Did you know that happy people tend to earn higher salaries?! And additional to that, these high earners are happy because they have jobs they love!
Most people, feel pressured to take a job opportunity that is offered to them, even though it may not pay the salary that they are worth, or more importantly, be a job that they love or are passionate about. Whether we realise it or not, we are not destined to stay in the same job that our teenage aged selves chose for us.
There are many reasons why doing what you love is undeniably a way to make you feel passionate and happy at work most days. In recent times, job seekers are in a better position to search for and find job opportunities that are better aligned with what they love.
We owe it to ourselves to find a job or career that we feel passionate, happy and fulfilled with. But how do we get there?
This takes a lot of time in self-reflection, some mental digging, brainstorming and being real with ourselves. It means you need to really get to know yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to know where our purpose lies and what our calling is. Therefore, it is sometimes useful to take a close look at our hobbies, tastes, our likes and dislikes. This can give us a good insight into what we are leaning toward. At this point, it is a good idea to put monetary concerns aside. The idea is to explore where our passions lie, and what authentically motivates us.
Below are some tips on how to be true with ourselves in order to find a rewarding career that feels right for us at this point in time.
- Start with a list: create a list of what you love to do, from sorting shelves and wardrobes, to walking dogs, to writing – be real with yourself. What truly motivates you? What hobbies do you participate in? What did you like doing as a child? What did you want to do as a young child before fear set in? Write it all down, there are no silly entries here, just truth and authenticity with yourself.
- Accept the confusion and fear: Many times, we can lead ourselves to confusion by being unsure about what we really want in our life. Anxiety and overthinking often prevent us from making a decision at all, and so, we get “stuck” in a rut and keep going around in circles. By acknowledging the fear and uncertainty, we can be brave enough to keep still, calm and carry on.
- Give yourself time: After you’ve spent a bit of time thinking and writing down your list, give yourself time to sit on it and let it all sink in. This could take different time frames for different people. Some may need a weekend, others may need a year. The aim here is to look at what feels right for us and being authentic with how we feel about what motivates and fulfils us. It is often helpful to write your feelings down in a journal so that you can look back and be clearer about how you feel. Remember to always be truthful with yourself.
- Get out of your comfort zone: Try something new! Put yourself out there and endeavour to take on new opportunities whether via networking events, job opportunities or volunteering, you need to try things out before you can make immense changes in your work life. Volunteering is a great way to get an insight on a path you may be interested in.
- Be confident: Being self-assured in what you are seeking, and knowing that you are deserving of it is a huge step in the right direction. Often, we shy away from asking for things that we need. If there is someone that could potentially help you reach your goal, all you need to do is have the courage to ask. What holds people back is the belief that “ I am not deserving of good thing, they only happen to lucky people but not me”. If you want it, go out and get it! Confidence gets you places. Those who don’t ask, do not receive!
We all want to lead happy lives and be in fulfilling jobs, but this does not just happen by chance. You need to go out and find it. The above tips will assist you in achieving this and can be used at any time in your life where you are feeling unsure about the career path you are in.
The world’s most successful people are excellent at their jobs, not because they have to be, but because they love what they do! For further reading on career path advice, the bestselling career advice book “What color is your parachute?” by Richard N. Bolles is worth a read.
If you have successfully found strategies that have lead you to a fulfilling job that you are happy at, we would love to hear from you! Please comment below on what you found to be helpful approaches to get you there.