CategoryWork & Life

Journaling Techniques: 3 Helpful Journaling Methods

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I believe journaling to be one of the most helpful methods for organizing our thoughts. And sorting through all that’s happening in our minds can be a more daunting task than you might expect. As humans, we form thoughts at 1,000 – 3,000 words per minute. Nor surprisingly, that ends up being an exceptional amount of noise to process. For me, I’ve found journaling to be...

Personal Mission Statement: What It Is and How to Write One

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You’re likely familiar with the term mission statement from the corporate environment. And, frankly, the corporate world hasn’t given mission statements a great reputation. These days, the general perception of a mission statement is that’s it’s jargon used in company kickoffs that doesn’t actually drive behavior. And while that may be true, I actually find the...

A Process for Career Experimentation

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As we search for our best fit work, many of us get stuck in the planning and analysis phase. We research a thousand possible career paths online, take personality tests, and all of the awesome stuff that our connections are doing on social media. But there’s nothing that seems like the perfect fit for us. So we continue in the planning, research, and analysis phase, until it becomes...

How to Write a Future Biography & Why It’s Important

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One of my favorite methods to helping establish a path for your life is writing a future biography. What is a future biography? Basically, it’s a process of reflecting on what you imagine your ideal future to be, and then writing about what that would look like and how it would feel to get there. I find this exercise to be incredibly helpful because as people, we form thoughts at 1,000 –...

I Hate My Job: What To Do

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There are few things worse than feeling trapped in a job that you can’t stand. The effects often cascade throughout your entire life. You feel the disdain for your work while you’re home with your family. Maybe you have trouble sleeping. Or you start to dread Mondays as the end of the weekend approaches.  And the natural urge is to just want to quit as soon as possible. To take your...

How to Find What You Love Doing: 3 Excellent Methods

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A common struggle that I hear from people that are trying to find their best fit work is that they don’t know what they really love doing. They are frustrated that they lack passion. And in many cases feel like the things they enjoy aren’t good uses of time, or at least can’t be applied to any sort of work context. Those types of feelings often are expressed from folks that...

Ikigai: What It is and How It Can Help You Find Meaningful Work

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Ultimately, we are all want to find meaningful and fulfilling work in our lives. The question is what does that look like for us. And the Japanese concept of Ikigai provides a fantastic framework to helping you discover your own best fit work. Throughout this post, I’m going to introduce the concept of Ikigai, discuss what it means, and then dive into how it can be used to help you find...

Meaningful Work: What it is and How to Find It

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A sense of meaning, fulfillment, and purpose is something that we all crave in our lives. We want to make an impact. We want to help others. And we want to feel like the world benefitted from our presence. For many of us, our work seems to be the context of our lives where a desire for meaning most often manifests itself. And it is unfortunately an area where many of us feel like we’re...

What Am I Good At: A Process for Figuring It Out

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One of the top struggles that people face when trying to figure out what to do with their lives is discovering what you’re good at. In many cases, people will think that there’s not much that they’re good at or that they’re just not that special. But the fact is, pretty much all of us are good at something. And have skills that we don’t realize that we have. In many...

I Don’t Know What Job I Want: A Process for Figuring It Out

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Answering the question “I don’t know what job I want” is a difficult but important endeavor. Your job choice not only dictates what you earn financially, but also what you spend much of your time on and who you spend it with. In addition, we as humans are wired for contribution, so your job can have a significant impact on the level of meaning and contribution that you feel day to day. Throughout...

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