Love What You Do!
Do you work in a field or profession that you would do without getting paid? Do you find great satisfaction for what you do daily? Do you get excited to go into work every day? Are you working in a field that gets your brain and heart juices flowing?
If the answer is no, I am challenging you to find your passion and go after it.
We often spend time dreading the work that we do but continuing to do so because “it pays the bills.” That is not a life of fulfillment! There is a saying that your gifts will make room for you. It is so true!
How do you get there when you have real life responsibilities and doing the work that you enjoy will not allow you to meet your financial obligations? The answer is simple…just a little time consuming to implement – yet so worth the time. I’ve compiled a step-by-step plan for you to transition from being an employed robot to a fulfilled career enthusiast:
The Exit Strategy
An exit strategy is a plan on how you will successfully transition from your current employment to the career you love. It is like a personal SWOT analysis. This strategy takes an honest look at where you are, currently, and what you’ll need to successfully shift to a new career. Your exit strategy should properly identify what supports you need, your strengths, deficiencies, milestones, and a timeline for accomplishing your all tasks.
The evaluation of your skills is a critical component to transitioning to the work you love. This type of analysis allows you to determine your competitiveness for a work that you love without having necessarily worked in that field. These are called transferrable skills. Begin to review job descriptions for the work that you desire and compare the desired skills to your skills. This assessment will help you clearly identify whether you have any deficiencies and provide a targeted development plan. Further, meet with human resource professionals in that field and discuss your plans for transitioning and get feedback. Identify whether there are volunteer opportunities which provide you the opportunity to showcase your talents and gifts. The assessment of your skills and the needed skills to work in the career you love will provide the information for proper networking and discussion with other professionals. ***Remember to always be transparent with yourself in this area.
The budget evaluation is composed of identifying what cuts you can make in your lifestyle, the absolute salary requirement, and what offsets you can make (like health insurance and long-term benefits). Simply stated, have a clear understanding of where your budget can take cuts and changes better positions you for the change. For example, it is possible that your budget can handle a reduction in monthly income if the position, in the career you love, provides better health insurance at a reduced rate than your current position. There also could be much better long-term benefits that you are not focused on in your current position, such as a 401-K, employer contribution, paid time off, opportunities for advancement, and more. Don’t remain in a work that brings you no satisfaction and for which you are not passionate all because you need to make your current salary. It is likely that a short-term sacrifice will lead to a long-term benefit.
Lastly, use the data and assessments that you have gathered to put together a plan for your transition. It does not have to be extravagant or exhaustive; it needs to clearly identify where you are, where you desire to go, what you need to get there, and by when you will accomplish what you need. I assure you that you will not regret a life of work that you love. You will love life, even on the most difficult of days, doing the work you love.
Contact me today to learn how coaching can assist you in making the proper transition to the work that you love.
As I always say, you are enough as you are! Never stop pushing for more and to be a greater and better you!