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Spotlight on Kathy Gonzales, Founder of Career Bliss Just Like That

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Kathy Gonzales is determined to help Latinas find their career bliss. Kathy’s program, Career Bliss Just Like That, is designed to help women of color see value in their differences, and from those differences, create professional change. Armed with more than 20 years of corporate consulting experience, Kathy is ready to share how to find career bliss, just like that! 

You’re set to launch your educational program, Career Bliss Just Like That this March. Tell us a bit about the program.

Career Bliss Just Like That is a must-have career search and personal market positioning program for successful women who are frustrated but determined to find careers that make them happy and keep their financial needs intact.

When you know what makes you distinct you exert your power. The goal of the program is for women to take charge of their careers by articulating the tangible benefits of their unique value. It is imperative that our career positioning stems from our ability to speak of our distinctiveness so we convincingly and authentically posture and/or market ourselves within our organizations or with potential clients.

What sets you apart from everyone else? We each must know the answer to this question in a complete way. In my program Career Bliss Just Like That you will answer that with unquestionable confidence.

Career Bliss Just Like That participants will discover career options that will forever alter how they see themselves and their long-standing career struggles.

You can find out more about the program http://bit.ly/14Jjhp5

What inspired you to launch “Career Bliss Just Like That”?

I am inspired to reach women and help them not only cut out unnecessary career angst and misdirected energy but more importantly realize what they have in their hands – how close they are to having lives they can absolutely love. I did it and I know we each can if we use what makes us so powerful in the first place. We just have to relearn and rediscover what we have forgotten.

I was in corporate consulting for 20+ years. When I realized I was not living up to what I sensed was possible I could never put that idea back in the box. I tried, for many years, to ignore my lack of fulfillment. I did not know how I could maintain my financial success and have a career I loved.

In hindsight, it took me longer than I wanted but it gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to help other women shorten their journey – a journey, that for many, is primarily one of fear and uncertainty.

What qualities do you and “Career Bliss Just Like That” posses that help you (and your program) stand out?

I teach women to overpower professional struggle.

Simply stated, my program’s sole goal is to teach women how to feel great about their selves – to build self-belief and reject any inclination to depart from this goal. Life opens up from this natural state. In truth, most people have not experienced the return from this kind of self-commitment.

Career Bliss Just Like That stands out because it postures change as inherently simple and able to occur rather quickly. Participants learn to shed unproductive ideas like change is hard and change takes a long time. My work focuses on helping each person weaken those beliefs – because they can.

Once they start to get a true taste of what’s possible, they experience the power that belongs to each of us. Ideas like empowerment, potential, and self-belief actually start to have real and practical meaning.

Your program is designed to help women get themselves out of career ruts. Have you ever experienced a career rut? If so, how did you break out of it?

I have absolutely experienced a career rut. I believe that rut was magnified because I held a corporate leadership role and viewed myself as a very good, and self-aware, leader. I made the rut deeper by not accepting that I was “stuck” and unwilling to make the necessary changes.

I learned that that powerful deliberateness that helped me succeed was also what helped me fail. For a long time, I failed to tell the truth to myself.

What has been your most important professional or social accomplishment, thus far?

The career planning and strategy business I have today is my most important professional accomplishment. My clients achieve greater levels of career success and become thoroughly happy in ways they did expect before we started.

There is absolutely no greater reward than hearing someone say thank you from the deepest part of her soul.

My goal is to help women change how they see themselves. When they experience that new depth of great potential, their lives change forever. And their transformation is so much more about reconnecting to what is real and complete for them.

What motivates the work that you do?

Possibility motivates me because its limitlessness is so exciting.

I am so motivated by the enormity of what we each can do as humans when we finally learn that we possess the power to direct our own lives and can impact the well being of others.

Additionally, I am always looking for innovative ways to communicate the simplicity of change.  Not everyone is ready to accept that change can happen quickly and that resistance motivates me to discover new ways to connect with women who are not yet willing to accept a new idea despite their career struggle.

In what ways have you seen your work impact others?

My work has helped women and men discover answers that they did not believe were possible. They believed that they were stuck in their successful careers for the long haul because they feared any significant change would impact and sacrifice their financial security.

What they learned was that they had to be willing to realize that other options were possible. Once they were able to take on these new tasks, to move past their limited thinking, they were able to open their lives up and accomplish their professional and personal goals.

What has been your biggest personal challenge? What has been your biggest professional challenge?

Ten years ago, I sensed that my life could be bigger, better, and brighter than it was but I had no idea how to begin. I relied too much on my current success strategies and was unwilling to stretch beyond what was comfortable and certain. Eventually, I learned I had to bust out of my self-imposed boundaries, enact consistent self-discipline, and follow a dream that made my heart sing. And I did and here I am!

My professional and personal lives blend together in a delightful way. I have achieved a level of self-awareness that has revealed to me that we are on a constant journey of growth and if we do not take that idea seriously we will revert to struggle. Our careers will return to a rut and meaninglessness.

Therefore, my greatest professional challenge is to keep myself front and center. I (and you) must remember that we are each all we have to offer. If I cannot articulate that – my value, in a tangible way – then I have no solutions to give.

What is your next big dream?

I want to create a virtual and physical spa for the mind. It will be called The Head Spa. It is in the design phase now but generally speaking it will be “a place” where people go to “get their head on straight” – that is, to be or return to our natural state of self-connection and wonderfulness.

I want us each to remember we are amazing and have complete control over our lives.

What is your advice to Latina students and professionals?

  • Take on the concept of “following self” very seriously.
  • Listen to self first. Seek advice from others after you are clear on what your heart wants and why.
  • Give fear less power.  See it for what it is:  an obstructer and a false guide.
  • Build credibility with self above everything else.  Become a master of self-trust.

 

To find out more about Career Bliss Just Like That and Kathy’s free training videos visit this link and sign up! http://bit.ly/14Jjhp5

Connect with Kathy online: 

Twitter: @kathypgonzales

 

 

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and Jezebel.com.

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