For the past 20 years, I have always found passion in the work I have done.
Was I lucky? Was I naive?
The answer is no. I have not been lucky nor have I been naive in finding passion in my work. I learned early on that my passion was in serving, finding purpose in my work, and making a difference. Throughout my career, I have found positions that allowed me to hone my skills which have enhanced experiences for the people and organizations I have gotten to serve in.
Was this found by just "walking into the perfect position" to find the absolute perfect fit with no effort? NO! I worked my butt off to learn the position and then found ways that I could improve it. By doing so, I took on more responsibility by gaining trust from people. This led to having the freedom to "create" the ideal positions I wanted by using my top five strengths (for me it is positivity, futuristic, achiever, woo, and empathy - see our Personal Development Resource list to find out how to discover yours).
This worked for me up until I "lost" a position I loved serving in after the organization closed its doors closed. I went on to find an extremely awesome job in a downturned economy (in fact, due to my intentional action, I had 3 solid job offers and several possibilities in the wings). While the corporation I went to work for was a wonderful opportunity for those looking to climb the corporate ladder, I was having a difficult time finding passion in what I was doing. Over the course of a few months, I found myself becoming discontent.
At first, I tried to smother the feeling of discontentment. Why? Because it was literally the perfect job on paper with what my past jobs have entailed, it paid well, and had incredible benefits. As the months went by and my discontent grew, I thought what the heck. This job was perfect and there were plenty of people around me doing the same thing...if I am discontent, I must be the problem! What was wrong with ME and why was this happening to ME I wondered?
This experience went on to shake my confidence, I became uncertain about my skills and abilities, and it led me to being a somewhat negative person to be around for my family. In addition, the more I "whined" about my predicament, the more I felt "stuck in the muck" - I literally felt like a victim.
How many people around us feel the same today? How many are feeling stuck in the muck when it comes to their own careers? Is this just what my life will be like until I retire we wonder? Worse yet, is this the norm that everyone MUST experience?
No matter how much I tried to make myself fit in to a job where I wasn't using my gifts and abilities to further my passion, it wasn't working. The point of realization came when I faced that fact that I had two choices. Number one, I could accept being discontent which would have left me to becoming extremely unhappy about my situation or number two, I could take intentional action to change my situation.
It was as simple as that.
Stay stuck or MOVE it. Those were my choices and the choices that everyone who is unhpappy with their situation faces today.
I decided to take intentional ownership in my situation and MOVE IT. What happened?
My choice to MOVE IT would lead me totally OUT of my "comfort zone" as I discovered ways to utilize my skills, abilities, and passion in finding the work I loved. Here are some of the action steps I took:
So while my journey has led me to being "out of my comfort zones" MANY times, I tell you, it has lead to incredible opportunities to see out ways to live the extraordinary life we are all capable of living.
So is it possible to find passion in the work you do? ABSOLUTELY!
Is it responsible for you to find work in what you are passionate about? YES!
Know that you have gifts and abilities that WILL lead you to success when you take ACTION steps:
Question: What ways are you finding passion in the work you do? What advice do you have for those that are "stuck in the muck"?
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