The Hard Road Will Become The Easy Road.
Posted: 15th Nov 2017
Work culture has a lot of impact on our happiness. The relationships we have with our colleagues and a lot of our other focuses play a major role in striking this balance. I’m told, “choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”.
I always think that choosing a job you love is very important. Tolerating a job that you don’t love can make you less motivated; which doesn’t only affect your work, but also your social life, personal life, and professional life. It’s better to stop denying that deep down inside voice of yours and stop walking on the path that doesn’t lead to happiness. Choosing the right path not only keeps you happy and motivated but also satisfied by choosing the right career. You only live once so why not make it worth living?
It can be difficult to choose the right career path for a while but living your life with a job that you do not love can be so much harder. Having a specific career route not only helps you concentrate on loving your job more, it can also play a big role in getting your desired job. For example, there is no good in becoming an engineer if you want to pursue your career as an artist.
Planning, hard work, persistence and an optimistic approach towards life can help you have a successful job that you love.
“How do I choose the right career path?” is probably a question that bobbles around in your head a lot. I always find that if you get to know yourself first, the answer is quite simple. Getting to know you is one of the first steps of career planning. For instance, if you love to talk rationally, sensibly, and have an interest in current affairs, then you might consider joining a newspaper or getting into T.V.
You need to take time to try different things and see what makes you happy and satisfied. You should always keep on trying new things. You’ll never know what you might find out about yourself. CPD doesn’t just have to stand for continuous professional development, it can also be “continuous personal development.”.
It’s ok to not know what you want to do. You could be 25 or 55+ and still have no idea what you want to do with your life. It’s perfectly normal. I find that SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is helpful. It is a great marketing tool to figure out your internal and external strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You can use a SWOT for other scenarios too which will help influence your ability to achieve your goals and desires. As much as you have to be aware of your advantages, you need to be aware of your disadvantages too.
You can make a SWOT analysis by drawing out a grid with strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in each box. Strengths and weaknesses are your internal factors and opportunities and threats are your external factors. You could use this to help you to look into the benefits of your goals and they might just become more realistic. Just list the factors around your goals.
The 5 why’s is also a good business technique for sorting work-life balance, they help you identify the real cause and get to the root of any matter. Asking yourself ‘why’ several times in a row is a way of identifying your deeper volitions and why you might not be reaching your goals, why you aren't feeling satisfied at work or why you’re not happy. You should always be in touch with your true self and inner voice. A famous quote says “Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it’s open.”.
While a strong view of the future is important, you also need to be mindful of your immediate needs. Take some time to care for your desires right now, the future isn't going anywhere and will ultimately always be there to drive us. However, that future may be harder to reach if you fail to see and appreciate the present.
Self-care is also very important. When you’re finding things tough and questioning who you are and where you are going, it is important to take some time out. Your thoughts will become less erratic and you will feel a lot calmer for any new challenges that are coming your way.
However while looking after your current self, be wary of too much compromise. Balance is the key, the future is much greater than a small sacrifice in the present, but making sure you are happy; that’s the key to having a long-term view.
You should also keep in mind your leisure activities and what you do in your spare time. For example, if you love drawing and painting, you can pursue your career as an artist, or if it's preferable for you, keep it as a personal hobby and pursue a career, likewise if you are good at creative writing, you can freelance your work more easily nowadays.
While our experiences have helped shape us into the people we are today, this doesn’t necessarily mean we know who we are, what we are passionate about and what you want from life. You will spend so much of your life working towards what you might think is a very important goal to find out that it doesn’t really mean anything.
In the end, you should know yourself well enough to know what you want to experience for the future. Maybe write a list of all the life experiences that you've had so far. You might realise that you have done much more than you think and one step closer to your goals.
It may be easy to find a job and write things down but you have to stay true to yourself and stay motivated at your job - even at hard times. It's how the hard road becomes the easy road.
You might have to put in the effort and hard work; fighting battles against yourself over and over again, but over time, things will become much easier. They become part of who you are and how you live your life, making you much more successful and happy. Having something to look forward too will definitely strengthen your hope in life.
I hope you never give up.
-- By Lottie Foskett --
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