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Ask yourself this question: What interference prohibits me from my pursuit of work I love?
Think about the work you do. Do you love it? Do you think, I could do more to serve others, but _________ (fill in excuse) ? Do you have ideas about how to solve problems but aren’t taking action? What is holding you back from pursuing work you love?
We all have dreams about doing something we love. May of us figure the time for that will come when we retire. We think, I’ll just stick it out for about 30 years. Then I can retire and do what I love. We have dreams that we don’t pursue because we have to work. What is a dream of yours that you want to pursue but have put off?
Back to my original question: What interference prohibits your pursuit of work you love? We all have interference in our lives. How we handle it determines what we will accomplish. Two types of interference prevent us from pursuing work we love: external interference and internal interference.
Some examples of interference include:
- J-O-B that is nothing more than a paycheck and takes up your time
- Daily chores of life
- Negative people who tell you to be realistic
- Negative thoughts/self-talk
- Perceived lack of skills and knowledge
- Lack of time
- Fear of failure
We all have external and internal interference. We need to identify what’s getting in the way and figure out how to work with what we have in order to move forward despite interference.
Here are six steps to begin moving past the interference in your life so you can pursue work you love:
- Look inside yourself to identify what your unique gifts are. If you are having trouble identifying your gifts, ask those closest to you what they think you do well.
- Fill your cup daily with positive content (books, podcasts, blogs, etc.)
- Write down your goals
- Post those goals where you will see them daily
- Write out your daily schedule
- Take the biggest step you can and keep moving forward
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
– Zig Ziglar
We all can pursue work we love. We just have to recognize the interference and move past it. We start by understanding our unique gifts and using positive content to foster positive thinking. Then, we set goals and plan our time. Finally, we take action.
Do you want to pursue change? Are you ready to get started? I would love to work with you. I offer a 48 Days to the Work You Love coaching package that is 6 weeks long and will lead you to work you love.
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We all have been given a gift. It’s that thing we’re best at that doesn’t take a great deal of effort. We can apply that gift in all areas of our life—work and otherwise. We can use our gift in many different ways. We can use it to help people.
Not sure what your gift is? To discover your gift, look at your past successes. Is there a common thread? Another way to pinpoint your gift is to ask your friends and family what characteristics of yours stand out to them. The benefit of finding your gift is twofold: it can help in doing work you love and have passion for and it will expand you in other areas in your life.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
To use your gift effectively you will want to pair it with skills you have developed. Using your gift with your skills will maximize your productivity and make best use of your time. If your gift is problem solving, you could use it with skills like investigating, research, product development, and sales. Your gift and skills can also help develop multiple streams of income. Instead of developing one product, you can build multiple products that require different skills and still use your gift. With multiple skills and your gift as your foundation, you can build your empire.
Let’s take a look at Steve Harvey, who speaks to this topic in his book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and The Way to Life’s Riches. Steve Harvey has multiple TV shows, a radio show, writes books, and other ventures. Harvey has said his gift is making people laugh. That is not the only thing he does, but he does use humor to advance his career and create multiple streams of income. If a show or product of his fails, he has others that continue to provide for him.
Find your gift and develop skills that will enhance your gift. Learn to use your gift to your advantage and to prosper.
I would love to work with you to develop your gifts. One option is for you to participate in the 48 Days to the Work You Love Seminar I facilitate. If you would prefer an individual coaching experience, check out my 48 Days to the Work You Love coaching package. I look forward to working with you!
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What best describes your current work situation?
Do you enjoy your work? Do you feel it’s what you were made to do? Do you have so much passion for your work that you feel like you could work forever?
Do you stress at night before returning to work? When you arrive at work does your energy just drain from your body? Do you need caffeine all day to keep you going?
Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put on every heart.
