I suppose reaching 60 years of age the other day prompted me to think about past work and previous jobs!
There are many aspects in our lives that help define who we are and how we feel. By default when we leave education, we start out with the real intention of working for around 40 years or so. After this time we will probably sit back and reflect – what did I really do?
Perhaps that's me right now – reflecting on everything I have done post leaving school.
Did I enjoy it, did I make an impact and did I really leave any type of legacy? Well, rather than me answer those questions, I throw them back at you to take a moment of self reflection.
There are some simple questions that you need to ask yourself regarding the current job you do. Do you enjoy your work or do you just slog away to earn the money you need to survive? Does your work leave you with a sense of fulfilment or does it seem to suck the joy out of your life?
You may (or may not) be surprised to know 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, buying a new car etc. On the other hand, people who work only for remuneration may not know what they are missing. True fulfilment can really only be achieved when all areas of your life are balanced and compliment each other.
Keep in mind that most of the hours of every day are spent working. 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 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 loosing an income in the current economy may leave you worse off than you are now.
There are however other actions that you can take to improve your work life, and here they are:
In any aspect of personal development it is important to take your happiness and well-being into your own hands and gain/regain the power that you deserve.
So take control of your work life by making better choices that leave you more fulfilled.
As a final note, after 40 years I still do not know what job I really want to do – the only thing is that I have generally really enjoyed everything I have done so far!
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