DO YOU KNOW WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP?

do-what-you-love-quoteThink about how you talk about what you do for a living. Imagine, you are at a party and someone asks you “So, what do you do?”

Visualize it. What do you say? How do you say it? Do you say it with passion and enthusiasm? Is there one part of what you do that you prefer to discuss over another? Have you ever found yourself “faking it” to make it seem a lot more exciting or glamorous then it really feels? Or are you honest to the fact that it’s a job and not all that exciting?

I have experienced all of the above in conversations with people over the years. And I have news for you. People can sense and feel when you are being anything but authentic. You can’t hide it no matter how hard you try. Not only by your energy, but by the confidence you exude and your body language.

How you talk about what you do speaks volumes about your level of passion for it. If you can’t speak about it with energy and enthusiasm, then what do you think about the choice that you have made in this career? (And yes, it’s a choice.)

Believe it or not, it doesn’t stop there either. I know we all have this illusion of finding an ideal work life balance. The reality it, it’s all related. Every aspect of our life spills into the other and if we find that our energy is being sucked out in one area, it’s certainly affecting you in your home life and your relationships as well.

I definitely experienced it.

Now, consider something that you are really passionate about. It could be cooking, traveling, being a mom, writing, photography, or anything else. Now imagine you are at the same party and someone asks you about that topic. Now, how do you respond? Are you lit up? Is it something that you could talk about for hours and hours and never get bored of?

Don’t you think that your career also deserves that same amount of passion and excitement?

One third of your life will be spent working. Why aren’t you spending that valuable and most effective time of your life doing something that you are super excited about?

Are you ready for a change?

Ask yourself how can you bring more passion and excitement into that time? What is missing for you? Is it freedom? Creativity? Autonomy? Get in touch with your values and write them all out.

If you get stuck, take notice of the days, events or projects that fire you up at work and get excited. And then keep a separate list of the tasks the suck your energy and have you dreading the next day.

If you are contemplating making a change or are feeling stuck at your career, it’s important to get really clear with yourself about what you want and one of the best ways to do that is to keep a running list. This doesn’t only help energetically and to aid in manifestation, but also it will help you keeping it in the forefront of your mind and consciously observing yourself so that you don’t lose track of what you want.

Perhaps it’s not even about leaving your current job, but reigniting that flame inside of you that you once had. Or maybe it’s about taking a leap and moving into a whole new field.

When I was feeling stuck, I got so overwhelmed with the possibilities and options that I kept myself stuck. Each day that passed I felt more and more disconnected from myself and the gap to take a step seemed further and further away.

If any of this is ringing true for you, today just take the first step in identifying, what lights you up.

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