Working is a major part of our lives and most things revolve around our work. A majority of us spend 40 plus hours a week working. We should enjoy what we are doing and have passion for it. We don’t want to go through life having a major part of it slowly sucking the life out of us. We shouldn’t have to live for the weekends, holidays, and occasional vacations. We were created for so much more.
Working in an environment that drains the life out of us can cause us to become angry, resentful, and can affect us so much we can become depressed. Nobody wants to go through life like that. That is why it is so important to look inward and discover the work we were made to do. By discovering work that matches our passion we can have a life of purpose. By discovering work you were created to do and have a passion for you will build confidence in your life that can take you to new levels of personal growth.
If you have found work you enjoy and have passion for, I would love to hear about your experience of discovering work you love. If you you are still searching please check out my coaching page. I would love to work with you.
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The other day I was listening to Dan Miller discuss on his 48 Days podcast a question a listener had. The listener asked Dan, “Do you believe people can find value in any passion?” This question intrigued me and got me to consider my own thoughts and ideas about our passions and the value we get from them. I would encourage you to listen to the podcast to hear Dan and his guest Chris Guillebeau discuss the question. As I listened and pondered the question, ideas came to mind about how our passions truly do have value. I looked deep into the “why” behind each idea.
Passion can provide value in our hobbies and in the work we do. You can have a passion for gardening but not be a professional landscaper. You can be passionate about serving at the local food pantry or serving meals to the homeless and not be paid. You can a have a passion for counseling people dealing with tragedy and be paid for that. So yes, our passions can be used for monetary gain or have non-monetary value. Both are very important in our lives.
Passion is what adds so much value to life. And if you think about the things that you do, there’s so much juice potential for them if you do it.
– Mario Batali
Passions that we don’t get monetary value from enrich our lives in the following ways:
- We get to serve others
- We build friendships in spending time with others
- We feel refreshed doing what we love
- We connect with God
Passions that we DO get monetary value from enrich our lives in the following ways:
- We get to serve others and get paid to do it
- We build relationships with others
- We are doing what we love
- We are serving God by doing what he designed us to do
Did you notice? What we get out of our passions, whether paid service or not, is very similar. The only difference is money.
We should get paid for helping others when we are providing a service. Finding a market for a passion can be difficult. If you do your research and have help, you can find work you love that stems from a passion of yours.
What are your passions? In what ways have you taken your passion to create a career you love? In what ways could you do this?
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Most of us have heard the advice to “work smarter, not harder.” Well, that’s terrible advice. A “smarter not harder” mindset can cause you to end up with some pretty destructive work habits. If we use our intelligence but don’t put in the work necessary, we won’t accomplish much. It makes us think we have to choose working smart or working hard, but not both. Working smarter and harder is the key to success.
We can choose to work both smart and hard to be successful. We can study our business and read to expand our knowledge. We also have to put in the time to develop our products to help people. We have to clock the hours to continue to expand and develop our craft.
Your smarts will not help you succeed if you don’t put in the hours to develop your business. Many successful CEOs, athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs put in lots of hours to develop their skills to succeed. Many are up early and late to bed. If you have the drive to succeed, your mindset about your work will be a positive one and much healthier than most people’s.
I worked harder and smarter than most people in the business I have been in.
Mark Cuban – Shark Tank
Don’t listen to those who say you just need to work smarter. Smarts alone will not bring you success. We need to incorporate both smart business tactics and hard work to find the success we are looking for in our careers and in life. The more we study and put in the hours doing the right work, the better we’ll become.
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When starting a business we have all kinds of ideas about what we want our business to look like. We usually look to those who came before us and hope to get to their level and beyond. We think about the money we will make when we become succesful. We sometimes lost sight of the purpose of our business: helping others. As business owners we have an answer to a problem or a fulfillment of a need or want.
In business and life we should strive to use what we were created to do to help others. We can fulfill the needs and wants of others if we take the steps to use our gift that God has given us and to be brave. In today’s world we don’t need to be a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” We can narrow our focus on the things we are passionate about and do well in our business. We can master our best skills and hire others to do the other work. This allows us to help more people and have a greater reach.
