Work and sleep. These are the two things we do most. You spend more time in your career zone than any other aspect of your life.
A low score in the career area of the Wheel of Life has a negative impact on the other nine areas of your Wheel of Life.
Today we are going to talk about career fulfillment, as well as the four groupings of the career zone. Then we’ll wrap up with a specific career challenge for each of these four groupings.
What is the Secret to Career Fulfillment?
I think ” you just haven’t found the right job “ is terrible career advice. This takes the power to create satisfaction out of your hands and puts that burden on the job. The harsh reality is this:
If you aren’t happy at your current job, then you’ll be unhappy at any other job if you don’t first change yourself.
I have had coaching clients come to me who were unhappy, made a switch, and were back in my office six months later to tell me how their new job isn’t what they thought it would be.
A new job can bring short-term satisfaction, but only internal change brings long-term satisfaction.
This internal change starts with changing your perspective on work. You have to learn to love what you do now before you go on a search to find a job you really love.
Work is still work, no matter the job. Even rockstars and professional athletes have aspects of their job they don’t like.
You don’t have to love everything about your current job. Simply make a choice to focus on the things you do like about your current job.
The Four Groups of the Career Zone
Before I can give my clients career advice, I have to know which group of the career zone best applies to their professional situation. Here are the four groups of the career zone.
Group 1: You have a job working for someone else
Group 2: You have a job, but you want to start a business
Group 3: You’ve made the entrepreneurial leap, but your venture is still in its infancy
Group 4: You own a business and have employees
First I want to talk to group 1. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your job, then I want you to make a list of all the things you like about your current job. The number one thing dissatisfied employees want is a pay raise.
The average annual raise is 3 percent for salaried employees. What if I told you that you could double your salary by massively exceeding expectations on a consistent basis?
Now for those who fall in group 2. My advice for those considering entrepreneurship is to think twice.
Don’t start a business if you think you will get to make more money while working fewer hours than you do now. Do it because the thought of entrepreneurship consumes you like a virus.
Next up is group 3. The biggest mistake I see new business owners make is spending money on frivolous expenses.
You don’t need to rush out and rent a fancy office and furnish it with expensive furniture. Focus all your energy on sales and marketing when first starting out.
Last but not least, I want to talk to my business owners. My advice is simple. You have to step up and do those things you don’t want to do in order to take your business to the next level.
I want you to write down three things you aren’t currently doing that you should be doing. If you’re like most business owners I coach, reviewing your financials on a monthly basis is on that list.
Today’s Career Zone Challenge
While you’re in the career zone, I want you to put aside all personal matters. No personal texts, emails, or social media use while you are in your workspace. Physically leave your workspace if you absolutely have to answer a call or text.
You want to start creating a physical separation between work and personal time in order to make the complete focus on your work a daily habit.
If you want to learn how to amplify your career success, then book a business coaching session with Arman today.