How To Find Your Vision and Motivated Abilities at Your Different WorkLife Stages

Being In the Right Place In Your Worklife Goes to the Heart of Your Identity: To the Heart of Who You Are and to What Is Important to You

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James’s Story — Finding His Vision and Motivated Abilities at His Later Stage of WorkLife: A Case Study:

James enjoyed his work and his industry, but he was at a stage in his life where his family had grown and had flown the nest. He had seen them through university, and they were no longer dependent on him. He was also fortunate to no longer have a mortgage on his home, and so all in all was in a good place from a financial perspective.

He did, however, have a bucket list of things he wanted to achieve in his life, which included travelling to wonderfully exotic and interesting destinations with his wife. He also wanted to give something back to society, and in some way make a difference.

He wanted to continue working, just not in the same vein as before. It was important for him to remain intellectually stimulated through his work. He also wanted to retain the social aspect it provided, and he needed it to fund his bucket list.

James explored and considered ways he could design his work to allow him to live his life to achieve these things. He had an extensive network with contacts throughout the UK and Europe, including Russia, one of the destinations he aspired to travel to.

Being sociable he began connecting with people and discovered various projects in the pipeline throughout Europe. He was known and respected in his industry, and once people knew he was available for work they were more than happy to meet with him; and very soon offers began to come through for consultancy work, including work with his old organisation and a piece of work in Russia.

To facilitate his travel aspirations, and the ability to give back at a social level, James decided he wanted to take on assignments that would demand a commitment of several months at a time.

Once each piece of work was completed, he would take one to three months off, during which time he would travel to a destination on his bucket list. He also identified a social enterprise in South Africa, where he and his wife spent time; and he contributed his business acumen in helping them develop their vision and strategy.

Develop Your WorkLife Story

Whatever stage you’re at in your WorkLife, understanding your core motivations to living your best WorkLife will give you the vision you need, from which you can plan and do what you need in order to make this happen, so that the choices you make will bring about the satisfaction you seek.

Understanding Your Vision and Motivated Abilities Assignment

This assignment is to help you understand your vision and motivated abilities. Those specific WorkLife moments, events or experiences when you were fully engaged.

We are all stimulated by different things. What may seem like the smallest, insignificant experience to one person can provide real meaning and inspiration to another.

The aim here is to help you notice what factors contribute towards you feeling completely motivated, engaged and great about your WorkLife. When you have this clarity, you can take action to ensure you are incorporating these motivated abilities into your WorkLife to drive your vision.

Begin by identifying three specific moments, events or experiences when you felt any of the following:

A Buzz. Able to Be your True Self. At Ease. At Your Best. Able to Shine

Energised. Enjoyment. Enthusiastic. Excited. Free. Fulfilled Happy

Inspired. In the Flow. In your Element. Life is Good On Top of the World

Totally Absorbed. Touched. Truly Motivated

NB Please feel free to add words and phrases that are especially meaningful to you.

Next develop your chosen words or phrases into a short story. For example:

  • James’s word was ‘Fulfilled’

To put your word in context, follow these 3 steps:


e.g. For James it was working alongside his wife, at the social enterprise in South Africa.


e.g. James felt fulfilled because he felt he was making a difference.


i.e. Your particular role, the skills used or the tasks involved, the outcome or type of people or environment.

e.g. For James, it was contributing his business acumen to help people in a developing community. The outcome helped strengthen their strategy to achieve their vision.

Next note down the common factors and themes emerging. For example: for James, it was helping to develop people

Develop a Practice of Continuous Self-Feedback

Now that you’ve begun to pay attention to specific WorkLife moments, events or experiences when you were fully engaged, make a note in your journal of any observations you have of what was going on during those times.

Develop a Practice of Insightful Self-Questioning

Continue and maintain this practice by asking yourself the following questions:

What was I doing when I was completely engaged? How did this make me feel?
What contributed to me feeling this way?

Words of Wisdom

There will most likely be times in your WorkLife when you will need to discover or rediscover your WorkLife vision. You may also stray from living your days true to your motivated abilities, lose sight of what these actually are for you, or actually struggle to know what they are in the first place. This simple exercise will allow you to navigate through these times.

This story is one of the stories featured in my book: How To Drive Your Vision And Motivated Abilities. From The School Of WorkLife Book Series.

Click on the above title for an inside view of the book, where you will see the stories and assignments. Tap the link below to see the other books in the series. 

The stories I write are based on real WorkLife challenges, obstacles and successes. In some stories I share my own experiences, and with permission stories of people I’ve worked with, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Other persons and companies portrayed in the stories are not based on real people or entities.

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning. Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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