There was a lot of traffic in and out of my new office on Day 46 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. It’s my first full week there, so most of the Candidates and Members (our clients), Candidate Support Coordinators (formerly known as Life Coaches), and agency Partners are seeing it for the first time. Though they are there for various reasons, comments about the space are the same: It’s inspiring. The DREAM shelf sign (just looked that term up) that sits atop a large filing cabinet gets a lot of attention.
Many of our Candidates have led lives that were far from what they dreamed for themselves when they were younger. Truth be told, many of our partners, staff and volunteers might be able to say the same. Ask any adult and they will likely be able to tell you what they wanted to be when they grew up. And though many have the careers they wanted – hence the term “dream job”, just as many have a “daily grind”.
So how can we bring more dream to whatever job we have – be it on the home front or the workplace?
- Know your strengths. Take the StrengthsFinder assessment (Strength Finder 2.O by Tom Rath) to discover your unique strengths. Strengths are our natural talents that have been complemented by adding knowledge and skills to them so that we can consistently perform in a way that is near perfection. Mine are Belief, Futuristic, Maximizer, Input, and Communication.
- Find ways to use your strengths in your job. When we operate in our strengths, we’re “in the zone”. We loose track of time and energized by the activity rather than drained by it. All of my strengths are at play in my job and the days fly by. And even though I’m an introvert (this doesn’t mean I’m shy, just that I loose energy from being around people and need time alone to rejuvenate), seldom do I feel taxed by my interactions with those I serve or work with.
- Do all things will love. While you may be in a setting where the very mention of love may seem counterintuitive, when we treat those we serve, be it our clients or those in our work community, with dignity and respect, we are showing them love. When we do the mundane tasks of caring, cleaning and cooking for children as full-time homemakers, we are demonstrating our love for them. Even when it is not appreciated let alone reciprocated, if we do it out of a place of love, the doing feels better.
There are times when the last one is a bit of a challenge. That’s why I have another reminder in my office:
I believe if those who dream of being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose incorporate these suggestions into your personal and professional lives, you’ll not only dream it, you’ll do your dream job.