Are you honouring your values in your work?
If not, you could be feeling “off-kilter” about your business or working on projects that you don’t fully enjoy. I had a conversation with a friend today at lunchtime right after reading Sandi Amorim’s latest blog post – and it got me thinking about the work I’ve done over the years…
Selling yourself short
Fortunately, there have only been a very few times I felt I was selling myself short (and every time it was because I took on a project for the money). I’m not saying we should do all our work on a voluntary basis (heaven forbid!) but I am saying that if we choose work JUST because we will get paid, we are likely to be making a poor choice.
Doing work that we love
What does this mean? I think it’s about doing work that fits our values. Let me dig deeper..
How does it feel when we are aligned with our values?
- Work flows
- The project feels like it “fits”
- We have energy and enthusiasm
- Time passes and we don’t even notice
How does it feel when are NOT aligned with our values?
- We feel stuck
- We can’t put our finger on what doesn’t “feel right”
- We feel drained of energy
- We procrastinate and try to avoid starting the project
Get the picture? It’s often difficult to put our values into words it’s best if we use our intuition or “gut” as the litmus test to feel if we are in alignment with our values (or not).
Try this out for yourself – next time your finish a call about potential new business, close your eyes and ask yourself how you feel about the work. Let your answer guide you when deciding which projects to take on – you will thank yourself for it, I promise!
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