How many times have I read about purpose and passion in the past 2 years! I want to scream. Practically no one I know is working at their purpose and passion, except me. They have kids to raise and that’s expensive. They have bills to pay, student loans to pay off and college savings accounts to fund. They have medical expenses, ageing parents to look after and credit cards to pay off. And we all have a fear of leaving what we know and depend upon for that ethereal dream of making our passion our work.
Polls indicate that almost 70% of workers are disinterested in their jobs. That means that we don’t really care, more than likely are stressed by our job and will naturally be less productive and creative. You probably don’t feel appreciated, accepted or invaluable.
This is a choice- although not a conscious one. Living consciously requires that we look at this situation and change it. Does that mean we have to leave our jobs and become starving painters? No. Might it? Yes, or some realistic form of that.
First, becoming conscious opens up opportunities, and possibilities become apparent. When we live unconsciously, we tend to miss opportunities and possibilities. A lot will open up just by mindfully looking at this situation.
Second, look at your attitude. You may say it is called for considering the circumstances. But the fact is it is your attitude that determines your growth, your experience, your emotional state, your level of enthusiasm and your level of happiness and fulfillment. It’s not about them, your boss, jour job or your situation. It’s about you and your state of joy and expansion.
Third, engage with your own, authentic approach. Give some creativity to your work. Give some compassion to your boss. Give some uplifting expression to your co-worker and see how it makes you feel. Remember this is about how all this makes you feel. Find ideas and skills that you possess that can expand what you are doing and aid the company that is supporting you and your family.
Fourth, determine if there are real avenues for your expansion, happiness, growth, creativity and expression at work. Really explore these and maybe talk to your boss and see if he’s willing to explore them with you. If, after a few month, the answer is clearly there is no room for that, then think about outside options. Always make job moves with preparation and with analysis. Don’t react one day and just pick-up and leave without options in hand and plans made.
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