By Steve Mitten B.ApSc, CPCC, MCC
“Follow your bliss” was the directive the late Joseph Campbell would impart to his college students seeking life guidance. He believed that if you find what you are passionate about, and pursue it, you would experience a very fulfilling and successful life.
How does this relate to your professional career? Simple. When you identify what it is that you really like about your job – the things that gives you the most satisfaction and most fully utilizes your unique gifts and talents – and create a way of harnessing that energy to productive ends, incredible breakthroughs are possible. Not only will you get to new levels of performance, you will also have a lot more fun.>
Let’s say what you really love is meeting with clients, finding out what is going on in their lives, and using your expertise to help them overcome challenges and achieve their dreams. If this is what you love, and yet you spend most of your time bound to your desk, drowning in paperwork and other administrative minutia that you hate, you are not going to be as happy or successful as you might.
Think about it. When you are doing what you love, you lose track of time. You may also sense that you are exactly where you are meant to be, and that what you are doing is making a difference. And chances are, when you are really doing what you love, and you do it with genuine interest for your client, you are going to connect, big time. And when you connect and add genuine value to your client’s lives, you are going to generate a great deal of business for yourself.
The most successful professionals I coach, have all identified what it is they love to do, how to best harness it in their business, and how to free themselves up from other demands to focus more of their efforts on these most productive and enjoyable activities.
So how do you do this? Start by asking yourself a few questions:
- What is it I enjoy the most about my job?
- What unique gifts and talents does it bring out?
- What are my most productive strengths that contribute the most to my success?
- How can I do more of what I love, and less of what I don’t?
- What beliefs, habits or circumstances are holding me back?
- What has to happen for me to get to where I want?
These may seem like simple questions, but sustaining meaningful change in your life is never easy. It takes a strong desire, a clear vision, a good plan, and a steady commitment. Change takes time. And in our busy lives, where we are often overwhelmed by urgent demands, it is important to create a structure that will encourage and support change.
At times, we all resist change, particularly those we would most benefit from making. However as an ancient Roman once observed, “the fates lead those who will, and drag those who won’t”. In this increasingly competitive industry, the fact is that change is inevitable. So in your practice, rather than waiting to react to change, take the initiative, find out where your bliss is, and follow it.
Steve Mitten CPCC, MCC, 2005 ICF President, works with leaders, executives and independents wanting to create extraordinary meaningful and successful lives. Steve is devoted to raising standards in the young profession of coaching and through his coaching programs and book, Marketing Essentials For Coaches, has helped hundreds of coaches find an affordable and authentic path to commercial success.
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