By Martin Goodyer (United Kingdom)

I’m fifty four and could never have predicted my career path at any point along the journey and so am unlikely to know what the rest of my life has in store. However, I have learned that if I’m smart and use a coaching philosophy I can be pretty sure I’ll end up experiencing what I’d hope a career would give me. How? By using the same approach that has been espoused for thousands of years by, among others, Buddha himself.

What if a job that looks great ends up tearing our family apart, or taking one that gives you time to live does not deliver on the satisfaction front? How might coaching help a person get to the root of a career issue and avoid being superficial or perfunctory? Perhaps thinking about ancient philosophies like Buddhism in conjunction with coaching might offer an insight.

Buddhism derives most of its fundamental philosophy from Ancient Hinduism. ‘The mind is the slayer of the real’ is a Hindu classical saying and as pertinent today as it ever was. There is no way we can grasp the mind’s proportions without its own use and hence this saying is true – It’s a circular system run by a biological machine in command of the senses that in turn are commanding our actions.

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Source: iCN Issue 8 (Career Coaching); pages 13-15

About Martin Goodyer

Author of ‘How to be a Great Coach’

Martin is an Executive Coach of outstanding quality, skill and experience; his 30 years of combined business management, consulting and coaching experience have helped many clients achieve significant improvements in business performance and profitability. Highly skilled as a 1-2-1 coach and coach trainer Martin also uses a facilitative coaching approach in the following specialism’s: Key Note Coach; Radio Coach; T.V Coach; Workshop Coach; Group Coach; Team Coach