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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Do you “go brightly” in your work and life? You have the capacity to shine in all that you do. Shining often starts within. Ask yourself what is your focus, what do you want to achieve, what are you truly meant to be doing? Identify your unique gifts. Then, build the reserves within to bring your gifts outward to the world. Once you do, you’ll be shining brightly!
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Self-reflection has its advantages. Take a moment this week to look at how your life is. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
• What brings me happiness in my life and work now?
• What energy drains are present in my life and work now?
• If I could make one dream I have come true now, what would it be?
• Do I look at others and wish I had what they do?
• On a scale of one to ten, ten being the ultimate and 1 being the worst, how would I rate the state of my life and work right now?
Once you have answered these questions, identify three things you will do in the next month to make your life and work better than they are now.
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1. Be the CEO of your career
2. Pursue your dreams
3. Develop your emotional intelligence
4. Value your freedom
5. Honor your individuality
6. Develop your creativity
7. Keep the status quo in its place
8. Roll with both the good and the bad
9. Actively pursue joy
10. Congregate with like-minded people
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1. Be CEO of your career
2. Let no one else have control over your choices and decisions
3. See your work as a meaningful pursuit that shapes your life
4. Explore your options
5. Exercise your creativity and imagination often
6. See mastering your interpersonal interactions as a way to challenge yourself and grow
7. Know your truth about the place work has in your life
8. Get away often
9. Always honor your values and act accordingly
10. Make fun a part of every work day
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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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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.
Downtime restores you. It is essential to balance. Get enough downtime and you’ll be happier, healthier and more productive. Ignore your need for it at your peril.
Do you consciously create downtime for yourself? How about scheduling four periods of downtime in December?
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1. Commit to being happy in your life and work
2. Think back on your life and name 3 things you once loved to do
3. Explore and try new things
4. Talk to others, who you think are doing fun things, about their passions
5. Talk to others who are living and working in a way you would like to be
6. After these talks, use what you learned from them and take some action
7. Take one day, or part of a day, a month to enjoy yourself – see if what you do gives you any clues to your passion
8. Learn about The Hero’s Journey and see your own life as one
9. Get out of situations and relationships that are negative for you
10. Believe that finding your passion is possible
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What can you shift in your work that will give you a huge boost in your fulfillment and happiness? I hope that you are already working on making that shift. If you are not, go ahead and get started now. Here are some ways to get moving:
• Identify the shift you want to make.
• List the benefits you will gain by making the shift.
• Identify the practicalities of making the shift. What do you need in order to do it? What obstacles are in your way? What people and what support do you need to make it a reality?
• Set a plan to make the shift happen, including how you will do it, steps you will take, and deadlines.
• Create a “support plan” – how you will maintain your energy and commitment while you are making the shift happen.
It is within your capacity to change your life. Are you ready to shift?
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