Top 10 “Musts” for Preparing to Make the Leap to Perfect Work

Yes, it’s true. I consider myself to be some who was able to “escape professional misery!” I had professional jobs that paid really well, but I wasn’t happy. Before I was able to make the leap to work I love, there were a few things I had to figure out. And so will you…

1) Know what you want! Become proactive – don’t just leap at whatever opportunity comes along. Make a list of exactly what you loved in every job you ever had. Trust that you already know exactly what you want and then find ways to let it come to the surface: journal, create a collage; collect quotes — do anything that allows your true “wants” to come to the surface.

2) Know what you don’t want! Go ahead – make a list. Everything that you ever disliked about any job — anything that makes your life harder, not easier. It’s time to abandon all those “shoulds!”

3) Know your values! What’s more important than anything else in the world for you? Family, fun, expertise, wisdom, helping…

4) Know your strengths! If it’s easy for you, you can bet it’s hard for someone else. You were born with incredible talents – go ahead and admit it, and decide to use them to make money.

5) Know where you are in the process! Do you know what you want, but aren’t sure how to do it? Do you have an inkling, but can’t seem to tie it into anything tangible? Are you clueless? Once you know where you are, it’s just a matter of locating the resources to take you a step closer.

6) Get support! Barbara Sher (author of Wishcraft) says that isolation is the real dreamkiller. Don’t try to live life as a lone ranger — find a coach, a consultant, or create a success team. Get some momentum and see what happens.

7) Get financially stable! Money can be the number one excuse -if you can’t support yourself, you’ll just drain energy away…energy that you could be using to find your perfect work.

8.) Get honest! Admit there’s something wonderful out there waiting for you to recognize it. What scares you about it? What makes you excited about it? How do you need to change to make it happen?

9) Make room for a change! Would your life be chaotic if you found work you love? Would the laundry keep piling up, would your home look like a refugee zone, would you ever eat a healthy meal? Get these distractions on automatic pilot so you can spend your time in creating bliss.

10) Start having fun, NOW! If you’re miserable in your job, chances are the rest of your life isn’t much fun either. Make a list of 3-10 things that you know you have fun doing, and then schedule some time to do at least one this week.


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