You’ve heard the Confucius quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” But what if you have yet to figure out what it is that makes you want to jump out of bed each morning? Sure, you might think your job is fine. But between the never-ending (pointless) meetings on your calendar and your mile-long-to-do-list, would you really say you love it?
Think about a time you fell in love or the first time you held your newborn baby. The world seemed different – it felt like your heart was going to burst with love and happiness. It is possible to bring that kind of joy and energy into your work too. When we have passion in whatever we do it’s not a job but more of a calling. A job is often synonymous with chore, a drag; something you have–not want–to do, and it drains your energy. Having a passion for your work is energizing, something you look forward to, that you cannot wait to dive into to, and it makes you genuinely happy.
Here’s a quick question. What did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor? A firefighter? An actress? As kids, we allowed our passions to decide what we wanted to be. We imagined ourselves doing what we loved. So, what happened along the way? As with most of us, our present-day situations are the result of no vision, self-doubt, lack of focus, and limited resources (a.k.a money). But it’s never too late to make a change, a turn in the course of your professional career. All it takes is a little trust, motivation to take some risks, and a clear set of goals.
Most of the time when people choose their careers, they choose to follow the paper trail instead of what they genuinely want to do every day. They are blinded by money. Although money is great and can buy us all of the things that we want, this will only make us temporarily happy. You only have one life; so don’t waste it working somewhere you hate just because you might bring home a hefty paycheck.
The first thing you need to do is identify your strengths. What is it your good at? What do you love to do? When you have identified your talents and interests, trust those feelings. Many entrepreneurs have credited their professional success to a personal, internal desire to do more with their abilities.
As many entrepreneurs will confirm, success, a career change – even wealth, doesn’t come without risks. In order to do great things, you have to be willing to take some risks. That means risk becomes a large part of realizing your goals. Make it a standard practice to visualize your long-term goals. Knowing where you intend to be five years from now affects the decisions you make today.
If you are ready to explore other options, contact us and our Life Coaches will help you to discover your dreams and goals. When you genuinely love what you do, it won’t feel like the dreaded 9 to 5, it will no longer feel like a job.