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There are zen bakers, perfectly content demolition workers, and deeply satisfied customer-service employees. For all intents and purposes, what you do pales in comparison to how you show up and the intentions and values you put into your work.

I love working with people using the coaching process because of the intentions I put into my experience. I intend to establish deep connections with others, to help others see for themselves how amazing they are, and to support them in doing what they say they want to do.

The quality of your intention makes a huge difference.

Because your intention drives your experience of work and you have an opportunity every day to experience work in a rewarding, valuable, and effortless way. Of course, you also have an opportunity to experience work in a dull, boring, unfulfilling, and unrewarding way.

The intention’s everything, and here are some questions that may reveal the nature of your intentions:

Are you working

  • …simply for a paycheck?
  • …to keep work relationships but could care less about the company, mission, or product?
  • …somewhere you feel obligated or “should” work?
  • …to connect your values with your company’s values?
  • …to express your gifts and inner genius with the world in the best way you’ve found so far?

If you feel like your experience of work—regardless of the nature of the work—lacks a positive experience, first of all, that’s totally normal. Even the word “work” means, well, effort.

It’s work.

And since we’re hard-wired to be efficient with our energy, our lizard brain says, “if you’re spending effort on [insert job here], it’d better have a big benefit!” Because if our lizard brain thinks we’re “wasting” energy, our feelings will send signals that things are out of alignment. In other words, we’ll likely feel angry, dissatisfied, or frustrated.

So if you’ve been feeling a bit down about your work lately, you may want to ask yourself some questions:

  • What’s my core intention for my job?
  • What values does my role honour (or, perhaps, what values used to be)?
  • If I could shift my intention in a way that my work felt light, exciting, challenging, and in the deepest alignment with my true self, what would that intention need to be?

Get clear on your intention around not just work but ANY part of your life, and you will shift your experience.

The higher the quality of the intention, the higher the quality of the experience.

Crossing the TEA’s

Let’s go above and below these Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions:

Going Below the TEA:
  • Thought: I intend for my work to be a “job” because I have to have a job.
  • Emotion: Typically dissatisfaction, anger, stress, or apathy
  • Action: I’ll keep doing what I’m doing because that’s what I’m supposed to do.
Going Above the TEA:
  • Thought: I intend for my work to be an expression of my values, gifts, and to be filled with meaning.
  • Emotion: Peace, ease, contentment
  • Action: I regularly check in with myself and ask, “Is my intention for my work in alignment with my authentic self?” and if not, I shift my intention to support my desired experience.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”


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