G10 Glasgow Share The 6 Pillars To A Happy Professional Life
GLASGOW, UK, January 2014 – If you conduct a Google search for “great career,” you’ll find over 1.4 million hits – articles, interviews, books, videos, training programs, ads and much more. But the vast majority of these touch on the outer tactics you should employ to be successful in your work, not the inner work required to create happiness and fulfilment in your professional life.
Many people have outer “success” (money, title, responsibilities, power, authority), however if what you’ve attained fits other people’s definitions of success and if it leaves you feeling empty then it’s not success, but sadness and disappointment.
What do you need in order for your professional life to be both happy and rewarding? Here are 6 must-haves:
1. Strong boundaries
The single most important thing we need in life if we’re to be happy is healthy boundaries. Boundaries are the invisible barriers that regulate the flow of information between you and the outside world. The key is find balance – to be healthily engaged with others but solid enough in your own skin, with your own thoughts, beliefs and self-worth that you can navigate through life knowing who you are and what you want.
2. A healthy money relationship
You can’t be happy in your work if you let money rule you. It’s truly that simple. When you give up all your power to it, it will suck you dry, however if you can recognize money for what it is, and focus instead on what you’re meant to be doing in this world and how valuable you are, doors will open and great new possibilities will emerge.
3. A focus on cultivating happiness
The greater your access to inner happiness (regardless of what’s going on outside or around you), the greater your experience of success throughout your life. Finding new ways to access happiness on a continual basis generates more success in our lives. Success does not breed happiness – it’s the other way around.
4. Courage to move away from what’s draining you
It takes courage to say “enough of this!” when “this” is something your ego, fears and hopes are tied up in. People are deathly afraid of making change when they’ve been at a direction long enough that they’ve become overly-attached to the outcome and what it should look like. If you’re engaged in work that drains, disappoints, and demoralizes you, it’s wrong for you.
5. Willingness to get in the cage with your fears
Experiencing happiness throughout your life requires flexibility, openness and adaptability. We long to stretch up, grab new experiences, spread our wings and bump against new challenges, and be more of what we love to be. All of that requires walking through fear. The more comfortable you become getting in the cage with your fears and taking them on, the more satisfying your life and career will be.
6. A support circle that empowers you
Finally, the one thing that most people forget about when they’re in the midst of their early career-building is other people. In our 20s and 30s, many of us are intensively self- focused, dedicating massive amounts of time and energy to gaining more responsibility, expanding our skills, and rising to the top. We fail to see that building positive relationships with supportive, empowering, enlivening people (and mentoring those who are emerging) is the best career strategy we can devise. Cultivating a powerful support circle and community now can be the difference between being stuck for years in a miserable situation and having new doors fly open just when you need them to.
These 6 pillars of a successful and happy career won’t just build themselves, but can be readily cultivated and developed with commitment and focus.
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