Recrafting Your Career Even After Midlife

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Are you in a high paying, respectful career but still having years to go before you can retire? Have you climbed that corporate ladder only to realize that now you just aren't thrilled about your work life anymore? What happened to the joy and satisfaction you had before? Where did it go? Is it possible to get it back?

You will be pleased to know that yes, you can get it back. Even if it wasn't there much in the beginning you can recraft your position to make going to work enjoyable. Were you one of those people who loved what they did then got moved up the corporate ladder so that now you make a bigger paycheck and have a bigger title but you miss much of what you last position had? You are not alone.

Secret # 1: Know why you are working. This comment goes beyond working for simply a pay check. Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers.

Why am I working?

What is my work purpose?

What do I need to be getting from work? This question is related to goals with the primary goal being happiness (remember, you are looking beyond the paycheck here) Happiness is the byproduct of participating in projects that you consider worthwhile, provide meaning in your life. If you do not have the answer to 'why' you are doing your job then you may be feeling unfulfilled in your daily work.

Are there changes you can make in your attitude towards your job or are their more concrete changes you can do to make it more enjoyable and meaningful?

Secret # 2: Know your strengths and use them daily.

Once you discover your top five strengths take some time to think about how you can use them in your workplace on a daily basis. For example: if one of your strengths is Social Intelligence, are you using this daily? Are you around people or are you locked away in your office doing paperwork? You are excellent at reading people's desires, needs and assessing their emotions. You would be wonderful working with disgruntled employees, customers or business associates. How are you using this strength of yours? Bring this to your office with you and post it somewhere visible so that you can remind yourself everyday, not only what you strengths are, but how you can use them each and every day, even if you have to go out of your way to do so!

Secret # 3: Know how you frame your work into the rest of your life.

When you go to work everyday do you look at it as a job, a career, or a calling? How you view what you do each day will give you a starting place for you to recraft your career. Let's begin by defining each kind of work orientation simply.

A JOB is what you do to earn a pay check. It is a means to an end. It pays the bills, feeds the family and hopefully provides some leisure. If the wages were to shrink or end, you would simply leave your position with out regret.

A CAREER is more about a deeper level of investment and is more personal. When you achieve good work you are given more money. You may get promoted which not only gives you more money but may give you more prestige and power. While there may have been gratification and meaning and you may have been using your strengths on a regular basis, when the promotions and raises end, when you hit that glass ceiling you may chose to leave or at the very least look for that sense of meaning in your life somewhere else.

A CALLING is when you are passionately committed and fulfilled by the work you do. Though the money may be there this is not what keeps you. You believe you are contributing to the greater good. Even if the paychecks ended you would stay. If this is you, you probably do not need to recraft your calling at all. You have found it and now need to hold on to it to keep it your calling. You now know why you work, you know your strengths and use them daily. You know the difference between a job, a career and a calling. What next step can you create for yourself to make a job a career, or a career a calling?

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