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TWENTY WAYS TO FIND THE WORK YOU LOVE
By Craig Nathanson - The Vocational Coach™
Do you ever wish you had a few more options when
trying to find the work you love? Here are some ideas that might help expand
1. Change your physical space when thinking about what you want to do.
(Motion changes emotion and a new location helps you
think about things from a new vantage point.)
2. Think about your problem (opportunity!) from the perspective of
someone else. Imagine someone you admire is giving you advice about what to
(This takes practice, but you’ll get different answers
that may be helpful.)
3. Draw a picture of what you want. Imagine how it sounds, feels,
smells, and tastes. (We all make meaning through our
4. Find someone else who is doing what you want to do and ask them for ideas.
(This is called “modeling.” If what they are doing works
for them, why not for you?)
5. Define what being successful means to YOU.
(You may need to redefine the meaning of success as
compared to all the external meanings you have learned.)
6. Practice thinking about how you can do what you love.
(Think about how you are going to think about it; break
your regular negative thought patterns)
(Humor helps break the negative patterns of thinking you
may find yourself in during this time of transition.)
8. Ask yourself, how would an eight year-old deal with this?
(It’s amazing what questions kids can ask to break it
9. Post the challenge on your wall for a few days.
(Your brain will get tired of not having an answer.)
10. Figure out what you have at risk if you don’t do the work the love
(It’s hard to be creative when nothing is at stake.)
11. Define a “moving-towards” strategy.
(Positive and Proactive strategies will always defeat
negative and reactive ones.)
12. Disassociate and watch yourself doing what you love. What did you
(You will be amazed at the ideas you will come up with.)
13. Move ahead in time by one year and write a letter to yourself
telling you what you should do.
(Part of the problem with planning in the present is
that you include the baggage of the past.)
14. Write down in 30 minutes all the ideas you can think of to find the
work you love.
(When we break overwhelming tasks into small amounts of
time, our motivation and energy increases)
15. Ask yourself, “What’s the next step I should take?” Then spend 30
minutes doing physical exercise. When you come back, write down the first
answer that comes to mind.
(Those endorphins you get from exercise are the best
mind advancing drug there is.)
16. Open the dictionary and read the first word you see. Read the
definition. Ask yourself, “How could this apply in helping me do what I love
(Divergent thinking can help you notice solutions from a
17. If you took a big risk right now, what are the worst and the best
things that could happen?
(Sometimes all it takes is using that “risk taking
muscle” a few times.)
18. Say to yourself, “I INTEND to resolve this”.
(“I hope” isn’t good enough. Go ahead and try it. No one
is listening. Notice the difference?)
19. Reward yourself as you make some progress.
(Internal rewards such as a nap or a ice cream cone will
always last longer than external ones.)
20. Allow yourself ten minutes of quiet time daily to just sit and be
aware. Take deep breaths and be aware of your thoughts.
(This will become the most magical part of your day.)
on taking the first creative steps towards doing what you love!
Now write down any new ideas you can come up with for the next steps you can
take today. I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines.
Craig Nathanson is the author of P Is For Perfect: Your Perfect Vocational Day
and a coaching expert who works with people over forty. Craig’s new E-book,
Discover and live your passion 365 days a year is a workshop in a box designed
to help busy adults go insane with their work. Craig’s systematic approach,
the trademark "Ten P" process,’’ helps people break free and move toward the
work they love. Visit Craig’s online community at www.thevocationalcoach.com
where you can take a class, get more ideas through Craig Nathanson’s books and
CD’s, get some private coaching over the phone or read other stories of
mid-life change and renewal.
Craig lives in San Anselmo, California. You can reach him at 415-457-0550 or
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