“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Congratulations! If you’ve followed this series on Mindful Careers, you have made it to the end of thirteen installments – the introduction plus twelve each step. If you address all twelve of these principles in practice, you can create a career that is BOTH emotionally and financially sustainable. Your plan to do this remarkable work needs to address your passions, purpose and the realities of how you make a living while you transition. Commitment to this path means following your heart, even when you don’t feel like it. You’ll be asked to overcome obstacles, make sacrifices and, at times, experience failure.
Over the years since I started my business, there have been many days when I thought it was too hard and I should go back to a more conventional career. My journey, however, has been filled with rewards that far outweigh these challenges. The most significant benefit is the sense of peace I’ve found from finding, following and continuing to work hard at mastering a craft I still find fascinating – 20 years in. In addition, I’ve had the privilege of doing work with people I care about deeply, every day. I believe everyone can experience this if they are willing to do the inner and outer work necessary for a mindful career.
Once you have a new career vision, you must be ready to take actions that will make your dreams a reality. The important thing is that you take a first step to get from where you are, now, to where you want to be. It’s common to feel excitement, confusion, hope or frustration – maybe even a combination of them all – depending on where you are in your search. It’s important, no matter what you’re feeling, to continue your commitment to the process and take actions aligned with finding and following your calling. Knowing what you are called to do and not taking actions to pursue it can be painful.
As you begin to put this principle of commitment and the practice of doing remarkable work into action, you’ll make choices about career based on a deeper purpose. This series of choices will sculpt your future. Some of these decisions will seem small – like what projects you volunteer for at work. Others will seem bigger – like what master’s degree program to pursue. Each choice will bring you in contact with new people and new challenges. Some of these decisions will seem easy and others will be feel more difficult. I believe you cannot make a bad decision if you make it from a good place, especially when you do your best to be aware of your personal purpose. Make these choices from a place of calm. If you’re feeling desperate, agitated or unsure, you’re probably not ready to make an informed decision about your remarkable work path. Your approach to right action needs to address all areas of your life.
Later this week, I’ll offer a few tips for creating this mental calm and creating a weekly action plan to guide you further along your path toward remarkable work and the mindful career you deserve. Until then, it may help to review the Bright Livelihoods model and review the steps for key words or exercises that speak to your soul.
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