In my last newsletter I described the 1st step you need to take in order to find work that doesn’t suck. Today’s article will detail the 2nd step: what to do once you have (even a very vague) idea of what you’ve like/love to do for a living.
FIND Full-Time or Part-Time WORK THAT DOESN’T SUCK – Step 2
First a brief review of Step 1.
Step 1 of my 3-step process essentially requires you to obtain crystal clarity about WHAT you want TO DO for a living. That is, how you want to contribute, what you want to give to the world, and what legacy you want to leave behind.
Now the idea of a legacy might seem a little “heavy” when it comes to thinking about a part-time job. But having a detailed description of your DREAM does ensure that any interim job or contract position you obtain will support your dream; not prevent it.
The detail you look for includes a clear picture of WHAT, WHO, WHERE, WHEN, WHICH, and HOW. (I’ll cover these details in my upcoming FR^EE teleclass)
Step 2: Use Your Theme(s) to Find THE Work of Your Dreams
Clarity takes time … and effort. The good news is that having any degree of clarity about your Destiny DreamTM is valuable. Especially IF you act on that clarity and move toward your Dream – as it reveals itself to you.
So, how do you take all those apparently jumbled pieces of data about Who, What, and so on and create a Theme or Themes for your Dream?
Let’s use my Destiny DreamTM as an example.
I’ve been crafting and using a Destiny PlanTM to guide my life, career, and work since the early 90s. My Destiny PlanTM has evolved to have 9 key Action GoalTM Areas – My Health & Wellness, My Relationships, My Work, My Learning & Development, My Passions, My Sexuality, My Muse, My Spirituality, and My Societal Contribution. Naturally, your 9 Action GoalTM Areas would likely be different from mine.
What I’ve noticed for the last several years is that, as I’ve done my Action GoalTM Planning every January, I’ve felt this strong sense that I was missing something.
So, I began asking myself, “What do I need?” (By the way this is a critical question for an Enneagram Two – which I am – to ask themselves). Beyond the needs in my Top ThreeTM Action GoalTM Areas I kept hearing, Travel!
I’ve had a burning Passion for Travel since I was a wee lad. But, like many others, I choose to have a family early on and invested time and energy in my kids instead in trips to Europe.
Sure, whenever we could afford it we travelled: 1st with the ex and the kids, most often camping trips throughout Alberta and British Columbia, an anniversary trip (alone with the ex) to Hawaii; work trips to New Jersey, Toronto, New Orleans, and San Jose; and following the divorce, many trips to LA/The OC, Monterey, and Palm Springs, while completing my Masters degree; and later with my current wife, trips to Nova Scotia (her home), New Brunswick, Alaska, Newfoundland, and countless camping adventures.
Yet, still it never felt like enough to slake my Travel Lust.
Then a few weeks ago during an early morning walk I saw a sign (literally), as if from God, “Wanted Part-time Cruise Consultants!” WOW!
I jumped at the chance to apply. And, the position seemed ideal: I’d be on contract not – god forbid – an employee; income was commission only – so I could make as much, or a little as I wanted; and I liked the ‘feel’ of the place.
NEXT ISSUE: Step 3: Landing the “JOB”
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