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Here is an example of one exercise that can be used in class to help students explore their own authenticity while gaining a better understanding of what the concept AUTHENTICITY means in terms of the Kaleidoscope Career Model.

Are you wondering if your values are aligned with your work?
Have you been concerned lately about how who you are does not match what you do?
Have you taken time in your life to "smell the roses?"
Are you finding that lately you are asking the "meaning of life" questions?

If so, you may be on the threshold of using authenticity as a life and career pivot to shape your kaleidoscope as you make a new life and career transition. Here are some guidelines for you to consider as you negotiate this transition:

(a.) Do a "values life sort" on what is important to you. Lay out, on a piece of paper, all the aspects of life that you value or have valued in the past. Key career values might include: (values types based on Driver 1979 & 1982) variety, autonomy, creativity, influence, expertise, status, and (financial) security. Key life values might include: humor, duty, adventure, collaboration, community, courage, diversity, enjoyment, friendship, health, inner harmony, integrity, justice, love, order, personal development, physical fitness, self-respect, leisure, spirituality, and wisdom. Identify the top 10 values that describe yourself from early career. Then resort and see if you can prioritize the top five values of your life right now. If your values sorts are similar, then you might as well stay the course as your values match your career for the moment. But if more of your current values fall in the life values category, you might be ready to consider your options concerning how you can move out of your current job and into a more fulfilling career that more adequately suits your dreams.

(b) Keep a journal of your life and work experiences. Jot down pearls of wisdom at the end of each day. What was interesting that happened today? What bothered you about your day? At which points in the day did you feel unfulfilled? Sad? Lonely? Happy? Don't worry about writing too much or too little - you will find the writing gets easier each day. After a month's worth of entries, look back at your journal and see what you can discover about yourself. What themes repeat, time and time again? Themes about how you use your time, about your wishes and dreams, about what makes you content versus frustrated may begin a process of self discovery that will lead you to a more authentic path.

(c) Discover the point where your passion meets your destiny. Many of us have spent years in unfulfilling careers that we started simply because back in college it seemed like the right thing to do. But times - and yourself - have changed. Do you still serve the world best in an accountant role? Could you have a life as a teacher? A book author? Is it time to finally open your own business? What obstacles might be in the way? A good adage is that if we love what we do, the money will follow. If you don't love what you are doing, why do it?

(d) Prepare a life plan for your future. If you won the lottery and had all the time in the world at leisure, what would you do? Would you play golf? Hike up a mountain? Garden? Travel? Sleep? Watch TV? Cook for fun? And once you had your fill of leisure activities, what would be next? Think about how you would spend your time if you had time to spare. Would you volunteer in your community? Doing what, exactly? Work for the environment or with children? Help the local government make policy decisions? Run a charity fund raiser? Assist in the care for the elderly? Defining your leisure time highlights what is most important to you, and can help you find your road to authenticity.



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