Do You Love What You Do?
So crush can take a double context for this topic. It can mean you are crushing it, meaning you are giving your career 100% and conquering your goals. And it can also mean that if you do it the right way, your career can actually become your new crush. You know, that new love thing!
Because who doesn’t want to actually love what they do for a living, which they inevitably commit so much of their time and energy toward? Who wants to be married to a career that they actually don’t have a crush on? So we are going to cover how to find that special love interest for you, which in this case is your very own career.
Most of you probably already have some type of job or career path established. So the question then becomes: Is your current career path fulfilling you and giving you the sense of purpose that we all need as human beings? In other words, is your existing career the right fit for you?
Is Your Career Mr./Mrs. Right Now or Mr./Mrs. Right?
Because sometimes we hop into a career or job without much consideration for whether it is fully right for us. This can occur due to a multitude of reasons. A fairly obvious reason is you may just need the money at the time. So you then make the decision that a certain job will do “for now”. But “for now” all of a sudden equals years later, and you suddenly realize you’re still dating Mr. or Mrs. Right Now instead of Mr. or Mrs. Right. This happens all of the time!
Or you could’ve ended up on your current career path because of perceived pressure from others; or because it just seemed like the logical thing to do at the time even though you may have lacked passion for it. There are so many reasons we can find ourselves in unfulfilling careers and job situations, including merely just outgrowing our current job.
But everything happens for a reason in my opinion. So regardless of why you got where you are, it can still be a great learning experience. Because first off, you learned what you don’t want which is quite a valuable lesson. In addition, your existing career can be providing the necessary skills you will need to continue to build your future.
Rake The Rut
So if you discover you are in a rut you need to rake (like we talked about in the blog and podcast Rake The Rut), then don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s a completely normal part of the career development process.
The great news is you are not stuck. You in fact possess the power and the freedom of choice to get unstuck. This is the most beautiful thing about life in a free country, you get the choice! It’s a privilege that has been hard-won by people like our existing military and so many of our ancestors before us. So don’t take your freedom of choice for granted. Utilize it.
It Starts With A Choice
So if you find you are in an unfulfilling job or career right now, then improvement begins with your choice to change that. The choice is ultimately yours.
Career development can look many ways depending on your own personality and goals. It can take the form of a promotion or position change within your existing company, switching companies altogether to find a better organizational fit, or switching career paths completely. The possibilities are quite endless on what this can look like. Pretty exciting, huh?
Career Crush Guide
So the following is a guide concerning your personal career crush:
Find Your Fit
There are many ways you can determine whether a career path is your right fit. There are multiple personality tests which can also further assist with this process, because sometimes it can be difficult to identify our own personality characteristics. Why? We don’t always see ourselves objectively.
I recommend taking an objective assessment of your personality qualities to help narrow down your focus of what type of career opportunities may be best suited for you. A couple that I’ve personally taken are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test and The DISC Profile test, which are both quite helpful in this endeavor of finding your unique career path. There are many other tests available online for you to choose from as well.
The point is that you really need to understand yourself first. This includes your strengths, your weaknesses (and yes we all have some, LOL) and what drives you. You can then use this knowledge for your personal career development.
If you don’t take the time to actually find the right match for your unique personality, then chances are you will eventually feel stuck or unfulfilled with your job or career. And there is no one right personality type for career success; it is simply a matter of which career opportunity is right for your personality. So channel your inner Cupid and do some match-making to find the best career crush for you.
Develop The Necessary Skill Set
Once you’ve identified the right career path for you, you may discover a gap exists from where you are now and where you want to go. This is perfectly ok and should be expected. The great news is you can fill this gap and build a bridge to cross over to your desired destination.
The best way to do this is to analyze where you are now and where you want to be. Ask yourself these questions: What do you need to achieve your desired career goal? Is it certain skills or knowledge?
If it is a matter of needing to develop skills, gain knowledge or earn educational credentials, then that’s easy peasy. You can do that! Identify what you need and then plan accordingly. If you’ve properly assessed your personality and successfully “match-maked” with a career goal, this should feel exciting because the journey will fit your personality.
So identify what you need to achieve your career goal. Examples could be: taking classes, finding a mentor in your desired position or field, researching online, networking, getting a required certification, etc.
Action Is Required
Now it’s time to take necessary action. As much as we’d all love for things to fall neatly in our laps from a magical career fairy in the sky, that isn’t how life works. If you want more, you will need to do more. If you want different, you will need to do different.
Depending on your specific career goal, this will most likely require coming out of your comfort zone which is well…uncomfortable. But remember, you don’t grow in your comfort zone. Although moving out of comfy land will probably trigger uncertainty and fear, this is a normal part of being a human.
You will still need to move forward with action despite these feelings, not in absence of them. So don’t let discomfort from moving out of your comfort zone stop you from taking the required action needed to move forward.
Also be aware of the excuses which may start creeping in your brain. If you hear yourself making excuses for why you should delay action, you’ll need to power forward. Your brain will provide very “logical” reasons for why you should not take action.
It is normal for people to get the urge to retreat or freeze when it comes to actually putting plans and strategy into action. It is the brain’s job in fact to find the path of least resistance. The path of least resistance will be the known (AKA: staying stuck where you are now).
Your Brain Works For You
You will need the strength and awareness to override your brain from stopping you from moving forward through action when you know it’s best for your long-term happiness and future. Your brain works for you; you do not work for your brain. So put your brain in check and take the necessary action. You can do it!
I think it’s only appropriate when talking about career crushing that we end with a quote from CEO and Co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, who said the following:
“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.”
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