Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a fun and relaxing break.
The New Year is a great time for reflecting on the year gone by, evaluating our current situation and looking for opportunities for self-improvement in the year ahead.
Now that the festivities are over and most of us are back at work, how are you feeling about your current work situation? Are you excited to go back to work, or does it give you a serious case of the New Year’s blues? Are you resigned to the fact that you will continue to do a job you hate, living only for the weekends, and the thought of that distant summer holiday that will let you escape from the tedious grind for another week or two?
I recently posted a list of
eight eleven awesome free guides you should read before you embark on your creative career.
In one of those guides – Take This Job and Shove It – Tyler Tervooren suggests that the reason so many people are miserable in their jobs is because of a single constant nagging thought: “This is not where I am meant to be.”
I have had that thought many times throughout my life. Sorting needle guards in a plastics factory: This is not where I am meant to be. Studying through the night for a subject I have no interest in: This is not where I am meant to be. Entering long lists of numbers into a database for hours on end: This is not where I am meant to be.
Fortunately, I have always had the motivation to eventually make a change and look for a better situation, and I’m finally starting to feel like I know where I am meant to be. But a lot of us get used to not being where we are meant to be, and we start to accept it as inevitable.
Take a good look at your current work situation, and ask yourself the question: Is this where I am meant to be?
If the answer is yes, congratulations! If the answer is a resounding NO, then that’s fine too, because at least you’re aware of it and you can start to do something about changing it.
It could be that you have no idea where you are meant to be. I think that’s the case for a lot of us, and the reason why so many of us remain in jobs we hate. If we knew what we really wanted to do, then we would do it, but while we’re not sure of our true calling, we see no choice but to keep doing what we’re doing, even though it makes us miserable.
If you know you’re not where you are meant to be, but you feel stuck because you don’t know where you should be, you’re in luck, there’s a guide for that! Jonathan Mead’s 7 Keys to Discovering Your Passion gives you some great tips for finding out what you are passionate about, so that you’ll start to realise exactly where you are meant to be.
Once you know that you’re not where you are meant to be, and you have a good idea of where you would like to be, all that remains is to do something about it!
Are you where you are meant to be? Are you struggling because you don’t know where you are meant to be? Please tell us about it in the comments below.