By Vicki Morris
Here is a book excerpt from the transformational career guide InspiredWork: Create Work You Love in 8 Weeks by Vicki Morris, the Career Happiness Coach, founder of InspiredWork and author of the Inc. Best 100 Business book Happy Habits, and the InspiredWork Workbook.
The first portion of this book was written to introduce you to the “what” and the “why” of finding inspired work. The second portion of this book will introduce you to the InspiredWork System and will cover it in depth so you can create your own inspired work in just eight weeks. I’ll walk you through the process by showing you how using foolproof steps will get you to where you want to be career-wise. Whether you want to change jobs but stay in the same industry, discover a more fulfilling career separate from the field you’re in now, or start a new business that’s entirely your own, the InspiredWork System is a valuable performance tool that will help you identify your own unique path – and, most important, stay on it.
In Part II, you’ll read through a brief introduction summarizing each of the five steps that you’ll encounter on your career path. From there, you can focus on your own specific career transformation path, choosing among the following options: job search/career change or entrepreneurship. Each path is built upon the same five steps, which is why this chapter provides an overview of what you can expect when you begin developing your own inspired work. That said, there are key differences for each step that you’ll need to follow which are specific to your unique path, but we’ll get to those later. For now, it’s helpful to understand the foundations of these five steps, and know that, in time, you’ll take a more tailored approach, which will help you develop your own inspired work.
By now, you know that in order to have an optimistic mindset and keep positive energy flowing, you must be inspired. That’s why step one (inspiration and energy) is a crucial component of the InspiredWork System, appearing in both job paths: job search/career change and entrepreneurship. Please keep in mind, however, that if you’ve recently become unemployed, the first step should incorporate some means of processing your job loss. While this technically isn’t considered an “action item” for changing careers or starting your own business, it is a crucial aspect in preparing yourself for a career change. It’s unlikely that you’ll have optimal success in designing your own inspired work system without first taking the time to address the emotional implications of your recent layoff. There’s no shame in taking some time to process your emotions and giving yourself a little leeway as you get back onto your feet – that way, when you do begin your inspired work journey, you’ll be 100% prepared to devote the best version of yourself to this new career change.
If you are still employed, however, and are interested in exploring a career change, the first step includes an action item that would provide you with confirmation that you really need to change careers. Remember, the previous chapters can help you in determining whether or not you’re truly unhappy at work. If you’re unsure, look back on the responses from your quizzes to help guide you.
If you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur, your action item is to adopt the entrepreneurial mindset. It’s not enough to just go through the motions without establishing the right frame of mind. There are immeasurable ways in which the entrepreneurial mindset prepares an individual for the challenges of starting a business, and adopting that mindset is the most valuable tactic that you can pursue in the early stages of building your own business. The entrepreneurial mindset has become nearly indispensable in virtually all career paths, but it is the absolute foundation of success for anyone who hopes to create his or her own business from scratch. This is especially true considering the amount of new businesses that are created online in today’s world. Even when a person has all of the funds, resources, time, and edge in the appropriate market to start his or her own business, the inability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset could still lead to failure.
Again, there are five steps in the InspiredWork System. Each step works by building upon the previous steps, so that you will have a proven and effective approach to transforming your career and brand that really works in the 21st century. By the time you’ve reached the fifth step, you’ll have created a powerhouse of inspiration, and potential employers and or clients will undoubtedly take note. Plus, the InspiredWork System ensures that you will be able to overcome both external and internal obstacles that most professionals experience when they pursue a career transformation.
For example, most people either don’t know what will work to help them feel more fulfilled, or they do know what will work, but they just don’t know how to make it happen. Steps one and two are designed to help you raise your energy levels and get in touch with your inner GPS so you can conjure your own unique inspired work vision that will be exactly right for you. Everyone already has the proper answers inside; the InspiredWork System just helps you to tune in to yourself and retrieve those answers. Thus, this system could not be more personalized – it works with what you’ve already got inside of you and simply extracts all of your best visions, ideas, and true passions.
While the primary steps are helpful in determining your vision, steps three through five are designed to help you determine exactly how you can achieve your inspired work vision. This is the part in which you execute the goals you’ve established – you’ll learn how to implement your new branding, packaging, and marketing campaign so you can make your visions become a reality.
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