Evolve on Purpose 2: So many people, myself included, have gone out to look for a job and taken the first reasonable job to come along. We might have had a few criteria we matched the job up with but most of these are usually pretty vague. Have you ever made a list of criteria that the job must match up to? It has always been the other way around, yes? The employer has a set of criteria that YOU must match up with. So why don’t we do that for ourselves, mmm?
Because we assume they are the boss and they have all the choices!
I have even done this with self-employment and became a slave to my business. Before I knew it I was tied to a 'job' I didn't actually like. One was a gallery in a small shop, open 7 days a week. I was in a small shopping center so my lease required me to open every day including public holidays. I had to conform to center management rules and lease conditions and was stuck in an enclosed space 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, no sickies and no holidays! This is NOT my idea of thriving, in fact it was slowly killing me. But I didn’t realize this would happen when I set up the business.
After a couple more attempts at jobs and self-employment, I realized that I needed to make a list of criteria my work MUST fulfill for me and find a job that fit all the criteria. While looking for work that fit with my ethics, I decided to design a business that fit my list.
What I did to change my life was to write down my own set of ethics or values that I wanted to live by in an ideal world.
Do you know what you want in a job or self-employment?
My List of Ethics/Values is:
My Work and Lifestyle List is:
Ok, now I know what you are thinking. "Yeah, in a perfect world!" Well there are people out there that actually live like that, and that is the ideal I am aiming for and working towards. So this is not just a list for what I want my job to be like. It is a list for how I want my lifestyle to be, and my work is a part of my wonderful lifestyle. In fact, my work should feed my lifestyle; actually nourish it. Imagine that!
I saw an interview with Michael Jordan after a game and the interviewer asked him how he got that last amazing long shot that saved the match. Michael replied in a droll tone, "I aimed for it."
If you want something wonderful in your life, have the courage to live consciously. That is, take aim and go for it. This article is all about taking aim. If you don’t aim for the target do you think you will ever hit it? Probably not. So work out what you are aiming for.
I don’t want you to just copy my lists, but sit down and have a really good think about it and make your own. Think on what jobs have worked for you and which ones haven’t and work out why they did or didn’t. What parts of those jobs or businesses did you really like, and which parts did you hate? What great things do others get to do that you don’t? Do the same for your relationships etc. This is how you work out your list.
Then what you will need to do is align your commitments with your ethics/values. As you start to match up your list with prospective jobs you will work out bit by bit what you really want in your life. This is especially valuable for new business ideas. You will be able to hone those ideas, mold them to fit your work and lifestyle criteria, NOT the other way around.
Remember some of the points will be ideals you will need to work towards bit by bit. I cannot go totally solar immediately, and I do have to drive a car. But I can aim for a hybrid car next time, and start the alternative energy ball rolling bit by bit. Rome wasn’t build in a day!
So be gentle with yourself but be firm. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. Creating it consciously is a matter of making the same right decisions every day. Keep your list handy and keep it in your mind. You will find that you will begin to apply this list to everything that you do. You will make better decisions when you are shopping, spending and investing your money, forming relationships, and in every area of your life. If something is not working for you, work out why and make adjustments to your lifestyle and your thinking.
Before you know it your life will EVOLVE ON PURPOSE.
Do you want to regain and maintain excellent health and have the strength and energy you need to fulfill your life's purpose?
Read Evolve On Purpose Part 3.
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