18 Mar Your Dream Job???
I know that one of the questions that really frustrates job seekers, is “What is your dream job?”, or “What job are you wanting?” because it is not always easy to sum up in a phrase. Goal setting and dreaming big are important- “if you don’t know where you are going, how will you ever get there??”. I recently read “Hero” by Rhonda Byrnes who wrote the international best seller “The Secret” and she has some brilliant thoughts on setting goals, and how to achieve your dream job, which I thought that I would share with you, as a lot of you go back to work for the first time in 2014, or actively start looking for a job again, this week.
“You have to be clear. Clarity is what gives you power. Take the time to get clear on what you want and then you will start taking a step towards it. But if you don’t know what you want then you will allow life to dictate the terms to you. I’ve never allowed life to dictate terms to me. “
Layne Beachley Hero
The first step to achieving your dream job, is to start doing what you do now, better than you have ever done it before. Give your current job 110%- even if your current job is not what you ultimately want to do. The positive energy that you will give off, will make you attract bigger, better things. People will notice your hard work and excellent attitude- even if it’s not your boss. Success today, is not about how much money you have or what your status is. Success today is about how well you do something. So do it well, and you will be a success today and can be proud of what you have accomplished.
The next step is to start dreaming. They can be big dreams or they can be little dreams- it really does not matter. It is about the process of opening your mind up to possibilities. Some people are comfortable with dreaming big- jumping in the deep end and saying that they want to be a Sales Director- and they have a confidence in themselves to achieve the goal! Most of us are more comfortable with little dreams- today, I want to solve a problem at work, learn a new skills, study a course or learn a craft. Once you have some dreams, start spending some time thinking about them. You have the internet at your finger tips and magazines and books on a huge variety of topics. Join blogs and start cutting out articles and information and putting it on a notice board.
“…write out what you want to achieve and have it in front of you when you wake up in the morning. One way or another, if you’re focused on it, the mind leads in that direction. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve. The more you have something on your mind, the more it is going to happen.”
John Paul Dejoria
The final step is to “Follow your Bliss”. “Your Bliss” is how you feel when you do something that you love, that makes you happy. Sinking into a hot bath after a long day, that first cup of coffee in the morning, listening to a powerful piece of music…. Bliss! It is the thread that connects you to your dreams. Even though you may not know what your dreams are, or your dream job, when you are passionate about what you do, the “Bliss” you feel will take you to your dream job. How many truly successful people do you know, who started with a hobby or something that they were passionate about, and then landed up making it their career? Each day, take a moment to experience this “Bliss”- even if it is just a quiet moment, or a good cup of coffee, and soon the ways that you can experience this feeling will grow. Maybe you will notice this feeling when cooking dinner, and discover that this is where you want your career to be. Or you will notice it while watching a brilliant movie, and you will decide to blog about it, and suddenly someone will read what you have written and you will get a job reviewing movies. It is not your place to ask how… just to follow your heart! Nick Woodman was a surfer who was so passionate about surfing that he wanted to share his experience with others, so he created a camera he could wear while surfing so that others could see what he saw. How was he to know that this passion would become the GoPro camera, and he would become a billionaire?!
“Money and security are very important to everyone. Personal satisfaction and passion for a particular thing you do is more important. That is why it is important to dream.”
The average person spends 250 days a year at work- that’s more than two thirds of the year. Its important to do whatever you do with passion, to the best of your ability.
Security is important, so I am not suggesting that you resign your job today and follow your dreams, if you don’t have the means to. I am suggesting that every day, you spend a little time looking for things are work and in your personal life, that make you happy, that make you feel the “Bliss”. Then build on this. Maybe incorporate it into your current job, or start doing it afterhours. Nurture and grow the things that make you feel good, and they will grow, and in time, they will be so big, they will be your job, and then you will have your dream job. Focus on the positive things in your life.
“I didn’t set out to be rich. The fun and the challenge in life were what I wanted, and still do…. But I have found that, if I have fun, the money will come.”
Sir Richard Branson
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.”
Steve Jobs Co Founder of Apple Inc.
Let’s make 2016 the year that we either find our dream jobs, or the year that we work so hard in our current jobs, that we make them our dream jobs!!