Find Meaningful Work with a Mindful Approach
January 11, 2017
I spoke about starting a new job and facing the fear within. For today’s post, I wanted to look into finding meaningful work with a mindful approach.
Whether you’re already in a job or you’re looking for one, practicing mindfulness can help. When you’re trying to find work that’s meaningful to you, it can seem like a tough search, and if desperation creeps in, it can cloud your judgment and decisions. There are a lot of people who aren’t satisfied with the work that they do. That’s because mindfulness didn’t play a part in their original search for a career. When you learn how to apply mindfulness to your life, it can help you find meaningful work because it creates a focus on what you love to do.
If you’re looking for a job that’s what you want to do in life, you have to approach it from a mindful point of view. It’s the key to avoiding work that will drain your energy – as well as your productivity. It can be daunting to find meaningful work if you’re not fully in the present. The search can erode your self confidence – especially if the types of jobs you’re offered aren’t ones that allow you to use your talents.
How you look at the search for work can impact you. You don’t want to focus on what was wrong with the work that you had. Instead, stay fully aware of the present and view the search as an opportunity rather than something negative.
Mindfulness can help you keep the search for meaningful work in perspective because it will help you when you don’t get the answers that you’re seeking – such as when someone else is chosen instead of you. When you’re mindful about looking for a job, it can help ease your stress and calm the anxiety you feel at the thought of searching for work. It can also help you to not allow self-doubt to creep in and make you feel like you’re not good enough to find the work that you want to have.
Mindfulness can help you be clear about what it is that’s meaningful to you with the work that you want. Instead of just money or staving off bill collectors, you’ll be thinking clearly about a long-term vision, not a short-term solution.
It can also help you to quiet the internal voice that tells you that you’re not good enough to get that type of work. You’ll be able to notice that internal voice and stop it from sabotaging you from getting the work that you want. When you practice mindfulness, you’ll be able to remove the limits that you would normally place on yourself when you search for work. That includes the doubt, the hesitancy, the judgments that you may have allowed to keep you from even trying in the past.
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