Why Inspiration and Energy Are Key to Creating InspiredWork
By Vicki Morris
Here, Vicki Morris, the Career Happiness Coach, founder of InspiredWork and author of the Inc. Best 100 Business book Happy Habits, and the transformational career guides, InspiredWork: Create Work You Love in 8 Weeks and its companion InspiredWork Workbook, describes why inspiration and energy are key to creating career happiness.
In all of my books, I frequently discuss the importance of finding inspiration and energizing oneself. Below, I share why I believe these two principles are so important for building a rewarding and fulfilling career.
Little Tweaks Yield Big Results
Happy Habits is a guide that teaches readers to tap into their intrinsic energy sources. It aims to replace negative, demotivating behaviors with ones that will raise your energy levels and help you bring intention to each of your daily activities. This helps readers create their own happiness from within, instead of seeking it from external factors.
Of course, there are certainly external events that have the ability to bring us joy, but the source for consistent happiness is internal. And, it can be accessed quite easily, with small changes to our everyday behaviors. That’s why I include “mini energizers” to help readers develop happier, more meaningful habits.
Using Inspiration as a Happiness Tool
People who are inspired by a greater purpose are happier than their peers, and when they can apply these inspirations to their daily routines, that happiness has the potential to become sustainable forever. The key, then, is determining what it is that drives you and inspires you. Tapping into those deeper purposes in your own life and finding out what moves you and speaks to you is the very first step towards creating happiness.
The Act of Creating
Oftentimes, people believe that happiness is something that should occur to them. We often hear about people “finding” happiness, or experiencing something that “makes” them happy. The truth is that happiness is something we can create ourselves. We have all of the tools to do it; nothing external needs to enter the equation.
Like creating happiness through small, everyday habits, we can also create our own inspired work. We can take those purposeful, intention-driven moments that we learned in Happy Habits and apply them to our career goals, whether that’s to find a new, more rewarding position, switch careers, or start a business. As with Happy Habits, there is a series of actions we can take to get there. Just as the mini-energizers help empower us and inject motivation into our day, the InspiredWork System allows each reader to set out on a career path that’s challenging, purpose-driven, and ultimately, rewarding.
Why You Need Happiness First
Happy Habits and InspiredWork are part of a series, and there’s a reason for that: in order to create work that’s inspiring and meaningful to you, you need to be happy first. The problem is that we often approach business endeavors with the wrong priorities in mind – usually, it’s based on our need for financial rewards. While that is ultimately the basic reason why we work, it isn’t going to keep us motivated or happy.
First, we need to find happiness within ourselves. When you understand that happiness isn’t something that can be found simply by being hired or starting your own business, you’ll become more empowered. You’ll realize that, in order to sustain an empowering career or business, you must pursue a cause that’s worthwhile to you. Your business, new career, or next job should align with and accentuate your greatest passions. It should have the potential for you to develop your preexisting strengths. And most importantly, it should make you feel as if you’re doing something more meaningful than bringing home a paycheck.
Happiness is a choice; that’s true. But it’s not as simple as flipping a switch. It actually requires action, just like creating a career that you love. And in order to create a career you love, you must be happy first, instead of carrying forth the belief that your new job or business will “make” you happy.
Happy In Any Situation
Happy Habits is a powerful tool for all professionals because it teaches them to find meaning in their existing roles. Even if you aren’t empowered or inspired at work, you can still find ways to be happy after you’ve applied the strategies outlined in Happy Habits. Then, you can truly make the determination as to whether or not you need to change your current job or career of even start your own company.
One of two things can happen after you’ve introduced Happy Habits into your life: You’ll either realize that you can bring inspiration and energy to your existing work life, or you’ll see that, despite your ability to find positive energy from within, your current career path simply doesn’t align with your values. If that’s the case, I encourage you to set out on the journey to create empowering work with the advice outlined in InspiredWork. You already know that you can create your own happiness; now, you can learn how to apply those same principles to creating a fulfilling career.