Doing Your Lifes Work

Most people want to do their life's work. Some people are able to separate work completely from life and be happy doing anything, but this is not the norm. I once knew a man who managed things for a living. He'd managed a restaurant for several years, seen an ad in the paper, and become manager of a print shop. He didn't particularly like the job, but he didn't hate it.

And I will never forget what he said, when trying to convince me I could do a better job with my attitude. "It's just a job. It's not your life. You have a job so you can afford to have a life when you go home. You come in here, you act like you're having a good time, you do the work, then you go home and play."

Well, that may have been fine for him, and I know other people who have their fulfillment outside their jobs-for instance, an apartment complex manager whose real passions are cooking and gardening. She likes her job fine, she's been there 20 years, but it's just a job.

I can't work at "just a job" for more than about six months before my head explodes. I don't know about you, but I have to have a job that means something to me. I've gone through several businesses doing work that was important to me, and I've finally found my life's work in life coaching.

The first meaningful work you find may not be your life work, but I guarantee you that if you're doing work you don't find fulfilling, you're not getting closer to your life's work. You get there only by trying on things that might be it and finding out they're not. And working at the Post Office, while it pays well and has good security, is probably not on the track to the work you were born to do.

Take some chances. Take some jobs that feel right, even if there's a "better" job available. Start the journey to your life's work and don't stop until you can say, "This is the work I was born for."

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Angie Dixon helps small business owners get their acts together. She is a personal development coach specializing in helping people integrate their home and work lives so they feel less stretched and more balanced. Get her FREE EBOOK on balance at http://www.discoveringtruenorth.com. For questions or to discover how coaching can change your life, contact Angie at mailto:angie@discoveringtruenorth.com.

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Its All Up to You (Nobody is Coming to Save You!)

As painful as this realization may be, it is absolutely true. Wherever we are in our lives and whatever we are doing, it is because we have put ourselves there. It is our choices and decisions (either conscious or not) that have brought together circumstances resulting in our current reality. If we want to change our reality, then we must begin to make different choices.

It's an easy thing to say, but much more difficult to actually do. Why? Because most of the choices we make are not actually choices at all, but are based upon conditioned responses! The vast majority of people (estimates range as high as 95%) do not actually choose their responses; they simply react to outside stimuli. For absolute proof of this, simply take a drive in a large urban area and watch for the incidents of road rage! "Flipping the bird" at another driver is nothing more than a conditioned response - and is a sure sign that the driver is not self-aware.

The old adage that "we are the product of our environment" is absolutely true - as our parents, teachers, clergy and other role models acted, thus do we act. Children act as they have been taught through the actions of their role models, rendering the expression "do as I say, not as I do" totally irrelevant. It is this principle that explains, among other things, why children of abusive parents often become abusers themselves.

So how does one break the cycle of stimulus / reaction? First, by recognizing that we, as individuals, are the problem: only through taking responsibility for our actions can we come to the crossroads and begin to take charge of our lives. Once we have made this leap, then the answer is easy (although not necessarily easy to accomplish), and can be summed up in one simple word - THINK! Before reacting to something, it is essential that we take that millisecond to stop and think about what we are seeing, how we are feeling and what an appropriate response would be. Then we are in a position to make a true choice by choosing our response.

In this way we make choices that are congruent with our own values and principles and without a doubt, over time, the results will be extraordinary! We begin to feel in control, good things begin to happen and we assume the role of master of our destiny. We feel better about ourselves and begin to manifest all of the things that we truly want in our lives. It is at this point that we invoke Universal Law and all of our hopes and dreams become possible!

So stop playing the victim and complaining about how difficult things are. Quit blaming others for everything that is wrong in life - bosses, parents, siblings and, yes, even lousy drivers among others, make easy targets - but they are not the problem! Take charge of your feelings, responses and thinking and most of all take responsibility for your life. No one is coming to save you - only you can improve your lot in life and only through being responsible and making different choices!

About the Author:
Tony Davies is an expert in the areas of Personal Development and Leadership and in integrating these two, seemingly different disciplines. He is successful at this as the result of personal experience - a solid business background combined with a passion, and gift, for personal development and helping others.

Tony is an adept public speaker, mentor and an accomplished writer. Having authored several articles, including pieces on Servant Leadership and Universal Law, he is currently writing his first book.

To find out how Tony can assist you or your business, please visit his website at http://www.momentumbusiness.ca or call or e-mail him directly.

