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Life Work ReDesign: Simple Step to Joyful Work Life Choices

teacher avatar Fiona MacKay Young, Handwriting Analysis & Personal Growth

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    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. 2 Getting Started

    • 3. 3 What we'll be doing

    • 4. 4 First Exercise

    • 5. 5 Sunburst Exercise 1

    • 6. 6 Personal Qualities

    • 7. 7 Sunburst Exercise 2

    • 8. 8 Finishing the Sunburst Exercise

    • 9. 9 Skills Exercise & Wrap Up

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This course takes you, in detail, through 2 exercises to help you choose in which direction you want to go, what type of work, what job you want to find or business you want to start. It helps you identify what you love and what you are good at to come to the realization of what would both be feasible an what would make you happy to have as your next work choice.

The exercises are simple but insightful and will get you thinking perhaps in ways you haven't considered before, bringing results that will delight you and motivate you to move forwards to make them become a reality.

As a seasoned career counselor, Fiona MacKay Young helps you uncover work ideas you might not otherwise have come up with.

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Fiona MacKay Young

Handwriting Analysis & Personal Growth


I've been involved for over 20 years in helping people move ahead with their lives through identifying their gifts, strengths and overcoming blocks or limitations. It is my goal to inspire those I meet to develop their potential to the fullest.

There are a wide variety of ways to do these things, and I love to explore, adapt and create new ways.

As a Graphologist and Grapho-Therapist (Handwriting Analysis),

And also as a Career Counselor and Personal Development & Law of Attraction Coach,

I love nothing more than to help people be the very best they can be, to realize their hopes and dreams and love their lives. 

I also love 'techie' things, and have worked as a Graphic Designer, creating websites (WordPress) and creating videos fo... See full profile

