Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. —Confucius
If you don’t love your job, change it. Easier said than done, right? However, if the nature of what you do to pay the light bill impacts your physical and emotional well-being, it’s important to at least consider other options.
Still not interested? Does going to work make you anxious, stressful, tense? Does your job give you tension headaches and stomachaches? Those are wake-up calls, and over time, you could end up with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even cancer.
Have you ever felt that your life’s work should be a something other than what you do now? Do you ever imagine yourself in a different career, making more money, and feeling happier?
Many of us dream about having different, more exciting careers, but what if we could actually could make those dreams come true? Let’s be reasonable, though; I’m not talking about being an Olympic gymnast at age fifty, (darn!). Perhaps you can’t have the exact career you’ve always wanted because of age, geography or some other variable, but can you experience some degree of a more exciting occupation? Once upon a time, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. My dad even built me a balance beam in our backyard. Those dreams never came to fruition for me, but I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for more than 30 years and I continue to experience the physical benefits of dancing and stretching in my exercise classes.
Is there some way you can take even a few small steps toward getting that dream job (or even a smaller version) without losing your current job and insurance and uprooting your family? Could you work from home, get up early, or go to bed later? Could you spend a few minutes each day researching what it takes to have a more gratifying career? If more education is necessary, how can you fit that into your schedule and finances? And if higher education isn’t an option at this time, what is? Too often, we give up our dreams because we think they’re unattainable, when in fact, getting your dream job is just a few simple steps away. Sometimes, all you need is a little extra time and faith that you can live the life you only imagined you could.
Take a few minutes — a few minutes that you would normally spend surfing the Internet — and explore potential positions that might actually be better suited and more financially rewarding than the one that occupies forty or more hours of your time each week.
Grab a pen or laptop and be brutally honest when answering the following questions:
- What would you do if you could change your occupation without repercussions?
- Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but were too afraid to try?
- What’s your dream job?
- What attainable steps can you take toward having your dream job (i.e., working from home, getting up early, going to bed later)
- What would it be like for you to live out your dream and have a different, more exciting career?
If you really want to change jobs, it’s never too late to try. Life is too short and precious to spend your valuable time doing anything other than what you love.