VISTa Life/Career Cards

“About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives….It is difficult to treat patients of this particular kind by rational methods, because they are in the main socially, well-adapted individuals of considerable ability… The ordinary expression for this situation is: “I am stuck.” Jung (1933),
Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Are your clients asking you to help them answer the
REALLY BIG questions?
"Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do with my life?"

Introducing a simple, but amazing tool to help
your clients find the answers and
get "unstuck"!

Introducing VISTa Life/Career Cards!

Finally, a simple, fun and experiential tool to help clients uncover their Values, Interests, Skills, Traits in one sitting!

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VISTa Life/Career Cards


Cathy Severson, M.S.
Career Expert & Coach
;
Creator of VISTa Life/Career Cards

Dear Colleague:

If you're a helping professional like me, a career counselor, coach or therapist, you've probably dealt with the same problems (and felt the same frustrations) that I have when working with many clients: Most people can't explain what they really want. It's not that they're not smart (because they are!). It's not that I'm not good at my job (because I AM!). It's just that until now, professionals like us have not had a tool that helps our clients identify what they really want, and what they really need.

We've got years of training to help us get to the heart of the issue, but the trouble is that our clients don't have the same training. So not only can they not articulate their desires, their aspirations, and their values, they don't even know what they are!

How many times have clients come to you for answers that we both know can only be found inside their own hearts?

But still they come to us, hoping that we'll know the answers, that we'll have the keys to unlock their destinies, that we can help them figure out who and what they're going to be when they grow up!

And we really want to help them, don't we?

People come to me in pain and they want me to fix it. They want me to
tell them what they are supposed to be when they grow up, even if they are
45 years old. And for a long time, I did what I could, but I knew that the
tools I had weren't enough.

So, after years of trial (and error!), working one client at a time, I developed a tool that finally (FINALLY!) gave voice to my clients' innermost longings, the secret desires of their hearts, and helped them identify and articulate their true values, their real interests, their natural skills, and their dominant traits, all of which combined present a true picture of who they are, and all they can be!

It sounds exhausting, but with VISTa Cards, I finally found a way to help my clients quickly, easily, and completely understand their deepest desires in
a way that allows them to live happily, doing the work they love, for the reasons that drive them. I can spend 90 minutes with a client, and using VISTa know them better than after 6 months worth of traditional sessions.

“Psychology is not just the study of weakness and damage, it is also the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is broken, it is nurturing what is best within ourselves.”
--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and APA President, 1998

VISTa Cards had given my clients' inner selves a voice, a way to communicate what needed to be said in a way that we both could hear and understand.

You can imagine the relief that such a tool brought to the lives of so many of my clients...many are stunned that for the first time in their lives, they finally feel understood and valued.

And they actually know what they want to be -- or who they want to be --when they grow up!

I created VISTa Cards on the last day of a professional conference, my brain overloaded with new tools and ways to help clients, but it wasn't enough. I knew my clients wanted more than cookie-cutter answers. In a moment, the idea for a new type of counseling tool emerged-- VISTa Life/Career Cards.
Clients think they want black-and-white answers, but what they really want is a way to discover the answers for themselves. VISTa is that tool! It engages a person in self-discovery, while it allows me to help them unlock their potential and personal power.

Many clients feel stuck, like their life isn't going the way they intended, and don't know what to do about it. They don't know how to overcome past disappointments. As a therapist, I appreciate having a "hands on" tool that goes beyond talking. Clients can be depressed, lacking a sense of hope. Completing VISTa gives them a sense of self, of hope and self-esteem. In fact, on my insurance forms, two things I can check-off are Raise Self-Esteem and Teach Assertiveness. VISTa is good for both of these.
--Tamara, (Therapist)

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The Search for Meaning

“Too many of us stumble through life mindlessly. We’re stuck in routines and unaware of our surroundings. Breaking out of that mindset can be the breakthrough to creativity and meaning.” --Ellen Langer, author or Mindfulness

From all corners of the globe, people are calling out for more meaning and value in their lives.

By creating a holistic experience that dazzles the senses, appeals to the heart, challenges the intellect, yet maintains relevancy to people's lives, VISTa Life/Career Cards help clients answer the BIG questions in a fun, interactive and profound way.

