The joy of loving what you do, means you’ll never feel like you’re working another day in your life, well almost! It’s all about being excited about your day ahead and knowing what’s to come is a day of happiness and you’re excited for Monday to come around rather than a case of Monday-itis. For me, I couldn’t imagine going to work and not loving what I do. I don’t take that luxury for granted EVER as I know it’s not the case for everyone. I also acknowledge the fact that I have created many of the opportunities that have come my way rather than waiting for someone to hand them to me. It can be daunting, sometimes terrifying, being outside your comfort zone to create your career-path dream. The fear of failure can be paralyzing. The option to not follow your heart makes for an unhappy person. This is where I truly believe understanding and knowing your “why” will really help you follow your career dream as it is generally so strong it will have your back and be your motivational driver to move forward when fear has your feet concreted into the ground. My “why” always gives me wings. My achievements, taken one step at a time, allow me to expand my wings. The trust I now have after years of taking giant leaps and jumping in, allows me to fly.
I always say to myself worst case scenario…will it kill me? NO. Will I be disappointed if I fail? Will I feel a little broken? YES. What’s my option? To stay in the current situation and not take action? I know as a person I just can’t do that when my “why” is so strong. The knowing that what I am about to pursue will benefit so many people on many different levels and make a difference, I can’t stay on the sideline. I need to pursue it.
Just because you love what you do now doesn’t mean that won’t change over time. Re-assess every couple of years. What was previously important to you may have changed and that’s ok. You just need to set the co-ordinates of your internal GPS in a new direction. Once you feel comfortable and safe within your job, workplace or role this can sometimes seem a little challenging. Few of us like not being great at what we do. Knowing that when you are taking on a new role or learning it will take a little time to feel back in your comfort zone. Fear is there to protect you, really. But acknowledge it, appreciate you are looking out for yourself and step forward away from it.
Break down your work, prioritising what it is that makes you feel great during your day. Write a workplace-focussed journal for a month and take note of when you really feel happy, proud and excited about what you’re doing. Is it when you have achieved something, the simple pleasure of doing a task; the completion of the task? Or are you a creator where brainstorming, making something, bringing an idea to life blows your mind? Is it working for someone else, having tasks to achieve, being a superstar team member. Or do you want to pave the way founding and creating your own business? Whichever path you choose you need to know your “why”. Knowing and understanding this is your driving force. For me work doesn’t feel like work because I know that I am journeying towards a goal that is going to give me great satisfaction.
Take the time to work this out as it really is different for each individual. Once you have worked it out keep adding more of the ‘good stuff’ moments into your day. Is there a way your role within your job can be streamlined to bring you more happiness? It never hurts to ask the question. Be the person in charge of your career and create more happiness in your every day.
The joy, happiness and experience my career has offered me really has me excited and fulfilled even on the more challenging days. I really do love what I do and I hope you find your inner courage to follow your journey.
Your career, your path – what will you choose to do today to add a little extra love into your work day.
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