Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Job Doesn’t Have to be Work …

You may have heard before:

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.

It is true and we hear stories about people finding their true passion in life and then excelling. They find what truly motivates them and they go after it . In career terms, they have achieved career leadership.

Unfortunately, the mass majority look at jobs as just work -- a means to a paycheck. They haven't broken out and have yet to define who they are and what they want to accomplish. The results are a significant amount of stress, concern and of course, fear - the one thing that stops people right in their tracks.

Perhaps these steps will be helpful in letting go of the fear and getting connected with your true calling:

1. Give yourself permission to grow (or change, or prosper - whatever) - This is usually the BIG step -- telling yourself it is okay to take a step forward in your life or career. Many stumble here - -and they just don't accept that it is the right thing to do for them.

2. Discover what you are passionate about - Everyone has passions -- those things (or people) that ignite their drive, fuel their energy and not only motivate but excite. It may be helping others, making money, doing good for the community, or working on something (with animals, technology, hands, etc.) When you can identify and articulate your passion, you can then begin to work toward it.

3. Identify jobs or careers where you can apply your passion -- this is the "connect" - Utilizing the resources we have to identify job and career options (job boards, web sites et al), you can identify jobs, careers or business opportunities that align with your passion (s). It will take some research , but you will start to find the answers and find your way.

4. Talk to others in the type of job, career or business you are passionate about - and continue learning: You will find that most people are very helpful and will provide guidance. Don't cross the line make it look like you are trying to get a job with them or steal business.

5. Reevaluate what you have learned - -and “retest” – You may find what you are passionate about isn’t available or it might not be the right time. If this is the case, work on planning to put you in a situation where you can begin to work toward a role you are passionate about. .

6. And if you find it and the match – go for it with gusto and full steam ahead – Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back if you have vetted through the retest and know the facts through your research.

We spend a good deal of our waking and living life engaged in our profession. Doesn’t it just make sense to be fulfilled, happy and loving what one does?. You bet it does!

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