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want
– Zig Ziglar
Helping others should not just be about making money from them. We want to provide great service and a wonderful experience to all. We can provide help at different levels from free offers to top paying clients. The person to whom you provide valuable content today for free can become a well paying client in the future because you showed them your value. If everybody had to pay you to get something from you, your reach would be limited.
People are appreciative when you help them. They want to repay the favor to help you and others. Great businesses and lives are built out of helping others get what they want. Sometimes they don’t even know what they want until you show them.
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When you go to work, are you excited and ready to work or are you dragging and wishing it was the weekend? Do you start off doing the most important task or do you slowly work just enough to get something done? Do you look at the clock and think where has the day gone? or do you look to see if it’s time to go yet? How we view our work can be determined by how much appreciation we feel we get.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
You love the work you do but feel your boss doesn’t appreciate you and what you do. You work hard and all you get is more work. People in the company slack off, so your boss comes to you to help get things done. When you make a mistake or your performance is not your norm, you feel attacked by your boss because she is quick to react. This negativity can beat you down and quickly deplete your emotions.
We should never allow anyone to control our emotions, but that is easier said than done. We try to stay positive and not let it get to us, but it can be difficult because most of us spend a large part of our time working. Zig Ziglar talked about responding vs reacting to situations and how that can affect our attitudes in life. If you react to the lack of appreciation, you will build stress and negativity. You could lose your job because of something you say or do. If you respond, you can make the best of the situation.
Ways to respond to lack of appreciation:
- Talk to your boss. He may not realize how he is treating you. Build a relationship with him.
- Show genuine appreciation to others and help create an environment of appreciation.
- Present your company with ways to make people feel appreciated.
Think of how your work could change if you felt appreciated. You would find a whole new level of love for work, and it would be one less thing beating you down. The change could affect the whole company and create an environment where people want to be. You could reignite that love and passion you have for the work you do.
Sometimes your company and boss just don’t care enough about their employees to change. If you find yourself in this situation, consider looking for a new company to work for or becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business. If you are looking for guidance I would love to be a resource for you and connect with you.
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We grow up learning that in order to make money we need to have good grades in school and get a good job. We learn that most people won’t create their own business and that most people who start their own business will fail. Most people we know go to college and get a job to earn money. We then start a family and buy a house. We think about the day when we can retire. Many people call this the American dream.
What if we did things differently?
I think if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got to dream big and then dream bigger.
What if we taught kids to be creative problem solvers and not just good employees? We could change the world and we would create enormous wealth. Instead of playing it safe, what if more people took the risk and found solutions to problems? Think of the way our lives could be changed. What if instead of trying to be experts on a lot of things, we simplified our lives and focused on what we did really well, allowing others to help us by either doing the other things for us or coaching us?
Today many have found their passion in the work they do and have built businesses that have succeeded in not just providing for them but also giving them abundance. They have seen problems and created solutions to those problems. Some of the problems are ones we did not know we had. They are developing the products and careers of the future.
People who have a passion in the work they do will find multiple ways to build wealth. They create products that together will generate plenty of income. They invest their money back into the business and themselves. They look to expand and add to the asset column. Their money works for them and they earn money 24/7. This is not reserved for a select few; it is open to all who are willing to work.
Here are some questions to ask if you want to join the club of wealth builders and go from employee to entrepreneur:
- Do I know what my one unique gift is?
- Do I dream about solutions to problems?
- Do I have a passion for work that I love?
- Do I want to work hard?
- Am I a risk taker?
Ask yourself these questions and dream of what could be possible. It won’t be easy. You will go through ups and downs, but if you know what you want to do in life and have a passion for it, you will succeed. Your business may not initially, but you will grow and learn from the experience. Find your niche. Don’t think about how to make it perfect. Just start.
