Do you wake up in the morning dreading to go to work? Or maybe your job does not bring you the joy that is used to? You’re not alone. According to Deloitte’s shift index survey, 80% of people don’t enjoy their work. With about 30% of the human life being spent working that’s a large portion of our life to be spent on something that isn’t joyful or meaningful. One of the most important questions we can ask our self is Why Am I Doing the Work I’m Doing? So many of us are climbing our way up the corporate ladder that someone tells us to climb and often it can lead us up the wrong wall… or no wall at all. Are there times we do things that do not have any meaning to us but we are doing it because someone said we’re supposed to? Maybe it’s the next progressionary move, maybe is safe, easy, comfortable.
What do the people who love their jobs do differently?
Below are three tips to help find a job that embodies who you are.
Become a Self-Expert
Self-awareness is key. If we do not know what we’re looking for, we’re never going to find it. Understanding who we are as a person is something that we have to find for ourselves, no one else can do it for us. There are three main areas to focus in on that can help us start to identify what those things are that make us come alive!
- Unique Strengths– this can be something we’re paid for or not. It can be something people complement us on or thank us for. StrengthFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath is a great resource that can assist in finding what we naturally do best and how we can succeed by turning our talents into strengths.
- Values– this is an important part that many individuals overlook. Understanding what our soul is made of is important so that we don’t go selling it. Our values play a big part in what we find meaning in, which is a big factor in finding a career that brings us joy.
- Experiences– Find out what inspires us! Even looking at what went right and what went wrong in past jobs and careers so we learn what we want more or less of in future opportunities.
Do the Impossible
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. Many times we tell ourselves that we can’t do something, or maybe it’s the people around us that tell us we can’t do it, so we end up giving up or never even starting to begin with.
Surround Yourself with Passionate People
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. With 80% of people not enjoying their jobs most people around us can encourage complacency. That is why by surrounding yourself with people who are already doing what you want to do and who inspire possibility it can help launch you and your passion in the right direction.
When we start to find out what matters most to us and what brings us meaning in our lives our thoughts go from “How could I possibly do this?” to “How could I possibly not?” Once we discover the answer to the question “What is the work you can’t not do?” then you can start living it!
Here at Total Life Counseling we have expert counselors who specialize in Career Counseling. If you are ready to take the next step feel free to call us at 407-248-0030 so we can set up a complimentary phone call with one of our counselors.
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Author: Stephanie Booth, MS has her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at Total Life Counseling Center in Orlando where our relationship and marriage experts specialize in depression & anxiety and can be reached at (407) 248-0030