I love Monday mornings and the thought of going to work. Call me crazy—you won’t be the first—but I love what I do and my work feeds my soul. Work is more than something you do to pass the time. It serves a bigger purpose than putting food on the table and a roof over your head. It’s an avenue for you to share your unique gifts and talents with the world, and to feel like an important piece of the puzzle called life.
Many people dread Monday mornings, doing whatever they can to “survive” the week until Friday swoops in to make everything better. If this describes your weekly routine, that’s a lot of your beautiful life spent just trying to make it to the weekend.
There’s much more to life than all the goodness you can fit between Friday afternoon and Sunday night.
What if I told you that balance and harmony in the primary foods of life—relationships, career, exercise and spirituality—is key in achieving optimal health and lasting happiness?
Just as the food you eat affects your energy and health, the work you do affects your life as a whole. If that essential ingredient—work that makes you happy—is missing or unfulfilling, no amount of food or fun distractions can fill that gap.
The degree to which you like or dislike your job affects much more than your snooze-button habit (12 clock-swats is my record).
It impacts everything from your health to the quality of your relationships, your connection to yourself and your understanding of how you fit into the world.
Most people spend more time at work than they do with family, friends, and taking care of daily life tasks combined—about half of their total waking hours each day. Yet many aren’t happy with what they do for a living.
Isn’t it interesting how you can be so picky about your friends, lovers, style of clothing and brand of milk, yet spend years of your life working at jobs that aren’t aligned with your personal values or passions?
What would it feel like to be thrilled to go to work in the morning, inspired and excited for the day’s tasks, motivated to learn more and develop your skills, and to love what you’re doing with your life?
Pretty incredible. I think you’d probably like it (if you’re not already there).
We’ve all heard about or know people who have bravely quit the job they didn’t like and found one (or created one) that met their deeper needs.
What happened next?
- Their lives changed in big ways.
- They lost weight, slept better and had better sex.
- They found endless sources of energy, met their life partner, and started successful businesses.
- They regained inspiration for life and felt more fulfilled than ever before.
- They identified something that wasn’t working—something that was negatively affecting their physical, mental and emotional health—and in a courageous act of self-love, pursued their dreams.
Are you ready for that? Here’s where to start.
Do the Work You Love
A fulfilling career or work you love can be a game changer.
If you can’t stand your job and are ready to make the leap, find something you enjoy and do that. That can be a daunting and scary task, a dive into the deep end of unknowns. I know all about it.
Before I became a Health Coach, I used to work 50+ hours a week at 2 jobs, neither of which were satisfying my soul. There were elements that I really enjoyed, and others that made it hard to throw myself out of bed every morning.
I felt trapped, under-appreciated, and afraid that I would find myself in the same situation 10 years later. I was afraid to break free, to find something that would make me insanely happy and give me a sense that I was making the world a better place. Have you been there before?
That all changed when I stumbled across the opportunity to become a Health Coach.
It all clicked into place faster than I could process it. I had finally found a way to bring together all my seemingly unrelated passions, skills and strengths to do something I deeply care about—supporting and empowering people to create a life they’re excited to live.
I felt as if I had found my reason for being on this planet—my true life work.
After my training program, I faced my fears, quit my jobs, and started my own business as a Holistic Health Coach. After I realized that what I was actually doing was deeper and more powerful than health coaching, I transformed my business and my life. I’m now a Health + Desire Coach.
Scariest and most amazing thing I have ever done.
Sometimes I can’t believe I get to do what I do for a living. I am constantly inspired by my clients’ courageous journeys of self-growth and discovery, of unlocking and pursuing their deepest desires on all 7 levels. I feel the ripple effects of empowering them to access their deepest desires and prioritize their own health and happiness.
Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? I want you to love the work you do. Here’s a way to begin figuring out what that might look like for you:
Make a list.
Take a piece of paper and write down everything that you love doing, that you’re good at, that inspires you in others. Make it big and don’t leave anything out (no censoring). They can include things like hobbies, talents, certain environments or places, or things you love reading or talking about.
