|Fulfillment@Work: PLAYING IT SAFE WITH WORK
January 29, 2001
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Feature Article: Playing It SAFE With Work
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Tip of the Week: Be Nice! - Janice Byer
4. We Recommend: I Should Be Working.com
Playing It SAFE With Work
"I have a job with good money and great benefits, and not much else. This has me wondering what am I really gaining from my current job besides a pay check. I realized that I am playing it safe. I'm not really trying to change my situation because of fear. I have a certain comfort level that makes where I'm at relatively easy and safe. My current job enables me to survive. I don't want to stay where I am though - I want to succeed, not just survive."
After working with over thousands of clients, I have heard variations on this story from many of them. The average age range of these clients is between 40 and 45. This is the time of life during which people are inspired to make drastic career changes. This is not surprising because I've found that a shift begins to happen in people at this time. They begin to want more out of life and work. They begin to weigh their lives, their mortality and their accomplishments, and consider the legacy they want to leave. The fears that have always held them back begin to lift, and they are able to see beyond the limiting thoughts and beliefs.
The main question they are asking themselves is: "Who am I, and what do I truly want out of life?" The realization strikes - it is now time to achieve larger goals, and push further than in the past. Money, prestige, and credibility begin to become less important. Happiness, contentment, and peace become the priorities and goals.
Once they've established these priorities, the common question that I hear is, "What will help me drive myself towards what I really want?" There are two main ways to do this:
1) Do things that you believe in! Review past experiences. Look at those times that filled you with positive feelings, when you felt that you were truly doing something you enjoyed, and that fulfilled you. Find ways to bring more of this into your life. What experiences have filled you with accomplishment and joy? What still brings a smile to your face? Bring it into your life now.
2) Do things with conviction and passion! Realize that you truly can do anything. If you must start small, take one step each day to bring you closer to your dream. Increase your actions so that you are eventually unafraid to express your passion fully each and every day. Get support! Collect inspirational stories or quotes, gather a group of like-minded friends or colleagues, make a daily commitment to yourself and your goals. When you feel yourself tempted to act with less conviction, remind yourself that you deserve more, and are capable of more.
The clients that I have seen are inspired by their newfound dedication. Once they identify what they truly want out of life, their dedication propels them forward. They have a sense of clarity, conviction, and confidence that wasn't present before. Possibilities are opening up as they never had before. Fear is removed from the equation, and the freedom is exhilarating and empowering. How can you experience the same exhilaration beginning today?
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Quotes of the week
"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
~ Vince Lombardi
"There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people."
~ Jan Ashford
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tip of the Week
Be nice! No matter who you are dealing with. As the old saying goes, "You can attract more bees with honey than you can with vinegar." This is true in every aspect of our lives. In our personal lives, we are nice to our loved ones and friends because we are fond of them and value their friendship. In our jobs or our business, we are nice to our coworkers or clients because we also fond of them and because they have a great influence on the success of our businesses or jobs.
So, no matter who you are dealing with on a daily basis, be as nice as you can to them and you will notice that the sentiment is returned and everyone feels better for it. Smile....it's contagious! Janice Byer, Docu-Type Administrative Services, http://www.docutype.net.
I Should Be Working.com
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