Well, here we are. The third and final instalment to help you find a more enjoyable and fulfilled life. In case you missed them, you should read the first section, finding out where you are in your life and the second instalment, making changes in your personal life, before you get started on this section.
In this final part, we’re going to look at your career path and whether, or not it’s really giving you the juice you need?
There are a few simple questions you should ask yourself. These’ll give you a good indication into how fulfilling your current job, or career is;
- Are you engaged in you work, do you feel that you’re doing something worthwhile?
- Do you look forward to going to work everyday?
- How do you respond when someone asks you “How are you today?”
- If you didn’t need the money, would you do this job/career anyway?
- Would you recommend you job/career to a friend?
Fairly simple questions, but if you answer them truthfully, they can tell you an awful lot about how you truly feel.
Many times if you ask someone if they like their work they’ll respond by saying something like “the money’s good”, or “it’s as good as anything else I’ve tried”, or “it keeps me out of trouble”, etc.
Answers like this might have been said in an almost humorous way. But, because the answer was a subconscious one, it gives you a great insight into your true feelings.
People who truly enjoy their work usually start early, finish late and wonder where the day has gone! They look forward to going to work. They feel that apart from doing something they enjoy, they’re doing something that’s benefiting others as well.
Now I’m not saying that if you want to be happy you need to have a job that’s constantly a pleasure. Very few people are that lucky, but equally, if you’ve got a job that isn’t ever making you happy, maybe you need to re-evaluate.
How do you REALLY feel
Another good indicator is how you respond when someone asks you how you are. From my studies, the most common answers are; “not bad”, “I’m fine” and “I’ve been worse”. You should test it yourself; next time you ask someone, see what their response is.
A good way to change your own state is to make a conscious decision to say something like, “I’m fantastic”, or “I’ve never been better”, etc.
So, your first task? Work your way through the questions above and analyse your current career. If you feel you might like a change, how do you know what to do instead?
With all the training that’s available nowadays, both off-line and online, the options are limitless. But you don’t want to get drawn into another career that doesn’t fulfil you, so here’s a good way to start:
Begin by trying to think back to when you were a child. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I know it seems like a very random question, but the answers you get will help you immensely. Some examples might be a Doctor, or an astronaut, or an archaeologist, or a fashion designer, etc. Just spend a few minutes thinking about it then write it down.
It’s chances are, you won’t be in a position to get the exact job you dreamed of as a child. But what this exercise does, is gives you an insight into why you subconsciously wanted that career.
How it works
Obviously, I don’t know what you chose, but we’ll take my career path as an example.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a Medical Doctor, but when I was seventeen I became epileptic, which put paid to that idea. Because of this, there weren’t many jobs I could safely do.
Over the next thirty years I tried dozens of different jobs, and when I listed them out, there was a pattern.
All but two of those jobs lasted less than two years before I resigned and moved on to something else.
The only two I stuck with and both of which I was made redundant from, involved teaching/training;
- Lecturer at a College. (made redundant after 7 years)
- Training Manager (made redundant after 4 years)
In both of these positions, I’d spend a lot of my free time looking for new and exiting areas to teach them about.
I realised that my dream to be a Doctor when I was younger, was because I love to learn new things ( and medicine seemed almost magical ), so that I could help people.
This, as it turns out, is exactly what I was doing during those 11 years.
Now I’m a full time trainer and mentor. I’m learning all the time and there’s no better feeling than knowing that you’ve got the power to help make another person’s life better. I’ve never been happier 🙂
So, have a deeper look into your early career dreams and work out WHY you wanted to do it.
Then you can use that information to change to a career that’ll improve your life.
If you get stuck, or you need some help, drop me a line in the comments, or contact me through the contact page and I’ll do what I can to help.