Do you have a job or business you’re excited to get up and go to work in everyday? Work that motivates and fulfills you? Work you do for more than just the paycheck? Work that fills you with a sense of purpose? Work that stimulates your creativity? Work you get so caught up in the hours just disappear?
That is Working Inspired.
I’ve been lucky enough to feel this way about my work quite a few times over my 30 year career. But I’m also the first to acknowledge I haven’t always felt this way. And I know many people also struggle with this.
Working in a job or business they don’t love. Feeling burned out and tired. Dreading Sunday nights because Monday morning is the start of another week of having to do what they don’t want to do. Feeling stuck because while they know they don’t want to do this anymore, they don’t know what they want to do. It doesn’t have to be like this.
You can find work you love.
But you may not be able to find it the way you’re used to finding it. You may need to open up to a new way of thinking and being. If you’re a left-brained, planner like me, you may find this challenging. But trust me, if I can embrace Working Inspired, you can too!
We’re not taught to work inspired.
We’re taught to set goals, and create a plan to achieve those goals.
How many of us have stepped into our careers after college and dutifully worked our way up the corporate ladder, checking off promotions and pay raises, along with the house, the car, and the traditional American Dream? Let me be the first to stand up and acknowledge I bought into that path, and followed it for years.
Until I woke up one day as a vice president of an international non-profit in what I thought was the job of my dreams, and realized I was burned out and done. Sure, I had the nice house and car, the husband and two kids, and the career I’d always dreamed of, but I was far from happy. The frustration of that situation way back in the 1990s is what unexpectedly ushered in a new way of being in business for me.
It’s when I found Working Inspired.
Although I wouldn’t recognize it as that until many years later.
What I can tell you is the feeling like I was between a rock and a hard place is what led me to approach my work differently. And I’ve discovered since then that pain and suffering is often the gateway to inspiration. Because we don’t have anything to lose. We start thinking outside the box because we can’t stand being inside the box any longer. That damn box is no longer working for us!
So, if you’re feeling stuck, burned out, or disillusioned about your career, I want you to understand there is a way out. And the way out is Inspiration.
Inspiration comes when you let go.
Let go of the plan you may have had for your career or business and instead open up to what else is possible. When you stop trying to replace an unfulfilling job with another one just like it, in hopes it will be different. When you realize it’s time to do something else and you make the difficult decision to close your business. When you truly open up to whatever is next, even if you currently have no idea what that might be.
Yes, it can be quite scary, especially if you’re like me and you’re used to having a plan, and knowing where you’re heading. But it can be exciting as well.
It’s not about being irresponsible or flying by the seat of your pants. If you have financial or familial responsibilities, of course you need to manage them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t open up to more inspired work.
When I found myself burned out and up against the wall all those years ago, I was inspired to start my own business. I had no idea how to run a business. It was a financial risk. But I also knew I had to do it. But I didn’t just quit my job. I negotiated a part-time contractor agreement with my employer so I had enough money coming in to help support our family, while I built my own business.
Over the past 20 years that I’ve been in business on my own, I’ve pivoted several times, and each time it wasn’t part of a grand plan, it was because I was inspired to do so. Each pivot has required closing down a business or a stream of income, and starting up something new.
That is what taught me the power of Working Inspired.
I can honestly say I never could have planned the 20-year business run I’ve had, not in a million years. And I’ve heard the exact same thing from every inspired business owner I’ve interviewed.
When you learn to let go of what you think you should be doing, how you’re supposed to build your career or business, and instead open up to Working Inspired, everything shifts.
When you’re able to open up, let go, and follow inspiration, I believe you will find the work you’re meant to do. Whether that’s a job or a business, it will be work you find meaningful and feel a sense of purpose in. It will be work that makes the most of your unique gifts and talents, and enables you to contribute in a way only you can. And you’ll be happy and successful, in the ways that are most important to you.
If you’d like to open up to Working More Inspired you’re in the right place.
I have an entire blog, Following Inspiration, devoted to the idea of living and working inspired. I’m also writing and creating courses to teach others how to follow a more inspired path in life and in business. I expect to begin releasing these sometime in 2018.
In the meantime, I invite you to join me on the inspired path and to download my free ebook, What’s Holding You Back.