A few months ago, I had e-mail correspondence with someone I barely know who asked if I ever watched The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. When someone comes by with a little tip like that out of nowhere, I pay attention. My experience shows that there is probably something I need to see there. So I responded that I had not, and thanked her for the referral. I watched some episodes, and I enjoyed the show. I also noticed an interesting phenomenon.

On the show, one of the main things Donnie Deutsch does is to try and get insight with each person featured on the show about exactly where and how they got that big idea. This makes total sense because that is the name of the show, after all, so people really should expect that question. Nevertheless, each time he asks it the person pauses for a moment and looks as if they are processing that question and aren’t quite sure what to say. As if they are saying to themselves, “Hey, that is a good question, where did that idea come from?” And, it is a pertinent question because essentially Donnie is trying to educate and coach people in his audience to find their own big idea and go for it.

I think the reason that the question is difficult is because when people have a great idea, they are often fully engaged in whatever it is they’re studying at the time inspiration strikes. They just know that they were busy following their noses, uncovering clues, letting one thing lead to another, and it all seemed obvious at the time…until they get this question anyway. Then they want to be able to tell others how to do it so they try and retrace their steps.

Creativity is something that we all have if we can open to it. I think the first step for someone who is just sitting there with no idea at all but desiring one is to remove all barriers to getting into the flow of creativity. Creativity can’t occur while sitting in judgment of every thought that pops into your head. One has to open and be comfortable with the creative process. Some people are very good at tapping into their creative source consistently; others might have to be reminded to let go and play a little.

Begin by exploring things that catch your eye, just follow your nose a bit and see what happens. Once you have gathered some info, give yourself a rest and see what your wonderfully creative mind cooks up. When you feel a little kick of enthusiasm, you may be on to something.

A Career to Love

Do you know the first step in building a satisfying career? You have to believe it’s possible and that you can tap into that kind of abundance. Through the work you do every day, you demonstrate what you are willing to focus on. Finding work to focus on that meshes superbly with your natural gifts and what you are deeply interested in maximizes your personal power, creativity, and freedom…and feels extremely satisfying. When you are satisfied with your work, it fuels your health and your relationships and juices the rest of your life.

Does that sound worth it? It sure does to me! Start to notice all the people who enjoy what they do for a living. It’s is a whole other level to observe. At first it may be very easy to notice all those who are dreading and complaining about their work. Just assume they are doing the best they can and that they don’t mean to hamper you. Then move your attention elsewhere. Careful that you are not being rude, just move your attention gently towards noticing something more positive. If you can do that, you are not only helping yourself, you are helping them in an indirect way. It goes a little against the grain and may not feel like a nice thing to do at first. By not encouraging them to continue their old story, they might find the room to create a new one. You certainly will be creating a new, more positive story about your work.

Creating a Life Story

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Today we’re talking about the story we tell ourselves and how it influences the life story we are creating. We are here to create. If nothing else we are creating our own life story. You probably have a general idea of how you would like your story to go. You may not have all the plot points and all the details but you have a general idea about how you want your life story to go don’t you? You probably know this about yourself. If we check in with intuition and tune into what we know about what we want to create, it reminds us about the life story we are creating. If you think of yourself as this person who is creating your own life story, can’t you just feel the importance of your own mindset and thought processes on a moment by moment basis as you go through life? Can you see how they’re important? This is how your mindset or your attitude sets a tone that represents a season of your life. This season which builds on the last one and becomes the foundation of the next one.

Enthusiasm, Baby!

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Enthusiasm is such a major hint as to what you are most interested in. You might even consider it a little breadcrumb trail for better understanding your own unique purpose in life. It is possible that focusing on what you are enthusiastic about can help provide life purpose clarity very fast. Enthusiasm is a frequent and easily recognized state of being. Enthusiasm can be generated simply by the thought of something you look forward to. If you can hone in on exactly what it is that has you feeling enthusiastic, you may recognize an important core principle to bring into your consciousness, into your life, more and more.

SHOW NOTES: Can you fully participate in the day-to-day process of your career management? Learning, researching, and thinking a little every day about potential and opportunity is what career development is all about. Most people are happiest working in a field that uses their natural talents and favorite skills and where their passion for the work is energizing. You can have that too! In this Sparkscast, Stevie talks a little about bit about career development and what she calls career tracking. Stevie also walks you through self-selecting your own MBTI® personality type as a little bonus.

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INTRO-Welcome to The SparksCast. This is episode number #003 on January 9, 2014. In this SparksCast, I talk a little about building a career to love. Thanks so much for listening. I’m your host, Stevie Puckett broadcasting from SparksPress.com and Virginia Beach, VA.

