Imagine your job entailed doing something that you really loved. Yes, this implies that the bulk of your time would be spent on tasks that actually make you happy and content. Is that not the ideal way of life?
Agreed, we have to make ends meet – pay the bills; save up for old age; get the kids through school. Nobody can escape these endless everyday expenses. Unfortunately, this causes many of us to panic (or maybe you prefer to call it “grow up and be responsible”) and take on jobs that we dislike to make the bucks we need to feed to all those money-munching monsters.
However, consider the words of the following accomplished people, all echoing the same sentiment: Success and satisfaction might be more closely linked than you think.
“I think the foremost quality – there’s no success without it – is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there’s no success if you don’t do well what you’re working at.” Malcolm Forbes
“We never thought that we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software.” Bill Gates
“The law of work seems unfair, but nothing can change it; the more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make.” Mark Twain
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Maya Angelou
Many of us might think about job satisfaction as a luxury. Yet, it may be a crucial ingredient to a fruitful life. It will also benefit your physical and mental health – not to mention spill over to a happier family life.
Pinpoint your passions
If you feel uncomfortably discontent in your current work situation, maybe it is time to rethink your life. However, you cannot move forward or change direction if you do not know where you would like to go in the first place. Therefore, it is important for you to take time and reconnect with the yearnings in your heart.
Ask yourself some serious questions: What makes you come alive? What things have you been doing in the past that really made you happy? What dreams do (or did) you have for your future?
Write down your aspirations – the things that excite you lots and scare you a little. Then consider your life as it is: do you have a platform to live out these passions?
Recalculate your route
If the answer to the above question is “no” or “only to a little extent” then you are faced with a choice: are you willing to settle for life as it is or do you want to take a courageous leap and pursue something greater? This is ultimately the difference between living by default and living by design.
The gap between knowing what you would love to do and actually taking the necessary steps to do it is usually filled with fear. This is why many of us would rather step back and only daydream about our desires. Unfortunately, fantasising will not get you very far. To change our destination, we need to change our direction – and this takes wilful action as well as a good amount of nerve.
A sobering word of caution may be necessary here. I am not suggesting that, after taking a brave step towards your desired goal, you will immediately and incessantly love your new life. Even if you do what you love, you are not going to love every moment of it – and especially not every moment of getting there. Hard work and sacrifice (a concept that is especially unknown to the enthusiastic millennial generation) are always part of the deal. Ditto self-doubt and the occasional bout of sheer trepidation. After all, if something cost you nothing, it is not worth very much.
Be prepared, but not scared. It is going to be a journey and journeys are inevitably filled with turbulence, discomforts and unforeseen circumstances.
Few of us can honestly examine and subsequently re-orientate and rearrange our lives without a helping hand. Life coaching can be a very beneficial tool in rediscovering and realising your dreams.