Are you happy in your chosen profession? Do you go into the office every day filled with joy? If you’re like a lot of my clients, the answer to those two questions is probably “no.” You may have a strong personal brand, you may be successful in your career, you may be making a lot of money, but if you’re not happy in your job, none of that matters.
Most people are aware when they’re not happy at work, but they’re just not sure how to make a change. Maybe they’ve been at the same company or industry since college. Perhaps they followed in a parent’s footsteps and went into a line of work that never really interested them. Whatever the reason, after ten, fifteen, or twenty years, they’ve found themselves in a rut, and they don’t know how to get out of it.
You Can Design A Career Around Any Passion
I recently met a woman who was struggling to define her next career move, and I asked her, “If money weren’t a concern, what would you do.” She said, “I’d want to garden.” She didn’t think there was any way that she could make a living as a gardener, but that’s not true.
The key is to think outside of the box. For my new friend, that meant asking the question, “What is it about gardening that makes me so happy?” Is it working with a specific plant or flower; being outside in nature; or maybe landscaping and design? Once she had the answer to that question, she knew where to begin designing a career that made her truly happy.
Three Steps To Design a Thriving Career
As a coach, one of my primary tasks is to help people tap into their passions so that they can design a career that fulfills more than just financial needs. If you’re feeling stuck in your job and are ready to make a change, I invite you to try the following three steps.
- Identify your passion: As a young child, what did you love to do? Where did your talents lie? What hobbies did your parents encourage you to pursue because you were naturally good at them or they brought you joy? Maybe you’ve always been great with computers, or technology, or people. Whatever it was, that’s where you’re bound to shine as an adult, as well.
- Define your passion: Once you have a sense of what you’re passionate about, start to journal. Write about that one thing that brings joy to your life. If it’s numbers, get specific – what is it about numbers that you like? If you’re artistic, what exactly do you want to create?
- Elevate your passion: Start to talk about it with other people. Create a small mastermind group. Gather people you know and trust, tell them what you want to do and ask for their help brainstorming ideas to make it happen.
If you’ve been plugging away at a career that no longer brings you joy, and you’re ready to charge your personal brand with passion, contact me today to discuss how I can help.