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Bored at work and wishing you could find work you love?

Around the holidays, we get to reflect on how grateful we are for all the blessings we have in life. One of the blessings in my life is what I do – I have a career that I love with a lifestyle that matches it. But finding a career I love didn’t come overnight, or easily. In fact, it took years, when it could have taken mere weeks or months.

But I’m glad to have gone through the process, because it brought me to where I am now.

As some of you know, I faced a challenge you or a loved one may be going through right now: dragging to work every day to a job that’s boring and unfulfilling. Mine was a good job, with a great salary and benefits, but it didn’t engage me or make use of my talents. It was not my definition of “success”.

I could not figure out what else to do instead and, as the years dragged on, I had more and more days where I wanted to crawl out of my body and send it to work without me.

Until one day I had an unexpected breakthrough. The pieces fell into place and I realized the answer had been in front of me all along. I just hadn’t known where to look.

Fast forward to now, where I get to do what I love every day and feel so blessed to be able to share my passion and my breakthrough process with so many others. I love helping people discover their career passion. It’s why I created The Passionate Professional Program. I want to help you have a career and life you love!

With that in mind, I’m going to be doing something in the next few weeks that I’ve never done before here on the blog. I’m going to be sharing much of the exact process I teach in my Passionate Professional Program with you. I want to help you actually love going to work!

Do you feel bored and unfulfilled but don’t know what to do about it? Tune in.
Are you lost on your career path but don’t know what’s next? Tune in.
Are you ready to make a change in your career? Tune in.
Want to do work you love? Tune in. 

Career Killer: Staying in Your Comfort Zone and Stalling on the Big Stuff

What’s the work you always put off doing? The really big important stuff, right? It’s easier to knock off a few little tasks. Makes you feel productive! But avoiding larger projects and strategic thinking can be a career killer for anyone wanting to grow their career. So often those are the projects that get us noticed.

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Productivity Tip: What to do when something feels WAY too big to even begin

What overwhelms you? Your to-do list? Email inbox, dirty house, or the blank page of a major undertaking you keep putting off? It seems like the bigger the thing, the more we want to put it off. It’s possible to spend more energy on worry and anxiety about doing the task than it takes to just do the task, right?

Some of the most useful advice ever given to me was from my first writing mentor Jennifer Meyers, a prolific professional writer who took me under her wings many years ago, when I had nothing more than promise and a winning smile. She taught me how to face the blank page and get thousands of pages written on deadline.

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Finding the Key to Being Successful and Fulfilled

Career is often a place in life where we can go on autopilot, following a set path towards the promise of success and stability. Go to a good school, declare a major, and get good grades. Then look for a stable job, work hard to get good performance reviews, and hope for promotion. Show up on time, invest in a retirement fund, and take your allotted weeks of vacation. If you went into business for yourself, follow tried and true advice on how to build and grow your business.

Add a mortgage, family, and other responsibilities into the mix and it can seem dangerous to tinker with your career. Why jeopardize success and stability? You might imagine you’ll waste all the time you’ve invested, all the credibility and experienced you’ve gained on this path (which isn’t true, by the way!).

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How to Find Work You Love: 3 Tips for a Smart Search Strategy

How have you chosen your jobs in the past? Here are four of the top strategies people tell me they’ve used in the past…that aren’t working for them any more.

  • I wait to see what I’m offered.
  • I check what’s available and apply for what I think I’m qualified to do.
  • I wait for something more interesting to present itself to me.
  • I’m afraid I’ll never be as successful as this so I don’t even look.

Not the smartest strategies, right?! I’ve used several of them myself – we’ve all fallen back on what’s familiar and ‘standard’ – and they didn’t work well for me either.
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Discover What Motivates You to Get Things Done!

What’s the secret to getting yourself into action, even when you feel resistant? We all have important tasks we dread doing but somehow manage to get done (eventually), like doing the dishes or keeping up with financial paperwork. When you start exploring what comes next in your career, you’ll likely find some of the tasks required along the way difficult to get done.

What if you knew the key to quickly getting yourself out of resistance and into action? Think of the energy and time you could save yourself if you removed dread and resistance, and just went straight to the satisfaction and relief of getting it done!

There are lots of common reasons for feeling resistant now and then to taking action. You may feel the pinch of adding more activity to an already busy life. There may be actions required that you just don’t enjoy (like updating your resume). You may feel a bit nervous or uncertain about exploring something new. As you may have experienced by now, discovering the elements of what you really love doing through the Passion Discovery Worksheet and getting out to Talk it Up can happen very quickly. You can find opportunities worth exploring immediately.
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Balancing Career Change and Family – Interview with Donna Marsh

Learn how a successful professional uses three key tools from the Passionate Professional process to balance a career change with being a mother of a special needs child and a military spouse. Learn More →

Supercharged Path to Finding Work You Love – Interview with Greg Peters

From layoff and unemployment to exciting new career direction—learn how this professional speeds through all three phases of the Passionate Professional process into work he truly loves.

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Introversion Got Your Tongue? Tips for Introverts on How to Speak Up More

All introverts I coach face the same challenge: speaking up. For some of us, this is a challenge in situations with something at stake, like speaking up at work in front of very senior leaders or making a presentation to a group. What’s at stake is usually “sounding stupid”–tripping over our words, forgetting what we wanted to say, or saying something we worry will expose what we don’t know. For others of us, speaking up is a regular challenge; we find it challenging to speak up in team meetings, at social gatherings like parties and networking events, even in 1:1 conversations with some of our extroverted friends.

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Reinventing Your Career After a Mid-Life Layoff – Interview with Thomas Weis

How do you manage your anxiety and self-doubt when the worst happens? Laid off in his mid 50s (which he aptly calls “the throw away age group”), learn how this professional faces the end of a 30-year career and reinvents himself. Changing industries, transitioning from manager back to individual contributor, this is a story of what so many seasoned professionals are going through.

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