Awareness of what you love is a great guide for your work and life. It is a built-in compass for where you should go if you want to be fulfilled and happy. So much of life discourages your dreams. You may even hear from others that you are not meant to be happy. What???!!! Yes, you are meant to be happy. That is part of the journey of life – to find the bliss that leads you to your purpose.
What makes you happy and lights you up? Give it some importance in your life. It can make the difference between a life well lived and a commonplace life without meaning.
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There are many aspects to your life. How you prioritize them shapes your journey. What are the main aspects of your life – family, friends, service, career, faith, physical activity, learning or other things? What comes first? What is lower priority? It is your choice how you answer these questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Their purpose is to gain clarity on what you want to give your time and attention to.
Once you know your priorities, honor them. Don’t let unimportant things, stress or pressure from others derail what matters most to you. Live the life that you want to and you will give your best to the world.
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It is good every once in a while to bring your attention back to what really matters. In coaching, one of the first things established is what a person’s values are. Values – the essence of what makes you fulfilled and happy – are the foundation of coaching. By staying close to your values, your actions and choices reflect what is most important to you.
Values can get lost in the pressures and influences of everyday life. Your values need to stay front and center for you to be fulfilled and happy. Do you know what your values are? Do they reflect you or what others tell you? Are you honoring your values? Take some time to remind yourself what really matters to you and course-correct if you have to. Your values will always steer you in the right direction.
2017 is underway, are you? It is always a good idea to assess where you are in relation to where you want to be. Doing so, allows you to plan your moves accordingly.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
• Since the start of the year, have you been fulfilled in your work?
• What types of emotions have dominated your time at work?
• Have you been appreciated and challenged in your work?
• Is there something you want to change regarding your work?
Being proactive and keeping yourself going in a direction of your choosing prevents your being a victim of circumstance. Be an advocate for your best interests and you will get where you want to be.
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Many times, a sense of entitlement is seen as a negative thing. What if you developed a sense of entitlement that allowed you to find fulfillment in your work? What would it look like? Your sense of entitlement would come from a commitment to give your best to your work by developing your skills, using your talents and maintaining high productivity for the betterment of your organization. In return you would be valued, treated with respect, challenged to grow and acknowledged. This way, the work gets done and everyone plays their part.
Any downside to this? I don’t think so. It corrects an imbalance in many organizations that undervalue people and corrects a negative sense of entitlement on the part of workers who are not giving their best. Everyone wins.
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Many people have told me that the concept of “finding your passion” stops them in their tracks. It seems so big and they are not sure how to get there.
Finding your passion starts with your intent to be happy in your work and life. If you follow what makes you happy, you will have a great compass to guide you. It is a step-by-step journey of uncovering clues as you go along. The only thing that can sabotage you is giving up.
If you have not yet found your passion, make your happiness and fulfillment a priority. Commit not to being miserable in your life or work. And, be willing to change. You may have to go out of your comfort zone and it may take some time – it’s worth it.
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Flying high takes preparation. Are you soaring now? Is there a place you’d like to soar to? If you know, name it. Then, get in gear by identifying what you need to do to get there.
Your preparation may involve developing a skill, raising some money, getting advice or doing some research. Start putting things in place and set a specific goal to be ready to soar by a certain time.
You know you are capable of soaring. Things look a lot better when you do. The preparation and then the soaring bring you and your career to great heights and lead you to fulfillment and happiness.
What do you need to soar?
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Inspiration is a catalyst to high performance and a fulfilling life. When you are inspired you are often at your best – you are “pumped”, engaged, enthusiastic and creative.
What is the source or sources of your inspiration? Here are some questions that may get you started:
• What is your favorite thing to do?
• What brings you joy?
• Can you recall a time when you were inspired?
Take a moment to answer these questions. Now, looking at your answers, identify what you think may be the source or sources of your inspiration.
When you know the source of your inspiration, you can use it to make your life better. It is the source of your creativity and unique voice in the world.
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Dave Isay, founder of Story Corps has a new book out titled: Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. The book tells stories of people who love their work and the paths they took to find it. I watched an interview with Dave Isay and saw some of the animations of individual stories and found all of it so confirming – that you can be happy in your work and that finding work you love transforms you in very positive ways.
Does your work have purpose and passion? Do you believe it is possible? What do you have to lose in taking a journey to find passion and purpose in your work? If you have found passion and purpose, tell your story to Story Corps!
As time goes by, you can get enveloped in the details of your work and career and what you want gets lost in the process. Don’t let that happen. You can be fulfilled and happy in your work and only you know what you need to be so.
If you had to pick three things you do not have now but that you want in your work, what would they be? What are you doing to make them happen?
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