You Can’t Manage Time

Time management is such an irresistible topic for personal development authors and career change coaches! It’s exactly like that Oscar Wilde quote about temptation; “I can resist everything except writing about time management”!

But, as we know all too well, the plain truth is that you cannot manage time – you can only choose how to spend it.

My coaching and mentoring work is mainly with people who’ve decided to make more conscious choices in how they use their time.

Of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

And so, in an particularly ironic way, helping my clients get there takes… time!
There really are no quick fixes although coaching can sometimes achieve very rapid results in just a few sessions.

It’s a bit like commencing an exercise program with the goal of eventually running a marathon.

Initially, progress may be very obvious and you’re soon amazed to find you can now run a mile for the first time since high school without wheezing and collapsing! But after a few months, a fitness plateau may be reached and some reappraisal of training methods will be required.

Same thing with planning a major career change.

By becoming more aware of the little things in your current career and life choices, you can begin to take back some control of your time.

And that can signal the real start of your successful career change marathon.

Yes, mastery of anything worthwhile does take time and effort. Anyone who thinks otherwise will probably not like my coaching and mentoring approach one little bit.

The key thing is to begin!

Because just 1 hour per day of warm blooded time that you truly call your own is worth far more than any frozen fantasy.

Remember, great career change opportunities will often come dressed up in overalls and looking like hard work. Is it time to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in?

Watch out for some special services and products coming your way on this site to help you do just that.

- Mark McClure

Launching The Information Technology (IT) Career Mentoring Special Report

(Oct 2011 Update: This product is no longer available for general sale and the itcareerengineer web site’s been discontinued. Contact me directly if you’d like to purchase a DVD copy.)

IT Career Engineer Special Video Report

The premise of my business and this blog is all about achieving the dream of successful career change – by using goals, coaching and mentoring.

Goal setting and coaching are what I call ‘generic skills” and can be applied to many areas where change and personal growth is desired.

However, mentoring’s somewhat different.

An effective mentor is someone who has “walked the walk” and learned through experience over the years.

That means most people are only qualified to mentor in certain specific areas that they are already familiar with – and also successful in.

In practical terms you will probably find that your mentors and coaches are different people. That’s fine – variety adds spice to life.

And anyway, professional mentor-coaches in specialist areas are few and far between. Not always, though.

If you’re an IT engineer or team leader looking to get the best from your career (and your talents) then I’m an example of where coaching and mentoring abilities merge with IT career experience.

That’s because I was an IT Professional from 1987 (yes, we had computers back then lol!) to April 2007.

And I’ve blended those 20 years of IT experience with a unique career coaching and mentoring flavour (“change-your-game”) to produce this special video report, available only on CD .

Remember, you’ll get a bargain basement price if you are subscribed to my blog email announcement list (see the sign up box just under my photograph on the right hand side of this blog) before the launch date. This special price will be for a limited time – usually 48 hours – to encourage and reward those who take action. (Oct 2011 update: Link removed.)

The order link for the 48 hour special will only be available to my subscriber list from Thursday 17 January 2008 at 7am New York time.

You can get more information here(Oct 2011 update: Link removed.)

- Mark McClure