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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It is hard to work happy if you do not know what it looks like. What does working happy look like for you? Do you need challenge, harmony, growth, good coworkers, balance, a certain environment or growth opportunities, for example?
If you do not have a ready answer to what working happy looks like for you, create one. You deserve to work happy and it’s up to you to set a course to get there. I write a newsletter, Working Happy, guiding you to work that leaves you happy at the end of the day. You can find out more about it here.
Here’s to all of us being happy and productive in our work!
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1. Define what freedom in your work is for you.
2. Identify where or how you feel constrained or restricted in your work.
3. Identify the obstacles to finding more freedom in your work.
4. Identify any ways that you yourself are limiting your ability to find more freedom in your work (attitudes, perceptions, fears, blocks).
5. Identify the things you cannot change in your work.
6. Commit that you will do what it takes to find more freedom in your work .
7. Take one break a day, where you leave your environment and create some distance from your work. See what comes up for you during this time.
8. Write down 5 benefits of finding more freedom in your work.
9. Believe that freedom is possible.
10. Create more (even a small amount) freedom in your work by the end of this month.
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It is a common phrase to say one is going back to the grind of their work. For me, the phrase infers that one is going back to low level, repetitive work that is not terribly exciting. Going back to the grind is okay every once in awhile, but not as an every day thing. Your work as a manager should be challenging, diverse, collaborative, motivating, sometimes frustrating and inspiring. If it is not, it is worth some reflection on what is happening.
Is your work fulfilling or is it a grind? If it is a grind, what are the elements of your work that make it so? Have you lost your enthusiasm for what you do? Sure, on projects there are always periods of hard work that can be a grind, but they should be short ones, leading somewhere, with a good end in sight.
If your work has become a grind, do something to wake it up. Examine your own contribution to making it a grind, as well as your organization’s. Life is too short to do lackluster work. It will wear you down and deprive the world of your unique gifts.
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Choosing to leap can make all the difference in creating a fulfilling life. Is there a place you are considering leaping to? It may be a change, a risk, an effort you want to make or an inspiration you want to follow.
Some thought and preparation is advisable before you leap, along with the awareness that leaping often involves the unknown and full certainty is rare. At times, there will be much to dissuade you – from both within yourself and those around you. However, at a certain point, you just have to “go”.
Where would you like to leap to?
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