A Gallup poll done in 2013 revealed that nearly 80% of Americans hate their jobs. This has devastating effects on the economy- costing approximately $500 BILLION in lost productivity, stolen goods, and lost work days each year.
I find these statistics tragic- and that is exactly why I love helping to change this. Fulfillment is a missing ingredient in the people who stated they hate their job. It is a common myth that in order to find fulfillment in your work that you have to take a significant pay cut. I’ll discuss with you how you can have both fulfillment and a good income doing what you love.
Here are 5 ways to find fulfillment in your work
First, Answer the question: “If I received a $7 million dollar inheritance today, what would I do with my time/life?” : This is not the time to be a smarty pants with the question by saying “I would stay in bed all day and play video games.” That will get old, real quick and will throw you into a depression and downward spiral very fast. We are meant to do work and to be productive human beings.
Second, Write down a list of things that MUST be present in your work.
This is not just limited to traditional work. This is a time to dream and think big.
Some examples may be freedom to create, an ability to change my work environment to keep me inspired, a team of like minded, positive people, being my own boss, having a great leader that I admire, to have flexibility with my time and schedule, to be independent of location, to travel, etc.
Third, notice any area of tension, doubt, limited thinking and unbelief that came into your mind during these exercises.
If you wrote down that you deeply desire to travel, and make money anywhere are the world- yet; found yourself doubting that you could ever make that a reality in your life, then you have given into small, defeated and limited thinking. As a man thinks, so is he (Prov 23:7). You are never too old, poor, dumb, young, etc. to accomplish your dreams.
Fourth, if you found yourself dreaming, but not necessarily believing- find someone that is doing what you dream of doing one day. Prove to yourself that it can be done. Reach out to these people and offer to take them out to lunch. Make sure YOU pay! Build your network with as many people that are doing what you would love to do.
Finally, you need to take action.
Dreaming big and then convincing yourself that your dreams really can become a reality for you is not enough. You have to take action. All the informational interviews, research, seminars, motivational speeches are not going to make your dreams come true. You have to DO SOMETHING with all the great information.
Remember this quote by Vaclav Havel: “Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”
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