Your Perfect Job: Try this 7 part exercise to help you move toward your ideal career.

PicturesI was having a chat with a friend about the perfect job.  As part of some coaching, he’d been asked to create a description of his ideal job.  I thought the exercise sounded great, but it struck me that something was missing–like what to do next.

Defining what you want in a job or business is a great first step but it won’t get you there.  You need to be able to take action.  Unfortunately, my friend wasn’t given any further suggestions.  Here is our attempt to turn this from a thought experiment into an action experiment:

  1. Identify your ideal job.  Create as much detail as you can.  What’s the title (Grand Pooba of Everything?)?  What are the job duties (hammock testing, money counting, etc.)?  What company are you working for (Bahama’s Inc.)? What is the salary?  What does a typical day look like?  KEY:  Don’t just do this in your head.  Write down your answers.
  2. Take your newly written job description and identify what makes this job ideal.  Why do you want this job?  Is it the work hours, the freedom, your co-workers, the work itself (or lack of it), the money?  List everything that makes you excited.
  3. Take the list of what makes your dream job ideal and brainstorm steps you can take to get you at least a little closer.  How can you make your current situation more like your ideal?  Once finished, review your list and look for at least two things you can accomplish this week.  Yup.  You read right.  What can you do–start to finish–in the next seven days.  If you can’t find anything, look for ways to break down the items on your list until you create something that can be done in seven days.
  4. Pick one of your two items and do it.  Don’t think too hard about it.  Don’t worry about the results.  Put on your Nike shoes and “Just do it!”
  5. Review the results.  What happened?  Did it make a difference?  Did it suck? What would make it work better?  Did you learn anything?  Write down your answers and thoughts.
  6. Use the results to determine what to do next.  Look at this process as an experiment.  Sometimes the outcomes will be what you thought, sometimes they won’t.  Try not to care too much.   Instead focus on what you learned.  What do the results indicate you should do next?
  7. Repeat as necessary.  Remember, this is a journey.  Enjoy the journey!  Approach this with an attitude of curiosity and have as much fun as you can.  The important thing is to make certain you don’t spend all your time planning.  Plans are worthless until you get off your butt and try them.

What do you think?  Was this fun?  Was it helpful?  I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions.  Please feel free to put them in the comments section, below!

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