After a 90-minute session with a client, I have insight into the individual's highest vision of self. I don't need to know their family dysfunction, their successes or failures, or their entire work history, but I get to know them at a core level. As we talk about the cards, they get to know themselves at a level they may never have touched before. But, it doesn't feel intrusive. Quite the contrary--the experience empowers clients!

The VISTa Cards will identify your clients':

  • Values: Motivators; what's most important to your client.
  • Interests: Passion; the areas client's focus attention.
  • Skills: The talents and gifts clients excel at naturally.
  • Traits: Expressions of your client's personality.

Plus your clients will feel:

  • More Confidence: Because I only used positive and neutral descriptors, you can use VISTa as a self-esteem builder.
  • A Sense of Purpose: Use the cards to help client's create a vision plan.
  • A Real Understanding of What Matters: The words assist with articulation-- not only will clients know what matters to them, but how to share that with others.

I found the VISTa experience enlightening. For me, it unraveled my hidden talents that have always been there but remained untapped. This is the beginning of a journey to find the position that will use all of those talents. Discovery is a beautiful thing...

--Annette,(Client)

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Tom's Story:
"For the first time, I feel complete."

Tom*, a man in his early twenties, appeared at my office door somewhat reluctantly. His grandfather encouraged him to see me by paying for the appointment. Tom was raised in a family of professionals, and not attending a university made him the black sheep. He liked his job in a warehouse, and knew he wanted to accomplish more with his career, but wasn't sure what direction to go.

Before starting the VISTa exercise, Tom told me about his struggles with school. He didn't enjoy school and it showed in his poor grades. Attention Deficient Disorder hindered his above-average intelligence. The gap between his potential capability and his educational failures understandably frustrated him.

Clearly, he enjoyed the process of looking at the cards and allocating them to different piles. Upon reviewing his Profile Pyramids, we both chuckled, acknowledging why school had been difficult, the ADD aside. Out of forty cards, seventeen were designated as Realistic, meaning he loved working with his hands and being physical. The rest of the cards were Enterprising and Creative.

His three themes or Critical Components for Success focused on Entrepreneurial qualities: leading, independent, make decisions; Adventure: action, risk-taking, free-spirited; and Being Physical: outdoor activities, operate equipment, hand-eye coordination.

After completing the process, Tom stood up, looking down on the cards and said, "For the first time in my life, I feel complete."

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to add this amazing tool to my "little black bag". No sooner had I attended your workshop, when one of my clients informed me that she was stopping our work together effective immediately. I was terribly disappointed as I had had visions of working with her with the cards due to her confusion concerning a career path. When I expressed this to her and showed her the cards and outlined the program to her, she was very intrigued and chose to continue our relationship for at least a few more meetings. It has been very enlightening and encouraging for her and offers much more opportunity for rich exploration and awareness in our work together. As a sheer investment, I have now doubled my money. Who could ask for more?

A heartfelt thank you for an extraordinary, self-exploration tool. Well done!

--Marilyn Ryemon, (Coach)

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Lynn's Story:
Achieving Confidence

Lynn's* therapist referred her to me. She is the first person who contacted me specifically saying, "I want to find my purpose in life." Although we met only once, but her VISTa results indicated the power of the cards. A long-term relationship ended a year previously and she was unable to move forward. She felt pitiful, admitting she couldn’t get her life together since the break-up. She lost her self-confidence, enthusiasm and spirit.

When she completed the Satisfaction Blueprint, I asked her if there were any inspiration cards--cards that dominated all arenas of her life--she responded with "nurturing". As we reviewed the cards and themes, some very powerful cards appeared: "confident", "assertive", "taking-risks", "giving speeches", and "make decisions". We talked about the possible disconnect between her current life and these strong cards. She said, "You know, those cards are really me. I have an MBA and I used to be a very successful business woman." As we talked, we both realized that she had succumbed to the life of many women who become mothers. She changed careers to become a teacher to spend more time with her son. As with many women, she abdicated a lot of her personal power. As we talked about her failed relationship, she realized needing a nurturing relationship had become irrationally important. We moved the nurturing cards to a new location, so they could still be a part of her life, but no longer dominate. Then we talked about strategies to recapture and re-energize her "power" cards. She joined Toastmasters, involved herself in local politics and is on her way to achieving more confidence and balance in her life.

