I want to get out of bed every (or at least most) days ready to tackle that day’s list, but that means I have to love what I am doing.
Feeding a passion – for most of us to be successful in our career we need to be passionate about it or else we are just going through the motions. Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that one of the things I am most passionate about (besides my cat) is travel. I live for it, work for it, plan for it. I love exploring new places, cultures, languages, and meeting new people who are different from me.
Finding value – one of the things I place the most value in is people and relationships. I am motivated and engaged when I am around people. I like to learn from other people, I am motivated by others, and I like to make them feel happy, included and valued (you know, kind of like we all like to feel).
Relying on my natural skills – Tapping into my natural capabilities and leveraging those strengths seems to be a no-brainer. But so often we all end up in jobs that don’t highlight our core strengths or think we need to focus on turning our weaknesses into strengths (after years of trying to do that I am removing that from my list of efforts). So I created a list of skills that I am naturally good at and I am happy when doing: planning, organizing, researching, writing, hosting, creating positive and happy environments.
Finishing each (or at least most) day fulling fulfilled, accomplished, and like I made a positive contribution is an awesome way to go to bed eager to tackle the next day.