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Excerpted from Your Authentic Self by Ric Giardina. Copyright © 2002 by Ric Giardina. Excerpted by permission of Beyond Words Publishing.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Any attempt to change the outer circumstances without making a change within the consciousness is pointless."

  Ric Giardina, Your Authentic Self, Part 3

That brings me to a discussion of the one place where you can make changes to transform your relationship with your job: change begins in your consciousness.

Just as with prayer, any attempt to change the outer circumstances without making a change within the consciousness is pointless. In fact, to do so might be compared to believing it possible to change the configuration of a room by rearranging the reflections of that same room in a mirror. It won’t work – you cannot move the reflected objects in the mirror, quite simply because they are only reflections. What will work is making an honest evaluation of how you are holding your job and the people in it in your consciousness and the extent to which you either made use of or ignored opportunities to use your job as a channel for good.

Recognize that this "good" may have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with your specific job responsibilities, although it certainly can be related to them. The good you are able to do through your job is your work.

I was an employee at Intel for nearly nine years. At various times during that period my job responsibilities included practicing software, contract, antitrust, trademark, and general business law. At other times my job responsibilities included staff administration and development, corporate branding, employee recruitment and retention, training and organizational development, and the creation of new products and lines of business. Those were my official job responsibilities; none of those was my work. My job responsibilities were clearly delineated – oftentimes in writing – by the company, my manager, or myself; nowhere was there a written description of my work – indeed, my employer would very likely have been shocked to know what I considered my work responsibilities to have been. 

Within job categories, my duties stayed fairly much the same from day to day and in time I was able to perform them pretty much by rote. Meanwhile, my work changed minute-by-minute and required me to be very much in the moment or risk losing opportunities to do some good. There was a sense of structure and orderliness around the completion of responsibilities with my job; there was a sense of wide-eyed wonder, as well as a bit of uncertainty, about my work. My job existed within the confines of a clearly defined space with precise boundaries; my work was living on the edge.

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