"I use the VISTa Cards when clients lack the words to say who they are."
--Deborah Gallant,(MBA)

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Inside VISTa

Clients have an increased sense of self,

Clients know exactly what they need to feel fulfilled and satisfied with their life

Clients feel a renewed sense of hope

Client’s self-esteem is raised

Clients feel empowered to be more assertive in their life

Clients finally believe they can be successful

Only $105!

VISTa Life/Career Cards are the perfect tool for Coaches, Career Counselors, and Therapists.

• Four decks of cards (one deck for Values, Interests, Skills and Traits). Each deck includes 75 color-coded cards-- that's 300 cards!
• Pyramid profiles for each client to record their individual results,
• Color-coded highlighters
• Facilitator's manual outlining the different exercises to utilize the cards with your clients.

Bonus #1 - Personal Support

• Membership to the VISTa Life/Cards community offering continued support as you use the cards with your clients. This includes ongoing teleseminars, e-mail updates and one-to-one support.

Bonus #2 – Free Downloads

• Buy now and get a lifetime of unlimited downloads of the Pyramid Profiles to use with your clients for no additional charge. As new support materials become available, you will be the first to know and have easy access to adding them to your system.

Bonus #3, Database Access

• Access to the O’Net database through the Holland Code at the VISTa-cards.com website, especially designed for VISTa Life/Career Card users.

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In addition, if you purchase online now, you will
Bonus #4, 101+ Job Search Secrets

• Recently updated, the 101+ Job Search Secrets is an easy reference to help people get a good job quick. It contains the secrets and tips I’ve acquired from over 20 years experience helping people find their right work.

My Personal Guarantee to You

I can honestly say I haven't met one person who hasn't enjoyed the revealing process of VISTa Cards.
When all forty cards are laid out, clients are naturally "wowed" by how wonderful they are. It's difficult to look at their cards and not think, "I'm awesome!"
I'm so sure you will find VISTa Life/Career Cards an invaluable asset to your program; I want to make an amazing offer. Take one full year to examine and use VISTa Life/Career Cards with your clients. That’s right. You have 365 days to put this valuable tool to work for you.
First, try it on yourself. Experience the process and delight of looking at your forty cards all laid out in front of you. Then try them with your clients. Integrate the cards with other tools, play with the Pyramids and Success Blueprint.
If you aren’t satisfied for any reason, or it doesn’t live up to your expectations, you won’t be out one red cent. Just return the cards and we’ll refund your entire payment. Right up to the final day of this 365-day guarantee!

Do you have clients who are stuck and don't feel like their life is going the way they want and have no idea what to do about it? They don't know what they want to do and don't have a sense of what they do well. They don't know how to overcome disappointments from the past. VISTa Life/Career Cards are a "hands on" tool the client can do beyond just talking or feeding back information from a traditional assessment. Do you have clients who are depressed and don't have a sense of hope? Order VISTa Life/Career now to have this invaluable tool for your clients.

To you and your clients' success!

Cathy Severson, M.S.

P.S. Clients come to us stuck. They want our help now! VISTa Life/Career Cards is the hands-on tool that is easy and fun to use, but is powerful in its results. Clients will feel renewed and invigorated when they use VISTa. Try these cards with your clients risk free for a full year. If at any time you don’t agree this is a wonderful tool that creates an amazing experience for both you and your client, we will graciously refund the full amount. ACT NOW! Give the very best to your clients.

I have spent a great deal of time, over the last 25 years, researching what I wanted to "be." I have talked with a career counselor, done aptitude tests, attended lectures, and read all the books.

It was so much fun that I did all four of the card pyramids (Values, Interests, Skills, Talents) in one sitting. At the end, I had a completely new understanding of my own abilities and desires! I feel as if I have reclaimed a lost part of myself. I know myself now, better than ever before, and am thrilled and grateful for the knowledge. The VISTa cards have helped me to see my work differently, and to approach it with a new understanding and eagerness.

--Christa King, (College Administrator)

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of home and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."
-- Woodrow Wilson

Now you CAN help your clients live with greater vision, with VISTa Cards!

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*Names have been changed.
Some testimonials have been edited for brevity and clarity.

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