OK, it’s time to tell the truth. Are you really happy doing what you’re doing? Or are you settling for “anything you can get” rather than pursuing your career dreams?
Think about it: there are so many people in jobs they hate because they haven’t found that one true passion. In fact, according to Gallup research over 50% of the workforce is disengaged from their work. There are always better options out there, so why choose to be complacent instead of taking action?
The truth is there a number of reasons why many of us settle for less when it comes to our careers. Fear of change, self-doubt and fear of failure are among the most common. You need to ask yourself. What is worse; the fear of failure or regretting not living life to your fullest potential?
Most of us indulge in escapism from time to time. Particularly when it comes to work. A beautiful dinner, a weekend away or a day out shopping! Don’t get me wrong; a little bit of escapism can be good. If it becomes a way to escape from our work rather than an occasional indulgence our life can become unbalanced. Worse if it becomes a coping mechanism to deal with our unhappiness at work it can lead to many unhealthy behaviours. Behaviours such as; “I’ve had a bad day I’ll just get takeaway”, “I’m not exercising today” or “let’s have a couple of drinks mid-week”. These have a flow on effect.
The good news is that the lifestyle, income and meaning we all strive for is no longer out of reach if we change our mindset. In order to answer the question of being happy doing what you are doing, I believe that we need to live by our values. This is the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the way we think, how we interpret and engage with the world. Values are simply a set of principles that guide who we want to be.
I am a believer of living life authentically. I believe that if you live your life on purpose, happiness will follow. If you are committed and believe in what you are doing then overcoming challenges and obstacles will seem relatively insignificant in comparison to your goals.
What I’m really saying is that everyone is capable of making positive changes in their lives that moves them closer to their goals. It is however a constant process that requires practice and time. It is a marathon and not a race. So embrace who you are, keep going and don’t give up!