Perfect jobs that provide meaning and satisfaction 24/7 might well be illusory. Even dream jobs can become dreary or stressful or appear to lack meaning, and happiness, as a result, becomes elusive.
So how can you find meaning in your job and work happily on a consistent basis?
It is possible to work happily and find meaning in your own job if you incorporate a few key principles and actions into your mind map.
1. Don’t take work for granted
There is an old Greek proverb that says: “How do you get a man to appreciate his donkey?” Answer: “By taking it away!”
With a world population that’s growing at an alarming rate, anyone who does have a job really should be grateful for their employment, because many people would like to have paid work, but can’t find any.
So … be grateful for your job.
2. Understand your values
Work can only be really meaningful if it’s part of your life’s purpose and your life’s purpose will most likely be aligned with your values.
Become clear about your values because they will help you find happiness in your job.
So how do you clarify your values?
Make a list of the 5 things that are most important in your life – Think about things like; family, friends, spirituality, money, career, work/life balance. Then ask yourself how your job is serving those values, and write down the answers.
Once you understand how your life values are being met at work, you’ll feel more aligned with your job.
3. Turn your dreams into reality
If you have a grand dream about your career–maybe you want a big promotion, or want to work for yourself– find ways of turning the dream into reality. You might have to work harder than anyone else to make it happen, but it might ultimately give you the chance to do what you want to do and so work happily in the long run.
Make a list of small steps that can be taken to move you closer to your dream, and commit to doing one of these things each day. These steps can be as small as “Find one website related to my dream job and read everything on it.” or “Sign up for an email newsletter related to my ideal industry.” Do one thing each day that will move you closer to your dream. You’ll be surprised how small but consistent actions can quickly move you closer to achieving your big ideas.
4. Understand why you work
If you are to be happy at work you need to understand your attitude and reasons for working. There has to be a reason for doing things otherwise you’ll never get out of bed in the morning. Certainly money is a driving force, but there should be other reasons that you keep getting up and getting yourself out the door to go to work.
So what’s important to you? Answer the following to find out:
Do you work for the challenge, or perhaps to gain a sense of achievement?
Do you want to get out of the house to be amongst other people?
Do you want to work for yourself?
Do you want to be highly successful in your chosen field?
Do you want to help others?
Do you want to be creative?
Look at the questions you answered “yes” to. Does your current job fulfill these needs and desires? If not, what job would?
Come back next week for #5-7 on how to find meaning in your work!
Article by Johanna Castro, Lifehack