You Are So Much More Than Your Work

You need to figure out what you want out of work, other than a pay check.

​This is a recipe for disaster.

​Things get even worse when your sense of self-worth comes from validation of meeting your targets at work. Most employers measure the performance of their employees by setting targets. This often leads you to feeling better about yourself if you have exceeded your targets. If they set your target very high, you will probably end up feeling that you’re not “enough”. And if instead you crush your targets, you feel amazing. But too often the trade-off was that the success you had in your work forced you to put everything into your work life, leaving you nothing left in the tank for the rest of your life.

Tying your sense of self-worth to your job performance is very dangerous.

Fully separating your career and your identity is not possible.

  • what do you like about yourself other than your job title?
  • what things in your life outside of your career am you most proud of?
  • if you lost your job tomorrow, would you still know who you were? Would you still like yourself and believe that you have value to add to the world?

Work should give you more than just a paycheck.

Consider the story that you tell yourself about who you are. See if you can describe yourself in a way that is not tightly coupled with your work. Try removing the labels that you put on yourself, which will open you up to expanding your sense of self. You are the author of your life, so you may as well make the story interesting and exciting — and not just about work.

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Career Coach & Work Architect. Work shouldn’t be something you hate doing. I can help you get there. https://timparkins.com

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Tim Parkins

Career Coach & Work Architect. Work shouldn’t be something you hate doing. I can help you get there. https://timparkins.com