“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” So said Confucious and I who am I to disagree with him? I love my job – I have created the job of my dreams! First, of course, I had to work out what my dream job was!
I have loved other jobs in my time. And when I haven’t loved my job I’ve tried to find something loveable about it until I was able to get another. As long as I’ve had enough to pay the bills money has never been a great motivator for me. It rarely is. Money is no substitute if you hate your job, not in the longer term. And in work satisfaction surveys money never comes top. It’s usually there, but it’s not number one.
Job of Your Dreams
You may not have found the job of your dreams yet; but don’t stop looking. And let’s not beat about the bush. It’s bloomin’ hard in the current economic climate to make changes. Great jobs are few and far between.
You can get ahead of the game though. Try not to be despondent and down hearted. Things will change. I know it feels like you can’t change anything yourself, and of course, that’s true on one level. But you can change how you react to what to what is happening in the external world. And don’t underestimate the power of your thinking in helping you make effective, lasting and positive change in your life. Along with actually doing something, of course!
Here’s one exercise to try to help you start preparing for your next move, and help you gain some control over your work situation.
- Grab hold of some kind of box, and if you wish cover it with images of work which inspire and motivate you. This is your ‘ideas and inspiration’ box and it’s a tangible reminder that you’re taking back some control.
- Start looking for jobs which you like the look of, in newspapers or on the internet. At this stage you’re not going to apply for them so they can be anywhere in the world. Don’t be constrained about meeting the requirements. Nothing is out of your league for this exercise. Go as high or low in salary and seniority as you like.
- Cut out/print off as many of them as you can and don’t censor yourself
- Collect all your cuttings together in your box
- Once you’ve got a good collection together read through them all at one sitting. Is a theme emerging? What is the common denominator? Are they ‘telling’ you something about your values? Is there an indication there that you need to add a qualification or two? Is that possible?
Once you’ve answered some of those questions you’ll have a good idea of what you next move might be, and you can start to make plans accordingly.
If you’d like some help and support making positive change in your life take a look at my 3Qi package. We can chat informally to see if it’s for you (01761 438749). And I’d love to know how you’ve found your dream job. Or if you’re still looking, what helps you through the daily grind?
Photo Credit: Sanja Gjenero
Posted on June 10th, 2011 by Jane