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Starved for Purpose

Starved for Purpose

Many clients come to me starved for purpose in their work. They are aching to use the skills with which they’ve been blessed. For this reason, I wanted to share an article I recently saw in the Nashville Business Journal. It is entitled “That Time When My Soul was Dying at Work” and was written by Clifford Jones.

The “Walking Dead”

Are you feeling like the “walking dead” because you’re currently in a job that makes you question your purpose in life? Have you been starved for meaning and purpose in your work? If so, you’re going to want to read this! (Click on the graphic below to read the entire article.)

After you do, you may just want to subscribe to the paNASH newsletter to receive a complimentary Goal-Achievement Plan (GAP) so you can start discovering your purpose and set goals toward achieving your purpose in life and work.

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When Too Good To Be True Feels Icky

Icky Schemes

Am I the only one who feels a little (or a lot) “icky” when I see social media posts and ads that say things like, “I went from no business experience to a millionaire in 5 months – here’s how you can too!!!”? Or, “I quit my job and now make six figures a month while vacationing instead of working – you can do the same!”?

These ads tend to pop up more and more on my social media platforms now that I am listed as a coach who helps people pursue work they are passionate about and find meaning and purpose in. (I notice even more so on my Instagram account!) But what I do is NEVER to be lumped in with these cheesy, icky “get-rich-quick” schemes.

Realistic Expectations

When you’re serious about the pursuit of your purpose and passion, it requires the realistic expectation of an investment. This investment includes:  personal growth and reflection, sacrifice, time, effort, and money. Without those investments, the pursuit is not authentic.

That doesn’t mean, however, the investment has to be hard or laborious. If it’s something you’re truly passionate about, it doesn’t feel much like work. Instead, you’re excited to get up each morning and create whatever it is you have a vision for.

This is why my upcoming webinar, “5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life & Work,” is different from the ones you see advertised that make you feel like you need a shower afterwards! While it is free, it requires time to listen to it, participation in the discussion, and follow-through on the implementable action steps laid out in the program.

It includes ways to not just set goals (anybody can do that!) but to also achieve goals by sticking to a plan, ways to overcome the inevitable stumbling blocks that can prevent you from achieving your goals, and useful and unique tips for job search success that most career coaches don’t typically share in such a format.

The webinar is designed to get you started on a track to potential success, but you will have to do your part and follow the tips and steps laid out in the program in order to begin seeing success. Once you begin seeing initial success, you’ll be motivated to keep going and dig deeper.

In no way should this program sound too good to be true. As with anything, you only get out of it what you put into it, whether it’s participating in a coaching program, starting your own business, or conducting a job search. If you’ve read this far and you’re willing to sacrifice a little time and effort to participate, then claim your spot below. You’ll be several steps ahead than you were when you started!

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Live Coaching Webinar

Claim Your Spot

Register for the complimentary live coaching webinar “5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work,” hosted by Passion & Career Specialist Lori Bumgarner. By the end of this free coaching session you’ll be equipped with implementable action steps and tools to help you overcome obstacles and achieve job search success.

July 26th @ 6:00 pm CT


You’re going to learn:

  1. How to not just set goals, but also how to achieve goals by overcoming obstacles
  2. Ways to overcome and re-frame the negative beliefs you have about yourself that are keeping you stuck where you are
  3. Ways to discover new passions and to pursue your long-held passions
  4. How to incorporate your passions into your work by utilizing successful networking and job search skills
  5. Ways to nail the interview for a job that fulfills your purpose and passions

“After the first session, I was blown away by the experience and could already see how beneficial Lori’s coaching was going to be!” Lauren F.

Register to Claim Your Spot

Space is limited, so click here to register today at no cost.

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4 Ways To Understand Your Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to over 125 people on how to articulate their uniqueness through personal and professional branding. After all, everyone will always have to answer the question, “What makes you unique?” Sometimes the wording of that question will vary depending on the situation.

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For instance, in a job interview it might be asked, “Why should we hire you?” For my former clients who were recording artists trying to secure a label deal, the label heads ask, “Why should we sign you?” For a budding entrepreneur, investors might ask, “Why should we invest in you?” In each case, what is really being asked is, “What makes you unique?” In other words, what is your personal brand?

