Do you love your job? Follow these 4 steps to greater career satisfactionGood Morning! Statistically Tuesdays are one of the happiest work days in the week.
Are you happy today at your job?
I hope so but if not, the best advice I can give is to look around and see what you like about your job, what is going well and recognize all the perks you do have and if you can’t find any, start by being grateful for having a job.
We have all heard loads about the Law of Attraction and one of the principles says~ What you focus on expands.
So if you are unhappy and unsatisfied with your job there is a way to improve the situation. Activity:
Step 1: Get a piece of paper and write your thoughts on these questions: What is going right? What do you like about your job? What are you good at?
If you are blocked, consider that there must be something or else or you wouldn’t have stayed so long. Why have you stayed? Write down all of that comes up for you.
Step 2: Now write down all of the things you wish you could be doing. If you could spend your time doing anything you want, what will that be? Now consider how can you bridge this gap? Be creative, consider volunteer positions, education, certificates, lessons, people to meet, new routines to incorporate, memberships to pursue…
Step 3: Research! Set up informational interviews with companies you want to work with, local college and university websites and talk to academic advisors, visit the volunteer action centres and art centres, read newspapers, talk to people about what you want and what you are looking for – network and get involved!
Tony Robbins said that we tend to overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can achieve in ten.
Step 4: Create a 1, 5, and 10 year plan.
We always say, time flies therefore: a 3 year degree taken at a rate of one or two courses part time will also fly by, as will volunteering or joining a group to get certain skills and meet certain people; look at how that investment will pay off and if it involves a career change how happy you will be!
If we can avoid thinking of all of the reasons why not to do something and instead focus on what we want and what we already have, our career decisions would become a lot more clear and easier to make.
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha
Kelly MacLellan MSc
Business & Career Coach
I love this quote!
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” ~ Anthony Robbins
1. Assess your Attitude
· Often when we aren’t happy in our work, we spend a lot of time complaining and criticizing management for the things we don’t agree with or don’t like about work.
2. Take Responsibility
· Ask yourself: What am I bringing to the table here? What am I contributing? Do I present solutions? What can I do to improve the environment at work?
3. Start Today & Be Grateful
· Look around and see all of the things that are going right at work, things that you are grateful for, if necessary write them all down to remind yourself.
1. Create your Happy or your Dream List
· When were you the most happy? What do you want to be doing with your time? Write out a list of ideal jobs or career scenarios.
2. Look for Opportunities
· Consider a lateral move at work, what opportunities exist? If not, find people that have the job you want and conduct informational interviews. Find out what you need to get where you want to go!
3. Get Involved & Bridge your Gap
· Become the ideal candidate for your ideal job by taking courses, volunteer and meet the people necessary to move you to where you want to go.
You are here for a reason, your contributions matter! Your dreams are clues to finding your life purpose and each day can move us closer to our potential! Enjoy the process!
Kelly McIntyre M.Sc.
Why do you push it away? Do you think it is too grand?
Do you shy away from it because of what other people might think about you and what they may say, “Who does she think she is?”
Recently someone complained about their job to me. I asked, What do you really want to do? After a bunch of “I don’t knows”, he shared that he wanted to open up an artsy downtown cafe/restaurant. He smiled when he said it and radiated pure and sweet energy – it was beautiful!
A similar scenario played out recently when I was having a massage. We were speaking about my work as a coach and she shared her concerns about the limited time that massage therapists can practice and didn’t know what to do afterward. I probed a little and a little more and again after a bunch of “I don’t knows”, she told me that she wanted to travel and audit world class spas for magazines and private spa product companies! She nearly sang the words as she told me about her dream! Again, it was so beautiful!
We all have dreams!
Listen for your “I don’t knows” and then dig a little deeper. Listen to your heart, find the image and then sit with your dream for a little while, imagining that you have it all right now and feel the excitement bubble inside of you 🙂 I am getting goose bumps just writing this!
Then ~ Believe it is possible!
How can you believe that the “unbelievable” is possible? By having Faith!
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and a belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” ~ Gail Devers
Faith overcomes fear and doubt ~ how do we develop and then maintain our faith? Stay tuned for more next week…
Enjoy the day & Embrace Your Life!