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March 23, 2003

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906


1. Playing It SAFE With Work
2. What my clients say

Feature Article

Playing It Safe with Work

I had a client mention the following to me,


"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 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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~ Joel Garfinkle
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Quotes of the week

"Dreams are...illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you"
~ Marsha Norman

"The more complete one's life is, the more ... one's creative capacities are fulfilled, the less one fears death ... people are not afraid of death per se, but of the incompleteness of their lives."
~ Lisa Marburg Goodman

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars."
~ E. H. Chapin

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Coaching Client - Words of Wisdom

I'm discovering how very seldom I carve out time and space to reflect on my life in a very "intentional" way.
~ Client #1

Set up an agreement - one thing I can do for myself everyday. Breaking it down into small steps and just to force myself to focus on that small step rather than the big picture. View the accomplishment of finishing this thing that I set out as a builder of momentum and change in my life - that I'm slowly but surely moving forward.
~ Client #2

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