Estimates currently place the number of unemployed at 15 million. I often encounter people who consider themselves underemployed or are in jobs they do not care for. Now more than ever you need to find and connect to your purpose...what is it that you do well?
"I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
A client recently shared this comment about being laid off, "You can look at it as a 'pink slip' or a blank sheet of paper." Meaning that you can see your job loss as a defeat or the greatest opportunity to liberate yourself for the rest of your life. What would it look like if you choose the latter?
Living on purpose is doing the things you are good at and having positive results. When you get out of bed in the morning are you excited about the day ahead? Early in my career I had the opportunity to work with successful entrepreneurs, they loved what they were doing. When I work with clients and hear the leader of an organization say, "I love this business!" I know this is a successful company that will continue to grow.
The economic disruption of the past three years has forced many people to reinvent themselves. Even companies have been compelled to focus their business model and change their market plan. In helping organizations or individuals do this I always begin with the question, "What do you do well?" If you answer this question you begin from a position of strength, in order to build value you must focus on your strength. The SWOT analysis of Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats will yield a clear path in building your plan.
You will be working for many years to come, possibly the rest of your life (I plan to). Does it not make sense to be doing what you love. Many people plan for months or longer to take a two week vacation, how much time do you invest to plan the rest of your life? It is your life-control your own destiny. Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
Developing Potential, Producing Results