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We have started the new year and many of us have set New Year’s Resolutions with goals for 2016. Most people will not keep these resolutions. Some have already given up. Most people want change but don’t change their habits in order to facilitate that change. We set goals and hope and pray they come true but don’t put in the effort to reach those goals.
If you want to make change in your life, you need to take the steps to change habits.
Here’s the great thing: you can start today by making changes to your habits. If you want to lose weight, add exercising and eating healthful foods to your life. Cut out fast food. If you want to learn a new skill, find books and learning materials on the subject. Practice the skill. If you want a new job, take the steps to discover what work you want to do. What will use your skills and unique gift? Set your goals and implement in your life the change you want to see on a daily basis. You will need to train yourself to accomplish your goals and resolutions.
If your resolution or goal for 2016 is to find work you love and are passionate about, consider these steps to take to help you on your journey:
- Discover your unique gift.
- Find what you are passionate about and could do for the rest of your life.
- Decide what organizations you want to work for.
- Choose 40-50 organizations you would want to work for.
- Research and learn about each organization and understand their culture.
- Match your skills to the need of the organization.
- Create a resume and cover letter for each organization.
- Apply to each company and follow up at least 2 times with the person who does the hiring.
Following the steps above will get you interviews. In the interviews, if you show your passion and how you can help the company, you will find a job that you will love and be passionate about.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
This is the year you can make the change you want. Put into place a system that will ensure your success. Write out your goal with specifics and start today.
If you have questions or would like to consider having a career coach walk with you on your journey, please feel free to contact me.
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One goal I have for 2016 is to read 40 books. Reading helps you gain knowledge and understanding. Reading improves your writing skills and vocabulary. Reading provides entertainment and can be free if you get books from your local library. From what I read about successful people, they all read daily. Here is my list of 40 for 2016:
- The One Year Bible (NLT)
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor and Middle Class Do Not By Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.
- Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man By Steve Harvey
- Top Performance: How To Develop Excellence In Yourself And Other By Zig Ziglar
- Business Secrets Of The Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest For Meaning and Authenticity By August Turak
- Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior By Rorke Denver
- How I Play Golf By Tiger Woods
- The Art Of War By Sun Tzu
- The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism By Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Business Adventures By John Brooks
- Tap Dancing To Work: Warren Buffett On Practically Everthing, 1966-2013 By Carol J. Loomis
- Eisenhower In War And Peace By Jean Edward Smith
- The Partisan Divide: Congress In Crisis By Martin Frost, Tom Davis, David Eisenhoer, and Richard E. Cohen
- Think And Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
- The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin By Benjamin Franklin
- Awaken The Giant Within: Jow To Take Immediate Control Of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical And Financial Destiny! By Tony Robbins
- The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology Of Love, Traditional Values And Spiritual Growth By M. Scott Peck, M.D.
- Rags To Riches: Motivating Stories Of How Ordinary People Achieved Extraordinary Wealth By Alan Lavine and Gail Liberman
- Masters Of Enterprise By H. W. Brands
- Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies For Reinventing Your Career By Herminia Ibarra
- Making A Living Without A Job: Winning Ways For CreatingWork That You Love By Barbara Winter
- Smart Networking: Attract A Following In Person And Online By Liz Lynch
- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable By Seth Godin
- The Feiner Points Of Leadership: The 50 Basic Laws That Will Make People Want To Perform Better For You By Michael Feiner
- Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty By Patrick Lencioni
- Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide – Third Edition By Marcia Bench
- Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide To Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stolzfus
- Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice: A Complete Marketing Resource Guide For Coaches By Deborah Brown-Volkman
- The Children Of Hurin By J.R.R. Tolkien
- The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey
- Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen By Christopher McDougall
- The Art Of Work: A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do By Jeff Goins
- The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions In The Midst Of Endless Demands By Lysa TerKeurst
- How To Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
- Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets By J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban By J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire By J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix By J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows By J.K. Rowling