Do you want to find your dream job? First of all, congratulations for searching for work you love. We spent decades of the best years of our lives at work, so finding work that enables you to use your strengths and make your unique impact on the world is important.
Here’s how to find your dream job. Get ready to take notes…because this is not the typical advice you hear.
1. Streamline your life
The absolute first thing to do when you want to find work you love, is to get rid of what you don’t love in your life. Why? Because getting rid of the unimportant junk will help you create time and space to find what you love. Start decluttering your life. Get rid of the unimportant, time-sucking activities that waste your day. Decrease your time spent on meaningless tasks by being more efficient. Get rid of the things in your environment that don’t add value to your life.
2. Work on your mindset
In order to find your dream job, you must believe it’s truly possible for you to do work you love.
Do any of these sound like you?
- “A job is just a job…work isn’t meant to be fulfilling”
- “Sure, it’s possible for so-and-so to do work they love, but not for me, because I’m (fill in the blank)…”
- “My neighbor’s-friends-daughter’s-dog’s-cousin didn’t like the job I dream of doing, so therefore it’s probably not good for me either. I think I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”
Your mindset is a crucial part of finding and doing work you love. Being able to think big, and view your life as full of potential and possibilities, can change your career in drastic ways. If you want to find your dream job, you must believe that your dream job really does exist (or that you can create it), that you have the capabilities to find it, and that you can be successful at it.
If, deep in your heart, you think work is just work, and having a dream job is just a cliche’, you’ll need to do some massive mindset work.
3. Refuse to settle
A recent Gallup survey of people in 142 countries discovered that 87% of people are not engaged at their jobs.
That’s a tragedy. It also means that the large majority of people around you will likely have bad advice for you related to your career. Seek the 13% of are engaged and fulfilled at work. Learn from them. Find mentors who love their careers. Read about them, meet them, immerse yourself in learning about them.
Refuse to settle. Refuse to shrug your shoulders, saying, “I guess this is as good as it gets.” You can find and do work that ignites you and allows you to use your strengths and make the difference you want to make in the world. Keep searching.
4. Consider your dream life
One way to fast-track yourself to a disaster is to follow a career path without considering how that career affects your overall life. What is your dream life? Do you want to work with many people, a few people, or alone? Do you want to work for a large company, a small company, or a company you own? Do you want to be able to work from anywhere, or would you like to go to a specific location for work? Do you want a flexible schedule or predictable hours?
Overall, what do you want your life to be like? You might not know all the answers right now, and that’s okay. Start writing down what you do know about your dream life. You will get more and more specific as you continue to learn more about yourself.
I want you to build a life you don’t crave a vacation from. I want you to choose a career that fits well into your ideal life and your ideal schedule, versus choosing a career and then trying to jam your life into your free-time.
5. Discover your strengths and passions
What are your innate strengths? Strengths are different than skills. When you have a strong understanding of your innate strengths, you can start focusing on potential career paths that will allow you to maximize those strengths. Along with discovering your strengths, it is helpful to find your passions. When you are absolutely on fire for something, it can give you excitement to jump out of bed on Monday mornings, ready to start the work week. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, check out this free workbook to find your passion. Also, start paying attention to what piques your interest and tugs at your heart.
6. Take massive action
If you really want to create your dream career, you’ll need to take massive action, even when you have bumps in the road. Do you want to be the person who fights for their dreams, or the person who gives up easily? How badly do you want to do work you love? If you really want to create the life of your dreams, you’ll need to take action, over and over, even when you don’t feel like it.
You can do work that ignites your soul and enables you to totally shine. Keep seeking your dream career.