|Posted on April 16, 2015 at 5:15 AM|
“A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usual a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.” Tom Freston
Today’s Book: The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer
Deciding on a career can sometimes be difficult. After spending a few years studying in a particular field, one would think that your career choice is obvious. Sometimes, though, uncertainty looms because you aren't fully connected to the field.
I know too many people who went to college for one thing and wound up in a completely different field of work. Have you chosen a certain career direction because your parents wanted you to do it? Or like me, wound up in a field because you just kept following where the money led you to not where your heart wanted to go? Keep in mind that your ideal career should be something that still gives you joy ten years down the line.
Today, I’m running a Young and New Professionals Event for the professional organization which I am the president of the local chapter here on Long Island. One of the things I point out every year to those entering the profession is that they must be excited about their choice of career. They must be passionate about the work they are doing. It makes a world of difference years down the line.
Use this guide to figure out if you’re on the right career path:
1. You have an innate skill set. Some individuals are just more naturally aligned with certain careers than others. Is that the case with you and your career choice?
• Think back to your childhood. Is your work related to something that you had a knack for growing up? Did related activities interest you? If yes, you're probably on the right track.
• How easy is it for you to understand the field's complex concepts? If you find yourself breezing through things that others find difficult, you likely have the natural ability for it.
• Do you feel "at home" finding solutions to challenges in your field? If so, it likely means that you're doing what you're meant to be doing.
2. Your eyes light up when working. On the flip side of having natural abilities is the concept of being passionate. You're probably good at many things, but which ones are you passionate about?
• If your eyes light up, it represents excitement about doing something that aligns with your soul. You can put it right up there with sharing special moments with beloved family members.
• Are there times when hours pass by without you even realizing it? Being so engrossed in your work that very little else matters usually means that you love what you're doing!
• Once you find yourself talking about your career to family, friends, and even strangers, you're likely in the career of your dreams! Is your career constantly on the forefront of your mind?
3. Your earning power is irrelevant. Careers that cater to the passionate side are usually fulfilling all on their own. There's a pride you get from producing something good, regardless of what your paycheck looks like.
• When you're doing something you love, you spend your time ensuring you do it well. The financial benefit that comes along with work is important, but it’s definitely secondary to doing something you love!
• Have you ever found that bonuses on the job feel less exciting to you than to your co-workers? It's probably because the income plays second fiddle in your life.
• Strangely enough, working in a fulfilling career negates the desire to seek material fulfillment elsewhere. You may even find that your earnings pile up because you really don’t have the desire to spend it!
The formula for assessing career suitability is really easy. For the most part, it just requires a little introspection. Give thought to what matters most to you. If, after defining those things, your career comes out on top, you're on the right track.
Take the time to listen to your heart as you choose your life’s work. Be thoughtful when it comes to determining your ideal career path. Remember, it’s also possible to have more than one. I have found this true for myself. I love what I do full time and I love what I am transitioning out to do here as a Life Coach. Each has a time and place in my life. I am passionate about both and wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give both my all. I do however, look forward to the day when I retire from the corporate world and can focus fully on coaching all of my clients when they need me without working around a full time work schedule. I know that day is just on the horizon.
Continue to follow me on my journey!
Join me on your own journey!
Let's do this together!
Peace, Happiness and Light to you!
Your Life Coach
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