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We, as social animals need company of each other to share our happiest, grief-stricken, difficulties and easiest moments. Consequently, it leads to either celebration or empathetic moments in return. Whatsoever way we may think to be independent, we are either directly or indirectly dependent on each other on this planet.
02/04/2018 09:14 AM
Making and Keeping Friends
It can be hard to know the difference between a true and fake friend at first. However, once you know the difference between the two, you should try to make friends and keep them. Maybe making friends is hard for you because you're shy or naturally quiet. Even if you're not shy, it can be hard to talk to people you don't know well or who make you feel nervous. The fact is, most adolescents feel shy some of the time and some feel shy a lot of the time. There's nothing wrong with keeping to yourself when you don't feel like talking.
02/04/2018 09:14 AM
Faux Friends Versus True Friends
Having true friends can make school easier and more fun. If you have a friend, you have a person to talk to and enjoy good times with. You also have someone to help you through hard times at school. You can help each other with schoolwork, stick up for each other, and cheer each other up when one of you is down. However, we have to do know who are true friends are. We have all had friends who have hurt us from time to time. We need to be able to recognize which friends are loyal and which ones are false friends. We can't all immediately spot people who are false friends. False friends are usually cheaters, bullies, people who spread rumours about us and those who treat others like dirt. But there are also more subtle signs that someone is not worth your friendship. If someone makes you feel bad about yourself, tells stories about others, lies to you or laughs at you, run the other way!
12/15/2017 08:07 AM
8 Tips To Become More Social And Make New Friends
For introverts, things are a bit difficult. They have to show initiative and strength, so they have to have social skills in order to develop personal relationship and achieve success in their professions. If you are want to become more social and want to make new friends, we suggest that you follow the tips given below.
11/28/2017 08:19 AM
Dangers of Mixing With the Wrong Crowd
The quickest way to destroy your own life is to associate yourself with bad company and many people have discovered this to their cost. There is no doubt that hanging around bad company will have a detrimental affect on your potential.
11/07/2017 08:27 AM
The Key Ingredient
Some people are surrounded by a throng of friends. Some people have no friends. Some people have that one best friend that lasts a lifetime. What is that one key ingredient?
09/08/2017 11:40 AM
When to Let Go of Your Home Boys
There comes a time when you outgrow the friends you grew up with. These are the signs that you need to let them go.
09/07/2017 10:33 AM
How To Make Friends
Making friends is not easy, but everyone is looking for friends. So go in blind if you have to, don't be afraid to be yourself, don't be afraid to ask personal questions, and set some goals for yourself. And remember to smile!
09/05/2017 09:36 AM
What Having a Friend Might Mean to You
People mean a lot to each other due to several memories, relationships and sometimes just a simple connection. For me, relationship or even friendship was a very strange thing. I never actually understood it. I liked being aloof, independent and on my own all the time. I loved my silenced-filled life with a lot of time to think whatever I want. In simple words, I was never a people person.
08/08/2017 03:43 PM
8 Reasons Why You Can Find A Lifetime Friend in Your Cousin
You can always be counting on your family before anyone else. And life gets you going social and you have to be independent on your own.
08/02/2017 08:31 AM
Are Friends Bad for You?
How many of us stay with the people in our social circle out of habit, laziness, inertia? And yet when we read that we become like the five people we spend most of our time with - is that really for you? Are friends good or bad for us?
08/01/2017 07:54 AM
Who Goes There - Friend Or Foe?
Transparency, the avowed goal of digitization, will indeed be achieved in a whole lot of interactions though the electronic slips generated thereof. However, the desired transparency in terms of human relations is getting more and more shrouded in ambiguity, suspicion and blatant paranoia...
06/17/2017 02:35 PM
Rekindling Friendship
Friendships are precious, some friendships even dating as far back as school days. Some friends continue living in the same town making it possible for them to often do things together or else spending time for chats. The way of the world today, results with many friendships broken through people moving and living in other countries and not keeping up any contact.
06/16/2017 10:14 AM
Why You Need To Avoid Fake Friends
People in life will try to bring you down to their level. Find out how you can identify this and stop it before it's too late.
06/07/2017 09:32 PM
7 Tips to Turn Strangers Into Friends
If you want to know some tips to turn strangers into your friends, we suggest that you follow these tips from experts. With these tips, you will be able to make some great friends. Read on.
05/03/2017 10:26 AM
To Tolerate or Not To Tolerate
At times I do find myself questioning the rights and wrongs, as well as expected duties required by me to my very limited amount of real friends. I often feel that I just don't quite measure up to others expectations or standards, when really I just don't know how to act, due to my lack of "friendship" experience. I find that I am constantly trying to make someone happy, or trying to do what I can to live up to their expectations.
04/28/2017 08:19 AM
Relationships: Do People's Friends Reveal If They Value Themselves?
If one wanted to find out what someone is like, they could take the time to get to know them. And, after they have spent a certain amount of time in their presence, they might feel as though they have a good understanding of them.
04/11/2017 04:19 PM
The Bare It All Syndrome Is Killing It All
