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Written by Ariana Padilla
Graphic Design by Elijah Tagaan
It’s no secret that when you’re excited about the day ahead, whatever tasks are on your to-do list don’t feel like chores. You find it a bit easier to get out of bed in the morning. Maybe you hit the snooze button one time less than usual. Your morning coffee tastes better. The sun shines brighter. There’s a sense of joy that creates an imaginary bubble around your car as you sit in morning traffic. You don’t feel this way when you’re summoned for jury duty (unless that excites you?) or have an appointment with your least favorite dentist. Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up with this level of excitement routinely? Start your day with an extra pep in your step knowing that you’re heading off to do something you’re driven towards.
Unfortunately, being excited about going to work is not the case for everybody. We all have that one friend who takes up the entire Friday movie night complaining about all the nonsense that happened at their job that past week. Or the Sunday night phone call where they complain about all the workplace nonsense they anticipate will come in the next few days. Maybe you’re that friend. Maybe you aren’t working in the field that bright-eyed eighteen-year-old you thought you’d be in. Whatever the case may be, finding purpose in your career can be transformative. Don’t believe me? There’s scientific evidence that proves enjoying your career is actually beneficial for your physical and mental health (which you can read all about in this article, “Surprising Ways a Job You Love Could Boost Your Health”) And now that I’ve gotten your attention, here are a few tips to help you.
You may find that you aren’t exactly in the position that the younger you dreamed of. That doesn’t mean you have to feel unhappy with where you’re at. It’s entirely possible to make changes to enjoy where you’re working right now, or start somewhere completely fresh! Interests change, opportunities change, and it’s all okay! What is important is finding a way to be satisfied with the work you’re doing. That could mean finally going for that big promotion you may have been too anxious to apply for. It could also mean a full career transformation. But don’t worry, we have an entire library of resources to help you out in that department. If you’re wondering if a total switch is in the works for you, check out this fabulous fantastic career changers blog, “So, You’ve Decided to Switch Careers: How to Know When to Make ‘The Change'”, which highlights all about the highs and lows of deciding to try something new.
Tapping into Your Potential
No matter what the job is, no two employees are the same. Everyone has experiences, perspectives, and a skill set that is unique to them. That being said, you bring something special to the table wherever you go! Whether that’s a knack for digital graphics because of the art classes you took in high school or great people skills from years spent working as a waiter, you have a special quality to offer your company. Use it! Not only will you stand out within your position, but you’ll be remembered by others for something you are good at.
Firstly, identify where within your current position you feel like you’re lacking, or could take an extra step. Chances are, if you’ve clicked on this blog, you can already name a few things. Consider elements that align with your values. If you were to come across a magical Workplace Genie who could offer you three workplace wishes, what would they be?
Next, take a look at all the things you love doing outside of work. Hobbies, like painting or knitting. Group activities with friends, like bowling or going to concerts. Solo activities even, like that six hour long weekend binge-watch session of The Sopranos (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). The point is to sift through some of the things that bring you joy outside of work, and then determine how you can factor them into work. For example, if you’re able to recite that Sopranos episode word for word after a few tries, it may mean you have a strong memory (or just need to go outside more). That great memory could come in handy in the workplace in tasks like data entry, any sort of mail room position, or places where you find yourself intaking tons of information.
When thinking about your own set of super special skills, you may find that the position you’re currently working in doesn’t give you the space to live up to your full potential. There are a few things you could do. One of them is sitting down with your supervisor or boss and asking if there are any ways you can implement your version of a purpose-filled job in your current position. By letting them know your goals and reminding them of unique experiences you can bring to the job, you’re not only allowing your capabilities to shine through, but you’re showing them that you have a passion. This can be a tad bit nerve-wracking but trust your instincts. Your boss will appreciate your desire to do more. Take a deep breath and get proud of what you have to offer!
But what do you do if you find yourself completely unsatisfied with your current position? Realizing that your purpose-filled career is something other than the profession you’re in can be daunting. A lot factors into deciding to change careers; from salary to finding sustainability within a new job, it isn’t a decision to be made lightly. But once again, we have plenty of courses and resources to help you not only obtain the career you’re looking for, but to set yourself up to thrive within that career, like this one, The 8 Best Practical Tips to Changing Careers Now!
This one goes without saying; YOU DESERVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR CAREER! So many of us find ourselves dreading the morning alarm that signals the end of a peaceful slumber and the beginning of the work day. But that doesn’t have to be you! The average person spends 90,000 of their life at work. Which is a HUGE chunk of time. How do you want to spend your 90,000? Stuck in a job that you settled for? One that others in your life decided was suitable for you? Or enjoying your day-to-day? Living in a world where you look at your assignments as fun ways to challenge yourself instead of awful tedious tasks that you’ll struggle through? Being able to find purpose in your career will revolutionize your life. So go forth! Find your purpose and chase it; the joy will follow.
Have a Super Day!