Valentine’s Day is the traditional day for celebrating romantic love – but thinking from another angle, are you in love with what you do? Or is it the same old grind every day? Maybe you live in fear of Monday mornings…….
We are creatures of habit. We tend to get into a rut because we don’t want to move out of our comfort zone. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s challenging. But we don’t know what the rewards will be until we try something new. That goes for anything in life, including our work.
Work tends to mean many things to us but its central aim is to pay us money to live our lives, to make choices and to give us a certain freedom. However, if money becomes the trap in which we are stuck, work can become tiresome and make the rest of life very unhappy. Our relationships suffer and there are other negative consequences: drinking too much, feeling irritable, sleepless nights.
What can you do if this sounds familiar to you? Well, you can start by reviewing your situation. Imagine you are a fly on your own wall: how does it look from there? What is going on at work which makes you unhappy? Is it linked to the work content – too boring, too hard? Do you get on with your colleagues? Does your boss make you quake? Or are the hours too long? You need to work out what the problem is before you can adjust it.
OK. You understand what is wrong now. You just want to run away. Don’t do that! If you are able to analyze the problem and work out how to solve it and to get what you really want you are on your way to the next step in your career. It may be that you just need to change something small, or perhaps you need to re-train or re-write your CV and aim in a different direction. Whatever it is, small steps are best. See each step as an experiment in doing things differently. You never know what you might learn about yourself and it could lead to a gradual or a significant change for the better. You won’t know unless you try it.
Set yourself the task of trying something new today! What did it do for you?