With another year soon to click over on the calendar, it’s only natural that you may be reassessing your career. Are you still happy? Is it still challenging? Could the New Year herald a new career? Emma Bangay applies for answers.
“Life is too short to live with Monday morning blues, Wednesday hump days, thank god it’s Fridays and 'weak ends'," insists Human Behaviour Specialist, Dr. John Demartini. "It is wiser to start with what we know, and let what we know grow, as we refine our master plan to create or locate the career we truly desire."
When we are not engaged and fulfilled in our career or jobs, we become distressed and distracted and regress into and activate more primitive brain functions, making us vulnerable to immediate gratifying, addictive or consumer oriented behaviors, Dr. Demartini warns.
“We then limp our life instead of walk our talk. If we don’t fill our day with high priority actions that inspire us, our lives become filled with low priority distractions that don’t. All areas of our lives then become less empowered and fragmented.”
Dr. Demartini believes our career choices entwine with who we are. "What we would love to do in terms of our career will be according to what is highest in our true values or priorities, and what is most important and meaningful to us."
Essentially, if your career is a poor fit, it can effect your entire life.
“People go to work for the purpose of fulfilling their highest values – what is most important to them," he says. "If a career fulfills these highest values they will be internally called to achieve. Because our list or priorities or hierarchy of values can evolve through time what inspires us can evolve.”
Of course, values can change. So as new year looms on the horizon, we can find ourselves reconsidering professional roles. But if this is the case, what are the steps to harnessing the career that is right for you? Or identifying if you are already living it?
“It is wiser to pass up the ‘wish list’ and get seriously focused on what is truly most meaningful, and diligently pursue - in a methodical and strategic manner - the career we would love most,” Dr Demartini advises.
“Even if we temporarily work in an alternative or closely-related field in the meantime, it is wise to work our way toward fulfilling what is truly meaningful. A life plan can include a career plan and/or a business plan. When we fail to, use our foresight we may regret our hindsight. It is wise to meet with others who have been doing what we would love to do in a highly productive way for feedback and guidance.”
If you are uninspired by the daily mission of service at work, you may feel unfulfilled and drained, and any daily job duties that cannot profoundly connect to your highest values will scatter, drain and frustrate you, Dr. Demartini cautions. Therefore, he advises you ask yourself quarterly – not yearly:
“How specifically will this particular job responsibility help me fulfill my highest values or whatever is most important to me and my mission?”
"We become engaged and present and productive when we can see how what we are doing is meaningful and helping us fulfill our most inspired dreams and serving others,” he continues. “When we can’t wait to get up in the morning and deliver our service, people can’t wait to receive our service.”
The Check List:
Confused about your career? The first thing to do is link whatever you are doing to what you love, as you plan for the next career step along your journey. “It is wise to either go and do what you love through delegating or love what you do. through linking,” Dr. Demartini suggests.
1. Clearly decide your new career path.
2. Ask yourself how the present job is going to assist you with your new career. Answer it 20+ times until you see it on the way and not in the way.
3. Take small daily actions that will move you one step closer to your new dream career.
4. Document what worked and didn’t work each day to refine your efficiency.
5. Document what you are grateful for each day to build momentum.