Work Smart, Not Hard

I have never believed that a job defines me. I was always convinced that I had to be ‘me’ first and my vocation would fit into that. This would then bring forth my innate talents and skills for the greater good.

Even though the search for fulfilling work has been a source of great frustration for me over the years. I was completely open to any ideas, which has honestly stood me in good stead. It allowed me to develop an ability to turn my hand to any role, and easily transition into work areas that appealed to me.

Personal freedom comes when we dispense with having ‘fixed’ ideas.

– Helen Edwards

Back in the 1990s, I read the world’s most popular job-search books. This was useful at the time, but when I dug deeper, I realised that my issue was more fundamental. I wanted to ‘follow my bliss’. I just had to work out what ‘my bliss’ was!

I decided to take a closer look at what I felt passionate about, what my natural skills and abilities were, and how these could be applied in a way that would fulfil my potential and contribute to society. Needless to say, this remains an ongoing personal inquiry.


Visualisation is a powerful technique when used in combination with affirmations. It involves using imagination with associated senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) to create a mental picture of what you want to achieve.

Many people think they are unable to visualise. Yet, when you ask them to describe their house, they are always able to, in great detail. It’s really that simple.

So why bother to visualise?

Regular visualisation helps to focus the mind. And maintaining focus is essential when we aim to achieve goals, because it’s easy to get distracted by everyday activities. When we mentally rehearse an outcome, it orientates our behaviour to bring it into fruition.

This is not a new idea. It’s one of the primary techniques used in sports psychology, where athletes see themselves winning the race, F1 drivers sit in their cars with eyes closed, imagining the track, and pro golfers mentally plot out the holes on every round.

However, visualisation is by no means limited to the sports world. An artist will see their finished painting before sketching out the initial outline. A student taking an exam visualises passing. A patient preparing for a complicated medical procedure sees a successful outcome. An overweight person can visualise their ideal weight. When buying a new item of clothing, you’re likely to hold it up in front of the mirror and visualise yourself wearing it. We all do it, often without even realising it!

For the purpose of improving our life, visualisation is a call to our higher self to become something more, i.e. the best version of ourselves. It provides a sense of empowerment in an otherwise uncontrollable situation.

Try this simple exercise using the power of your imagination to create your ideal work situation. Feel the emotions as if you are already in that ideal work situation. Be like a child, daydream, and have fun with it.

1. Get into a comfortable position in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

2. Relax each part of your body visually, starting from your toes and moving up to your scalp. Take your time, there’s no rush.

3. Breathe deeply and slowly. Count to 20 in your head.

4. When you feel deeply relaxed, imagine doing the work you would like to do.

5. Imagine the working environment in great detail.

6. Imagine the type of people you are working with. What are they saying and doing?

7. Imagine feeling motivated and excited that you are now doing this work.

8. Keep this image in your mind and imagine a big dial (from 0 – low intensity to 10 – high intensity).

9. Mentally turn that dial down to 1 or 2 and notice how you feel – now stop.

10. Turn it up to 10 and make the picture more colourful, brighter, and louder. Again notice how you feel.

11. If any doubts arise, just acknowledge them, let them flow through your mind, and return to your positive scene.

12. End the visualisation by affirming, ‘This work or something better now manifests for me for the highest good of all.’

13. Breathe deeply and slowly. Count to 20 in your head.

14. Open your eyes and become aware of your surroundings again.

15. Do this exercise as long as it feels comfortable and repeat it regularly.

Once you have a clear idea on what you want, act on it. In a year’s time, looking back, you will be amazed at how you have accomplished what was once just an idea.

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Lightbulb moment: I can achieve anything I put my mind, heart and soul into.

Useful resource: Practice Makes Happy: A Guide to Conscious Living by Helen Edwards

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