Monthly Archives: March 2019

If you could create your own ‘Dream Job’ what would it be?

Many of us will assume our ‘Dream Job’ is just that – a dream.  It can be very difficult to get past the point of turning that dream job in to a reality.

Let’s face it, in the ‘real world’ you have lots of responsibilities such as a paying a mortgage or the rent.  You may have a family and children to support.  You may be paying off debts such as credit cards or loans and generally trying to cover the overall cost of living.

 

The idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and potentially putting any of that at risk will usually enough to ensure you don’t follow that dream, you don’t change your job and you continue doing what you’re doing and deciding that ‘dream job’ is not a realistic option.

You may also be worried about the cost of re-training, what others may say and you may feel time is not on your side.  Perhaps you think ‘that ship has already sailed’?

All of these things are created by FEAR.

When we consider doing things that bring us stress, worry or risk, our minds will  naturally default to survival mode to keep us safe. However, change is good and necessary and brings about new opportunities.  If we didn’t change and push ourselves to do new or difficult things that were uncomfortable, scary or risky, we wouldn’t improve, evolve or succeed!

That ‘fear of failure’ often held me back too.  However, the last 6 months has seen me embrace a great deal of change, both personally and professionally and actually it has been liberating!  Some of this change has seen me re-design my website and re-launch my business brand  and take on a variety of new clients and new business.  It takes courage to make change, but once you have made that commitment it can be amazing!

  • When was the last time you took a risk or made a significant change?
  • What gave you the courage to make that change?
  • What did you learn about yourself from doing it?

People want to have more autonomy and control over their working lives so the workforce is constantly changing.  There is a rise in Entrepreneurs, Portfolio Careers and a greater demand for transparency, respect, ethical work values and well-being in the work place.  Noticeably, more people are choosing to step out of the Corporate and Commercial environment to do something that resonates more closely with their own values.

A colleague recently said to me “when you are working for a long time within an organisation, it is a bit like being a Satellite orbiting the Sun – you are part of something bigger.  When you change and decide to go out on your own or do something different – you become the Sun.”

DO YOU WANT TO BE YOUR OWN SUN?

Do You Love Your Job?

Nestled in the heart of February is Valentines Day; a day to celebrate LOVE.  So, my article this month is all about having a job you Love.

I love my job!

Why? Because it is completely aligned to my values, what’s important to me and what motivates me. My job compliments my qualities, skills, strengths and behaviors and therefore I am good at it.  This results in job satisfaction for me every time I work with a client and watch them move forward in their career journey, whatever that may be.  The more successful I am, the happier I am and therefore the cycle continues.

However, it wasn’t always that way.  Like many, I got caught in the cycle of doing a job that was no longer making me happy.  Yet, I would turn up and do my best and stay in my comfort zone of being safe, earning a salary, getting the job done and continuing on the same cycle.  Gradually, the resentment started to creep in until I was dreading going to work and was no longer doing my best and not wanting to show up.

It’s so easy to get stuck in this cycle and eventually you feel trapped!

Does this resonate with you?  Are you just ‘turning up for work’?  Do you start to feel anxious on a Sunday evening about the week ahead? Do you dread Monday mornings? Are you waiting for something better to come knocking at your door?  If this is you, it’s time to take action.  But where do you start to find a job you’ll love?

You start at a place of love.  What do you REALLY love doing?  What inspires you?  What skills do you really enjoy using?  What gives you that buzz and peaks your interest?  When was the last time you went home from work feeling great and that you really achieved something?  This is where you need to start.  Because this is what brings you joy.  When we are spending most of our lives working, why shouldn’t we be enjoying it?!

Start to consider what are your values?  What’s important to you in a job?

Whilst money will always be a motivator, research, along with my years of experience, shows me it’s rarely the no.1 priority.  Things like location, flexible working hours, working environment, company culture and respect for example are very popular values.  Understanding and recognising your values is essential.  If they are not being met you will definitely not love your job.

Also consider your skills and strengths, the kind of people you like to work with, the things that interest you and your areas of expertise to get a clearer picture of what you really love.

Working with a Coach can help you to pull all of these things together in to a plan of action.

Recent research claims over half of the British workforce are unhappy in their jobs.  If this is you – maybe it’s time to find a job you love?

However, if the answer is yes, then that’s awesome!

 

“Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius