San Francisco (Vocus) May 29, 2010
Whether you’re looking to create an entirely new career or just have a more positive perspective on your current job, there are certain strategies that people use that dramatically impact their ability to have a job they love. Landmark Education communication expert David Cunningham has worked with many, many people in Landmark Education seminars who have successfully used the simple tips below to go from “I work to pay the bills” to having a something that has them get up in the mornings eager to get to something they love doing.
Here are Cunningham’s three great strategies for jump-starting your new future:
1) Paint a picture of the life you want
Most people move along in life choosing a career path based on childhood experiences, education or family desires. While it’s fine to consider the experience and credentials you currently have in your inventory, don’t be limited by them. Create a picture of what you want your life to look like, then ask yourself what sort of career would contribute to that future unfolding.
2) Borrow some other brains
It’s easy to get stuck in habitual ways of thinking, particularly when you’re dissatisfied in your current job or career. This is when it’s very helpful to be open to the contributions of others. Share your vision of your life with others, and invite them to brainstorm with you regarding possibilities for new opportunities. People will put you on to resources, ideas, contacts, and even entire careers you never would have thought of on your own. You don’t have to do this by yourself –the most successful people in this world are skilled at tapping into the resource that other people are.
3) Practice new ways of being
You might need to step into a bigger pair of shoes. To create a new job, or a new career, you may have to stronger than you’ve been in the past when faced with challenges. One way to do this is to emulate someone successful you admire, and when the times get tough, ask yourself, what would my hero do? More importantly, how would they be being right now? Would they be being powerful? Unstoppable? Bold? Then be like them. In time, you'll be who you want to be.
Cunningham suggests asking these questions right now: What matters to you? What gives you a zing? “You really can create a job for yourself that you’re passionate about, that gives you satisfaction,” asserts Cunningham. “The biggest difference between those who merely dream, and those who succeed in realizing their dreams, is the ability to think and act in new ways. When you challenge your existing perspectives, you’re able to access new levels of creativity, which translates into breakthrough results.”
David Cunningham is a communication expert and seminar leader for Landmark Education, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that's had more than 1.2 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark’s flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life. For more information, please visit http://www.landmarkeducation.com.
Michelle Tennant Nicholson
Wasabi Publicity, Inc.
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