Doctor, Are You In Your Career Groove? Three Indicators to Look At

I recently spent a long weekend visiting my parents in Albuquerque and while I was getting ready for my daily morning walk, I heard a familiar voice blaring from their 3 television sets that reminded me how sweet it is to be in your “career groove.”

The clarion call I heard was this: “Come on down!”

The voice was Rod Roddy, side-kick to 83-year old master of MCs, Bob Barker, the 30-year veteran host of “The Price is Right.”

Every time I visit my parents I get my regular dose of Bob Barker (my parents are close to his age and are huge “Bob” fans). Plus I get to marvel at Bob Barker’s authentic energy.

Barker is a vivid and marvelous poster-gentleman for a unique human situation that few people achieve. What is that situation? No, it’s not the money. It’s something more significant:

Bob is a guy who is completely in his “career groove.”

What is a Career Groove and Why Should You Care?

So what exactly does it mean to be in your career groove?

  • For one it means you love your work so much, you can keep on doing it and loving it all the way into retirement and beyond.
  • And it means one more thing: what you’re doing is perfectly aligned with your natural gifts and talents. You bring your WHOLE self to work.

So, what does it matter to you or anyone if you’re NOT in your career groove? It matters foremost to you, and secondarily to your community.

Where are you on the “Joy-Meter?”

From my perspective, a lot of physicians and professionals live their life somewhere between “outwardly successful but not completely content” and “professionally constrained and wanting more.”

Life goes on, years pass, children grow up, you take vacations, you get a new car, you sit on a hospital committee, you go to a continue-ed conference.

I knew a physician once many years ago who at the end of each day would count down: “Only 11 years, 5 months and 3 days to go before I retire.” He took vacations and went skiing, had a nice family remarried . . . and yet he was sadlyresigned to the countdown.

Not being in your career groove doesn’t mean that you are experiencing a career crisis or even burnout—but something important is missing.

That missing element is this:

The opportunity to be MORE COMPLETELY engaged (body, mind, spirit) and more completely OF SERVICE to the world.

It is from that level of engagement that we experience pure joy.

“Career Groove Indicators” – See Where You Are

Here are three indicators to gauge how muchyou are in own Career Groove — and in a future article, I’ll share some thoughts on how to “get your groove back.”

Career Groove Indicator

Scoring: For each Indicator Statement score yourself as follows

  • 3 points: I am completely aligned
  • 2 points: I want to be aligned, and am in the process of taking steps now to be completely aligned
  • 1 point: I want to be aligned, but not sure of the next steps

Career Groove Indicator #1:

I look forward to every day and look ahead to the near horizon with a sense of optimism.

Career Groove Indicator #2:

I am developing mastery in some aspect of my work—mastery based on recognition of my passion, natural talents and gifts.

Note: your mastery can be in a clinical area, a leadership domain, a communication skill , a creative path, or something unrelated to your current work . Career Groove Indicator #3:

I have no regrets about the course my life is taking right at this moment and feel grateful for everything and everyone around me.

Note: One way to answer this is, What if you or a loved one were struck down; are you focusing your energy on what you care about most? What barriers do you want to remove, or conversations do you need to have, or actions would you take in order to feel “no regrets”?

What does your score indicate?

If you scored between 8 and 9: Congratulations! You’re in your career groove or heading fast in that direction. Find someone to mentor!

If you scored between 6 and 7: Your career groove is not far away. You know what to do next, so what is holding you back?

If you scored between 3 and 5: Your desire is strong, but if the “next steps” elude you, it’s time to seek outside help.

You might be asking yourself: But as a doctor, am I not already “being of service” to the world, and isn’t that “groove” enough?

The answer is No, Yes, and Maybe:

  • No, if you’re not spiritually engaged in what you’re doing,
  • Yes, if you are completely engaged, and
  • Maybe, if can bring your total repertoire of natural talents, strengths and gifts to work every day

So why not go for gold and “pure joy”?

In a future issue I will delve deeper into how to find your career groove and ways to get aligned. In the meantime think about what natural strengths, talents or gifts you were meant to share with world. Once you put these to serve, PURE JOY is the natural by-product!

Different Business Card Ideas For Today

Business card ideas run rampant in today’s online world. You can pick just about any color, design, layout, paper stock and other custom business card elements at the push of a mouse. If you’ve exhausted certain aesthetics in the past and are looking to boost your overall appeal for a new wave of customers, look to an online printer for the best options and the lowest prices. Check out these great ideas for customizing your order today.

