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How to Feel Satisfied in
If you are not satisfied in your
career, you are probably not doing justice to your organization
or to yourself. The following article gives you some tips
on how you can achieve satisfaction in career without the
need for major changes.
Many people turn a beloved hobby into
a vocation. They have a gift, a talent screaming for expression.
It means doing something that they love. At last, they feel
However, this newfound empowerment
is inside the person, not in the changing of careers. How
can you feel empowered if you are already successful in your
work but feel discontent?
You must recognize and feel the value
within you and your work every day!
A colleague and I were presenting a
workshop on career satisfaction to a group of health-care
staff members. His segment, "Feeling Empowered in Your
Career", and my following segment, "Empowerment
in Words and Actions", complimented each other splendidly.
A majority of the participants had
indicated before the workshop that they were happy with their
career choice. Their need was to feel more contentment during
the workday. Many felt isolated or emotionally distant from
co-workers. They felt successful but not content.
They all believed that their work was
highly valuable. However, as one participant said, "I
don't feel connected to the people I work with or feel enough
satisfaction in the value that I provide."
There is a big difference between believing
in something and deeply experiencing the same thing.
An old expression suggests, "It
will not help to believe in ladders unless you climb one."
Many people are highly skilled, successful, and competent
in their work. They are intellectually aware of their value.
However, they do not experience the internal satisfaction
and contentment that they want and deserve.
How can we experience the most contentment
and satisfaction in our careers? Here are several key ideas
- First, check your motivations
for being in your career.
Success is the result of skills, actions, and choices. It
is not a mandate to remain in one place. You can be successful
in many different endeavors depending on your motivations,
interests, and natural gifts.
Use an assessment such as the complimentary MAPP found at
Achieve Ezine to check your motivations. Your personalized
MAPP reveals whether your true motivations match your work.
It also uncovers unique talents and interests.
- Start with your desired
Notice how the participant's words focused on *not* feeling
connected. After that gap has been acknowledged, it is time
to shift focus.
We move toward the object of our primary attention. It may
seem backwards, but begin at the end. Imagine and focus
on what contentment would feel like for you as though you
already have it.
- Catch a partner or co-worker
doing something great each day.
Verbally acknowledge the dedication and value that they
contribute. Use sincere words and actions to show colleagues
that they are valuable. Share your goals with others, and
express sincere appreciation for their participation.
As children, we learned to communicate and relate to others
by participating in a mutual action-speaking environment.
We did not simply listen and respond. We built trust-worthy
relationships by joining with adults and peers in cooperative
activities that matched words and feelings with action.
Showing appreciation for others will reflect back and enrich
- Seek constructive suggestions
from both co-workers and clients.
Dive right into the experience of value, and acknowledge
constructive suggestions with gratitude. Focus on your value
by challenging yourself to make improvements each day.
- Put your value into
Then catch yourself in the actions. Our words, actions,
and focus of attention will pull us toward the contentment
we seek. Journal your experiences of providing value. Review
- Nourish and maintain
yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Discontentment may be a warning sign of burn out. Get regular
medical checkups and follow a balanced lifestyle for maximum
wellness. Daily periods of relaxation and meditation are
important for renewal and wellbeing.
Leo Buscaglia wrote, "The majority
of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this
world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for
us, no monuments created in our honor."
Yet we can be both successful and content
with our lives and careers. We create the most meaningful
monuments from the love and enthusiasm we have for our work.
Create a monument everyday by doing
what you love and focusing on the value you bring to others.
Acknowledge also the value that others contribute to your
life and career.
These actions coupled with a healthy,
balanced lifestyle can add contentment and improved relationships
to your career beginning today.
Steve Brunkhorst is a life success
coach helping people design strategies to turn their personal
dreams and career goals into reality. He is the editor of
the motivational ezine, Achieve! 60-Second Nuggets of Inspiration.
Find many helpful achievement resources
by visiting his site at http://www.AchieveEzine.com
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