Are You Doing What You Really Love?

Are You Doing What You Really Love?

Theodore Lovelace

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. –Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965)

We are busier than we have ever been, working long hours and feeling under more and more pressure. One of the top “stressors” for people in today’s society are those who are working in jobs they hate, for companies who don’t care, just to earn a living.

How do you spend your days? For many people work and pleasure are seen as separate, with work being a chore that has to be done to pay the bills. It doesn’t have to be like that. Although we don’t have to love everything we do, we do need to gain some enjoyment from most of what we do. Life is not only spontaneous, but should be “joyful”, and that includes work. Take a moment to see if it’s time to begin anew and do something you love, something that adds the pleasure factor back into your work life.

Think about what matters to you and why you do the things you do. For each person that means something different. What aspects of work are important to you? List them. Think about your dream. Does it motivate and inspire you? If not, think again. It has to really mean something to you; otherwise you will not be prepared to put in the effort to achieve what you want. Ask: ‘What am I prepared to give up to make that happen?’ ‘What would I love to try?’ ‘What options do I have?’ ‘What are my talents, skills and abilities?’ ‘How can I utilize them in an ideal situation?’ How can I take an idea and turn it into reality? Get creative and think through how you could make money doing what you really enjoy.

Starting anew requires courage, confidence, commitment, prayer, and sacrifice. Hold on to your sense of purpose. Believe in yourself. Pray and ask God for guidance. Ignore the critics, for there are bound to be some, and face your fears (there will many of those too!). Ask for help from those people who can assist you and get supporters to keep you motivated. Research things that interest you and, if necessary, go back to the basics and learn new skills. Develop a clear vision of where you’d like to be in 10 years’ time – and why. Write it down. Be specific. This will provide you with something visual to focus on. Think creatively. Think about who will benefit from your talent other than yourself. This may not happen all of a sudden, but if you work at it gradually, one day at a time, it can happen.

And if starting something new is not for you, how can you love the job you already have? You can’t always control your situation, but you can always choose how you react to it. Your attitude determines how you face every day and has a definite influence on the people around you. Choose to be positive and speak positively. Are there areas of your job that you can improve on? Who can you discuss this with? Is changing to a new role in the same company an option? Examine the possibilities. Your job does not define you, but how you do it does.

And why bother? Because doing what you love will give you a good reason to wake up excited every morning. Your life will be challenging, certainly exciting, and definitely rewarding. Doing the things you enjoy, resulting in personal fulfillment and satisfaction, has been shown to contribute to good mental and physical health and longevity. Don’t wait for perfect circumstances to start. START NOW!!!

Are You Doing What You Really Love?

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