Not sure what to do next?
23rd May, 20140 Comments
You've been in your job for a while. It's fine, but something's not quite right. You're very excited about the weekend, but when Sunday night comes along, you dread the thought of getting up and going to work on Monday morning.
You're not alone. There are millions of people out there feeling just the same as you. But imagine what it would be like if you woke up on a Monday morning and jumped out of bed with a huge smile on your face. How would that be? Pretty good, right?
What job would you be doing? Not sure what would create that response for you? Don't worry, we can work on that together and find that perfect job for you.
First step is to identify your core values. What are the things that are most important to you in the world. This will be your personal as well as professional world as I don't think the two are separate. You can't be fully happy if you're not happy in both work and your personal life. So, what are they for you? I want you to brainstorm all the different things you love about life and are totally of maximum importance to you. Everyone is different so each list will be unique, however, here are some examples:
Honesty, Trust, Respect, Passion, Excitement, Creativity, Open-mindedness, Vitality, Variety, Security, Stability, Spontaneity ...
Think about what boxes need to be ticked in your life for you to be happy. Now you have a long list of things that are important to you. The next steps is to cut that down to 10 core values. You can either do that by putting them in order, crossing out the ones you know aren't in your top 10, or circling the ones you know are in your top 10.
Now you have your list, you must take this with you wherever you go and ensure that whatever you are doing, how you are acting and what you are engaging with, fits with your core values.
Think about what your job is now - does it fit with your core values? I expect some of them are ticked off in the job, but some aren't. I also wonder if the values that aren't reflected in your job are the reason that you're thinking about making a change. What do you think? I'd love to hear from you on what you found by doing this exercise.
The next part of the puzzle is to think about what that means for your next career move. What career can you move in to that fits with your core values? What would it need to include to make you feel better about it than you do with your current job?
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