We all want to do fulfilling work, but not many of us have any idea of how to go about finding work that we absolutely LOVE. That’s why I suggest that instead of finding work you love, you take matters into your own hands and create a career you love. With the age of the internet and its ability to help you market your work all over the world, it’s totally possible to create a financially sustainable career that you absolutely adore. And we all know that when you love your work, everything else in life feels that much easier. Here are the 5 things to consider as you create your dream career:
1. Honor your values
Values are those things that, when they are being honored, make your life feel really good. Everything flows. There are no struggles. Life moves along with ease. And when they are being stepped on? You got it – life sucks. Being aware of your values and then building them directly into your business ensures that what you create is a perfect fit for the life you want to be living.
Tip: Not sure what your values are? Think of a time in your life when you felt totally ALIVE. What were you doing? Who were you with? Where were you? Use this experience to help you tease out what’s important to you. These are your values!
2. Honor your personality
Gone are the days when you had to try to “be professional”, and “not stand out from the crowd”. We now know that the willingness to stand out is what sells. Which is great news! It means you get to infuse your business with YOU, every step of the way. All those little quirks? Bring ‘em on. Have a penchant for LOLcats memes? Let people know (you might even send your clients funny cat pictures – they might just appreciate it). By being MORE of who you are, and not less, you automatically rule out the people who won’t resonate with you, and draw in the people who will – making marketing that much easier. When you love all parts of yourself, nothing is off the table for sharing with the world. It’s time to embrace your weirdness for all it’s worth.
Tip: Not sure how to start integrating more of your personality into your life? Ask yourself what 3 quirks/personality traits you really admire about yourself. Then check in and see how much of these you bring out in your everyday life. Where are you holding back? Then choose one, and make a conscious effort to bring it into your life at least once everyday.
3. Honor your lifestyle first
One of the main reasons people feel drained in their jobs is because of the time it takes away from doing all the other things they love in life (spending time with their partner and family, making time for hobbies and activities that they enjoy, and having the time to rest and rejuvenate). And what good is a life if you don’t have time to do the things that bring you energy? Creating a career you adore means building the lifestyle you want right into your business. Want to take Fridays off? Do it. Want to be able to work online and travel the world. Do it. When you have a lifestyle you love, everything else falls into place.
Tip: Not sure what kind of lifestyle you want? Imagine a magic fairy takes away all your money troubles, and grants you one year do live however you want. What would you do? What kinds of things would you fill your time with?
4. Honor your strengths.
Notice I didn’t say skills. Your strengths are all the parts of your personality that just come so naturally to you that you may not even notice them. Do you love organizing things? Connecting like-minded people together? Making big decisions at the drop of a hat? All of these things are strengths that are unique to you. The more you play them up in your business, the more you will love what you do.
Tip: Not sure what your strengths are? Poll 10 of your friends/family members and ask them 1) What they see as your greatest strengths, and 2) What inspires them about the way you live your life. You will be surprised and delighted with the answers you get.
5. Honor your purpose
The number one way to create a career you love is to do something that matters to you. If you want to work for yourself, I’m guessing you want to do work that is not only fulfilling personally, but also that helps the world in some way. What changes would you like to see in the world that you could have a direct effect on through your work? Why is it so important to you to see those changes take place? Build up some fire behind your “why”, your bigger purpose for being here. When you build your career around that, and stay connected to the bigger picture of why, you’ll create work that continues to excite you.
Tip: Not sure what your “why” is? Imagine you are given a microphone that connects to a speaker that will play in every house, and for 30 seconds you get to tell the world whatever you want. What would you tell them? Now look at your answer, and pick apart why this is really important to you. Why does it matter so much that the world lives/feels what you just told them. That’s your why.
Creating a career you love is all about doing it your way. When you take into account your unique values, personality, lifestyle, strengths, and purpose, you can create something that not only stands out from the crowd, but that has meaning and staying power in the long term. And as they say, when you really love your work, it doesn’t feel like work.