According to a Gallup study on the American workplace, two-thirds of employees are disengaged at work. They don’t enjoy what they do which represses them into doing the bare minimum and become ‘just enough’ employees. Ironically many actually like working under these circumstances whereas some tolerate it. Only a fortunate few are lucky enough to bypass this dilemma and find gainful work that they genuinely love.
Considering that work takes up most of our day, and lives, it’s a tragedy to imagine that so many employees get placed in miserable jobs that slowly drain their happiness. Don’t despair however if you happen to be in such a situation. You can still find enjoyment in your work by modifying your attitude and perspective. Doing so is very valuable to your life in many ways.
Here is an exercise that will help you to create your ideal career
Brainstorm these areas:
1. Things you are passionate about
2. Your Strengths and Abilities
3. Things that help those around you
Things you are Passionate about
What activities bring you joy? What are you passionate about? What fills you with energy? What makes you come alive? What is your ideal environment? What types of people would you like to be around? When you love and enjoy your work, your desire and excitement will be a great motivation to keep moving forward.
Your Strengths and abilities
What are your strengths and abilities? What comes naturally to you and doesn’t really cost you too much effort? What have others told you that you do well?
Whether it is motivating people, art, dance, organizing things, public speaking, or cooking, figure out what that is for you and use it to your advantage. These are resources you have available now that will help you excel at what you do, increase your confidence, and build more success.
Things that help those around you
What could the world around you do with more of? In what ways could people benefit from your unique skills and abilities? What can you do or provide that people would be willing to pay for?
Now that you’ve done some brainstorming for each of the areas, carry out the following Venn diagram exercise.
In the top left circle, list Things you are Passionate about. In the top right circle, list Your Strengths and abilities. In the bottom circle, list the Things that help those around you. Lastly, in the inner overlapping circle, make note of a few items that cover all three areas. These are possible career goals you might want to consider! The items in the overlapping center are the Things you should do more of!