So much has changed recently, making it worthwhile to reassess the state of your life and work. In your assessment, you can look at: how you are functioning, how your perspective has changed and what’s important to you. Then, ask yourself what is worthwhile for you now that may not have been in the past. Have your values shifted?
Staying fully present in the moment often asks a lot. This is one of those times. Make sure your interests are being served and that you are fulfilled, as the world changes around you.
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In some circumstances, we say we are in a project or partnership for the long haul. What’s going on is that we are making a commitment to stick with something. It is our choice and agency to do so. These days, it is dawning on us that we may be in this COVID-altered world for the long haul in the United States. It is not within our full choice or control.
Since this possibility exists and the changes we are experiencing are significant, it does not hurt to think out the best way to navigate this time. Many of us are trying to get back to “normal”. It no longer exists. We live in an altered world and we best accept that. Giving some thought to being in this situation for the long haul can increase your chances of success and fulfillment in the future.
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Despite wishes to go back to how things were before the pandemic, it is pretty clear now that the world is in a time of significant change. In the near future, you may go back to a new workplace, new ways of communicating and new forms of socializing. In the far future, it is anyone’s guess what the world will be.
You have a choice: trying to recapture what is gone or preparing for a future that fulfills you. In crises, along with challenges come opportunities. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started in creating the future you want to live:
• What is gone from your life that will not return?
• What is new in your life that feels right?
• What can you do with the time you have now to pursue dreams that there never was time for before?
• How have your values changed?
• What will make your future life a fulfilling one?
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There are points in life when profound change is the only way to go. Take a look at your life now. Is profound change warranted in order to assure a fulfilling life or career in your future? It may be, if you have reached a level of dissatisfaction, pain, upset or futility that is hard to take.
When you reach such a point, don’t turn away. On the other side of profound change is often freedom and happiness that you cannot get by staying where you are. Change is part of life and cannot be avoided. If profound change is called for, make it happen.
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Is your career fulfilling you? If not, what do you think is missing from it?
Our culture and society have a way of convincing you that career fulfillment is unattainable. You have to settle for what you can get. That is not true. Life holds the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in all that you do. It may take work and planning, but fulfillment can be yours.
Do you have the courage to create the career you dream of? What can you do today towards making your career a wow?
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Joy is an up lifter. It energizes, and fulfills you. The source of your joy is unique to you. What were you doing the last time you felt joy?
Knowing what brings you joy serves you in multiple ways. Here are a few: as an antidote in times of stress, as an essential element of wellness, as a life balancer, as a way of bringing you together with others, as a balance to the pain in life, as a way to positively influence others or as a way to maintain a positive outlook.
With joy an integral and intentional part of your life, things can only get better.
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You have a right to a sense of meaning in your work. That sense of meaning can be hindered by things such as: a wrong fit with the work you are doing, values not being honored, a dysfunctional workplace or a lack of resources or skills to do your job.
When you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take a look at the source of your frustration. Once you discover it, do what you can to remedy the situation. In that way, you assure that your work fulfills you. It’s better for you and for the world.
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Do you ever daydream? Daydreams are much more than “fluff”. They can be functional and lead to positive changes in your career. You can put daydreams to work for you by focusing them on what you want in your work life. They provide a creative, open space for your imagination to flow.
Allow yourself a few daydreams about your work and career. In a quiet space, let your imagination go on what a great work situation would be for you. Imagine how it happens and how you feel. See what shows up. Even if what shows up seems impractical, don’t push it away. Give it some more thought. Your daydreams may be guiding you to somewhere great!
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The question, “Do you love your work?” can be intimidating. Love is not always associated with working. Often, work is looked at as a necessity and not as something to be enjoyed. Here are some factors you can consider regarding loving your work.
• Does the work you do each day interest you? Are you learning and growing from it?
• Are you generally compatible with the people you work most closely with?
• Are you optimistic about your future?
• Do you feel you have the ability to set a positive direction for your career?
• Are you making the kind of difference you want to make? Are your contributions acknowledged?
You deserve to be happy in , and even love, your work. It is up to you to make it so.
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Are your work and life lively? They can be, when you create some excitement, stay active, employ your curiosity and optimism and stay in the game. Perhaps a change in mindset is called for. What’s one thing you can do this month to make your life and work lively? Enjoy!
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