Finding Meaning In Your Job and at Work

We all have to work, but some of us are able to play at work by finding and then committing to our dream job where we’re motivated, inspired, respected and well paid. Unfortunately, many individuals settle for something that falls a bit short of the ideal. Maybe they began with their dream job and loved it for awhile, but ended up viewing it as troublesome and boring.

Lack of job satisfaction is a huge source of stress. Reasons why you may not be completely satisfied with your job include:

• Conflict between co-workers
• Conflict with your supervisor
• Not having the necessary equipment or resources to be successful
• Not being paid well for what you do
• Lack of opportunities for promotion
• Not having a say in decisions that affect you
• Fear of losing your job because of downsizing

The bottom line is that every job has elements that are great and elements that are awful. It is worth taking some time to think about what motivates and inspires you and then sort through some strategies to get you through your workday.

Understanding Your Approach To Work
People tend to approach work from three perspectives. They view work as a job, a career or a calling. Usually all three perspectives are important, but one or the other is the priority. In recognizing your approach to work, it is important to understand that one approach isn’t better than the others. This reflection will help you get back your initial passion and excitement of why you initially took the job.

• Job. If you approach work as a job, you focus primarily on the financial rewards. In fact, the nature of the work may hold little interest for you. What’s important is the wage. If a job with more pay comes your way, you’ll likely move on.

• Career. If you approach work as a career, you’re interested in advancement. You want to climb the corporate ladder as far as possible or be the most highly regarded professional in your field. You’re motivated by the status, prestige and power that come with the job.

• Calling. If you approach work as a calling, you focus on the work itself. You work not for financial gain or career advancement, but instead for the fulfillment the work brings you.
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Idealist Themes – 4

This theme has four personality types associated with it: Foreseer Developer, Harmonizer Clarifier, Envisioner Mentor, & Discoverer Advocate.

Discoverer Advocate: These individuals view life as a process of inspiring and assisting others, enabling them to reach their highest potential. They are able to look “into” a person’s core, see their unspoken goodness and help him/her discover their higher purpose. Exploring different perceptions and sharing deep emotional content is enjoyable for this personality type. It is essential that they develop ideal relationships where they are able to “connect” deeply. Their thought processes seem random, but in reality they are very connective and relational. Mediating differences and conflict comes easy to them and they have an uncanny knack for keeping communication channels open. They are able to make things happen without always knowing how they do it, which makes them seem “magical” as they respond courageously to their insights. It is easy for them to put their own needs and wants on hold when they are helping others. When they first meet someone, they either like that person or they don’t. Discovering a definitive direction for themselves is essential, and they can find themselves restless if the “magical” moment does not last.

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Idealist Themes 3

This theme has four personality types associated with it: Foreseer Developer, Harmonizer Clarifier, Envisioner Mentor, & Discoverer Advocate.

Envisioner Mentor: This personality type considers life’s meaning to be about succeeding at relationships to foster mutual growth. The creative process brings them joy, allowing them to bring a bright view and enthusiasm to the projects that they work on. Realizing their own dreams and helping other to the same is what sparks them to get up each day; a life without the process of manifesting one’s dreams is deemed worthless. Interpersonal relationships are fostered through logical explanations that can lead to development and a purposeful life. They are well aware of the occasional painful experience that comes with focusing so much attention on interpersonal relationships. In order to help people find their life vision, they use a thought process entailing integrative and global thinking. It is tremendously important to heed the call to one’s life mission and they are always available to help others’ discover their own. Their ease in connecting with others can become a hindrance to their own well-being as they can lose sight of their own identity by focusing to much on another person’s life. This can also make it difficult for them to live in the moment, as they spend much of their thinking energy on futuristic planning.

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Idealist Themes – 2

This theme has four personality types associated with it: Foreseer Developer, Harmonizer Clarifier, Envisioner Mentor, & Discoverer Advocate.

Harmonizer Clarifier: These individuals like to uncover the mysteries of life, personal values, and meaning in general. Learning about people and why they do things is pleasurable for this personality type, as is relating to others on a deep level and resolving issues with them. If they are to feel comfortable with their relationships, they need to understand what people’s intentions are. They find it fascinating to delve into what is right or wrong, the battle between good and evil, and what it means to have a sense of congruence with one’s own values. Facilitating listening and knowing the meaning behind what people say is their strong suite, as is their ability to help others enjoy who they are, accept and believe in themselves. At times, it is difficult for them to turn of the deep listening. They are constantly living in paradoxes and balancing opposites, while juggling the playful and serious sides of their personality. By relating to others through stories and metaphors they are able to connect differences, provide soft encouragement, and tap into the world without words that is the source of wisdom.

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Idealist Themes 1

This theme has four personality types associated with it: Foreseer Developer, Harmonizer Clarifier, Envisioner Mentor, & Discoverer Advocate.

