|Fulfillment@Work: WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE
September 25, 2000
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
Message from Joel
A special welcome to the 100 plus new subscribers to the newsletter who were in attendance of my two Los Angeles workshops on September 23. I'm pleased to have you aboard. There was a lot of strong, positive feedback from my workshop, and I know that some of you were touched by what you heard. Whether it was the right time in your life for you to hear my message or the right message for you to hear isn't as important as the fact that something resonated with you. Don't let that whisper go. Continue reading, exploring and learning about yourself. Getting in touch with your essence is the key. Only you know if you're ready to contemplate living your life to the fullest.
1. A Special Welcome - Sept.23 Workshop Participants!
2. Ask the Coach
3. The Coach's Lesson
4. Quips & Quotes
5. A Rare and Timely Opportunity! - READ NOW!
Ask the Coach
I have never truly defined what I want to devote my life to. I was a person who never really had a specific career in mind. Some of my friends instinctively knew that they wanted to be doctors, or wanted to teach, or never wanted to leave our hometown, etc. The only thing I knew when I left high school was that I wanted to see the world. I have been fortunate enough to find work (after a lot of hard work) that allowed me to do and see a great deal. I have no regrets, but I now have a burning desire to synthesize all the information about who I am and what I want into a direction that fulfills my destiny.
I've heard a lot of clients tell me that it's not fair that others know what they want and the clients still do not know. I'm surprised by this because it's my perception, from my experience, that the majority of people don't know what they want. I think this is a case of "the grass is always greener" concept coming into play and their perceptions are very different from reality.
It appears that people know what they want, but maybe that clarity is coming from pressure from society, family and peers. I call this doing what you "should" be doing and not what you truly want to be doing. Perhaps these people appear to know what they want but are not able to see that they are stuck within a box that limits them from having the freedom to choose what they truly desire in their work.
I love to see clients who don't have a specific career in mind - they have a great advantage in beginning the journey towards finding what they do want. They aren't trapped within a specific mindset with predetermined outcomes and judgments and their minds are open to explore freely and without bias. I had a client who was a doctor and who had devoted 17 years to her practice and was now trying to make a change. She was trapped in her work and couldn't see herself doing anything else.
I've also worked with a person who was the top of his MBA class, went to join the best financial and consulting companies in the world. Now, 10 years later, he is so wrapped up in his external success and what he has built that leaving that for something else seems too big and difficult."
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The Coach's Lesson
If you haven't truly defined what you want to devote your life to, realize the following:
Point 1: It is never too late
Point 2: You can begin with a fresh start
Point 3: You can still learn about who you are and what you want
Point 4: Once you begin this process, the direction that fulfills your destiny will begin to appear, rather magically.
Point 5: Begin this now, don't wait!
Quips & Quotes
"It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible."
~ Thomas Robert Gaines
"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great."
~ Les Brown
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
~ Marcel Proust
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