Understanding Your Uniqueness

I work a lot with my clients on helping them determine the answer to that question (because they often find it’s not an easy one to answer), and then how to appropriately articulate it. While I have my own effective method of doing this, this morning I read a devotional entitled “Understand Your Child’s Uniqueness.” The ways it suggests to discern your children’s uniqueness are also ways we can use to understand our own uniqueness:

  1. What are your interests? Do you like numbers, colors, activities, etc.?
  2. What are your relationships like? Are you a leader, a follower, a team player, an independent spirit?
  3. What kind of environment do you thrive in? Do you prefer to stand out in a crowd or to blend in with a crowd? Do you do better at learning a subject as opposed to being tested on that subject?
  4. What are your strengths? (This is something I spend a lot of time on in helping my clients define and articulate their personal brand.)

A Good Example

This morning’s devotional stated, “Childhood tendencies often forecast adult abilities.” This is no big revelation. It makes perfect sense, and most of us already know this.

But I loved the example the writer of the devotional used to illustrate this point. As a boy, King David displayed two strengths:  fighting (against Goliath) and music. As a result, David grew up to be a victorious warrior in numerous battles against the enemy, and became a talented harpist and gifted songwriter, writing many of the Psalms. The example of David is a perfect one to show you don’t have to be and do just one thing.

I have a lot of clients who have spent years working in one area of their strengths or interests, but are ready to explore their other interests and develop new skills. They need help figuring out how to make this transition. This includes helping them articulate what makes them unique from others who are doing the same thing with the same abilities.

What Makes You Unique?

Do you know what sets you apart from others with similar interests and skills? If not, I’ll soon be sharing both in person and online my personal branding method designed to help you determine your uniqueness and how to articulate it.


In-person workshops will be held through Nashville Community Education on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00-8:00 pm and Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00-8:00 pm. Cost is $45 (price includes both class dates). Registration is required at http://bit.ly/communityedclass.

To ensure you receive updates on both the in-person and online workshops, subscribe to the paNASH newsletter. If you prefer one-on-one assistance in this area, take a moment to complete the paNASH intake form and schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. I’d love to hear from you!

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3 Excuses Keeping You In Your Comfort Zone

Yesterday I read a great post by Nashville’s own Allison Fallon entitled “3 Excuses That Keep Smart, Creative People Trapped.” I wanted to share her insights here because they’re so relevant for my readers.

When considering taking on a new coaching client, one of the questions I ask in the paNASH intake form is “Which do you wish you had more of:  time, money, or confidence?”

The reason I ask this question is because I’m trying to determine what might be an obstacle (whether real or perceived) that’s standing in your way of getting out of your comfort zone and pursuing your passions.

But sometimes obstacles can become excuses.

I loved how Fallon addressed the three most common excuses:  lack of money, not enough time, and fear.

Lack of Money Excuses

Fallon makes the point that “we allocate money for the things we decide matters.”

She then poses the question, “How would it change your money excuse if you were able to believe you matter?”

I see people who have no problems spending money on pet therapy for their dog. But they don’t believe they deserve an investment in career coaching. They give their pets things and experiences they know the pet will love. But they don’t think they’re worth the money to pursue their own passions.

One of my colleagues always says, “Show me your bank account and I’ll show you what matters to you.”

Not Enough Time Excuses

This same colleague also says, “Show me your calendar and I’ll show you what’s important to you.”

Unlike money, we’re all given an equal amount of time, so it’s a little harder to make this excuse fly.

It’s here where I want to insert an excerpt from Fallon’s article to really get to the heart of this particular excuse:

“I don’t have enough time to paint or draw or write or start a business because I am an incredibly busy, productive person and I don’t see how that thing is going to produce measurable results in my life.”

To this excuse, I would say: we live in a culture that is obsessed with productivity. Everything is measured by how much money it can generate, how much progress it can help us make. Thank you industrialization. And while there’s nothing wrong with productivity, the problem I see comes when we begin to worship productivity and forget that some of the most valuable things in life produce results so slowly, they are hard to measure.

