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.
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 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.
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.
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.