Hello SOTGC community,
The question I get asked the most as a coach is, “What should I do for a living?”
Most of us have heard and told stories about our experiences in the work place – the funny ones, the wins, the difficult ones, and especially the negative ones. And, because of it, we become very clear about what we don’t want:
I don’t want a job making less than what I make now.
I don’t want to work for someone who is a jerk.
I don’t want to work weekends.
I don’t want ________________________ (I left that one for you. You know you wanna!)
We think that if we are focused on what we don’t want, we can avoid making the same mistake – until we find ourselves in a new job learning about all of the other things we don’t want. And it’s not long after that we begin to wonder how this could have happened again.
It’s simple. We get so caught up in what we don’t want that we often forget to consider what we DO want.
Here’s an easy way to figure out what you do want in a job or career.
Take your list of things you DON’T want, and then turn each one into what you DO want.
I want a job where I’m valued and generously compensated for the work I do.
I want to work for someone I respect.
I want a job that allows me to work Monday through Friday.
I want ____________________________ (Yep. That one’s for you too.)
When you get clear on what you want, it makes it a lot easier to recognize it when the opportunity comes along.
Ready to do the work? Identify three things you don’t want in your job and career, then turn them into statements of what you do want. Are they more in line with what you want in a career? Notice how things change, and share your results in the comments below.