You want to love your work. Who doesn’t? We spend such a large chunk of our lives at work. However, finding a job we love can sometimes seem like an impossible task, a hairy audacious goal too large to tackle. Where do you even start? You may get as far as a quick trawl through Seek. Ahhh, too much going on, back to Facebook or dreaming of your next holiday. As much fun as it is watching cat videos on company time, you realise you would be much happier if you could just find a role where you could contribute something more. How do you break the cycle of putting off finding your dream job to another day?
I have some good news for you - finding a job that you love isn’t an impossible dream. You just need to do one thing - get out your pen and paper, or open up Evernote, and write the following into your To Do list: “Take Action”. To quote the Nike brand, “Just do it.” Or Woody Allen, “80% of success is just showing up”. Even if this may appear difficult, you simply need to take action. In recent years the determinant of success has moved from IQ to EQ to AQ. AQ is the Adversity Quotient. AQ is the measure of your ability to overcome adversity. It is your ability to say, “It’s difficult, it’s challenging, I don’t have the time, I’m scared, but what the hell, I’m going to do it anyway.” Someone with a high AQ gets half way up the mountain and says “You know what, as lovely and safe as it is here, I’m pushing on and going to the top.” The great thing about AQ is that you weren’t born with a limited level. You can develop your AQ. You can step out of your comfort zone, push yourself and live the life you’ve always imagined.
Perhaps you opened this article hoping I would reveal a magical job-searching strategy that would see you in your dream role faster. I have plenty of these. I can teach you how to write a standout CV or LinkedIn profile, or nail an interview. However, none of these are of any use to you until you take the first step. How can you do this, you ask? There are 8 proven ways you can move from deciding to do something to actually doing it.
Firstly, you can connect to your “why”. If you think to yourself, “I should get another job,” you are unlikely to be motivated. However, if you can get clear on what your life would look like should you take action and secure a role where you were contributing, feeling valued and learning every day, then you’d be more likely to move to action. So, firstly answer the question, “How would my life be better if I was in a role I enjoyed?” Think about not only the day-to-day, but the flow-on effect of being happy eight plus hours a day. Think of the effects on your self esteem, relationships, your health etc.
2. Stop waiting until conditions are perfect
If you wait until everything magically aligns and the timing is perfect, chances are you’ll be waiting a long time, possibly forever. Accept that timing will never be perfect. Stop asking yourself, “Am I ready?” and start asking yourself, “Am I willing?”
3. Stop, get up and do it
There is no time like the present. Seize the day. Tomorrow never comes. Do you want me to throw any more catch-phrases at you? Quite simply, stop procrastinating and putting things off. It won’t happen unless you start. Now. Today.
4. Stop over-thinking things
When we over-think things, we start to get paralysis of analysis. Get out of your head and back in to the present moment. Try not to think of the “what ifs,” you’ll just go around in circles and possibly just end up with a headache instead of your dream job.
5. Take continuous action
Once you take the first step, make sure you take the second and the third. Success will come with you simply completing a small task each day towards your goal. If you miss a day, that’s ok. Don’t make that an excuse to throw in the towel. Just pick up where you left off and keep going. You’ll develop you’re AQ, and thus your propensity for success.
6. Use action to overcome your fear
Generally fear arises prior to an action, not once you’re actually in the action itself. With public speaking it is the waiting around that is the scary bit. You’ll find the fear subsides when you actually move to action. So the scary bit is now, thinking about moving jobs. The actual job search isn’t nearly as scary.
7. Focus on the present
There is an old Chinese Proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” We can’t go back and rewrite the past but we do have some control of the future, if we act now. Think about what you can do today to move you closer to your goal.
8. Eliminate the distractions
You are all the more likely to move to action if you clear the space to do so. It’s so easy to while away the day, catching up on Facebook, watching cat videos. Or you can close down your email, switch off the telly, go and sit in a quiet space and take one small step towards your goal of loving what you do. When you set your mind to it you’ll be amazed to discover all the incredible things you can accomplish.
So there it is, the only thing you need to do for career success, just do it.
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