Foreseer Developer: These individuals consider a worthy life as a process towards their own and others’ personal growth. If something does not create personal growth, then it is not worth engaging in. When something does generate personal growth, then all the efforts necessary to make that growth happen are worthwhile. They find it pleasurable to engage in problem solving in order to maintain the vision of what is possible and who we can become. Their lives are devoted to honoring the personal strengths of others, helping them discover what those strengths are and how to develop them. It is essential for them to explore all relevant issues and to navigate through all the emotions that are associate with those issues. Finding the most meaningful and creative approach to life gives them the inner-strength to allow others the space to be themselves and make their own choices. The difficulty comes when others don’t want to hear all the insights that they can give. Their senses of purpose is so profound, that they can be seen as overly task-oriented that can conflict with their more idealistic side. This often causes them a lot of stress, which can result in them withdrawing from others to seek some sort of relief and revitalization.

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Rational Themes – 4

Rational Themes

The four personality types associated with this theme are Conceptualizer Director, Designer Theorizer, Strategist Mobilizer and Explorer Inventor.

Explorer Inventor: Per the name, these individuals consider life’s purpose to be about inventing things and discovering new ways of conceptualizing challenges. They are not necessarily trying to fix the problems, just find ingenious solutions to them. Seeing the world through multiple lenses or perspectives is another of their character traits. Their creative process is usually way beyond the current norm, but they always trust their instincts regarding how to be efficient. Launching projects is something they are particularly good at, as is their ability to be diplomatic when dealing with others. Their interest in being original is not a selfish or egoistic one, but is for the betterment of everyone they come in contact with. When they can bring people together and make them at ease by sparking interesting conversations, while also engaging the give and take of drama and debate. They think in an abstract and random way that does not rely on the gathering of data to ensure that they are right. When conceptualizing and hypothesizing potentialities, they do not always relate the facts at hand. Yet, relevancy is something they often achieve. Thus, until the end of their life, they will strive to learn in both formal and informal settings.

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Rational Theme – 3

Rational Themes

The four personality types associated with this theme are Conceptualizer Director, Designer Theorizer, Strategist Mobilizer and Explorer Inventor.

Strategist Mobilizer: These individuals are leaders who maximize results by enhancing the talents of those that they lead and making them better people. Accomplishing and strategically coordinating complex projects while forging partnerships along the way provides these individuals with great joy. By assembling all available resources, from people to financial backing to institutional help, they are able to achieve whatever they have envisioned. They get energized through mentoring and empowering people, rather than just directing the actions of those they work with to allow for better efficiency in the long-run. Their thinking is best described as integrative and analytical, which results in the ability to integrate the insights they have gained from intuitive exploration into a coordinated plan that sequences events effectively. When dealing with others interpersonally, they are able to balance harmony and conflict while distinguishing between worthy disruptions and unimportant ones. Others, at times, view them as abrupt and overly critical, which can cause them to miss out on the depth of their caring. The Strategist Mobilizer displays kindness and affection by doing things for the people that they care about and consistently pursuing goals and advice based on strategic thinking. They struggle with the sense that they’ll never be able to totally manage their time and resources properly, causing them to feel inadequate and overwhelmed. Yet, they rarely miss a deadline.

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Rational Theme – 2

Rational Themes

The four personality types associated with this theme are Conceptualizer Director, Designer Theorizer, Strategist Mobilizer and Explorer Inventor.

Designer Theorizer: These individuals consider life to be about becoming an expert, which causes them to never quite feel like they are enough. Reflecting on how things work, why they work and making them work if they don’t is something they enjoy. Seeing new patterns, generating new ideas, and making elegant connections brings them a clarity for defining problems so that they can go right to the core of a problem, situation, or a concept. They are logically coherent, even if the outside world views them as random and chaotic. Their conceptualization and design work often involves crossing the arbitrary boundaries of thought and disciplines to spark the imagination so that they can see the patterns. Reflecting on the very process of thinking allows them to produce a design to solve both social and technical problems. They are also able to connect people to new ideas, information, and other people, which is a unique talent given their preference for solitude. The best relationships, for them, are made through sharing knowledge, even though they often detach from those very people to analyze a situation or problem before re-engaging those relationships. By default of this tendency, they are often viewed incorrectly as uncaring. They struggle with the physical world and have difficulty deciding what to wear and maintaining a healthy body. In addition, it is difficult for them to find the right words to accurately say what they are thinking.

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Rational Themes – 1

Rational Themes

The four personality types associated with this theme are Conceptualizer Director, Designer Theorizer, Strategist Mobilizer and Explorer Inventor.

