Have you ever been told that you should stick to doing the work you are really good at because that’s where you’ll be most successful and happy?
It is often said that doing the kind of work we are best at will also lead to job fulfilment and satisfaction, but that isn’t always true. Over time we develop skills and areas of expertise, usually in areas which follow our early career choices, and of course we become good at doing them. Frequently that leads to a situation of dissatisfaction and of being stuck in your career. You’re good at what you’re doing so why isn’t it making you fulfilled and happy? Perhaps despite being good at it you are not experiencing the kind of success that ‘should’ follow?
There is a difference between doing the things you have learned to be good at and doing the things that are an expression of your inner strengths and characteristics. When we are combining the two, we experience that special sense of satisfaction, when things feel ‘just right’ and which can lead to that sense of ‘flow’ when we lose sense of space and time in the simple absorption of doing the work we love doing. That is usually when we are performing at our best and being our most real selves.
Do you know the difference between the things you are simply good at and the things which give you a real buzz? Are you experiencing dissatisfaction with your career which perhaps you can’t attribute to anything? You might find my ‘Know Your Strengths’ session hugely valuable – a straightforward on-line assessment of your strengths (both known and unknown) and your learned behaviours and weaknesses, followed by a feedback coaching session with me. We will discuss your assessment, and then develop a plan of action to help you make the most of your strengths and find the fulfilment you are seeking.