January 30, 2012

Our Unique Self

What would your dream job be? Have you ever thought about what it would it take for you to be working in your preferred vocation?

The work week begins. Dragging yourself out of a warm bed while it’s still dark and preparing to be out in the world for another day takes much more energy than it should.

How wonderful would it be if everyone could work in their career of choice. Imagine having excitement for your job and being filled with enthusiasm as you begin each work day. 

Believe it or not, that is the way it should be! If we can find a career path that challenges and excites us, our work can make us feel energized instead of drained.

And if we can’t change our job, perhaps we can view it in a different light. Sometimes changing our perspective can change our outlook. What do you bring to your position that is uniquely 'you'? Can you expand on an aspect of your job that you enjoy the most?
Not everyone can be a superstar athlete or movie star, but we can find fulfillment in positions that are far less glamorous. Each of us has gifts and talents and something special to share with the world. We need to realize our unique gifts and understand how we can bring our own energy into the workplace.

Finding that role is our challenge. Do you like working with people, sharing your smile and perhaps brightening someone’s day? It means so much to have a courteous and friendly individual assisting in the many service-oriented occupations. It is a great gift to be able to provide that for your patrons.

Is there something you have always dreamed of pursuing as a career? A position that you feel would bring you fulfillment and offer an opportunity for you to share your unique talents with the world?

The first step is to identify what makes you feel energized. Do you enjoy being with people or working alone? Is there a particular career path you’ve always wished you could pursue? One that you thought you would follow “someday”?

Take some time and self-reflection to discern what career would inspire you to get out of bed in the morning and make you look forward to going to work. Then follow through with the necessary steps to pursue your dream job.

This may require taking some classes or gaining certification in your field. For myself, as I pursue a new career in freelance writing, I am participating in writing workshops and conferences to gain knowledge of the writing industry. I plan to travel in May to the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference. I view this as my continuing education, and look forward to the opportunity to learn more about myself and my goals as a writer.

If you have moved beyond your career and are enjoying retirement, do you still desire to share your gifts and life experiences? Is there some way that you would like to share the knowledge you have gained with future generations? You might consider an opportunity in volunteering. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful, and would allow many to benefit from your years of experience. 

Finding our passion in life may help set us on a course for change. Through prayer and reflection we can discern our path as we look forward to the satisfaction of sharing our best selves with the world.

Wherever you can find the best use of your talents, whether within your current field or through choosing a new career path, the time and energy spent in aligning your work with your aspirations will be rewarded in renewed energy and excitement. And the world will surely benefit when each of us shares our ideas and our unique selves.

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