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1. 1 Introduction: I'm feeling a Makhaya. I welcome to life work. Redesign. This course is set for anybody who is going to make a career change. Now that may mean you're not seeing any career to sell. You're not working, or it could mean that you are working and you want to make a change. So I knew. Wait, you want to get into something as work that you perhaps have a previously worked at? The course is basically in three sections. The first section is, ah, assortment off its site ful questions the questions you may never have asked yourself before. And if you answer these questions and give them some thought, you come up with some things that may surprise you but will certainly help you on your road to choosing what you would love to do. The second part is called The Sunburst on the Sunburst exercise helps you to identify first general areas that you would like to work in, and then from these general areas, toe identify specific jobs that could be in those areas. You brainstorm with friends who come out with lots of stuff. It can be a very fun exercise to do, of course, the groundwork afterwards is to go through all the jobs that came up and decide what's going to work on what isn't. And some of that can be included in the third exercise because the third exercise, Inclusive Quiz to help you plug in skills and find what jobs fit for those skills. You might want to do this several times over because, no, I mean everybody has still many skills. We each have between five and 700 skills, so I don't expect you plug all 5 to 700. And but, you know it's a lot, so you probably want to do it more than once, but you plug in your skills and you come up with selected jobs. And then, of course, your job is to I to go through and research these jobs and see if the work where they won't work or what will happen. But as you go through all three stages in the shoot, you should come up with some new ideas, some solid ideas, some recognition for yourself of what you would really love to do, because that's what this whole courses about finding what you would love to do. We're not decided to find you a job what you would love to do and in the process of finding out what you were in love to do you also identify what you really don't want to do. So you may have a job, and in that job there may be bits you love and bits you don't love. So the idea is to identify what you love and seafaring. Take that elsewhere to foot with more bits. He loved to come up with a job as a whole you will love. So the course is under in our long. But by the time you do all the exercises, you'll have got into yourself and examine things that explored things that will take you probably quite a bit longer than the hour. And I encourage you to do the exercises because they really do reap benefits. So I wish you all look in the world in finding a job that you love 2. 2 Getting Started: Welcome to life work. Redesign simple steps for joyful work. Life choices Instantly actionable exercises for you to gain clarity, insight and direction towards working your bliss. Working at what you really love to do, more and more people are changing. Jobs are getting back into the workforce. It used to be that you got a job and that was it for life. Then it became more usual to have two or three jobs in your working life. It used to be you had to work in one job for 10 years or more to be considered a long term employee. Now, five years is considered long term the world. If work is becoming more fluid, people are changing jobs more often. But briefly, before we get started on how to actually choose what work you want. Here's a little about why I know I can help you make a decision that will work for you. I've been there, done that. I've done when I'm going to help you. To do whether you're looking for a job are starting a business. I've done both. I did it when I was young. I've done it at an older ridge also, I was self employed for many years when my Children were young. Then I went back to university and trained a set career counselor. I was hard as a career counselor on site at my very first interview on work the next 15 years in similar contract positions, facilitating workshops and seminars. I'm one on one coaching, and I also trained as a career coach and ran my own coaching practice in addition to the contract positions. So I have for 20 years worked with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages 16 to 84 from all over the world, with all kinds of education on work histories, both in my job and in my private coaching practice. So not only have I worked with hundreds of people in designing their next career or work choice, but I've been there and done that myself on my main criteria for all. Doing what I love on this course is designed to help others like you do exactly the same. I know the doubts and fears connected with moving to a new career, whether you're coming directly from another successful career or re entering the workforce after a break. But I also know just how completely possible it is at the joy it brings to succeed. So I invite you to come on this charity off exploration today to find work you can do on work You will love to do now onto what we're going to do together in this course. 3. 3 What we'll be doing: in this course will dive deeply into two tools that you can use to get really results right away. So are you ready to start finding out what you really want to do in your work life? Here we go. Let's sidetracked just for a minute to make sure you get the most artifice, a job or self employment. Some things to consider. To start your own business, especially a service business, can cost no more than a box of business cards, Although that's of course depends. I want your plan on doing generally a service business is much cheaper to start because there's no product our materials to buy. If you do want to business that sells tangible items, teaching others how to make your product initially could generate cash for the supplies you will need. People take a class from you, the expert, and seldom come anywhere near your standard of excellence for quite a while, if ever, and they're so often your first customers. After the class is over, we're going to look at jobs, too. But this is just some encouragement for those interested in starting a business. Of course, you may have absolutely no interest in starting a business, in which case you're still in the right place on the content of his course, relates Justus well to bowl self employment on being employed and so on to the first exercise. 4. 4 First Exercise: first. Here are a few questions to get the wheels turning in your mind about what you would like to do. Have a pen and paper ready. I'm going to invite you to jot down answers to some very insightful questions. These were just to get your mind working in the right direction to come up with the ideas that you'll need some of the exercises. Take some thought, so you probably prefer to do them at your leisure. You can pause the video to do them or you can towns or the pdf of all the exercises shown today. So John tone the answers you have as you would go if you would like to. But don't worry. If you can't think for an answer right now, you can go over anything you would like to. When you get the PdF off the materials, Answer the following questions quickly without taking any time to think about them. Shot them down. As you say them. I am happy is when what I really want to do is I'm afraid that if I could do whatever I wanted, I would. You may want to think about that later, so either pause the video now a Do it down or let's move on. Ask yourself. I would like to be, have do and you may want to pause here to answer these questions. Can you give yourself permission to be having do these things? And if not, why not? What's stopping you? That takes a little thought. Sometimes there are genuine good, strong reasons why you can't do something or at least do it now. But we often put excuses in our own way. So if you put down something was stopping you, just take a moment to check with that interview, whether whatever you think is holding you back really is insurmountable. Next he there based on what you've just written or not come up with three strong interests of yours, they could be from work that you've done, but only if that genuinely, sincerely interests you. Still, they may have interested you in the past, but do the interest, you know, it could be from any area off your life. What are your interests? Don't worry about whether you see a way of earning income from them. Right now, we don't need the how we just want the what if there were three different areas off life in which you could spend your time. What would they be, for example, cooking sports? Read a Parsa video. If you like to write from Tower and then we'll move on. 5. 