As the new year approaches, I would like to encourage you to take a moment to reflect on this year and how you would like to shape 2018. Our ultimate objective is to live happy, fulfilling lives, and while there is plenty of advice on the career guidance topic, I feel compelled to add my small piece.
I’d invite you to take a look at the connection between your work and your values.
Hopefully, your values and your work are aligned. As work is such a large piece of our life, it is important that we do not experience major discord here. Life is best when our values and activities reflect each other. Otherwise, we are not walking our talk at a core level.
The better you understand what matters to you, the better you can make career and life decisions that result in happy fulfilment. Naturally, there will always be moments of tedious work, struggle, frustration, etc. That is unavoidable. What is avoidable is the feeling “Why am I doing this?” I suggest you act immediately if that is something that frequently enters your mind.
What about this year worked for you? Try to find commonalities between your best moments. There could be an insight waiting to be discovered. Do the same for what you didn’t like. Are there changes you could make to reduce these types of moments in 2018?
What do you need to be at your best? Do you require community or structure? Perhaps freedom and self-direction matter more. These preferences will influence the types of positions that you will be happy in. Also be careful about what advice you take. If someone makes a work suggestion, try to determine if they are suggesting it because they think you would like it or because they like it and assume that others will too.
Ultimately, you are the captain of your own ship. The more you live life the more you understand that it is about creating what works for you.
I leave you with this to contemplate as we move into the new year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy new year.
Signing off for the holidays, see you in 2018.