Are you running away from a job you dislike or towards one that will enable you to thrive? The distinction isn’t trivial. Avoiding negative situations isn’t necessarily bad. Who doesn’t want to sidestep traffic backups on their way to work, sitting next to a sneezing passenger on the commuter rail or negative co-workers? When it comes to making a career change, understanding your motivation and goals is essential to finding a satisfying job.
Jumping ship from a job without knowing what you want and need is like trying to navigate without a compass. Eventually, you may wind up where you want, but you run the risk of finding yourself in another unsatisfying situation.
Here’s where the science of positive psychology can provide a roadmap to help you determine your best next steps. Approximately 15 years ago, renowned psychologist and President of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Martin Seligman challenged his colleagues to investigate how and why certain people thrive instead of studying pathological behavior.
What resulted was the field of positive psychology and Seligman’s PERMA model. The five elements in Seligman’s model are those found essential to human well-being, based on scientific research. Together, they form a solid foundation upon which we can build a satisfying and flourishing life.
PERMA is an acronym that stands for:
Positive emotions – good feelings
Engagement – being fully absorbed in activities
Relationships – being meaningfully connected to others
Meaning – a sense of purpose
Achievement – a feeling of accomplishment and success
PERMA your career
To begin to apply PERMA to your career, ask yourself the following questions:
• What experiences at work will I find enjoyable?
• What will help me be fully engaged in my work activities? What tasks will capture my full attention and energy?
• What type of culture will enable me to develop collaborative work relationships?
• What values do I want to express through my work? What type of organization is aligned with my purpose in life?
• What do I want to accomplish in the next 6 months and beyond?
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