Why you should care about Doing what you love
You get one chance at life, and it goes quick. Why spend it doing something you don’t love.
You spend more time thinking about what you want to be doing, instead of actually doing it. Imagine how you would feel, and the energy you would get from doing something you love, every day.
How much would that change not only your life, but the lives of all those around you, family, friends, those who matter the most to you.
Stuck in a rut, with bills to pay: Overcoming your fears
After being stuck in a rut in a corporate banking job, then again while working for a national charity, I knew there had to be more to life than simply paying bills.
Fear was holding me back in each job, fear of what others would think, fear of not having enough skills, fear of not knowing if the new job would be any better. Plus, let’s add uncertainty to those fears by not knowing what I really wanted to do.
The best way to overcome your fears is to take the first step.
I learned to take the first step in looking for a new job almost 20 years ago, after questioning where I was at in life, and questioning what I was doing.
In establishing my own business, the first step was more of a jump, but I landed safely on the other side, and now get to share my experience with you.
What am I even passionate about?
“Quit your job, and follow your passion” they would say, and how does my passion pay the bills exactly, and what am I even passionate about?
Answer these questions:
– What do you love doing?
– What comes easily to you without feeling like work?
– What gives you real joy?
To be honest, it actually doesn’t even need to be something you get paid for. Doing something you are passionate about can help make your job fulfilling.
And you never know, there are plenty of people out there who started following their passion, it then turned into a business, that turned into quitting their full time job and living life on their terms, doing something they love.
Try these 4 tips to finding what you love.
Trust Your Gut – The very first step is about trusting what you feel on the inside, and actually believing in yourself enough to know that what you are doing, and where you are at in life, needs to change.
Look Back – After sitting with those feelings for a day or two, maybe even a few weeks (try not to take years on this step), once you know you need to change, but don’t know what you want to do, it is time for a life audit. Take a look back over your life, including both your professional and personal life, to identify what you did and didn’t like.
There might be certain tasks you either liked or didn’t like doing in your job, or people you enjoyed working with, or not, or maybe in your personal life, maybe you enjoy cooking, fixing things, playing music, singing, writing, being around certain people.
Take note of all of this, write it down, or get my cheat sheet, so you can start to see clearly what you did and didn’t like in the past.
Research – Research your ideal jobs and your dreams jobs, and asses any gaps between where you are, and where you want to be. Have some fun with this, look at jobs that would be easy for you, jobs that you think would be extra difficult, and jobs that would be fun.
The aim here is to keep building on what you would like to do in a job.
Now, start researching various employers to understand their values, and who you actually want to be working for.
As you have been researching jobs, you will start becoming more aware of certain organisations, the type of language they use, and you will already be developing feelings, good and bad, for some of those organisations.
Dig a little deeper, and also search businesses that you either like, or have heard about that could be a great employer, they may not have any jobs on offer at the moment, but that will change.
If you want to go a little further, make contact with someone who works at the organisations you think you would like to work for. Or, if that sounds too scary, search for any online reviews of these organisations.
Decision Time – Once you have completed the steps above, it now takes courage to take the next step. Are you ready for it?
You will have identified jobs that appeal to you, and organisations that you want to work for. It is time to put yourself out there, update your resume, and start applying for jobs.
This might appear like a lot of work, but sometimes you need to ask yourself, is staying where you are, doing what you are doing, feeling how you are feeling, is that worth it over taking a leap, taking a risk, to try and find something you love doing.
The Best Thing You Can Do
The best thing you can do is go for it, get it, love it. The next best thing you can do is go for it, and either don’t get it, or don’t love it, and be in much the same position as you are (note, from here, you simply try again). And the worst thing you can do is nothing. When you do nothing you don’t give yourself the chance to even find out if you will love it or hate it, but that light flickering on the inside of you, the light that gives you energy and brings you real joy, will slowly go out.
This exercise may have helped you realise that you are working for the right organisation, but wrong job, or the job is ok, but you need to be doing something with your life outside of your work. A side business, taking up art, writing a book, playing an instrument, volunteering your time.
Find your passion, and go from there. It is worth it.
Why you should care about Doing what you love