I’ve talked a lot recently about taking an inventory of your skills and using this information to help you choose a career path. Now it’s time to go a little deeper.
Who are you? What motivates you? Where do your core interests lie? How do you interact with others? What are you afraid of and how does it limit you? When you delve a little deeper into the “why” and “what” of yourself, you can make career-related decisions that will benefit, not only you, but those around you. (Hint – Trust that the how will come once you figure out the what!)
Where to start? Well, to start, having a positive mindset is contagious. When you have the mindset that you make a difference, you’re unique in your work and in your life, it gives you a sense of fulfillment you might not otherwise experience. This doesn’t have to mean that you’re touching millions of lives with your philanthropic work or that you’re sharing your ideas with the world on national broadcast television. (Although, if that’s your direction, go for it!) You’re making a difference as a marketer, creative director or sales professional, by ensuring that a great new eco-friendly product reaches the consumers who will buy it. You’re making a difference as a CPA by ensuring that your clients don’t get bilked by the IRS. You’re making a difference as a restaurant manager by helping to give people a place where they can relax and enjoy the pleasures of succulent food and fully bodied wine. Everyone, from the janitor to the CEO, makes a difference in one way or another. It’s all in how you look at it.
If you’re feeling stuck in your current career or in your job search, you might be suffering from lack of inspiration. Perhaps you’re a people person and your job keeps you stuck in a lonely cubicle. Maybe you’re a numbers guy – an Executor – struggling in your role as a Creator or a “big ideas” guy. When your passions aren’t engaged in your work, it’s hard to stay motivated.
So how do you develop self-awareness? Here are some ideas:
“Know thyself” is a well-used aphorism, but it’s a very true one. When you really know yourself, you can begin to make choices that speak to your deepest needs and wants. Once those needs and wants are met, you have more energy and drive to help your family, friends, and coworkers achieve their goals. You can make a difference, both in your own life and the lives of others, because you’re in tune with what drives you and what sustains you.
Until next time. Make it a great one!