Why does it matter? More like: why doesn’t it matter?
I was having a conversation with one of my adult sons about personal work choices. I suppose he was trying to figure out my mindset.
It got me thinking. I realized that at some point I made a decision to only do work that I believed in. Why?
Well, show me someone who believes in what they’re doing. Then show me someone who doesn’t believe in what they’re doing. Here’s what I came up with.
A person who believes in what they’re doing feels energized, excited, passionate, perseverant, part of something bigger than them, and positive about the future.
On the other hand, a person who doesn’t, will probably feel drained, tired, unmotivated, disconnected, anxious, overwhelmed and responsibility-bound.
Okay, then, so how do you know you’re doing what you believe in (other than how you feel)? I think you could consider these questions:
Does your work:
- Reflect your deepest convictions?
- Match your dearest personal values?
- Utilize your key strengths (if you don’t know what they are, I encourage you to do the survey at the following link: https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter. Scroll down to the Via Survey of Character Strengths.)
- Let you contribute to a mission you really care about?
- Make you feel like you’re inching closer to your dream?
I have already been in a work situation where I thought I was doing all those things, but realized after assessing my physical and psychological well-being, that I was definitely off track. I left and have no regrets.
Life is short. It seems there isn’t enough time to do anything but what you really care about for those you really care about. In any case, how can either employee, employer or clientele benefit from a situation where a square peg is trying to fit into a round hole?
What’s your take on this: how do you know you’re doing the right job?
Have a great week!
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