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Career Satisfaction and How We Sabotage It

Most of us approach our lives by way of our conditioning. That is, we make our decisions based on how we were taught. Unfortunately, many of the ideas that have been passed down through generations go against what we really need to do to create and maintain personal happiness.

Here are just a few misconceptions:

Misconception #1: If an established, secure job or relationship no longer makes you happy, something must be wrong with you.

Consider instead: Your life experiences have caused you to grow and change. You are not the same person as you were, so what you are no longer happy with may no longer be a fit.

Misconception #2: Following your heart anywhere except your love life is bound to get you in trouble. Use your rational mind to make decisions.

Consider instead: Your heart is connected to ideas and passions that you do not consciously select and which reside in your being. Think of your heart as the most accurate compass for your life decisions.

Misconception #3: Taking steps backwards financially should be avoided at all costs.

Consider instead: Improving your inner quality of life deserves as much an investment priority as upgrading your external environment and material possessions.

Misconception #4: Having a successful career doing what you love is an unrealistic fantasy that happens only to a lucky few.

Consider instead: What you love is what you are here to do. Expect that you can create a successful career doing it.



Living Your Purpose: How Your Job Affects Your Satisfaction In Life

In a recent www.conference-board.org survey “US Job Satisfaction Declines”, over 50% of Americans revealed that they are dissatisfied with their jobs. In one Gallop poll sited on the internet but unsubstantiated, this “ailing work force” is costing employers $350 billion dollars in lost productivity.

Over half of the American workforce experiences feelings of dissatisfaction, anger, fear, hopelessness, under appreciation, mistreatment, dishonesty, lack of communication, and a number of other unpleasant feelings of dread.

Michael McLaughlin of “Gorilla Marketing for Consultants” and Management Consulting News fame conducted a fantastic interview, part of the Masterminds Series, with author and Management consultant Patrick Lencioni.

Lencioni’s The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job:

1. Anonymity: “People need to be understood and appreciated by someone in a position of authority”.

Analysis: As Lencioni states, most people are taught to separate their work and home lives. This separation often makes it difficult for management and employees to become more personally acquainted and this results in fewer instances of honest communication, words of praise, or expressions of appreciation for an employee’s solid work.

2. Irreverence: “Everyone needs to know their job matters to someone”.

Analysis: People want their work to be recognized and valued. Ultimately they want to feel purposeful or on purpose.

3. Immeasurement: “Employees need to be able to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves”.

Analysis: “Is this my purpose and am I doing what I am on this planet to do–my life’s work?