As the new year begins, we all have the opportunity to reflect on our past, set goals for our futures and maybe dare to dream of a little bit more than just paying the bills…
And in this moment of thoughtfulness, I have to ask: What do you want from your career?
Of course there are predictable answers, such as more money/status/position, but the most common desire is to have fulfilling work. Work that is enjoyable. Work that connects with your values. Work that utilises your skills. Work that contributes in a way that fills you with pride.
Although the idea that work can and should be fulfilling is a relatively new concept, it is now one of the primary expectations of todays workforce.
It’s not like the old days, were work was so horrid and boring that the only way anyone would do is was to be paid.
No, in todays world we don’t only desire money for our labour, we also desire deep meaning and satisfaction.
The thing is… fulfilment is a big ask – and can probably explain why we all have career meltdowns after being on holiday or reflecting on our lives at new years – we desire fulfilling work.
So how realistic is it? Here are three ideas that might help you find fulfilling work:
1. Being confused about career choice is normal.
Again, it’s not like the old days when you only ever had one or two career choices depending on your social ranking. Today is different. Today there are so many career options open to us it becomes difficult to choose. The fear of making the wrong decision and then being stuck in a job you hate for the rest of eternity can literally stop you in your tracks and stop you from choosing a career path.
Don’t let fear take hold, any choice is better than no choice. It is better to take action and learn, than take no action at all. Even if you are wrong, you will be one step closer to finding out what is right!
2. Know Yourself
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”
Answering the question, ‘What is the meaning of my life?’ is easier said than done.
Understanding your deepest values and purpose is an emotional and difficult process. It is, however, tremendously rewarding too. Spending time to learn more about who you are and why you are here will help direct your work life.
In the simplest of terms, a job that is in line with your values and beliefs will be the best and most fulfilling job you have ever had!
3. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect
The more time you pro-actively think about how you are feeling and why, the more proficient you will become in bringing more positivity into your life.
If you feel bad… reflect and try to understand why that is. The same with feeling good. Once you have a clear understanding of the factors that generate specific emotions within you, then you can develop strategies on how to connect and attract the positive influencers and remove the negative factors.
This knowledge will then allow you to make more educated career choices, as you will know in advance what type of work will be the right type of work for you.
Putting it all together
We all desire fulfilling work. In fact we deserve it.
The best ways to reach this utopia is to take action and learn. Take time to understand who you are, explore the purpose of your life and reflect consciously on your feelings.
Fulfilment starts and ends with you… decide to become the best version of yourself.