Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. -Steve Jobs
Today I am applying for a job out of state, and for once I don’t feel fear behind it. I feel lucky because I have the interview secured already. If the job feels right that means I will have an opportunity to take a big risk. This decision could be a complete flop and it could be the best opportunity life has yet to provide. Either way, I’m excited to practice my interviewing skills and entertain the thought of leaving this comfortable and beautiful state. Hmm, that was contradicting but it’s true. I’ve always had a dream to move out of state in order to push myself out of my comfort zone.
So while I am considering a new career move here are some thoughts to check in.
This all goes back to life design. Most people are satisfied with the status quo. Life design requires reflection, and taking a hard look at where you are now and defining where you want to be.
A good question to ask yourself, are you fulfilled? If you don’t have the career of your dreams there are still ways you can feel fulfilled. Ask yourself these questions. The answers I provide are personal to me, you might come up with something very different but if you take the time to consider these questions they will provide insight on where you are and where you want to be. It helps to create an outline to achieve the career status you want.
Where do you want to end up? Answer that and work yourself back to where you are now by design.
Why do you work? The answer most people say is to provide security but shouldn’t we work for something bigger and more fulfilling than that? Security is a basic need but working doesn’t have to provide us with just a basic need it should be a tool to help create something wonderful and to work towards a collective mission to better the world.
What’s Work For?
To build the economy. Depending on what lifestyle you want depends on what kind of work you do and how much you choose to give your time to that work. Write down what you need and then write down what you want. Add that together- figure out some numbers and there is your income goal. Once you see it written down it’s that much easier to achieve.
What Does Work Mean?
To actively engage in skills to make something better, solve a problem or to create something new. This is what I aim for in my everyday work. I’m not talking about the work that I am paid for this is work that I do for school, self-work, exercise, and the work I put into my relationships.
How Does Work Relate To The Individual, Others, Society?
I see this as one big wheel. Almost everything we consume whether that’s entertainment, food, energy, etc. All of these services and products we come in contact with every day are propelled by you. We depend on each other. I think this is easy to forget when we get stuck in the mundane tasks of our jobs. If one entity shuts down it has a domino effect on everything. Just imagine what would happen if the banks shut down, or the hospitals, or the power plants. Our jobs are connected by a huge web and when one strand breaks it makes the others weaker.
What Does Money Have To Do With It?
Why is the sky blue? Money is a tool and an instrument to use. It’s up to you if you want to let it run your life or use it to propel your life. Our relationship with money has some negative connotations especially in the ways we wastefully consume. I’ve had to check in on my relationship with it several times over my life. Because of that, I have made lifestyle changes big and small and guess what? It’s not going anywhere. Even if it turns digital we are still going to have to adapt to different ways of monetary exchange.
There are some interesting theories out there about the future of the monetary system we know today and where it is headed. I’ll provide some food for thought at the end.
What Do Experience, Growth, and Fulfillment Have To Do With It?
E V E R Y T H I N G. With that being said I am aware that this is a subjective question, as are all the rest, but this one perhaps even more so. There are people who get complacent and they are okay with that. Those people are probably not reading this article. SO, in my personal workview, I understand this question as a choice. You can choose to live your personal mission every single day in every single interaction. It’s the small things that add up to the big moments. We can’t avoid growth, to live is to grow, but we can choose the direction of that growth. Do we want to be comfortable? Fulfillment comes in many forms what fulfills me may not fulfill you. For example, the moments in my life where I feel the most joy and fulfillment are the moments when I am helping people and in the time where I am %100 percent engaged in working towards a mission.
My recent feeling of fulfillment came from a meeting with the executive director of our county’s food shelf. I left the meeting feeling inspired and invigorated because we put our heads together to figure out how to solve a problem. The passion and care that this person emulated showed in our discussion and had the same effect on me. I realized at that moment, no matter where my career takes me, I will always have a mission to help people have a better quality of life.
What’s your mission? Are you living it everyday? Sometimes we just need these little reminders to keep us on track. Below find some food for thought. And as always check out my twitter page for all of the content I’ve been watching and reading. There’s some really great and inspiring content there. @lillianalucinda
1. You are a powerful creator because you are connected to everything.
2. You are part of a single Consciousness or Universal Mind.
3. The Universal Mind is all knowing, all powerful, all creative and present everywhere at the same time.
4. The universe comprises multiverses or parallel universes.