Switch off the alarm; switch on your smile as Emma Mildon shares 4 keys to unlocking your enlightening career and why it’ll help make Monday your favourite day of the week (ok, maybe fourth favourite).
So, most of us dread Mondays – some of us more than others. If you use caffeine as the soul-fueling catalyst to charge you through your work day then drop that oversized coffee mug that says ‘Keep calm it’s almost the weekend’ and listen up. In fact, you are pretty lucky I am not in front of you otherwise I would have thrown that coffee over your oh-my-I-hate-my-job-but-don’t-do-anything-about-it-and-still-get-up-and-go-to-it-every-morning-for-the-rest-of-my-life face as a wakeup call! Are you listening yet? Good…
There are four things you need to tick off when checking that what you do serves your soul, gives you purpose, a sense of meaning, delivers you satisfaction and essentially gives you all those big-fat-juicy-happy feelings of contentment you should be feeling from the work you do in your life. Considering for most of us we will spend on average 8 hours a day at work, 40 hours a week, over 2,000 hours a year and an estimated 100,000 hours of your life at work – it makes sense for you to enjoy it, right?
So, for souls sake, take a look at these four keys and triple check you have a career that has both mission and passion…
You love it – Tick!
Remember that book, ‘He’s just not that into you?’ Let’s turn the tables for a second and apply the same rules to your career. Would you be willing to say ‘I do’ and commit to your job, for life? Think of your job as a relationship – are you having a meaningless affair? Casual sex? With your High school sweetheart? Have you meet your soul mate? If you had to label your relationship with your job, what would it be? The key? Keep searching for that job that you would settle down with.
Now let’s get real. Straight shoot with me. Do you love what you do? There is no grey area here, it is very black and white, a yes, no answer will do. Do you. Don’t you.
Soul satisfaction isn’t rocket science, if it brings joy to your life, if it serves, helps, grows, inspires or educates others, if you are leaving the world a better place each and every day you get home from work then you will find it far more motivating when you hit your alarm button on a cold Monday morning to get up and go to work. So be honest, do you actually love your work?
You are great at it – Tick!
You don’t want to be living on Struggle Street, trust me it is a real place. When you find every day at work an uphill climb, you are constantly stressed, overworked, out of your league or feeling over your head then I would argue maybe that job is not your souls purpose. Don’t get me wrong it needs to challenge you, but shouldn’t morph you into eye-twitching-zombie-thinking-teeth-grinding-madness if you get my jist.
The world needs it – Tick!
This is a biggy. Who is it serving, lots of people tend to let the terminal soul eating virus that is ego boss them through their career. So if you are chasing money, fame, status then one could argue that you are currently in direct report to your head.
If you are chasing service, duty, and ultimately trying to be of environmental or humanitarian impact then you are safely in the heart zone. You soul is clearly in charge. So if you your career is a focused on a product or service then what the motive. Them, or you? Tick if it is them. Boo if it is you.
You are paid for it – Tick!
One of the biggest mistakes us spiritual peeps can make is thinking that abundance is the root of all evil. When you embrace success, abundance and a soul service collectively your perception on money changes. You see it as an energy source that is vital in you helping to impact more lives by getting your product or service to more people. So, stop giving away so much of your product, time or energy and accept that it is important you are paid for your contribution.
You now have the four key elements to unlocking an enlightening career. You are the CEO of your soul, the master of your own destiny, so ensure that you follow your calling and that you combine the combo of loving it, being good at it, the world needing it, and getting paid for it. You’ll never dread that Monday morning wakeup call again. #KeepCalmILoveMyJob