From the moment you are able to talk, your parents, grandparents and family ask you the age old question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
John Lennon said it best when he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. Young John wrote down on a piece of paper “I want to be happy when I grow up”. His teacher said “You must not have understood the question” to which John replied “you don’t understand life.” Wow! Out of the mouths of babes! What a firm grasp we have on happiness at a young age. So why do we let it go? Why do we take jobs that we can’t stand knowing it will make us miserable? Make us dread getting up in the morning to face another day.
Have you ever compromised your values to perform a certain job? I have a good friend who is in pharmaceuticals but lives the most holistic life you can imagine. She says she does it strictly for the money. She tells me that with every drug that she is selling she feels her values slip from her little by little. She feels like a walking contradiction. She knows there is a better way to live but isn’t sure how to go about living it.
To begin the journey to a happier career we must first know what our “currency” is in our current job or career. It seems that when you dislike your job, you really like the pay and you are willing to “put up” with a lot of crap. When you really like the job, you dislike the pay. However, the benefits are felt in more places than just your wallet. If you currency is one at the expense of the other, it might not be the best fit for you.
Once you find your true calling, or your vocation in life, you will be able to align both the job and the compensation. Your currency will change. Your soul will be filled up in ways that you could only imagine. Careers versus jobs give you purpose, happiness and a sense of well being.
Now that you are aware of your currency, I invite you to investigate your purpose. To do this you should begin to look at ways of simplifying your life to create more peace thereby giving yourself permission to tap into your passions and purpose. Start by taking an honest look at your expenditures. Are you living beyond your means? Where can you cut from? Where is it important to spend wisely? Is there extra cash lying in your closet, garage or homes? Most of the time we have things we can resell to earn some extra cash. Use this to pay off some bills and give yourself some breathing room.
Schedule a weekend away to a quiet place to really reflect on what feeds your soul. You are always going to have bills to pay, why not pay them with money earned doing something that you love? If after this time you have come to the conclusion that this is not the time for you to change jobs, start creating an exit strategy after work and on the weekends. Spend at least 30 minutes a day laying out your plan. Not only will this begin to create a shift in your life it will also begin to give you hope.
Always ask yourself, “How committed am I to making this happen?” If it is the right timing, don’t waste another day. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. Choose Happiness, choose bliss and choose YOU!