5 Sunburst Exercise 1: the sun bursts exercise, I invite you to draw a sunburst. Keep the circle in the centre small. You need room for the sun rays, and you need room to write even beyond the ends off the sun rays. Choose one interest. Syria from the last exercise on. Write it in the circle, just one in the middle off the Star Bar circle right there. And keep your list of other interests areas. You can work with them later. For this example, I've chosen golf as my interest area, since most people are support familiar with what it is. So I've written that in the centre off the sunburst, and now it's time to braid Storm. What jobs? Our businesses. Can you think off that are in any way, some way connected with this interest area. Now I'm doing it on golf, but you'll be doing it on your interests area. Be creative. Let your imagination run riot. What types of work could be connected with your area of interest? See the examples. The sun burst on the next slide, so there's golf in the middle, so I've got golf. Pro golf course management. Rodman caddy, event coordinator, pro shop attendant restaurant server groundskeeper are 109th hole bartender, and here it is again. In our example, you'll see a wide range of work opportunities that can in some way be involved with golf. And that's the idea for you, a wide range of opportunities. There is some way connected with the interest you put in the circle, and there are many, many more that I could put for golf. Cesaire, just to demonstrate the concept and keep the diagram Uncluttered enough for you to read. Here it is again. Now it's your turn to make your own. You could do it by yourself, or it's a great exercise to do with a group of friends if they're also looking for you. Work opportunities. He could do this for each person, but at least do it for you. A flip chart or white board is easier for a group, but work with whatever you have handy. There are some rules of brainstorming. Never say no. Never criticize an idea, never explained why it wouldn't work. Just write everything down, anyone says. No matter whether it seems realistic to you, are you're like it are not just write everything down. Whether it's yours or someone else's. No idea is effort a silly idea from the seemingly silliest ideas often come in the best sight ears. So for now, just collect ideas without judgments. They're Maura, the better for No, just choose one idea from the list that you just came out with from the brainstorming, just one so we can go ahead and work with it. Right now. You can only work with one assist time. It will take a while for you to think out all your work options connected with each interest area. So for now, just add your one work idea to rece embers. Diagram. Writing is a long one off the sun rays. Later, you can add as many more as you like, but to hear to work with right now, just choose one. Done Great. Put aside your sunburst for a moment because now it's time to come up with three off your strongest personal qualities that other people recognize in you. 6. 6 Personal Qualities: no onto three off your strongest personal qualities that others recognize in you. Well, it did. People comment upon about you. What do people ask your help or advice with? What do people rely on you for? Write down your answers. Has always pause the video if you like and write down your answers. Question the personal qualities that you wrote down. Do you agree that these personal qualities are ones that you have? Do you love that are proud of thumb? If so, keep them? Or are any of them just what other people expect off you? Is that the only reason they're there? If so, score them out. Do you really believe you have thes personal qualities? Scorer Any you just can't see as being true? Don't be modest. Onley scores something out. If you really, really cannot believe this is true off you, your belief is your reality. If you don't believe it, then it's not really for you. Next write down. What are the three personal qualities that you not someone else that you most appreciate about yourself? What do I tell myself about me? This positive? What do I really know about me? This? I'm proud off. What personal qualities do you appreciate about you? Write them down and remember, it's things you love and know that you have as part of who you are. Take a look at both of these lists both the personal qualities others see in you on the personal qualities you most like about you. We're only working with three in each list today for time reasons, but you could do this and come out with as many as you want. What patterns are either? What items come up most often? You may well be surprised of what you find the items that pop up the most often the patterns you see the's are most likely your strongest personal qualities, but it's your choice. If you don't like the sound of any of them, just delete them. It's that simple. You need to be working with personal qualities. You not only have an abundance but also enjoy. After all, we're looking for work that you will love. So now you have 123 strong interest areas from the first part of the exercise, plus three strong and enjoyed personal qualities that others see in you, plus three strong and enjoyed personal qualities that you like most about yourself. Good work. Now we're going to add them to the sunburst diagram. 7. 7 Sunburst Exercise 2: on your sunburst are Graham. You've already added one strong interest area in the center. On one work option on one of the sun Rose will continue to work with just that one. Sunray. So you see how it goes and you can complete the exercise with as many interest areas or work options as you like later on. And remember, you'll have a pdf of the exercise to help you as you go the last part of this exercise. Look at each off the work opportunities or areas of work that you have written on your sunburst. Ask yourself how your personal qualities could play out in this area. Off work. Your personal qualities may have come from very diverse situations. That doesn't matter. A personal quality of one area is a personal quality in all areas of life. How you doing anything is how you do everything your personal qualities permeate your entire life. So let's use as our example the golf team on Let's say we've chosen catty as the work option for now. So golfs in the middle and catty is on one of his sun rays. And let's say the personal qualities my friends and I came up with Where Friendly, sociable, tactful, energetic, responsible and artistic. You'll have your own, but these are the ones we're working with. For this example, consider mindless, friendly, sociable, tactful, energetic, responsible and artistic, which would fit if I was to become a golf caddy. The off it pretty well except artistic. So I will add to the Sunray for Kati the five personal qualities that fit that work and admit the one that doesn't fit. So there we have caddy, and there's the five that fit. So you do the same for yours, right? Your core personal qualities that fit your work option at the end of your son Rain just like you see there. What this does for you is it gives you a huge boost of confidence. When you see the work opportunity you have a strong interest in and you see alongside it the strengths you've got going for you in