The value of spending your life doing what you love and loving what you do is priceless.
If you're waking up each morning on fire, feeling called to great service and devoted to an inspiring purpose, vision, and mission, no doubt you feel as if work isn't work at all: it's a kind of ‘play’ with monetary benefits.
On the other hand, if you turn back the covers each morning and groan, "Oh man, I wish I could just stay in bed," and dread your 9-to-5 (or whatever hours you keep) work, then surely you feel as if your job is a 'burden' and a 'necessary evil.'
While it sometimes takes a crisis for us to make a change in our lives, a good indication that you are no longer fulfilled in your job is a lack of energy and enthusiasm on a daily basis.
If you are willing to change your career, knowing what you value most provides the clue to the type of work that would ensure an inspired and fulfilled life. But if you are unable to leave the job you are in, then it would be wise to link how doing that job is fulfilling what is important to you.
Once you see how your job is helping you get what you want out of life, you are no longer just working for the company - you are now also working for yourself. This is the ideal situation, as you will be driven to perform from within. People who are inspired by their jobs don't need anyone to get them up in the morning; they have more energy at the end of the day and add to the productivity of the company.
There are several steps you can take to fall back in love with your job:
Firstly, it’s important to determine what is truly most important to you:
What is of highest priority or value in your life – your top three highest values. (You can do this for free, here.)
If you do not clarify what is truly most important to you, and decide for yourself what you are dedicated to, the people around you will impose something less inspiring upon you.
Any area of your life you do not empower, others will overpower. No one will get up and the morning and dedicate their life to your fulfillment - it is up to you to take command of your daily actions, character and destiny.
Secondly, understand that you do not go to work for the sake of your company:
You go to work to fulfill what you value most, or your life’s most inspiring mission. If you cannot see how your current job description and your company’s mission or objectives are helping you fulfill what you value and would love most, you will probably be disengaged, drained and uninspired at your work.
It is not what happens to you that matters as much as how you perceive it and what you decide to do about it.
How specifically is each of my current job description duties or actions helping me fulfil my top three highest values, my mission and what is most important to me in my life at present?
Answer this question 20 times for each duty, until you can see the many hidden vital links between what you do each day and your top three highest values and inspiring life mission.
Once you see the links, you will become more inspired and engaged at your current work.
Compile a list of:
All the many skills, opportunities, people and knowledge you have learned and experienced because of your current job, and lighten your sense of burden.
If you are not currently in love with your job, you have two choices:
- You can begin to do what you love (within your own new business, or within the highest and most inspiring duties you currently do each day within your current business) by delegating lower priority-actions and duties to other qualified specialists.
- Or, can love what you are currently doing by linking each of your duties to what you truly love. It is not your job, it is your perception of your job and the subsequent actions you take. It is possible to fall back in love with the job you’re in.
The quality of your life is based upon the quality of the questions you ask yourself daily.
When it comes to your job, transcend your bitching and start enriching.
Author Dr John Demartini, is a human behaviour expert and founder of The Demartini Institute
For more on Dr Demartini’s teachings, please visit www.drdemartini.com