|Fulfillment@Work: GUIDING PRINCIPLES: THE DREAM JOB PATH
July 1, 1999
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Question of the Day
2. Guiding Principles: The Dream Job Path
3. Quotes of the Week
4. Did You Know?
Guiding Principles - The Drean Life Path
Too often, I have clients who come to me with the following problems: I become distracted easily with the next opportunity, I'm wandering too much without a sense of clarity, I don't know what I want to do, I'm frustrated that I haven't found what I desire.
The common pattern for most people is to keep choosing different jobs in different industries. Most of my clients come to me for career transition expertise after becoming tired of looking for a new career or job. The answer to all of their frustrations is to live their life from a principle-centered place.
This can be done by creating guiding principles. When you recognize and live in harmony with these guiding principles you will be doing work that aligns to your passions. People live from an external-centered place where what others think, say and do influences them more than what they want to do. This is probably why we go where the wind blows and where the opportunity presents itself.
Yes, for some people it's helpful to go where the opportunity resides, but too often what we think is an opportunity is actually something not aligned to our inner passions and gifts. The bottom line is that you are the opportunity. You are the energy. You are the power. Within your own power lies the opportunity to create a personal blueprint of your inner world.
The blueprint comes from a place I call guiding principles. Guiding principles reflect what makes you unique and powerful and also holds the truth to whatever you most want to do. Like the original blueprint of your home, it's fundamentally changeless. These deep principles are truths of who you are.
When these truths become actualized through guiding principles, they empower you to create and find your dream job. The answers are already inside of you. Instead of coming from a place outside of you to find your dream job, you are coming from inside yourself. From this inside-out model, the fundamental truth will reveal the job that most aligns with you.
These guiding principles will support you in making any major changes or decisions, whether related to family, personal or work. You will come from a place of great strength and clarity once you are clear on these key principles. As an example, one client came up with the following statement of guiding principles: Helping vibrant people become better. Infecting people with happiness and positive energy. Defining and assembling the elements for an individual's balanced life.
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Efficient Planning of Your Day, Part II
Manage Your Voice Mail and email Messages Twice Daily
Allow for two discrete sessions per day to check and respond to voice mail messages and email messages. You will be doing only this activity and nothing else.
Sort your phone calls and emails into low and high priority. During the rest of the day you will limit use of your phone and email in order to focus only on the project at hand.
When your energy level drops or you are becoming too reactive to others, take time to rejuvenate yourself by taking a break.
End of Day Review
Review your to-do list to examine what you accomplished, what could have been done more efficiently and what needs to still get done tomorrow.
Plan The Night Before
As your day ends, create a to-do list for your tomorrow activities and you will know what your important tasks are before you start the day.
Quotes of the Week
A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.
~ Cullen Hightower
Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Did You Know?
A Parable of Two Frogs
A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, they agreed that it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.
The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping with all their might, and after several hours of this, were quite weary. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellow frogs. Exhausted, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could, although his body was wracked with pain and he was quite exhausted.
Once again, his companions began yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and, wonder of wonders, finally leaped so high that he sprang from the pit. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his freedom and then gathering around him asked, "Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?"
The astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and as he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.
This simple story contains a powerful lesson. The book of Proverbs says, "There is death and life in the power of the tongue." Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help them make it through the day. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone's desire to continue trying - or even their life. Your destructive, careless word can diminish someone in the eyes of others, destroy their influence and have a lasting impact on the way others respond to them.
Be careful what you say. Speak life to and about those who cross your path. There is enormous power in words. If you have words of kindness, praise or encouragement - speak them now to, and about, others. Listen to your heart and respond. Thank you, Patrick Reynolds for emailing me this wonderful story.
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