. Its not psychotherapy or counselling and deals with the here and now. A life coach is someone who aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals – including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in the home, exploring the self and the world, and achieving ambitions.

Basically the ‘Life Coaching is primarily about RESULTS, RESULTS, RESULTS and anything else just isn’t an option for you. You will find that just about all successful people in life have a ‘Life Coach’, from Sports stars, wealthy individuals to high ranking ‘Blue Chip’ companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Even ‘Life Coaches’ have a ‘Life Coach!

I love to ask this question… “If I asked you to see an Acorn in your mind what do you see?” Maybe you see a single Acorn? Or maybe you see an Oak tree? But what about if your awareness is raised to a whole range of new possibilities, you will soon see a whole forest of Oak trees! With help and guidance you would be able to see what is all around you not just the 100 yards that your life torch can shine to.

I greatly appreciate you taking your precious time to read my guest Blog post and also thanks to the great and inspiring Jane Hatton for allowing me to write this piece for you.

I hope to have motivated and raised your awareness.

For more information and details on ‘Life Coaching’ please feel free to visit

www.thoughtswithoutlimits.today or email support@thoughtswithoutlimits.today

Mike Brodie

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