Today I want to ask you one of my all-time favorite questions, and it’s pretty simple…
What is your ideal job description?
All of us have activities inside of our work that we love doing. Activities that both challenge and excite us. I believe each of us has an imaginary perfect role that can be built or uncovered with the right questions and intentionality. That is the purpose of this Growth Tool.
Gary Keller is the person I point to when I ask this on a coaching call. He consistently ends up back in four arenas of; teaching, training, coaching, or writing. I connect with that at a high level. My ideal job description is made up of; speaking, training, coaching, and content creation.
In order for your ideal job description to come to life you must overcome the programming of being a realistic adult. People who claim to be realists typically have a complicated relationship with possibility. There is evidence everywhere of people creating companies and positions purely based on passions and interests. These companies add real value to other people and provide an amazing living to those who lead them. Here are a few examples as proof.
The real challenge is getting yourself to believe it is possible for you…
Use the worksheet below to begin the process of identifying your ideal job description. Do your best to fill it out as honestly as you can. Make certain you aren’t creating handicaps or limits when you do so. Fill this out in a state of unlimited possibility.
The ideal job description is the ultimate form of freedom. It creates freedom of time and expression. Meaning and purpose follow it. We spend over 1/3 of our lives at work and should make finding the work we love a top priority. This idea is best summarized in the Steve Jobs quote from his Stanford commencement speech…
You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.Steve Jobs
Imagine waking up every day and getting to spend 80% of your time living your ideal job description. All of us have something that set our souls on fire. It is your responsibility to find and/or create it.