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Carolyn so many people can relate to your experience – in fact, I’ve been there myself.  What you understand is that payment for the work we do comes in two forms: psychic rewards and physical rewards.  Psychic rewards are the “feel good” experiences which feed the mental / spiritual side of us.  It’s the reward that comes from contributing our efforts and knowing we’ve made a difference.  Physical rewards on the other hand are the tangibles we receive – money, perq’s, benefits, etc.  Both are essential.   

Here are some options for you to consider:

  1. Find a way to boost your psychic income.  Volunteer.  Sponsor a cause. Start a positive movement. Do this in your spare time. What spare time? Cut out or cut down time spent watching TV, surfing the net, reading trash – you get the picture.  Eliminating just one hour per day, “finds” you the equivalent of nine 40 hr work weeks (Amazing isn’t it!). Hey, there’s a positive movement idea for you : )
  2. Reframe the way you think about your work, your job, your employer, your industry.  Find the good in it.  Stop telling yourself that you hate what you do.  Start telling yourself that what you do creates value for other people. Remember, what you focus on expands. 
  3. Do your job from your life purpose.  Huh? For example, if you know your purpose is to serve, then think about how what you do serves others.  Dig deep.  You’ll find it if you’re looking for it. Without question, someone is benefiting from what you do. Tap into that partnership feeling and feed it.
  4. Ask yourself if you are bored? Boredom is often the sign that you are ready to be promoted…or ready for a new challenge.  Ask to lead a new project. Do your research first, and present a well thought out idea. Where is there a service gap in your company or industry? How can you fill it?
  5. Think about what you would do if you could do, then take the first step towards that.  For example, if owning your own business is your dream, then draw it up.  What would it look like?  Who would you serve? What would you offer? How would you make money? Concretize it before you leap.
  6. Think about going back to school.  Start by investigating your options.  Where do you want to grow your knowledge? How could you make it work? Is part time continuing education an option?
  7. Think about reducing your work week or changing your work hours to give you more time/flexibility to pursue other options.  Many companies offer flex week programs.  Talk to your HR dept.
  8. Start a blog. Write about what you’re passionate about.  Contribute to the discussion. Create a following, and provide value. 
  9. Pursue your hobbies.. passionately. What interest could you expand into a passion?  Find classes and interest groups to support your growth.
  10. Be grateful for the success you have.  This is a biggie.  I’m not talking about cursory gratitude here, but the type of gratitude that feeds your soul.  Think about how brilliant it is that you are where you are…that you have achieved what you have achieved…and that somebody thinks you are valuable enough to pay you well.  That is a blessing!  Start and end everyday expressing gratitude for what you have. And then pat yourself on the back for creating these positive results for yourself!

Carolyn, I hope I’ve given you much to think about.  Thank you so much for asking!  To your continued success…Deb

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First of all, let’s consider the fact that most of us live our lives blindly going through the motions – stuck in our habits, our loops, our conditioned responses, and behaviours.  It’s predictable.  It’s comfortable.  It’s safe.   And it’s easy.  And for many, over time a life like this becomes deeply dissatisfying.  And we are left with the “is this all there is to life” question.

By contrast, a “conscious” life that James eludes to is a life of purpose.  It’s a life on purpose.  It is unpredictable.  It is inspired.  It is chosen.  It is deliberate.  It is focused.    And that takes commitment.  Considerable commitment.  In fact, it’s a life’s work.  The reward?  Immense satisfaction.

Steps you can take James:

  1. Start your day with gratitude – before your feet hit the floor.  Be grateful for the day.  Be grateful for the people, opportunities, blessings, freedom, and abundance that is available to you.
  2. Claim your intention every day.  Decide what it is that you want to create each day.  Decide how you will use your talents to serve others each day.
  3. Pay attention.  Experience every moment.  Look for the opportunities.  Look for the blessings.  Listen. 
  4. Journal your experiences, your insights, your lessons, your progress.
  5. End your day with gratitude.   Take 8 minutes of solitude each day to reflect upon what you appreciated.  Including any lessons you may have learned.  

Thank you for your thoughtful question James.  To your success…Deb

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