When relationships go sour, which they sometime will and anger and frustration seems to rule over your heart - a word of advice to the aggrieved - hold your tongue or in today's case - emoticons, emoji, FB and eager Twitter updates and press conference if you will to spill out the beans. Silence is golden and always pays says an adage and that seems long forgotten in the age of one-upmanship where whoever spills the beans first seems to get the eyes and ears. All it does then is becomes open for judgement and ridicule and...
04/10/2017 09:20 AM
Importance of Trust
Trust is fundamental to life.Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue. You can't have relationships without trust, let alone good ones. Intimacy depends on it.
04/09/2017 10:42 PM
Friendship Is a Relationship of Mutual Affection Between People
The relation of friendship is priceless. True friendship is about knowing that someone is there when you need help.This day is celebrated all over the world. Friend in need is friend indeed.
04/07/2017 09:45 AM
The Core
If you notice, the society around us, there is no one way of established protocol or standards or traditions that facilitate building emotional closeness in non-romantic situations between people, irrespective of the gender. Secondly, if one is married, then such person comes to depend on ones mate for the emotional closeness that one used to get from friends and thus the skills at cultivating it platonically deteriorate. Men & Women, both loose this skill at some point in their life, even before they understand what it all means... Men in particular struggle with this. One can notice that, older men with plenty of intellectual conversations to throw around, but will have no friend with whom they share the personal intimacy.
04/06/2017 12:35 PM
The Value of Real Friends
Friendship is not something you learn in school. Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. True friends are always there through thick and thin.
04/05/2017 08:09 AM
Relationships: Do You Hide Your True-Self When You Are Around Your Friends?
If one was to think about their career, they may find that they do something that really matters to them. And if they were to think about what their relationships are like, they may also find that this area of their life is just as fulfilling.
03/13/2017 08:29 AM
Why You Love (and Need) to Socialise
Socialization, as it's formally called, produces feelings of happiness, reduces stress, anxiety and depression, and even improves cognitive function, quality of life and longevity. Humans are, by nature, social creatures - in the past we needed each other to increase the likelihood of survival and for the strength that comes from co-operation. So, being with others is a deeply soothing experience on a primal neurological level, creating a sense of safety and confidence.
02/25/2017 11:06 AM
Relationships: Are Friends The People That We Have In Our Life Who We Rescue?
If one was to look back on their life, they may find that they have had friends who have needed their help. This could mean that they have had to drive them to different places, give them a place to stay for a few nights and been there for them when they were not in a good place, amongst other things.
02/22/2017 02:26 PM
Forgiveness Is More Than Just Words, It's a Process
How often have we heard, "Just forgive her." Like it's just something we can do automatically, like turning on a light switch. If it were truly so easy, we would probably just do it.
02/21/2017 08:08 AM
Relationships: Are Friends The People We Have In Our Life Who Always Talk About Themselves?
If one was to get in touch with one of their friends and to ask them how they are, they may find that they return the favour. When this takes place, it might not end up standing out, and this is because this is how they generally respond.
01/20/2017 08:54 AM
8 Great Ideas to Keep in Mind While Introducing Yourself in Your New RV Community
This article has ideas to help with introducing yourself to neighbors. Also how to make a great first impression when meeting new neighbors in RV communities.
12/01/2016 10:01 AM
Cancer or a Car Wreck
I get so busy with all of the distracting, unimportant areas of my life, that I don't do a very good job of nurturing my relationships. A text is not the same as a call, and a call is not the same as a hug. I need to do better.
11/22/2016 03:58 PM
Tips on How to Reach Out and Create Personal Connections
Building social connections is both a skill and an asset. The wider connections of friends we have, the happier and fuller we become as individuals. Regardless of age, sex, race, and financial disposition, we all need to create and grow a network of friends and acquaintance to make our lives more worthwhile.
11/11/2016 08:01 AM
Friendship - Are You a True or False Friend?
I have friendships that I have been prepared to give without very much in return, owing to my ability to give unconditionally to them for their growth. With these people I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to be able to reflect and see what can be gained by my own self learning as a result. There have been times that I have wondered why any sane person would do this, and be hurt so often when there is little return, other than knowing that by being there, I am providing growth and learning for us both which others may never give.
11/01/2016 12:03 PM
Tell Me Who Your Friends Are
We know we are supposed to surround ourselves with people of quality. But what's even more important is to NOT surround yourself with people who will boycott your success. They may not mean to. But often they just can't help themselves.
10/23/2016 11:00 AM
Community and the Loss and Gain of Friendships
We all experience the loss of friends and changes in our relationships. It may be our decision, the other person's, jointly decided or something thrust upon us by life. The loss may have come from something negative like jealousy, ill-will, anger or fear. It may have come from a decision based on what seemed best for all concerned. It may have been the natural outcome of something that life brought into the arena. Regardless, we can practise these principles of healing and growth:

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