Have you ever heard the sentence “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”? It is a great advice given by Confucius, and it can be followed during any period of your life. With numerous studies showing the growing level of workplace stress (40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful), finding a profession you enjoy in can be crucial for your mental and physical health. It’s understandable to be afraid to make that big step if you already have a secure job position, but for the sake of your peace of mind, consider the benefits a fulfilling career can carry. Here’s some advice that will help you with that, and consequently make you lead a more satisfied life.
IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU UNHAPPY?
Every job can be stressful, but think about it: is it really worth it? In order to answer this question, you have to answer a bunch of other ones. Do you ever feel miserable about your job? Is your work undervalued? Is your time wasted? Do you feel like you are not accomplishing anything? Is it sucking the life out of you? Are you constantly tired? If the answer to one or all of these questions is ‘yes’, you should think about a career change now. This especially goes if your job is impacting your self-confidence and makes you doubt yourself and the work you do. Those issues with confidence can be translated into your personal life, and before you know it, you will be miserable in both your private and professional life.
LET GO OF YOUR FEARS
Fear of change is something that happens to every one of us, and it is especially present when you are “trapped” in some job position for a long time. However, you may be blocking your own way to happiness by refusing to let go of the things that prevent you from being happy. This doesn’t mean that you should just jump and hope that you’ll land on a soft spot. Start with baby steps. Spot the repeating negative patterns, such as long hours, small paycheck, and bad relationship with your coworkers, and try to make a stand and change that. After, you’ll be encouraged to go further and make the big change.
FIND A JOB YOU LOVE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN
This is the one you’ve been waiting for – go do what you love! If you still don’t know what that is, give yourself time to discover it. Try to remember what you loved before you had to worry about paying the rent and taxes? Our truest passions often emerge in our childhood, so if you loved writing or doing science experiments, go back to your instincts and use them as a stepping stone. Even if that requires starting your education all over again, it will be worthwhile. Just remember, all university admissions call for extensive preparations, so you need to start on time. As for the job search, it will be difficult at first, and in some professions, you’ll have to start by volunteering, so make sure you pick up as much knowledge as you can and be persistent in your intention.
Spending your days stuck in an office you hate, doing a job that makes you feel miserable and holding on to things that ruin your self-confidence are not inevitable. It is within your power to change your life and be a happier and more fulfilled person. You are in control.
Author Bio – Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” She is an Author at HighStyleLife.