Conceptualizer Director: These individuals consider life to be a process of maximizing achievements versus just attaining accomplishments. These achievements are maximized if they entail deep thought and profound integration of everything that they have learned. A consistent drive for self-mastery allows them to stay focused on their intentions and the more they are challenged the happier they are. Their thinking can be described as analytical, integrative and very complex. They are able to analyze a situation and build a vision that no one else could have even thought of, which allows for a natural long-range visioning to occur. In order to help others understand the vision, they will dress it up with logic because very few are able to just stay with the general concept. It is easy for them to grasp the interrelatedness of everything in their Universe and to see the reasons behind things. Maintaining their independence is important to them, because it allows them their need to be an independent thinker. The need for independence can be a problem in the interpersonal realm as people can misread it for arrogance versus the desire to come up with useful solutions that will help people in the long run. Staying on course of their vision is necessary for their very survival, and they find life dull and draining during the “lows” of that progression.

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Rational Themes

Rational Themes

The four personality types associated with this theme are Conceptualizer Director, Designer Theorizer, Strategist Mobilizer and Explorer Inventor.

Conceptualizer Director: These individuals consider life to be a process of maximizing achievements versus just attaining accomplishments. These achievements are maximized if they entail deep thought and profound integration of everything that they have learned. A consistent drive for self-mastery allows them to stay focused on their intentions and the more they are challenged the happier they are. Their thinking can be described as analytical, integrative and very complex. They are able to analyze a situation and build a vision that no one else could have even thought of, which allows for a natural long-range visioning to occur. In order to help others understand the vision, they will dress it up with logic because very few are able to just stay with the general concept. It is easy for them to grasp the interrelatedness of everything in their Universe and to see the reasons behind things. Maintaining their independence is important to them, because it allows them their need to be an independent thinker. The need for independence can be a problem in the interpersonal realm as people can misread it for arrogance versus the desire to come up with useful solutions that will help people in the long run. Staying on course of their vision is necessary for their very survival, and they find life dull and draining during the “lows” of that progression.

Designer Theorizer: These individuals consider life to be about becoming an expert, which causes them to never quite feel like they are enough. Reflecting on how things work, why they work and making them work if they don’t is something they enjoy. Seeing new patterns, generating new ideas, and making elegant connections brings them a clarity for defining problems so that they can go right to the core of a problem, situation, or a concept. They are logically coherent, even if the outside world views them as random and chaotic. Their conceptualization and design work often involves crossing the arbitrary boundaries of thought and disciplines to spark the imagination so that they can see the patterns. Reflecting on the very process of thinking allows them to produce a design to solve both social and technical problems. They are also able to connect people to new ideas, information, and other people, which is a unique talent given their preference for solitude. The best relationships, for them, are made through sharing knowledge, even though they often detach from those very people to analyze a situation or problem before re-engaging those relationships. By default of this tendency, they are often viewed incorrectly as uncaring. They struggle with the physical world and have difficulty deciding what to wear and maintaining a healthy body. In addition, it is difficult for them to find the right words to accurately say what they are thinking.

Strategist Mobilizer: These individuals are leaders who maximize results by enhancing the talents of those that they lead and making them better people. Accomplishing and strategically coordinating complex projects while forging partnerships along the way provides these individuals with great joy. By assembling all available resources, from people to financial backing to institutional help, they are able to achieve whatever they have envisioned. They get energized through mentoring and empowering people, rather than just directing the actions of those they work with to allow for better efficiency in the long-run. Their thinking is best described as integrative and analytical, which results in the ability to integrate the insights they have gained from intuitive exploration into a coordinated plan that sequences events effectively. When dealing with others interpersonally, they are able to balance harmony and conflict while distinguishing between worthy disruptions and unimportant ones. Others, at times, view them as abrupt and overly critical, which can cause them to miss out on the depth of their caring. The Strategist Mobilizer displays kindness and affection by doing things for the people that they care about and consistently pursuing goals and advice based on strategic thinking. They struggle with the sense that they’ll never be able to totally manage their time and resources properly, causing them to feel inadequate and overwhelmed. Yet, they rarely miss a deadline.

Explorer Inventor: Per the name, these individuals consider life’s purpose to be about inventing things and discovering new ways of conceptualizing challenges. They are not necessarily trying to fix the problems, just find ingenious solutions to them. Seeing the world through multiple lenses or perspectives is another of their character traits. Their creative process is usually way beyond the current norm, but they always trust their instincts regarding how to be efficient. Launching projects is something they are particularly good at, as is their ability to be diplomatic when dealing with others. Their interest in being original is not a selfish or egoistic one, but is for the betterment of everyone they come in contact with. When they can bring people together and make them at ease by sparking interesting conversations, while also engaging the give and take of drama and debate. They think in an abstract and random way that does not rely on the gathering of data to ensure that they are right. When conceptualizing and hypothesizing potentialities, they do not always relate the facts at hand. Yet, relevancy is something they often achieve. Thus, until the end of their life, they will strive to learn in both formal and informal settings.

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