Finding Happiness in the Workplace and Beyond
Do you wake up every day dreading that journey into the workplace? Do you like your day job but yearn for something more? Regardless of which emotion you are experiencing these days, the driver of this may be directly related to the fact that you are not doing the work that aligns with your true passion in life.
Let’s face it, if you love to write fantasy novels but are someone in the medical field managing patients, as noble of a career you may have at this time, it is reasonable that you may be experiencing feelings of unfulfillment. Over time, not doing the thing you are meant to do can begin to wear and weigh on you to the point that you grow miserable.
Just because you are good at what you do, it does not mean you cannot pursue your passion. The safety net beneath your feet will only satisfy your sanity for so long.
If you are that person who is allowing your passion to get away from you or get put on the back burner because of that four-letter word we call fear, it is time for you to do a bit of research on how to move closer to your passion. Yes! You can take steps that allow you to live in your passion without losing your safety net.
Here are a few tips to get you there.
Start in Your Current Workplace
Look for a job that aligns more to your passion. It is highly likely that unless there are other elements in place today that will allow for an easy metamorphosis in your current role, you will need to change jobs. Begin your search now and establish a timeline for making the move. Now, be sure that your move is well-thought out and crafted move.
Examine the potential impacts including salary or income reduction, relocation, demotion in position and work hours. If you work in company or organization with multiple departments, start documenting which job roles/positions align most to what it is you want to do and if it is available, start looking at the salary information. Examine your current financial situation and create a plan for what will allow you to make this move. Your move will be life-changing, so you want to be ready.
Create Opportunity Outside of the Workplace
Create opportunity to nourish your passion. Perhaps you actually like your day job and just need a part-time outlet for the thing you love to do more than your day job. Again, do the research. Look for opportunities online, in the community, at your church, part-time work or even in your workplace that allows you to engage your skills and nourish your passion. Remember to set a few goals to take these steps.
For example, if you love to sing but aren't looking to do it full time, the church choir may be the place for you. Not religious or looking to join the church choir? Consider looking for other opportunities in community plays, restaurants/grills that feature live singing talent or even entertainment for community shows or events.
The possibilities are endless but you must do your research and/or create your own opportunity.
Find Others Like You
Go to events. Look for events and opportunities to immerse yourself in the thing you love most. This may mean going to conferences, seminars, expos or club-based gatherings that enable you to feed your need for the thing you enjoy doing most. However, it is also an opportunity to engage others who share your passion for the thing you like doing most. This action may provide yet another outlet to give you the freedom you otherwise may not have in your everyday life to do what it is you enjoy.
These are just a few things that you can do to find your happiness in the work you do in the workplace and beyond. Do not give up just yet.