Find­ing ful­fil­ment in your job

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

WHAT would be con­sid­ered a per­fect job would be ac­cord­ing to what our high­est val­ues, our true pri­or­i­ties are. This is what is most im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful to us.

It will also be some­thing in which we ex­cel and which we are most spon­ta­neously in­spired to do, some­thing that is mean­ing­ful to us, that will con­trib­ute to the world around us. Peo­ple go to work to ful­fil their high­est val­ues — what is most im­por­tant to them. If a ca­reer ful­fils th­ese high­est val­ues, you will be in­ter­nally called to achieve.

Be­cause our list or pri­or­i­ties or hi­er­ar­chy of val­ues can evolve through time, what in­spires us can also evolve.

It is wiser to fo­cus on what is truly most mean­ing­ful to you and dili­gently pur­sue that ca­reer in a me­thod­i­cal and strate­gic man­ner.

Even if you have to tem­po­rar­ily work in an al­ter­na­tive or closely re­lated field in the mean­time, it is bet­ter to work your way to­wards ful­fill­ing what it is that is truly mean­ing­ful to you.

Start with what you know and let your knowl­edge grow as you re­fine your mas­ter plan to cre­ate or lo­cate the ca­reer you truly want. A life plan can in­clude a ca­reer plan/ busi­ness plan. Also, meet with oth­ers who have been do­ing what you would love to do for feed­back and guid­ance.

If you are not in­spired by your daily work, you will feel un­ful­filled. Any­thing in your daily job du­ties or de­scrip­tion or your po­si­tion that you can­not see as highly con­nected to your high­est val­ues will drain and frus­trate you.

Ask your­self ev­ery three months: “How specif­i­cally will this par­tic­u­lar job re­spon­si­bil­ity help me ful­fil my high­est val­ues or what­ever is most im­por­tant to me?”

You be­come en­gaged and present and pro­duc­tive when you can see how what you are do­ing is mean­ing­ful and help­ing you ful­fil your most in­spired dreams and serve oth­ers. When you can’t wait to get up in the morn­ing and de­liver your ser­vice, peo­ple can’t wait to re­ceive that.

When we are not en­gaged and ful­filled in our ca­reers, we be­come dis­tressed and dis­tracted and we regress into and ac­ti­vate our more prim­i­tive brain func­tions.

We be­come vul­ner­a­ble to im­me­di­ately grat­i­fy­ing, ad­dic­tive or con­sumer-ori­ented be­hav­iours. If you don’t fill your day with high pri­or­ity ac­tions that in­spire you, your life be­comes filled with low-pri­or­ity dis­trac­tions that don’t.

De­fine clearly what is truly most im­por­tant to you, what you spon­ta­neously love to do that also serves oth­ers, some­thing where your in­spi­ra­tions match oth­ers’ needs.

You can com­plete the Demar­tini Value De­ter­mi­na­tion Process (www.drde­mar­ to help you iden­tify what you truly value and to find ca­reers that align most with what shows to be your high­est val­ues.

Link what­ever you are do­ing to what you love as you plan for your next ca­reer step. It is wise to ei­ther find what you love do­ing through del­e­gat­ing or love what you do through link­ing.

Clearly de­cide your new ca­reer path. Ask your­self how your present job is go­ing to as­sist you with your new ca­reer. Do this 20 times un­til you un­der­stand your an­swer. Take small daily ac­tions that will move you one step closer to your new dream ca­reer. Doc­u­ment what worked and didn’t work each day. Doc­u­ment what you are grate­ful for each day to build mo­men­tum.

Ask your­self: How specif­i­cally is what I am do­ing help­ing me ful­fil what is truly most im­por­tant in my life — my pri­mary mis­sion?

How are th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the way and not in my way? How are they pre­par­ing me for what is next in my in­spir­ing new ca­reer?

Who am I get­ting to con­nect with and what am I learn­ing that is im­por­tant for what I need to ful­fil my next ca­reer role? — IOL

Start with what you know and let your knowl­edge grow.

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