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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If you clicked on this, there’s a good chance you have a dream you are working towards. You know what lights you up from within. You know all about those early mornings, late nights, and weekends “working” on this passion. I say “working” because it hardly feels like work. You just love it. There’s one thing though. You also have a career. You know, the one you went to school for. The one that pays the bills and then some. The one you’ve invested in for years and actually enjoy when taken as a whole. In this post, I’ll share with you 5 tips to pursuing your passion as a corporate professional.
I’m figuring things out as I go, but it’s so much fun discovering and living in the flow. So let’s go!
1. Vision First
During my yoga teacher training in 2014, Lacey Calvert?led a little meditation exercise for our group. She had us sit in a comfortable position, close our eyes, and visualize the future. Where does your mind wander off to? What you find yourself dreaming about?
Try this meditation exercise in a quiet and comfortable place. In this exercise-
? Picture yourself six months, a year, three, or five years down the line. Pick one point of time in the future.
??Where are you?
? What are you doing?
? Who are you with??
??How do you feel?
Visualization is such a powerful tool. When you have the vision in mind, you can work backwards and figure out what you need to do now to set yourself up.
Keep your vision or your “why” ever-present. It will?serve as an anchor through the times of uncertainty and doubt. Your vision is your ultimate motivation.
The vision is clear but the process is open-ended.
2.?Nail your Non-Negotiables
Everyone is blessed with 24 hours in a day. I wish we had more sometimes. Because of that, we have to use our time wisely. Given this, it is so key to nail down your non-negotiables. Your non-negotiables are your primary commitments.?It will take some reflection to assess what is really important to you.
Here are some of mine. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!
? Do physical exercise (yoga, circuit training, cardio, weight lifting, etc.) six days a week when possible.?
? Attend Rock Harbor?mid-week life group and Sunday service.?
? Stay connected with family and friends.?
Your non-negotiables will serve as another anchor as you navigate your schedule. There will definitely be busier times and you might have to take time away from these primary commitments. I have noticed though,?that maintaining your core priorities is important to?living a balanced life. When you take too much time away from these things, it is easy to feel depleted.
3. Maximize your Power Hour
Time is seriously so valuable. I’m sure your schedule is full and vibrant! And I know you wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
I am not necessarily a planner by nature, but I’ve learned to plan better to fit in all my commitments. Here’s a short breakdown of my busiest day of the week– Monday.
6:30 AM to 7:30?Take yoga class at CorePower Yoga
7:45 to 9:00?20?Minute sprints or stairs at Equinox?+ get ready for work + drive to work
9:00 to 11:45?Work?
11:45 to 1:00 PM?Power Hour
1:00 to 6:00 Work
6:00 to 7:00 Change + eat dinner + drive to yoga class
7:00 to 9:00 PM Teach yoga class at?CorePower Yoga?(includes front desk time)
Power Hour is that one hour in the day where you can work on your passion projects. Maybe it’s at lunch time for you like it is for me. You’ll often find me at Whole Foods with my Macbook out. You have to find time to fit it in.
An hour a day is a great place to start. If you do an hour a day, in a week you would have worked 7 hours on your passion project. You can get a lot done in that time! 🙂
4. Connect with your Community
Community makes life sweet. As you pursue your passions while working your professional career, make sure you are staying connected with your family, friends, and other loved ones. They are your biggest supporters and the people you want to celebrate your successes with.?The best part about all of this is you will continue to meet amazing people along your journey! When you start doing things you love, you’ll cross paths with people who also have that zest for life. When you pursue your passions, you vibrate at a higher level and will attract the same energy.
5. Rest, Relax, Repeat
Someone once said-
If you get tired, learn how to rest, not quit.
Relaxation, self-care, rest, and fun are so necessary. Schedule it.?Spend time in nature. Watch a sunset.?Take it slow. Breathe. Unplug. Listen to music. Sleep. Go somewhere or do something new.
Take a step back from time to time and zoom out. This is especially helpful when you?experience moments of frustration or discouragement.
When you rest, you will feel ready and energized to take on life again!
Take care of yourself.??
I hope these tips were helpful! I’d love to hear other ways you are able to find balance as you pursue your dreams.
Until next time.