Don’t work: Have fun.
As I write this blog, I am sitting on my terrace soaking up the lovely early Tenerife sunshine. Not that I am gloating for any of you less fortunate! If you think I must be mad working when I’m on holiday then I kind of know where you are coming from. The thing is for me, I have to confess, I love what I do so much that I would do it even if I didn’t need to work I would do it for fun. Yes ok, I can hear some of you thinking that the white coats will be appearing around the corner any moment.
In all seriousness though, I do consider myself to be very fortunate. Do you feel the same? Do you consider your work to be something you enjoy? Does your working life look the way you want it to be? If you can answer yes to any of those questions, then I think you may have a considerable advantage over many people.
We both know there are many reasons why people work. Not least to have a roof over their heads and put food on the table. For some working can provide the finer things in life. Some people work to feel purposeful, and some to make meaningful change.
On my way back home from my last holiday, I was sitting next to man in his early 30’s. His job was a drag artist of all things. His story was interesting and inspirational. He had worked for years in a regular office job. Like a lot of us, he worked to pay the mortgage and to fund a bit of a social life. He wasn’t particularly inspired by his job, but it paid well.
One particular year he holidayed abroad, had a huge eureka moment and decided that he was really unhappy and life had to change drastically. He came home, sold up, bought a place abroad, and decided on his new career. It took him 6 weeks. When I was chatting to him, it was some 10 years or so since he had made that decision and he looked and sounded very happy. He said it was the best thing he ever did.
Like me, you may have heard many stories about people who have made dramatic life changes. Some people make them gradually (like me) and some make a sudden”aboutturn” like the example above.
If you don’t enjoy your work, then you may benefit from some coaching to help you get into a better place. Making changes in your own life can be scary, (even though quite exciting). Sometimes the reality of doing what you think you really love might not actually fit with how you imagine it to be. It might be that only small or incremental adjustments need to be made. You might be in the position of knowing what you would love to do, or you might still be on a journey of discovery.
If you are in a place where you question whether you are in the right job, pursuing the right career, or doing the right things, then the following tips may help you.
Do you love what you do? Have you had any experiences of changing your work life for the better, or have you any inspirational examples to tell. If so, I’d love to hear from you.