Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Set Great Goals

It's tough to accomplish great things unless you set great goals. In fact, it's hard to accomplish much of anything without a goal to lead you forward. Most of us need a have destination in mind when we set out or we end up wandering in circles.

So, how do you set great goals? First, it's important to know what you really, truly want. Great goals can't be lukewarm. They must be so compelling that they inspire you every day to do your best to achieve them. So spend some time writing down everything you want in life. Then put each item on your list to the test. Ask yourself, "If I could only accomplish five goals this year, would I want this to be one of them?"

After you've narrowed down your list of potential goals to the top five, write a paragraph for each that describes how your life would be different if you were to achieve that goal in the next year. Then reread your descriptions. Do any of them describe a great result? If not, you may have selected the wrong goals -- or, perhaps, you're not dreaming a big enough dream.

If, on the other hand, one or more of your top five goals gives you a sense of "greatness," you'll know what you need to accomplish this year.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Win the Game of "What If"

One of my favorite games is the “What If” game. It’s very easy to play. Just ask yourself questions that suggest circumstances that differ from reality. If you could choose to live someone else’s life…what life would you choose? If you had your own life to live over, what would be different? Questions like these can help you discover or rediscover your true calling in life.

However, winning the “What If” game doesn’t depend on becoming someone else, achieving what others have done, or living in the past. You win when you tap into the untapped reservoir within yourself and become who you truly are.One of the best strategies for winning the "What If" game is to take an honest assessment of the unthinkable:

If your life had just ended:
· What are some of the things you wish you had taken time for just one last time?
· What golden moments or accomplishments in your personal or working life make you smile in reflection?

Completing this powerful exercise gives you the answers and energy to change your life before it's too late by becoming focused on why you are here or your purpose for living. You are one of a kind and when you leave this world, you won't have any other opportunities to make an impact.When you began to view yourself as an endangered species with only a limited number of hours and resources at your disposal, the most important question becomes “What if I begin to focus on my purpose right now and see how much I can accomplish?”

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

10 Reasons You Must Have Your Dream Job

Some people consider a job a necessity, but see a dream job as optional or even indulgent. I have a different view. I believe you must find your dream job...for the following 10 reasons:
  1. Your dream job allows you to be your true self all the time
    It takes a tremendous amount of energy to step into a false persona for work and not be your true self.
  2. Your dream job incorporates your values
    A dream job will focus on the same values you do and will not ask you to embrace values that do not resonate with you or that go against your beliefs. If you have a concern for the environment, for example, your dream job will not ask you to be involved with toxic waste dumping.
  3. Your dream job fits into your life
    Your dream job will integrate perfectly into your lifestyle and will fit you wonderfully. It will feel like a natural part of you and will enhance rather than hinder your life.
  4. Your dream job allows you to tap into your unique gifts
    Everyone has different gifts and qualities - your dream job will allow you to tap into your unique gift and express it fully. You'll notice that work will feel more effortless when you're using your gifts.
  5. Your dream job gives you energy instead of draining you
    You feel energized by your job instead of drained and exhausted by it. You look forward to it and embrace every part of it. You start to notice that you have energy for other things both in and outside of work.
  6. Your dream job enables you to align with your passion and do what you love
    There is an ease that comes with cultivating your passion. You'll feel as if you're coming to your true home and doing what you're meant to do in this lifetime. As you do what you love, you realize your purpose is being fulfilled and you feel satisfied and comfortable.
  7. Your dream job helps you make a difference in something you believe in
    It enables you to feel good about giving to your job knowing that you are making a difference in some way. You'll know that your unique talents and gifts are being used to bring about change in something that is important to you.
  8. Your dream job is enjoyable and doesn't seem like work
    You wake up every day excited about going to work instead of dreading it. You can have fun at work and feel happy about doing your job.
  9. Your dream job follows your wants instead of your shoulds
    You listen to your intuition and your heart instead of your rational mind and/or what society and others think you "should" do. As you listen to what you want, you begin to know yourself more clearly. The rest of your life starts to rearrange itself around who you truly are and not who you were supposed to be.
  10. Most importantly, your dream job fulfills you
    You feel a sense of completion. The work you do, how you do it, and the responsibilities and roles all come together in a way that makes you feel satisfied. You know the work you are doing is having an impact and you are truly serving your purpose.
For more guidance on finding and living your dream career visit http://www.dreamjobcoaching.com/ today.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Welcome to the Dream Job blog

We all have a set of skills and abilities. We're all good at something and may even excel at it. But do we truly enjoy it? Is it our passion? Does it use our gifts?

Using your gifts is what finding your dream job is all about. Most people fail to understand that our greatest power comes from doing what we love while our deepest unhappiness stems from denying our passions.

Stop focusing on what you can do. Instead focus on unleashing your innate gifts through meaningful work you love to do. I encourage you to take the first step in defining and landing your dream job, and I'd like to help.

I'm Joel Garfinkle, the Dream Job Coach, and I created this blog as a companion to my Dream Job Coaching site to help people like you stop the struggle and find the job you were meant to do. I hope you'll visit often, as I'll be adding lots of information, encouragement, and inspiration to the Dream Job blog.