1. engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result. *2. the unique creative expression of the individual; expressing one's essential self in the world.
For contribution, fulfillment, compensation or some combination of the three? Do you work part-time or full-time; mandatory or voluntarily; first, second or third shift; as part of an established work structure or one you created yourself; or as a trade, profession or some other type of livelihood? Or, maybe you are currently not working due to a layoff or are between jobs because you want something different. Chances are you spend 60% or more of your awake time thinking about, preparing for, commuting to and from, participating in or searching for some form of work.
What if your work could be more exciting, fulfilling, engaging, satisfying, challenging, fun and meaningful, where you could be even more creative and productive?
What if a better work life meant making more money, improving your relationships and an overall improved quality of living?
What if you could kick the following excuses to the curb and get on with your life's work that's part of a structure you choose?
Just say NO to automatic choices, choose work consciously...
You may not realize that you can choose a different work life situation. I get it. I've been there. I simply didn't realize I had options and could choose differently. I allowed other people, situations and cultural expectations to dictate my work life circumstances for too long. I was reacting automatically to external circumstances instead of responding intentionally based on what I really wanted. I discovered I needed to tap into my real desire and muster the courage to finally commit and make change happen.
You see, over time, ignoring and repressing those gentle nudges or heart whispers that call from within to do what you really want get buried so deep that they become barely noticeable. And, because you've hushed them for so long you find yourself churning in mediocrity, drifting in monotony, perhaps even miserable - dreading Monday mornings and desperately longing for Friday afternoons only to repeat this depressing and empty cycle over and over again week after week.
It's time to ask yourself why you are really doing what you're doing. It's time to ask if you are doing what you really want to do or are you pleasing someone else. Is it finally time for you to consciously - not automatically but intentionally - choose the kind of work life you really want and be clear about why? It's time for you to make a decision.
Why just let your work life happen to you in a box of limitations?
What if you could get clear on what you really want and explore other work life possibilities?
Embracing your super powers is a great place to start!
Remember the constant conflict Clark Kent experienced growing up (yup, it's time for a fictional superhero example), trying to understand and embrace his super powers on the path to fully stepping into his identity as Superman? He wondered who he was, where he came from and what he was sent to earth to do. For quite some time, Clark hushed those callings of his heart to fully embrace his super powers and make his unique contribution in the world. He had to make a choice. He had to decide how he was going to use all of his amazing powers and make his contribution in the world. Once he was clear and made his choice, Superman was born and you know the rest of the story. Although fictional, there are some great take away lessons in this story about doing the work you really want to do. What strengths, talents, skills, abilities, values and desires are collectively unique to you? It's time to fully express them.
Think about it: What is just one step you can choose to take today to improve your work life?
First, don't allow fear to stand in your way. Believe me, all kinds of excuses will surface (take another glance at that list above). Realize that you have both the courage and the personal power to create a work life that reflects the best of who you are and what you value most. Then, do some soul-searching and ask yourself "Am I willing to do what it takes to commit and make change happen?
You can start, stop, and start all over again trying to make the changes you really want, or you can ask for some focused attention and assistance to begin experiencing life-changing results immediately.
If you are ready and willing to commit to transforming your work life, you've come to the right place.
*Source: Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design
As a work life strategist my intention is to address the gaps in our typical approach to the wild and wacky world of work. I believe that this whole approach of focusing primarily on external factors – social, cultural, political and economic - with little to no attention on the factors that makeup the individual – biological, psychological and spiritual - has had an extremely low success rate, which leaves most people wanting. We know what we want, in many cases we just don't know that we know. We stay so busy listening to and pleasing others and ignoring our own voice that we start drifting and before we know it, we're lost and unclear about which way to go and what we really want. It's time to slow down and get clear on who you are and what you really want. Then, you can intentionally shift your work life in a direction YOU choose. Let's chat, I bet you're ready to get started!
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