Life and Spiritual Coaching

August 15, 2008

Why Coaching is Worth It

Filed under: Life Coaching — by Donna Ritter @ 11:27 am
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“Why Coaching is Worth the Investment… even in this economy!
By Shasta Nelson


When it comes to our finances we all know the value of investing.  When we invest our money we do it with the expectation of a profit at a later date.  We give now so that we can receive later–whether it’s for a financial purchase like a home or for retirement.

It makes sense that when our economy demands an increase in our day-to-day expenses (i.e. gas, groceries) and possibly a decrease in our income, our tendency is to often freeze our spending or go into hibernation mode from a fear of “not having enough.”  One of the most significant obstacles during these phases is that our personal tendency is to default to that fear. 

Fear looks different on each of us, but our decisions are then driven from whatever our “default mode” tends to be: indecision, lone ranger behavior, obsession, greed, tolerating, a willingness to sacrifice what’s most important, paralysis, procrastination, limiting beliefs, inability to say yes to life, an unwillingness to say no when needed, etc.  We all want to be people who aren’t motivated to make decisions from a place of fear, but from a place of purpose.

Use this “recession” to your advantage.  Rather than “buckle down” and hide– enter into this phase of life and grow.  Here are some ways:

  1. Prioritize by your Mission: Do you know your purpose?  What you contribute specifically?  What you offer? This can provide you parameters on how to say yes and no in courageous ways as you determine what is in line with your mission.  In corporate language– we call it streamlining. Reminding ourselves what we are really all about– what is the bottom line? This way you know where to cut and where to invest.
  2. Invest where it Matters: Some of your dreams may best launch in this time! You may find more time to write that book as you can’t afford to go to the movies as much. You may discover vendors will charge you less or barter so you can get started on the business idea you have. We don’t give up dreams in these times; we explore different strategies and use this space to creatively continue to pursue that which is most important.
  3. Know what Energizes you now: Despair, pain, depression and fear can be consuming.  A long term plan is crucial to your peace, but it’s hugely important to know how to maximize your current experience as well! How can you best infuse your life now with the things that energize you and make you strong? 

As the economy looms with uncertainty– we call on our clients to use this time to evaluate and clarify who they are and where they are headed. Empower yourself with the resources, support, inspiration and clarity to move forward in ways that will not only prove to be a valuable investment three months down the road, but one that will infuse you with more courage and hope in the present.

What can you do right now to “stake a claim” in your hope? What investment is before you that will help empower you to fuel your life in significant ways?  How can you invest in both your present fulfillment and your future mission?

May 18, 2008

Career Assessment Tests

Filed under: Life Coaching — by Donna Ritter @ 3:40 pm
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Career assessment tests have come a long way since your guidance counselor gave you the “fill-in-the-dot” model. Today’s crop includes versions that are interactive and — sometime — even fun.

My Queendom for a Career Test When it comes to career tests, has the mother lode, with 35 tests measuring everything from “Coping Skills” to “Power Profile.”

What Color Is Your Work Style? Based on the popular “Birkman Method,” this 24-question, color-coded test can help you zero in on your ideal career.

reveals the medieval occupation that suits you best.

Business Etiquette Who barts the bill for a business lunch? Who initiates a handshake? Etiquette Ladies to the rescue.

The ‘Stressometer’ How stressful is your job? Take a breather — and this quiz — to find out.

Job Satisfaction This calculator computes how close your current job is to your ideal job.

Childish Career Quizzes The companion site for “Bob’s Job,” a children’s TV show focused on careers, features some quizzes for the kids.

The Three Rs Are you ready to retire? Find out with your Retirement Readiness Rating.

This article originally appeared in Job Tip of the Day. Some of the links may have expired since its original appearance.


Writing Your Mission

Filed under: Life Coaching — by Donna Ritter @ 3:14 pm
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These are the things to think about:
What are the goals I most want to accomplish?
What are my major roles?
What are my governing values?
What is my 1 year, 5 year, 10 year and 20 year vision for my life?
When I day dream, what do I dream about?
If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I do with them?
When I look at my work life, which activities do I consider of greatest worth?
When I look at my personal life, which activites do I consider to be of greatest worth?
What do I consider to be my most important future contribution to others?
What talents do I have? What talents do I wnt to develop?
Are there things I feel I really should do even though I may have been deflecting these desires for various reasons? Why?
Who has served as a role model for me and has had a significant impact in my life?
Why did this person have such an impact?
What qualities does this person have that I would like to emulate?
What do I what people to say after I’m gone?
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April 28, 2008

Hello world!

Welcome to a place where you can learn about new things! The emphasis is on Project Management and Life Coaching. How do the two relate? Well, you need to be in control of your life and able to balance work with pleasure to enable you to be a successful Project Manager.

My goal for this blog is to be able to teach you what I know and hopefully learn what you know.

First a little bit about me. My name is Donna Ritter and I have been in the Software Development business for almost 30 years. I have worked both at large companies (Digital, Compaq and BMC) and small ones. I have worked mostly as a permanent employee in my career but have done consulting on a contract basis. I am a certified PMP and consult with both  companies and individuals trying to get their PMP. I am also available as a life/career coach for anyone interested.

Please let me know what you think and what topics you’d like to see me address. Let’s have fun with this! You can look up my profile on and I am a member of the National Association of Women at work.


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