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Stay Connected to WHY You Are Doing Things

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
-Richard Bach

Isn't it so true that the more we want to get something done, the less it feels like "work"? This quote led me to start pondering about the things I wanted to do in my work versus the things I felt I had to do. I wondered what caused me to want to do some things as opposed to other things on my never ending to-do list?

After some reflection, I realized that the items that I wanted to do were usually connected to a feeling of being useful or a feeling that I was being helpful to someone else. It was the sense of purpose behind what I was doing that motivated me. This was interesting to note. Sometimes it's easy to get disconnected from the 'why' of what we are doing and get stuck in the 'what' of what we are doing.

When is the last time you asked yourself 'why am I doing this?' And I don't mean when the answer is 'for a paycheck'! Yes, we all work for a paycheck (and the tax man!) but we also work for other reasons. We work to express our creativity in the world, we work to exercise our natural talents and skills, we work to grow and expand our understanding and abilities, and we work to help others and to contribute to our community.

So, why are you working? What got you into this field? What are the things on your to-do list that you do easily, quickly and without hesitation? When we can identify the why of why we are working by noticing the things that don't feel like work to us, it can help us alleviate the burden from all the other tasks on our to-do lists. The next time you find yourself procrastinating or dreading a task, take a moment to re-connect to the greater purpose of your work. What part of your job makes you feel alive, useful and like a contributor to the world?

Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated at work. When you find yourself feeling deflated at work it's especially important to understand why you are choosing to do the work that you do. It's essential to make sure you are working for the right reasons. It's rarely just about the money!

-Deirdre McEachern
Deirdre McEachern’s passion for life is translated into helping her clients achieve their dreams. Deirdre walked away from the high stress world of high-tech and undertook a complete career change. She now loves her work as an entreprenuer and personal coach. Deirdre’s coaching specialty is helping people attain satisfaction in their careers and lives just as she did. She believes stongly that everyone can find a career which they enjoy, expresses their passion and uses their natural talents. You can contact Deirdre at deirdre@vip-coaching.com
Copyright 2001-2003 by Deirdre McEachern. May be distributed if full attribution is given and copyright notice is included.

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