Switch Up Orientation

By going with a vertical orientation over a traditional one, you instantly make an appealing effort that will surely be noticed by anyone who takes your custom business card. Imagine if somebody laid out all the business cards they’ve received on a table – yours would stand out almost instantly. Couple that with a vibrant display of colors, logos and images and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

Embossing and Specialty Inks

These tactics enhance the look and feel of your business card. By giving your letters an element of depth, you create a professionalized aesthetic that lends an air of added importance to your piece. Specialty inks, such as metallic, neon, aqueous and glow in the dark style, are perfect for businesses that already deal in a more creative market (art galleries, Halloween supply shops, auto detailing, etc.) Ask your printer what is available as they vary from place to place.

Coatings

Some people don’t plan for the use and abuse factor when it comes to handing out their custom business card to potential clients. Coatings protect it from humidity, dirt, smudges and weather-related elements. An aqueous or high gloss UV coating is the typical standard, but lamination can get you the ultimate in protection and sheen.

Paper Stocks

Sometimes a regular paper stock just won’t cut it. That’s why there are other options available to you including plastic cards, translucent stocks and ones with a professional matte finish (which brings out the grooves a little more.)There will always be a variety of different weights too, so be aware of the thickness you wish to achieve.

Fold It

Here’s a novel idea: why not go for the table tent style? That way, you and your customers can prop it up for easy viewing when you need it the most. It also gives the backing a newfound purpose without having to flip it over. Your printer should be able to make a simple fold to any or all of them upon printing completion.

The Role of Talent in Business Success

When it comes to business, there seem to be a select few people on this planet who are destined for amazing success, while the rest of us dream, hope, or try to emulate their business success.

However, the truth is that wealthy people aren’t necessarily lucky – except for the few who inherit their wealth, they all have one thing in common – talent.

The fact is, however, that everyone has some natural talent, which aligns him or her with a certain type of business or entrepreneurship. I’m not talking about a talent for a particular type of art, or a gift for working with numbers – I’m talking about the complex mesh of personality traits that make you, you.

Using this type of talent to determine how you should be running your business, and indeed, what business you should be in, is not a new concept – it’s been around for millennia, and first started being used by the Chinese. Like many ancient art forms, however, it has been abandoned, as society increasingly tries to fit everyone into the same profile.

We are not all the same though, and the fundamental rule that governs your success starts with working with your natural talents. It’s the difference between finding, and settling into your natural groove, where everything you do seems easy and right, and trying to follow the rules that society has set for business, and finding yourself swimming up stream.

Essentially, there are five distinct talent profiles: the dynamo, who is great at getting things started, but struggles to follow through; the blaze, who is fascinated by people, and great at networking, but easily distracted; the tempo, whose natural niche is working in a team; the steel, who is born to devise, and follow, structured systems; and the spirit, who is cool, calm and collected, no matter what.

Most of us, however, do not fall into a single talent category. We combine elements of two or more profiles, into our own unique wealth creation talent profile that we can use to create wealth, or that can be a stumbling block as we struggle to conform to what conventional wisdom tells us we should be doing.

Understanding where your personality falls within that framework of natural talent allows you not only to find the business that is right for you, but also to choose the means of turning it into a reality that best serves your personality.

We have all been there. We are working for someone else, and we just know that we have a better way of doing things than the one they are using. That is probably because they have created their own ideal system for getting things done, based on their natural talents. For them, that leads to business success, but to you, as an employee, which simply leads to frustration, because your talents are naturally different to your employers.

The same goes for business. Just because a particular business idea or formula works for one person, that does not mean it will work for you. Unless you understand what your talents are, and create a business that best serves those talents, you’re going to be trying to fit the proverbial square peg into a round hole. Which as we all know is impossible.

That is the secret to business success right there. Discovering and activating your natural talents for business success and wealth. It is also the reason you fail. You are not working with your talents, but against them. It is a constant battle, and you are exhausted even before you get started.

For the would be entrepreneur, and the small business owner, understanding your talents is an epiphany. It’s the moment that you realise that everything you’ve been doing up to now could have been done quicker, easier, and with much less effort on your part. It allows you to design a business, and a system, that makes wealth flow to you, instead of making you chase after it. That is what true success is. Being in a business that you love, and using your natural talents in the way they were intended to be used.

Understanding your unique talent profile can also help you to find the best people to work and partner with. Some profiles work better with others, supporting and boosting each other’s successes, while others naturally clash. Understanding how you and your partner align from the outset can help you to determine your roles in your business, and the best way to move forward.

I am a firm believe that knowing what your talents are, and how to best utilise them and combining them with your passions, is the first step in business success. You will still have to put in time, effort, and money to start your business, but instead of fighting a losing battle, you will have a clear path to success. So why not find out what your unique business talent profile is, and start using it to succeed?