Do you hate your job? Do you struggle to get up every morning to do the thing that you have to do?
Here’s how to go from hating your job into really living your passion.
Many of us spend more time at work and with our work families than we do at home and with our kids and with our spouse. When you think about the amount of time that you spend inside your lifetime at work and at your job, you want to be doing something that gives you joy and passion, and unfortunately that’s not the case for most people.
I am one of those fortunate people that wakes up and jumps out of bed because I love the work that I get to do, but that wasn’t always the case. I remember the beginning of my career, being unhappy with my workplace and my job, and sitting in my apartment one day, thinking “Okay – you want to be in a different place, you have a goal, you have a vision of doing work that you love, and having a bigger impact, but that’s not your reality today. So what are you going to do about it?”
And in that moment, I made a decision to go to work very differently. The next day nothing changed in my circumstances. The work was the same, the people were the same, but I was different. As I showed up differently, new opportunities began to present themselves. I went from an entry-level position to spending 16 years in that organization, climbing into an executive role.
Was every day perfect? Of course not – there’s always room for growth. Eventually that career no longer lit me up which caused me to make a decision about a new career and again I made a change to follow a new career path.
No matter your age, your stage, where you are in your career, start with how are you showing up. Who are you being? Are you bringing your best self?
Oftentimes we say well if my boss was different, if my coworkers were different, if I could do different work, if I would get a raise – and we’re waiting for the conditions to change, or we’re waiting for the external circumstances to change so that we can be happy, and that’s not how it works. That’s not how we create results. It always starts with us.
How can you bring your best self to work today? How can you show up as your best self? If you were going to work that you loved, if you were in your dream job, how would you be driving to work, how would you show up in that meeting? How would you interact with your coworkers? Start putting that on, and show up differently.
Wallace Wattles, in his work The Science of Getting Rich, says that we have to more than fill our present container. Often we wait for the container to change. We wait for the job to change, and THEN we’ll bring our best self. But when we overfill that container, when we do more than what’s asked from us, when we bring our best selves, that’s when the universe starts to provide us with that larger container.
Second to that is, do you have a vision for where you want to go? What would you love in your career, and what would you be doing? What would you love?
If you don’t know exactly what that looks like, start with what you do know.
A great place to start is with all the things you hate about your current job. Ask yourself, if it wasn’t like this, what would it be? If my boss wasn’t like this, who would I like to be working for? Who would I like to be working with? Do I like to work independently, or with a team? Do you have more flexible hours or do you like a structure?
Start with what you do know, and as you get more clear about what you do know, you’ll have different ideas and a different operative.
If you would love help getting crystal clear on your vision, that is exactly what we will be doing during The Vision Workshop on January 23. If you’re serious about designing a life where you are living into your passion and learning the tools to live that life, buy your ticket today!
Here’s to you living a life you love,