Ideas to facilitate a career change

Recommendation

Rationale

Notes

Read Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, PhD (Free Press, 2001).

Debra Rouse, ND, recommends this self-help book, which features an interactive questionnaire that helps readers identify their five dominant talents and develop these talents into personal strengths for improved performance in the workplace and in everyday life.

A follow-up to the motivational First, Break All the Rules by the same authors. Both books are also available on audio cassette or CD.

Get a career coach.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) offers a free referral service that recommends career coaches based on professional interest, location, and fee range.

Contact ICF at 888.423.3131 or www.coachfederation.org for help locating corporate, small business, and personal coaches.

Set up a “wealth corner.”

Based on the principles of feng shui, a wealth corner can improve monetary luck. Yogi Rainbeau Mars suggests Halee design a table or space where she can place objects that represent her desired career, such as a fire helmet, park ranger uniform, or evocative picture of her dream job.

Traditional feng shui practitioners say that wealth corner location is determined using a specific calculation based on birth date.

Eat super-nutritious foods.

Rouse recommends Halee increase her strength by focusing on highly nutritious foods. She could start by checking out SuperFoods RX by Steven Pratt, MD, and Kathy Matthews (William Morrow, 2003), which details the benefits of beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, tea (green or black), tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and yogurt.

Selected from a careful study of cuisines from around the world, these foods harbor high levels of nutrients that improve health and prevent disease.

Sources: Rainbeau Mars, yoga instructor; Debra Rouse, ND.