Are You Working Yourself Happy?
How many people do you know who are happy in their work? When you consider the time spent commuting to work, working, or talking about work, it's reasonable to want to be happy doing whatever it is we do for eight, ten, or twelve hours a day. The truth is that even though most people are extremely grateful to have work in today's depressing economic climate, they simply are not happy in their jobs. They feel guilty for even thinking they deserve to be happy in their jobs when so many are unfortunately unemployed.
So what does Work Yourself Happy mean? For a start it means stop feeling guilty because you have a job and somebody else doesn't. You are not responsible for the woes of the world. Your suffering does not make somebody else's position any easier.
So, does it mean denying your needs and working so hard that you lose yourself in your career just to show your gratitude? Or accepting whatever job you happen to have and learning to "grin and bear it?" Or working in a job you hate but telling yourself you're enjoying it? Emphatically, no!
Working yourself happy is coming to the realization that success does not mean job burn-out, unhealthy stress, being away from the things and people you love, not having time for you and your needs, and not being passionate about your work. It means deciding you will no longer tolerate a life that doesn't include work that fully nurtures you. It means you perform incredibly at work because you enjoy it so much. It means you work less and accomplish more. It means you have a career you love and work you are passionate about.
There are five secrets to working yourself happy:
1: accept that you must let go of the past.
2: take a close look at your previous endeavors.
3: get to know yourself really well.
4: create a destination with soul.
5: enjoy the journey.
Few of us begin our careers with the intent of doing something else. After all, we've invested time and money getting to where we are. Often it's our own misguided notion that having put so much time and effort into our career we must stick to it. Sometimes, the fear of disappointing our family, or our attachment to a huge income keeps us trapped in a career that may once have excited us but now drags us down.
We are proud of our achievements, giving little thought to doing anything else. "I worked hard to get where I am. I'm proud of it. People respect me. I've got the corner office! How can I give all this up now?" we or our friends and family may say, logically, rationally; yet our true self, that part of us who knows what's in our best interests, is often screaming for a change, nagging away at our thoughts until we begin to listen.
It's not about being selfish. It's about being true to yourself and respecting yourself as you do others. Listening to yourself and recognizing your needs is the first step towards a happier life, and don't let a depressed job market stop you from searching!