Finding Your Life Work
Think of your job not just as a means to make money, but as a large part of your journey through life. Take a moment to consider all the time you spend at work; if you’re happy at work, you are spending a good part of your life happy. If you’re unsatisfied at work, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your job and your career ambitions. Ask yourself the following questions:
– Does time “fly” when you’re at work, or does time drag on?
– Does your work engage and challenge you, or are you bored?
– Do you feel fulfilled by your work and does it feel meaningful?
– Do you have any life-long dreams that you are not pursuing that you wish you could?
– Are there any steps you could take to make your current job even better?
– If you don’t like your job, what would it take to find another job that is perhaps more aligned with your dream?
– What do I value?
– What is my purpose?
When you are able to align your life purpose with your work you then have “life-work,” which means your career is not just a job, but a calling that is connected to your life journey. This is when your job no longer feels like work and the lines between inspired everyday living and work blur.
Take a moment to allow yourself to dream without limitations—if you could do anything you want to do, what would it be? We owe it to the deepest part of ourselves to acknowledge our truth and highest aspirations. If you trust the power of your intentions and your creativity and allow for the possibility of unseen support as well as have the courage to take action steps, you might be surprised to find yourself reaching your goal even if right now it seems unlikely or flat-out impossible. If we don’t acknowledge our dreams the energy we use to deny them is tied up in the denial, but when we recognize our truth we free our energy to either pursue the dream or have closure and move on.
Once we set ourselves free with the truth we can then work backwards—determine the details, as well as the practicalities, about how to realize our goals. Even if you conclude your dream is not feasible you can still learn from this process. For example, let’s say you are 45 and you are just now getting in touch with your dream to be an Olympic figure skater. While you may have missed that particular opportunity, you might discover other things about yourself in the process of acknowledging this dream. Perhaps skating will become a hobby or you will find another job in the world of skating. Or you may realize it was not actually being an Olympic skater you wanted, but something it represented. Look for the essence or core qualities of this “job.” What does it mean to you? Examine the life you think you would have, or how you would feel, if you were an Olympic figure skater. You might realize you could experience these same results in many other careers or you can simply bring these qualities into your life.
Find some quiet time and sit down and write a detailed description of your ideal job. Then write a clear intention to have that job in one year, five years, ten years—whatever feels appropriate and realistic. Writing out intentions draws on the universal principle that your thoughts create your reality.
When you have clear intentions and focus you are more likely to realize your goals. Once you have written down your intentions, find an object that reminds you of the job you just described. The objects can be an artwork, a photograph, or, if you want to be with a certain company perhaps it’s something that has that company’s name on it. Next place the piece of paper with your intentions under or behind that object, and place the object in your home where you will see it often. Every time you look at the object, you will be reminded of your goal. Many Feng Shui masters say: “where your attention goes, energy flows.” This visual anchor in your home will help keep your attention on your goal.
Below are also several other things you can do to get the energy flowing in your home and support yourself in attracting a new opportunity:
1. Clear clutter: Clutter keeps you in the past and slows you down thereby blocking new opportunities from coming into your life.
2. Enhance the front entrance to your home: In Feng Shui, the front entrance is where auspicious energy enters your home, so make it as inviting as possible.
3. Make sure your doors are in working order and open fully (i.e. don’t place things behind doors). In Feng Shui, blocked doors represent blocked opportunities.
4. Place your desk so that when you are sitting down you have a view of the door; this is the “power position” and represents being open to, and facing, opportunities.
5. Enhance your work space. Keep your desktop clutter-free. If you’re not currently at your dream job, find something positive about the job to focus on—perhaps it is as simple as making money to support your family whom you love—and place a picture of your family on your desk to remind you of how your job is serving you.