that area. You may have demonstrated thes strengths and very different arenas before, but they're all totally transferrable to this interest at this work opportunity area. And you may think of other strengths you have in this area as you look at it. at them too. Now, the last piece of this exercise, Consider your chosen work option, which we have caddy in our example. And take a look at that list of personal qualities you've added at the end of the work option. Think for a moment about how this work would look day today, thinking about the work option itself on the personal qualities that were written to go with it. How would it feel to be doing it? Is your everything you don't like that you can see in there? Is there anything you're doubtful about? If so, is that something you're willing to deal with? If you find any riel negatives that you know you'll not be willing to work with or around consider this something similar another work option that would not involve the negatives. If so, change it to that. If not, just delete that work option from your son burst. You're searching for work, and we love to do. After all, this exercise is empowering for four reasons. One, it makes you see more clearly what your work opportunity is likely to look like. When you get into it. You may continue to love the idea already scientists too much in there. That's just not what you want. Two. It gives you an excellent outline for how to go about getting involved in these work opportunities if you decide to proceed. Three. It's empowering to see how much you already have for this work. And four, If you find glaring gaps of what you'll need, you'll have to decide what to do about that. In other words, clarity happens No to finish up the exercise. 8. 8 Finishing the Sunburst Exercise: finishing up the starburst exercise to finish this exercise later, create sunbursts for each off your interest areas. Unless, of course, you're so in love with the 1st 1 that you know you need. Look no further then as the personal qualities you have for each both the personal qualities you believe others see in you and those you see in yourself therefore that by really thinking through what this work option would look and feel like feel free to adapt any of your findings, interest or personal qualities as you go through. Just make sure that every changer make is to something you love maybe love, even more than the original you had written. Clarity will start to emerge as you work through them. Even if you find that the first ones sounds like pure heaven, I encourage you to perform the exercise on at least one other interest, just in case the 1st 1 doesn't work out farther down the road. For some reason, the secret to this exercise is flexibility at every stage. Be flexible as to what you wrote initially on be open to changing it or adapting its to fit both the opportunity on your likes. When you done, ask yourself, what do you come away from it feeling you want the most? What are you doing or do you have to do to get it? How do you think you will be once you get what you want? It won't wait. Do you see yourself likely to get in your own way? What have you done before to prevent yourself from having what you want, even in other areas of life? Because you remember the way you do anything, It's the way you do everything. How can you prevent yourself from doing this again? Take a few minutes to think about this one. If it's a new want, just follow through with energy and motivation and see what happens. If it's a want that's been around for a while, ask yourself, Why do you not have it already? That may be a very good reason, but if not, consider it well as it may make the difference between you guessing at this time or not. An external fix is not always a solution. Sometimes it's an internal fix that's needed. That's it. You've completed the sunburst exercise. There's still one more exercise to come but you've completed the sunburst well done. Identify what you want is just the beginning, but it's a great beginning. I help you take the time to complete this exercise and open up new possibilities and options for yourself. One last thing to do have. This isn't the last exercise. This is an extra is not a task. You'll enjoy this one right out all your personal qualities on a lists posted somewhere, you could see it regularly. Add something to it. Any time you think of it, read something on it every time you pass and see how good that makes you feel. Now as promise one more quick exercise to help you come up with ideas off what you want to that can do. 9. 9 Skills Exercise & Wrap Up: And here's the last exercise, which is in two parts, and I think you'll find very helpful indeed. Send out an email or hand the questionnaire to people who know you well, asking them to identify the five strongest skills. They see you as having now that maybe physical skills. It may be mental skills. It may be personality that's up to them to decide. You just asked him to identify the five strongest skills they see us having if there are any strong skills you have but can't use or don't want to use, list them in the questionnaire, asking people not to include those in their suggestions. Do this with this many people as you can, but at least three don't be shy. Most people are delightfully surprised by answers they receive. In general, people value you a great deal more than you are aware off. This will obviously not give you a complete list of your skills. That's an entire course in itself, but it will give you an idea for other people. See as your strengths and when you do the next exercise, feel free to include any of your favorites skills. Whether anyone else mentioned them or not. Once you've heard back from your friends, go to the website that will be listed shortly. On there you will find a quick online quiz that asks you to identify your skills. And then it suggests jobs that based on your answers, you could, too. Some suggestions, maybe just fine, as is. But be prepared to give it some thought, maybe part of the job, which put for you as a whole job. If you don't like the sound of the whole job, but you can see that part of it you would really like. Consider that because that could conceivably be, Ah, whole job for you. What would that part B Or if you're thinking of self employment, how could you turn the job? They suggests into a business. You have to be creative with the ideas they come up with to make it really work for you. Be flexible in your thinking. Run the ideas that quiz comes up with through your mind a few times and see what you can do with Um, here's the website w w w o net online dot arc slash skills. Now that's a government US government website so any training or pay it talks about will be us, which may not be relevant for you. But no matter where you live in the world, the skills that it comes up with for the jobs are very relevant. So if you just use it to come up with job ideas, it will work for you no matter where you are. You can also use the site to help you come up with a more complete list off your skills by looking up jobs you've had on noting down all the skills listed that you believe you have. Even though you've done the job is perfectly possible. That description on the site will include skills you don't have as well as source. You do so there's a website again, and here's a quote from Mark Twain. 20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did, too. So throw off the bull lines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore dream, discover on that's what I wish for you. Is it your time to venture into new watchers and explore the unknown you can download your pdf copy off the sunburst exercise and the skills exercise from the resource section for this course. And if you have any problems with that, please contact me and I'll help you with it. I hope you found this course useful and enlightening. And if you haven't already done so I encourage you to complete all the exercises, then get hurt their and share all the wonderful abilities you have with the rest of the world.