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If you're like most people, you've been living for more than just work during the last years. Many times the things that you most enjoyed doing and received the greatest level of gratification from were non-work related. Don't minimize your hobbies and interests; what they've taught you and what you value about them are important considerations now, too, as you prepare to step back into the workplace. Look for transferable skills that you've acquired in your leisure time. Perhaps you've conducted research, tutored, written, coached, collected, analyzed, programmed, or managed. The knowledge that you've gained, and the skills you've employed, might qualify you to pursue a new career or go farther in your old one. Indulge in a flight of fancy. If you could turn your hobbies and interests into a moneymaking venture for yourself, would you? Close your eyes for a few minutes, and see yourself engaged in your dream job (alternatively, you might imagine yourself doing what you like best, or something you've done in the past that's given you incredible satisfaction). Visualize, down to the smallest details, your environment, the people and objects around you, and what you're doing. Use all your senses. Hear the sounds, feel the textures, smell the aromas, and taste the tastes. Imagine that it's happening now, and take the time to fully experience it. Then open your eyes, and keeping hold of the image, consider:

  • What are the most appealing aspects of your fantasy?
  • What are the most realistic aspects?
  • What are the most absurd?
  • What goals would you have to achieve to make your fantasy come true?
  • What are the barriers to achieving those goals?
  • How can you overcome them?

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