There are many aspects of our lives that will along the way help us define who we are and how we feel at any given moment in time. One of the most significant areas of our lives relates to the work we do or our profession. Therefore, this aspect tends to get the majority of our focus when it comes to embarking on the quest for personal development.
However, if you are disenchanted with your job or career, there may be some simple questions you may need to ask yourself regarding the current work you do, as your work sometimes set up the positive or negative vibration you are in.
1. Do you enjoy your work? or do you just slog away to earn the money you need to survive? ("You can survive off bread and water but that's not living my friend")
2. Does your work leave you with a sense of fulfillment or does it seem to suck the joy out of your life? ("Which may make you not very much fun to be around.")
It may come as no surprise to you to note; that a large percentage of people work just to earn money and take no pleasure in what they do.
This in itself is not always a bad thing because money earned can be used to buy some enjoyment such as funding holidays, hobbies, etc. However, one should not forget to invest time in other equally important aspect of their lives. ("Maybe our personal relationships")
Did you know that Couples who reported disagreeing about finance once a week were over 30 percent more likely to get divorced than couples who reported disagreeing about finances a few times a month? according to a study done at Utah State University. It would seem we would get the message that we could do more to build a stronger foundation with our spouse, so that when those not so favorable times present themselves. ("And they will"). The parties involved would have such a strong foundation that even the absence of a few luxuries here and there would do nothing to weaken the bond formed.
(I specifically pointed out because most of the clients I deal with these days have some kind of relationship and or financial challenge)
It has been my experience that people who work for money in and of itself may be missing the big picture. In my opinion: true fulfillment can most likely be achieved when all areas of ones’ life is balanced and complement each other. Keep in mind that most of the hours of every day are spent working. In addition, remember I am a life coach and I get the pleasure of helping people move in the direction of their desired goals.
I use that statement as a bridge to the statement that people don't really work for money they work for things that money can give them and if I were to quantify that statement even further, it would have to be said that people just what to feel good and be happy.
If you are truly unhappy in your job, you may spend this time thinking about other things you could be doing or where else you could be. This means that not only are you making yourself unhappy going to work every day, but there is a good chance that you are not giving your job the focus and attention it may deserve.
Finding yourself in this position does not mean that you should just quit and find something new to do. In some cases, for some people this may be a good option, but losing an income in the current economy may leave you worse off than you are now.
There are however, other actions you can take to improve your work life.
1. Find what it is about your job you do like and focus on these areas. When say focus on these areas I mean ask an effective question like:
(A). What do I like about my job that I haven't noticed?
(B). If I could like anything about this job what would it be?
The parts of your job that you don't like are not going to go away, but you may spend less time thinking about the bad by focusing on the good.
2. Find out more about moving into a different position within the organization you are working in.
This may not be a better paying position than you are currently employed in, but you could be happier in this position. if you are no equipped for the position you are inquiring about, I would advise you to step out of your comfort zone and:
(A). Take an online training course, in house training night classes and do whatever it takes to secure the position.
(B). Find a mentor or to help improve your skills.
You will be amazed at how much better you feel about the job you are doing if you are better able to do the job.
A life coach or personal development manager can also help you with more ways in which you can improve your work life. In any aspect of personal development, it is important to take your happiness and well-being into your own hands.
So take control of your work life by making better choices that leave you more fulfilled.