Step One to a Better Job: Know What You Want

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.09.38 PMIf our jobs aren’t fulfilling us, or paying us enough, or destroying us, it’s time to do something else. The main route to joy, peace, and abundance is through our work. Unless we have rich relatives that are leaving us their money, our work is our number one resource to abundance. So let’s make certain it’s doing its job.

Easier said than done, huh?

Maybe getting the job we want is easier than we think. But there is one big IF  –  we have to know what it is we want to do.

There’s a great book I’d like to recommend: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. After completing a set of multiple choice options online, your answers are evaluated and you get a profile of your five professional strengths.

It’s a hugely enlightening, non-threatening evaluation — one of the coolest assessments I’ve ever taken. And, it was spot on.

Why is this important?

Recognizing what our strengths are puts us in a positive position and helps us to see why we’re attracted to certain professions and reject others. Or, why we enjoy some tasks better than others. This information can lead us to doing the kinds of things that will bring us joy, peace, and abundance.

With this information at hand, chart out your perfect job  –  in detail. Write the job description.

  1. If I could have any job in the world, what would it be?
  2. What/who would I be responsible for?
  3. What would I bring to this job?
  4. How am I already prepared to do this job? What skills do I have?
  5. What would I need to learn to do this job?
  6. Where and when would I work?
  7. How much money does this job pay and why does this job pay the amount of money it does?
  8. What are the three things I would do right away if I had this job?
  9. What would a typical day at this job look like?

Now ask yourself these questions:

  1. How and why would this job bring me joy, peace, and abundance?
  2. What would I have to sacrifice to have this job?
  3. What is it about this job that fulfills me?
  4. How would this job expand me as a person?
  5. Why do I want this job?
  6. What will this job look like in five/ten years?
  7. Where do I want to be in five/ten years?

Lastly, ask yourself these questions.

  1. How is this job different from the job I have now?
  2. What would I need to do to make the job I have now into this perfect job?
  3. What’s wrong with the job I have now? Be honest.
  4. What would I need to do to get this perfect job?
  5. What am I willing to do to get this perfect job?
  6. What am I not willing to do to get this perfect job?
  7. Can any job really be perfect?
  8. Can all jobs be perfect?

Now, after this exercise, hopefully you have a clearer idea of what you’d like to do. The next step is to start figuring out how to get there.

About Todd Stauffer

Todd Stauffer (Liz's son) is a technology writer, newspaper publisher and small business advocate. He lives in Jackson, Miss., where he's the co-founder and president of Jackson Free Press, Inc., a media company.

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