There’s a lot of talk about having a work/life balance. And the best way I think that’s possible is to love what you do.
You might not always love everything about where you work or every aspect of everything about your work – but if you love what you do in general, creating that work/life balance can be easier than you think.
Never work a day in your life if you love what you do.
I didn’t think in a million years when I started as an Occupational Therapist that I would be running my clinic, developing Hand Therapy Secrets, and loving what I do for a living as an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist(CHT).
I started out trying to get a job that was close to my house. Well….that didn’t happen. So I decided to take jobs that were further away, that maybe didn’t have the hours that I wanted, or maybe didn’t pay as much – all for the opportunities.
Here’s what I think you can do to get hired in hand therapy:
- Apply for that job – even if you don’t think you will get it. Do it anyway.
- Get turned down faster and more often – that way, you get a chance to ask what else you can do if that’s the path you want.
- Strategize your next steps to get into hand therapy. Then take action.
When I graduated, I was told to take the bare minimum of courses…or the cheapest courses in my town to develop my skills. I didn’t do that either. I always looked for a course that would teach me the skills I needed for a particular job and took the next course for the next job I wanted.
Here’s what I think you can do to build your career:
- Have a positive mindset – you have to know it’s possible so that it’s easier for you to take action. If you don’t think it’s possible – you are dead in the water.
- Build your confidence – this is a part of your mindset. People can sense and see when you have or don’t have confidence…either in yourself or your work.
- Build your skills – I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Skills make the world go round. When you get results for people, they come back to you.
How can you always be successful?
Comes down to perspective and goal setting, right? But, if you set goals too big with no specifics, you will feel shitty, talk negatively about yourself, think negatively about your career path, and feel frustrated.
Well, that sucks. Do you want to live that way?
Hell no! Not me…and I’m thinking not you either, right?
Set smaller, achievable, realistic, and SPECIFIC goals – and that will show you time and time again – your success. It will encourage you to take a small action, and another, and another until one day you look back and see the MASSIVE action you took.
My Hand Exam Prep members are currently doing that now. They set 6-month or 3-month goals…along with smaller goals within the time frame. Very specific based on their needs. They are smashing it right now.
It’s so hard to see how far you have come when you are constantly looking at the horizon…but take a look back and look at the amazing things you have achieved. You got into OT school. You finished. You got a job. And another. And another.
Look back and take only the good things and learn from them. That’s all you need from the past to help you in the present. Look only in the future for the inspiration to move you in the present.
And I’m here for you! I’m committed to posting more videos, sharing more stories, and helping you if that’s what you need.
If you want to get in early into the Hand Exam Prep Program – enrollment will open at the end of October. Seats are limited and fill up every time.
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