Finding a Job Using Deliberate Creation
by Lorna Levy
“If I get to pick what I want to do, then it's play...
if someone else tells me that I have to do it,
then it's work.”
Some folks are good at creating relationships, some at creating
money. One thing I’ve always been able to do easily is create
wonderful jobs for myself. Over the years, I’ve taught this
skill to many of my clients. Here’s how: Rather than concentrate
on a specific position at a specific place, think more about what
elements you’d like to have in your job.
See yourself working. Visualize yourself doing whatever it is
you want to do If you are not sure what you want to do, ask yourself
things like: Do I like working with people or alone, do I want
to be in an office or outside, do I want to work with computers
and electronic equipment, or with people? Or both?
What kinds of people do you want to work with - needy people,
sick people, children, people who are your equal in some way,
customer service, sales, computer nerds, or doctors? Fun people?
Serious people? Easy-going or hard-driving people? Helpful people?
Do you want regular hours and regular responsibilities, or do
you want freedom and flexibility in hours and job tasks?
Then move on to how you want to feel in a job. You probably want
to feel emotions like: trusted, competent, praised and appreciated,
happy with your pay check, friendly with your co-workers, liked
by your co-workers, eager to get there each day, a sense of accomplishment,
and so on. Make your own list.
What is your environment like? Do you want to drive or take the
bus to get there? How do you like to dress - jeans and sneakers
or professional business attire? Of course, these are not either
- or questions, and there is no right answer. It is fine to say,
“Yes, I want that AND that” Ask yourself as many of
these as you can think of.
Write out your perfect day at work. What would you be doing?
Who would you see? What is your schedule - how do you fill your
Then begin to visualize and FEEEEEL yourself there. See your
interactions with co-workers and clients, hear the conversations,
how is your office or cubicle decorated, hear the praise of a
job well done, see your pay check in your hand - or your direct
deposit statement - and feel glad and happy at the amount and
feel anticipation at the ways you will spend it. Let your imagination
go. Do this as often as you think of it, without any pressure
on yourself. It should always feel good and be fun to do. If it
feels like a task, or if any bad feelings or thoughts come up
like, “This could never happen to me”, stop and go
do something else until you can get yourself back into a positive
mood. Each time you visualize, do it for 3-5 minutes or so. Not
When I did corporate consulting and was wanting a new client,
I would affirm things like: I want enough personal time. I want
to love what I do. I want to wake up each morning looking forward
to being there. I want to feel valued and appreciated. I want
to talk to people. I want to have fun and laugh a lot. I want
to be playful – and since I’m often playful with words,
I want to be understood. In terms of kinds of people I wanted
to work with, I would say: I work with easy –going people
who laugh a lot. I work with people who are helpful. I work with
people who easily share credit for our accomplishments. I work
with people who are intelligent, and competent and capable. I
work with people who are friendly. I work with people who share
my interests and are easy to talk to. I work with people who have
the same education level as I.
For environment, I would focus on: I work in a beautiful, quiet
space where I have my own ample area to work decorated the way
I like. Your desire might be to work in a bustling hive of activity
where something new is always happening to keep you on your toes.
I would go on to affirm: We have the best coffee at my office
and there are lots of good and cheap restaurants in the neighborhood
for lunch. My hours are flexible and I can work whatever hours
suit me as long as I get my work done. My client gives me absolute
trust and total freedom, but is available if I need to ask questions.
I have an easy commute. There are lots of handsome, single men
at my job. (If you want that.) And for pay, I wrote: Every time
I look at my paycheck, I’m thrilled. I make more money than
ever before. I feel valued and important. I am happy with my salary.
Some of what I wrote when I created my coaching job was: I like
people whose eyes squinch when they laugh. I want to express my
truth and my knowing. I want to help. I want to give aha’s
to everybody. Freedom – yes! And free time – yes!
Convenient, beautiful environment. Beautiful!!! Good coffee!!!
Savvy, intelligent, funny people – yes! Music! And fresh
flowers always on my desk.
It doesn’t matter if you write in the future tense, “I
want . . “ or if you write in present tense, “I have
. . “. Write it in the way that is most believable to you
and that brings you the best feelings when you say it or think
about it. Read over what you’ve written as frequently as
you can and feel the fun and joy and satisfaction of having the
job of your dreams. Say it over to yourself when you think about
it; it doesn’t have to be verbatim, but just think about
the qualities you want to have.
Ask your Higher Self to guide you to opportunities that match
what you like. (Not match what you think you are ‘’supposed’
to do or ‘qualified for’.)
Then begin to ‘act as if’. What will you do when
you have that job? Do it now. Will you drive a new car? Pretend
your car is the new car - smell the new car smell when you get
in. Will you shop at different places? Begin to shop there now
– window shopping or buying small things you can afford.
Do whatever you can to step into the role you want. If you still
don’t know exactly how this job might look, see yourself
as a confident, prosperous person and act that way. When I wanted
to develop my coaching business, I had a ‘coach’ walk.
Every time I noticed myself walking dejectedly to my then job,
I asked myself how would I walk if I had the job I really wanted.
And I began to walk like that. It was subtle, but I threw my shoulders
back a little and held up my head a little higher, and then I
felt the excitement of the job I was creating.
As you feel guided by your intuition, send out resumes and go
to interviews. When you do either, see them first, in your mind’s
eye, being well received. See your resume being set aside as “a
special person we want to call in”. Before the interview,
see yourself feeling poised and confident, see and hear the interviewer
shaking your hand and saying she or he is “sure you are
perfect for the job and welcome aboard!”.
Allow yourself to feel the joy of anticipation and your dream
job will come very quickly. I promise.