In fact, consider some things that might be considered “un-productive”:

  • Getting more sleep
  • Taking a long walk
  • Daily journaling
  • Spending time with our children
  • Reading books
  • Working out
  • Saying “no” to an opportunity
  • Going to therapy

Are these things un-productive, or are they just slow-producing?

Over time, we will begin to see the fruits of our labor. But if we are desperate to see progress right away, we might feel disappointed. Some of the most valuable progress we can make in our life often happens under the surface, where nobody (including us) can see it.

Fear Excuses

Fallon says that once you’re able to say you’re afraid, you’re being more honest because the first two excuses are usually based in fear.

Fear of what?

It could be fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, etc.

It’s important to remember that everyone has fear, and it’s always going to rear its ugly head. It’s knowing how to view fear as Fallon describes in her article. And how to deal with and overcome fear as I explain in my recent post “Overcoming Fear“.

This can eliminate the excuses and get you out of your comfort zone!

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to stop making excuses, and start making yourself worth “it,” whatever “it” means for you?

If you still have concerns about money, time or fear, the best way to get started is with small commitments. You can access paNASH’s on-demand videos on various topics that are affordable (some are free!) and allow you test the waters and work at your own pace. Click here to learn more.

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Strive For Completion, Not Perfection

In coaching clients on how to answer commonly asked interview questions, I always tell them not to use the canned answer, “I’m too much of a perfectionist,” for the “What is your greatest weakness?” question for several reasons. One, it’s just that, a “canned answer” and recruiters know that. They’ve heard it a million times. Two, perfectionism isn’t always a strength disguised of a weakness. It can be an actual weakness that acts as an obstacle to your work performance and even the pursuit of your passions.

Perfectionism Results In Delay

Those with perfectionist tendencies usually delay their passions and projects because they are waiting for everything to be perfect before turning in their assignment, releasing their project, starting their new business or launching their new product. I often witnessed this among the recording artists I previously worked with when I used to do image consulting. Once a song was finished, instead of taking the necessary steps to finalize it, they would continue tweaking the recording and production of the song, spending extra time and money in the studio.

While it’s risky to tell a potential employer that you’re too much of a perfectionist because they may interpret that as being a procrastinator or someone who doesn’t see things to completion, it’s even riskier to use perfectionism as a way to procrastinate or not follow through on your dreams and your passions. You can always find ways to improve something you’re excited about, but if you’re doing so to the point that no one is benefiting from what you have to offer because you’re still keeping it under wraps, then what’s the point?

It’s always a bit scary to put something out there with your name on it, not knowing what people are going to think about it or how they’re going to receive it. You are making yourself vulnerable to possible criticism. But you also can’t wait until everything is perfect or the timing is perfect, because there’s no such thing. So what is a perfectionist to do?

Beta Test

Learn to view your creations and the work you’re passionate about in phases. For instance, when a tech company launches a new site or app, it’s typically first launched in beta as a way to test the product in the market and test its performance. Why not try the same approach?

Your “phase one” could be to share your idea with a small segment of your market and ask for their feedback, or do a focus group to test your idea with a small group of potential customers. Then, go back and make any necessary tweaks and don’t waste time with the unnecessary ones. Rinse and repeat for phase two. Think about it:  there’s a reason why so many computer software programs have various versions (1.0, 2.0, 2.3, etc.). Your creation can have a 1.0, 2.0, 2.3, or even a 3.0 version too.

How a Perfectionist Can Know When to Say When

Once you’ve tested a few different versions of your creation, you still need to know when to stop tweaking and start sharing. A couple of clues include what kind of tweaks you’re making. Are they necessary for the project to accomplish its purpose? If not, it’s time to quit tinkering with it and release it. Are your friends continually asking you when they’re going to get to see this great thing you’ve been working on? Or worse, have they stopped asking you this? If so, then yes, it’s time to debut this great masterpiece of yours.

Are your goals and accomplishments at a stand-still because you’re waiting for perfection? Delay no longer and start achieving your goals with the 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan when you subscribe to the paNASH newsletter. And if you want to know the proper way to answer the “What’s your greatest strengths?” question and other common interview questions, shoot me an email and I’ll provide you some information about paNASH resources and services!

Shortly after writing this blog post, I came across this video by Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby. It uniquely illustrates the point I’ve made above. Check it out:


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Your Passion, In Beta