Have you ever wondered what your passion is? Do you find yourself daydreaming about making a living doing what you love? In this post, I’ll share with you an exercise that will help you organize your thoughts about your dream career!
I did this exercise last year when I wanted to find clarity and direction in my work life and it really helped set an internal compass towards a long-term vision.
What You Need
You’ll need a journal if you like to write or the Trello app on your phone. I love Trello! I use it everyday. It’s a virtual board where you can create lists and organize them however you want! Picture electronic post-its that you can move around.
Giftedness – Resources – Dream Job
Know your Gifts
The first step to change is being aware and knowing yourself. Who are you? What are you good at? What are your talents, abilities, and skills? List out all your best qualities.
I knew I had to take inventory of exactly who I was. I’ll share with you a few that I wrote down:
Strong interpersonal skills
Gifted at teaching yoga
Knowing your skillset is so important because this will help you discover what you have to offer to the world and why your contribution matters.
Don’t hold back! Be proud of yourself, your strengths and what makes you unique.
Understand your Resources
We are blessed with so much. It’s easy to forget just how much we have when we are focused on what we don’t have. This list is important because it’s the starting point. With any endeavor in life, you start with what you already have.
Get creative with this list! Include the obvious things but expand from there. Where do you work? Who are you connected to? What activities or organizations do you participate in?
Here were the resources I noted:
Good living location
Network of friends and family
Dream up your Ideal Career
This is the fun part. You get to dream up what you really want! It’s a dream for a reason so don’t worry about being realistic. One day you’ll look back and be excited you wrote everything you really want. Get detailed with it too! What feeling do you want to experience when you do your life’s work? Who do you want next to you? What purpose do you hope to serve?
Here are some things I wrote about my dream job:
Not tied to a desk
Active and physically moving
Inspire and motivate
High interaction with people
Channel my love of fitness, nature, and music
Putting it All Together
Once you’ve written out all three side by side, read them over and observe any common threads. The magic happens when you find alignment in your strengths, your resources, and your vision.
I hope this exercise provides value and helps you on your way to discover your life’s passion and the career of your dreams!
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