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August 7, 2019  -  Issue #69

Breaking Out Of The Box Can Lead To Working Happy

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Such activity is not going to lead you to working happy! Rather, doing things differently and “breaking out of the box” can lead you to new possibilities and happiness in your career. Are you doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result? What innovative and different things have you done lately relating to your work?

Here are some things you can try to help you break out of the box:
  • Take an “open space” day. During that day wander a bit, explore and do things that make you happy. Think about how your interests can help you work happier.
  • Make a list (no wrong answers!) of out of the box things you would love to do.
  • Identify three elements of your work now that you’d like to be rid of. What does your list tell you about what makes you happy at work?
  • Write a description of your dream job. You don’t have to be realistic or practical. 
You have unique gifts to give the world. Identifying and using your gifts is a big part of life’s journey. No one is doing exactly what you are meant to do. Find your way to breaking out of the box. When you do, the path to working happy will be waiting for you!

Email me if you'd like to go further with this. I’m happy to help you get started!

photo: Bernd Marczak from Berlin,
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We love answering your questions on your journey to working happy!

Q: I have been struggling with finding meaning in my work. At times I feel like a very minor cog in the wheel of the world. Do you have any thoughts on this, Ann?

A: This is a big subject as well as a very personal one! There are many individual elements of meaning. For some, it is making a difference in the world. For others it is helping people better themselves. For others it is creating something new. For others it is winning. What do you think gives your life meaning – what really matters to you? Are you able to honor your values in your work? Start there. Even if your work does not center on doing what you feel is meaningful, you can find meaning in your own integrity, in how you treat others or in the quality of your work. 
I honor your focus on meaning. Stay true to yourself and keep your eyes open for opportunities that give your work meaning and you’ll get there.

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  • Make enjoying your life a priority. Let it spill over into your work day.
  • Identify the goal that matters most to you.
A Path To Happiness
This New York Times article, How To Be Happy is filled with suggestions of small changes that can make a big difference. 
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Ann is a career and new directions coach whose passion is supporting people as they create the life they want to live and working in organizations to increase managers’ skills and self-confidence. Ann’s journey has taken her from a childhood in New York City, to an environmental career working for government in Washington DC and New York City, working in the private sector and founding her own business in Los Angeles. Subsequently, Ann embarked on a second career as a coach and now lives in the High Mojave Desert of southern California, where she continues her coaching and is inspired every day by the solitude, beauty and silence of the desert and mountains that surround her.

Ann is the author of four books: Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out, Power Stories, Leadership On Trial and Coaching Corner Volume 1. Visit her at
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