Do you love your job? Or, do you spend every day of the week looking forward to the weekend? In this article, guest author Madison Harper asks, "Why are a majority of us filling our precious lives with unsatisfying work?" She then provides some thought-provoking answers, and suggestions on what you can do about it. The article is long, but definitely worth reading.
Most people work about 40 hours per week. If you began working when you were 20 years old, and retired at 65, you worked 93,600 hours during that time. If work is such a big part of our existence why don't we spend more time making it a happy existence?
I've never met one person, who worked for someone else, that loved, let alone thoroughly enjoyed, most aspects of their job.
It made me remember a statement I heard recently during a seminar. They mentioned a survey asking critically ill people what they most regretted in life:
The last two points really had an impact on me. Nobody is sitting on their deathbed proclaiming, "I wish I owned more cars" or "I should have spent more time in the office." No, they're saying they should have loved more and lived more!
One of my favorite quotes is by Neale Donald Walsch, "How can you think of wasting a moment doing something for a living you don't like to do? What kind of a living is that?"
If we spend our workdays craving the end of the workday or looking forward to the weekend, does that indicate work that is meaningful or fulfilling? Why are so many of us filling our lives with unsatisfying work?
Read below for some ideas of what you can do about it.
It Just Happened
You have had the same kind of job from the beginning and all that may have changed over the years is the company you work for or your job title.You Feel Stuck
We all feel trapped by our circumstances - kids, a mortgage, little formal education.
So you've chosen a job that reflects your circumstances. You're basically trading time for a paycheck.
You get up, take a shower, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to work, eat lunch, work some more, come home, eat dinner and go to bed. It is the same thing every day.
Yes, our lives are busier and more colorful than that, but essentially this is how our lives look each weekday. You exist. The great thing is, if you look up, you see a glimmer of light called "hope". You can make a change.
"How do you eat an elephant?"
"One bite at a time."
Create Your Future
What can you do when you don't have much choice? Well the fact that you're doing nothing is a choice in itself. If you want your life to change you have to 'do' something about it, they can be large or small choices, but they are essential.
The choice to change doesn't have to be a scary one. On the contrary, it can be empowering.
Follow your heart. Do you remember what makes you happy? Think back to experiences that made you smile, laugh out loud, proud or warmed your heart. What were you doing and what choices are you going to make to reclaim your happiness?
Have the Right Attitude
You have to choose to do the things you really enjoy. Finding the time to do them really enables you to become more creative, less stressed out and more fulfilled. Attitude is the key to your success. You can love your job - your life.
Start each day with "I'm going to have a great day!" It is a choice.
To be happier in your work life you need to start doing things differently. It's a small change, but it's a start! Think about what you really enjoy doing and explore how you can turn that into paid work (it can even be part-time or volunteer work to begin with).
Maybe you can start reviewing some of the circumstances in your life that keep you from moving forward. What can you do differently?
I remember when I was in jobs I loathed I always felt better when I started applying for other positions. It felt good to do something other than just whine about it.
Keep Moving and Motivated
Once you decide to make a positive change in your job it's important to motivate yourself along the journey. It's like exercise; you have to consistently put in the effort to achieve the desired result. Remember, there's inspiration in doing something you love, or even enjoying the process of getting there, and you probably don't realize it but you're positively affecting others along the way.
Madisen actively helps people move from loathing, to liking and (maybe) even loving their jobs by changing their attitude, behavior and/or environment.
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Madisen recently co-authored a book with internationally renowned self-development author and speaker Dr Wayne Dyer, success expert Brian Tracy, human potential coach and publicist Arielle Ford and 'The Secret's' business mentor John Assaraf and spiritual leader Michael Beckwith.
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