As a young child you may have wanted to be a train driver or a ballet dancer. Chances are you now do something completely different to either of those things. So when is a good idea to change track and when and how should you keep going with your original plan?
People have been debating the meaning of life probably since there were people. I have decided that whatever the reason, I am going to enjoy being here as much as I can. Because I spend a lot of my waking time at work that is a key place that I start checking my happy-ometer. I would use the following formula;
- If you loved what you do and since changing companies or roles you have started to feel less inspired consider backing up a step, changing role or making a sidestep
- If the main elements of your role have changed and all of the things you were passionate about have disappeared consider how to get those elements back; is staying in your industry be an option?
- Have your life requirements changed so drastically that what will please you now is a world away from what pleased you before (a role with a huge amount of international travel might not suit a new parent for example; if your career dictates extensive travel a new career might be the best solution)
- When you think about things you are passionate about in life do they exist within your chosen career? (if you class yourself as a real people person and face-to-face interacting gives you joy a lorry driver might not be the right choice)
Are you getting the picture?
Sit down with some piece and quiet and a blank pad and start writing the things you love. If you can’t summon love then start with things you like a lot or that make you some degree of happy. Next to each item tick or cross if they are part of your current role, could be part of your chosen career path and are a significant element of what you are working towards. If you find that you have more crosses than ticks a rethink of career type is in order. If you have mostly ticks look at the areas you could improve on and have a quick mind-storm as to how you could do that either by changing the way you think about your job, asking your boss if you can change an element or looking for a similar role elsewhere.
If you are on track write as much as you are able, half a side of A4 would be ideal, on why you want your chosen career path and what will happen, how you will feel and what will be great about your life when all of your dreams come true. Print it off and carry it with you. Now make yourself a promise to read this page at least twice a day; first thing in the morning and last thing at night would be fantastic times to do this. Reading your planned life back to yourself keeps you in tune with your journey and connected to your reasons for carrying on. This is such a powerful way to overcome those ‘groundhog day’ moments. In fact, after doing this for a few weeks you probably won’t even remember what groundhog day is!
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