PART ONE: Do you know the first step in building a satisfying career? You have to believe it’s possible and that you can tap into that kind of abundance. Through the work you do every day, you demonstrate what you are willing to focus on. Finding work to focus on that meshes superbly with your natural gifts and what you are deeply interested in maximizes your personal power, creativity, and freedom…and feels extremely satisfying. When you are satisfied with your work, it fuels your health and your relationships and juices the rest of your life.

Does that sound worth it? It sure does to me! Start to notice all the people who enjoy what they do for a living. It’s is a whole other level to observe. At first it may be very easy to notice all those who are dreading and complaining about their work. Just assume they are doing the best they can and that they don’t mean to hamper you and softly move your attention elsewhere. Careful here that you are not being rude though, just move your attention gently towards noticing something more positive. If you can do that, you are not only helping yourself, you are helping them in an indirect way. It goes a little against the grain and may not feel like a nice thing to do at first but by not encouraging them to continue their old story they might find the room to create a new one…and you certainly are creating a new, more positive story about your work.

PART TWO: To build a satisfying career you must embrace and pursue your own path. Sometimes people feel pressure to choose a career based on what someone important to them expects. Sometimes it is easy to turn away from our own interests because of what those around us would think too but remember, you are the one putting in time and attention to whatever you choose for your career. You are the one noticing every day how you feel about your work. So be selfish in your career development planning! Intend for your work to enhance your life. Those you care about will be glad that you are happy in the end.

Building a career is an ever-evolving process, not a one-time choice. Each day you learn and gather new skills, meet new people, and gain important insights and info about yourself and what interests you. Through self-analysis and experience, you become more knowledgeable about yourself, what it is you do best, and how to present that to others. You learn more about what is a good fit for you and you become better able to match up with opportunities.

Follow your interests without concern about what other people think. It doesn’t matter if others notice what you are doing or what you are interested in, but when you fully engage with your work without the need for their attention everyone will notice. You can feel confident knowing that people recognize you for what you do best as soon as you acknowledge and own it.

Begin by focusing on how you want to feel about your work. How does it feel when your work is easy and enjoyable for you? What feeling are you mainly wanting from your work at this time? Feel it now. Feel what it is like to do what you want. Make it a daily practice to visualize and feel that money comes to you without struggle and that your work is a joy.

PART THREE: A fulfilling career is built upon natural strengths which enable you to work with ease and to gain expertise faster.

Strengths are activities that you enjoy doing, that you do well, and that you don’t mind doing repeatedly, as defined by Marcus Buckingham, one of the first strengths researchers. Once you find your top 2-3 strengths, I suggest you build your career around them ruthlessly. Work with a career counselor or coach to help make them the hub of your life’s work. Use them to communicate what distinguishes you from others in your cover letters and resumes and in important conversations with hiring managers, bosses, colleagues, and mentors.

And decide on a Career Keyword…

Your career keyword can provide clarity in understanding what you want to be recognized for and likely what will be easily recognized in you by others. Once you have it, you can integrate it with your strengths to use as a guiding light in your career decision making.

Identifying a career keyword is an exercise in big picture thinking. It is kind of like choosing a theme song, but in this case it is one word that describes what your career is really about at its core. What is your career keyword? Get quiet for a few seconds then ask yourself, “what is my career about?” See if your intuition supplies an answer. If not, choose one for now and change anytime you find a word that fits even better. Your career keyword will resonate with you. You might feel proud, excited, or confident when you hit on a good word for you.

PART FOUR: An now for a little piece of astrology about careers. Begin by getting a free natal chart online at astro.cafeastrology.com. Just click on “Birth Chart” once you get there.

Did you know that there are things to look at on your natal chart that can give ideas to consider when working on your own career plan? At the top of your chart will be a sign that indicates what others easily recognize about you. When you combine that info with your moon sign and your mars sign you can really start to gather some helpful ideas that can point to practical steps to try in your career.

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Listen in as Stevie is interviewed by Shahrzad Arasteh, a holistic career counselor out of Baltimore, Maryland. Shahrzad brought many career development experts together in a unique project to create the book Nourish Your Career. Check out her website at NourishYourCareer.com to hear top tips from other featured contributors to the book as well.

Interview 1 – Shahrzad asks me to give my top tips for job search and career development.

We venture into topics like:

  • personal career development as an inherently selfish process
  • the benefits of keeping a career portfolio and tips on how to do it
  • how to better endure the job search process which often runs longer than expected.

If you enjoyed this interview (Shahrzad is a great interviewer!), listen to our second interview about using intuition in your career.