Chelsea Life Coaching

3 Secrets To Finding The Work You Love

I remember during my final year of high school when we all had to decide which uni courses to apply for. It was very overwhelming and confusing. I had no idea what to put on my application list.

The advice from my teacher was to flick through the university manuals for ideas. I read a 500-page catalogue of all the university courses on offer. Reading the brief description of the majority, I narrowed my choices down to multimedia studies and psychology. Very different! Perhaps this should have been a warning sign.

Reflecting on this experience makes me wonder about adults in their careers today. How do they feel about the decision they made when they were 18? Are they happy with the choices they made? Would they have chosen differently if they had their time again?

If you can relate to these questions you’re not alone. Today, I would like to share three exercises you can do to help you get clarity on finding the work you love. If you’re thinking you made the wrong choice when you were 18, don’t be too hard on yourself. These three simple steps are an opportunity for you to take stock before doing anything drastic!

Step 1: Determine your values

Firstly, identifying your values is going to help you truly understand who you are and what is important to you in life. Your core values can help you discover what your requirements are from your job (it’s not just money!) and if they are being met. Here’s what I would like you to do:

  • Click this link to download a list of core values right now.
  • Read through this list and circle the ones that stand out for you. 
  • Categorise them before narrowing them down to a top 5. 

You must narrow it down to know what your priorities are. Who are you in the core of your being, after all the layers have been removed? Memorise these five values so that you can make better decisions – on the go. 

For example, if your boss came to you and said, we have a new position available which will allow you to work from home. We want to offer it to you but you have to let us know by the end of the day. How will you make this decision? Well if your core values are community, connection and teamwork then the chances are you may not enjoy working from home as much as someone whose care values are independence, freedom and autonomy.

Step 2: Find your passions

Don’t stop at step 1. Think about what activities make you feel alive. Of course, these activities will be linked to your core values, but they will also indicate your strengths and talents. Answer these two simple questions

  1. When I’m completely engrossed and loving life, what am I doing?
  2. If I didn’t have to worry about money what would I wake up and do each day?

Asking yourself these questions helps you determine what itis you are passionate about. No one else has to know the answer to these questions. Chances are that deep down you know the answers and have known for a long time. Perhaps you have been afraid to answer these questions in the past because it means you need to make a change. You either have to start doing or stop doing something.

What do you need to change in your life as a result of answering these questions?

Step 3: Define your success

Now that you know your values and passions it’s time to combine these into your definition of success. You will need a pen for this activity. Too often we go through life living out other people’s definition of success rather than discerning what success means to us. And you have to dig deeper than a superficial  ‘to be happy’.

Look at your values, look at what you are passionate about and think of ways in which you can combine these things to create your definition of success. I’ll give you an example. 

My top five values are:

Adventure

Freedom

Generosity

Growth

Wisdom

I’m passionate about helping young women live life to the fullest and I’m passionate about traveling and having new experiences. Both of these things are closely tied to my values. Therefore, my definition of success is to live a life where I can ‘empower women while traveling the world’. It’s simple and lends itself to me being able to live out that definition of success in many different ways. 

What’s your definition of success? Knowing this will give you more confidence and clarity moving forward in your chosen direction. A direction that is important to you and your overall life happiness.

If you are feeling dissatisfied in your career check out my online program ‘Find a Career You Love Before 30’  to give you confidence and clear direction to move forward.