Pick the top 7 winners.
From that list, what could you see spending 8 hours of your precious life thinking about, talking about, engaging with or doing that would make you happy? Circle your top 7 choices. These are good indications of the kind of work that you might enjoy doing.
Get creative with job titles.
For each of your top 7, brainstorm as many different job titles as possible. If it helps, pretend you are making this list for a friend, or challenge yourself to write down as many obscure, off-the-wall titles as possible.
Of these, take your top three job title ideas and note any similarities. Think about how you might be able to mesh them together into one incredible job. If you don’t think that job exists, create it. Dream big (permission granted).
Start putting it out there.
Set your intentions and get clear on your goals. Why are you making this change? What do you want out of a job and what are you not willing to compromise on anymore? The clearer you are about this, the easier you will be able to identify an opportunity when it comes your way.
When it feels appropriate, share your ideas and desires with others. Ask people if they know of anyone who might have connections or helpful information to share. Let others help you. It’s a beautiful thing to be comfortable giving and receiving. If you can’t receive a little help from a friend, how will you ever be able to let in the job of your dreams?
I don’t want you to just read this article. I want you to make a commitment to yourself to take these steps, one by one. Choose a date. Put it on your calendar. Step outside your comfort zone and into your highest potential. You can do this. You’re totally worth it!
Love the Work You Do
A massive career change or leaving a job isn’t always an easy thing. If you’re feeling wary or a bit overwhelmed by the thought of that big transition, you can start by working towards loving the work that you already have.
Whatever action steps you can take to shift your work experience from dissatisfaction to loving what you do—take them. Your happiness and health are well worth the effort.
Not sure where to begin? Read on:
Make a list of likes.
On one side, write down everything that you like and enjoy about your current job. It may be related to work environment, coworkers or management, belief in the importance of the work, wage or salary, work schedule, daily tasks, or opportunities to advance.
Make a list of dislikes.
On the other side of the paper, write down everything that you don’t like or that isn’t satisfying your needs in a job.
Picture walking away.
As my father often says, “You have the greatest leverage and bargaining power when you are ready to walk away.”
Imagine this: Another company offers you a job with better pay, more flexible hours, better benefits or more appealing work environment. You tell your current boss that you’ve been offered a pretty appealing package.
What would it take to convince you to stay at you current job? Doubling your wage? Changing your job description and responsibilities? More freedom to use your creativity? Flowers and chocolate on your desk every morning?
Change external circumstances.
Once you’ve identified the things you’d need to change in order to be happy at your job, begin exploring what can be done in these areas. It may be as simple as changing departments, shifting your schedule, or expressing interest in skill development to help you feel less stuck.
Brainstorm ways that you could most effectively pitch these ideas to the people with the power to make those changes. Emphasize the benefits that these changes would have on the overall revenue, productivity and efficiency at work.
Change internal perspective.
If leaving your job isn’t a realistic option at this point in your life, are any things on your dislike list that are within your power to change?
This doesn’t mean that other people have to change or act a certain way in order for you to be happy. This means that the change comes from within you—a shift in attitude and perspective.
What you’ll get.
Focus on what that job enables you to do in life (big and small), the skills you have learned, and the insights you have received about who you are and what you want in life.
The annoying manager who rubs you the wrong way every time they open their mouth is a beautiful teacher of patience and detachment. That pushy coworker who leaves you feeling small and worthless provides a wonderful opportunity to set healthy boundaries and learn to speak up for yourself.
When you begin taking responsibility for your outlook on life, it enables you to drop the story of being a victim of your situation and start telling the story you want to manifest.
Life is intense, beautiful, and comes with no guarantees. There is one thing you can be sure of—you spend too much of your glorious life at work to not enjoy being there.
So, be brave. Acknowledge your deeper yearning to share your natural talents and gifts with the world. Begin taking steps towards creating meaningful life work.
Your life will be forever changed.