Do you love what you do? Are you really happy and fulfilled in your professional life?
I once read a statistic that 90 percent of American workers go to work because they have to not because they want to. There are more recent stats that show the following:
- According to Hayes.com, 71% of employees would accept a pay cut, just to get a better job.
- According to CareerBuilder.com, only 12% of employees actually leave their job because they want more money.
- 30% of employees would consider quitting if they were unhappy at work, and 79% of employees said their bosses didn’t care about their happiness level.
Face it, most of us don’t love what we do. Many of us are stuck in a space that we are not happy at work. We do what we have to do make ends meet or take care of ourselves and families, but we don’t love what we do.
Nearly 30 years ago, I didn’t love what I was doing. I was very unhappy professionally and I felt stuck. Most of my days were filled with procrastination and even regret.
I mentioned last week, the key to overcoming procrastination is to focus on doing the things you love. Focusing on what you love is particularly important if you are stuck in a professional environment that is not fulfilling or making you happy.
Here are three steps I figured out to begin doing what I love. I think they can help you too.
1: Make a List. Get a clean sheet of paper and write the following at the top: “If I had unlimited money, unlimited time, and unlimited support from my family, here are the things I would do…: Then begin listing those things you would love to do if you had few obstacles in your life. Don’t stop until you come up with at least 15 things on your list.
2: Make Time. I know you are busy and don’t have unlimited time but you need to make time. You should find a minimum of one hour to focus on exploring the things on your list. You don’t have to do this every day or every week. Once a month might be where you need to start. There are 730 hours in a month, you should be able to find an hour exploring more about the things you really want to do…doing something you love.
3: Make it a Habit. Most of us don’t fall in love at first sight. Falling in love takes time. It means repeatedly spending time over and over with someone or something before we get tightly connected and begin to love it. When it comes to doing things that you love, you must make it a happy and routine. The more time you spend actually doing the things on your list, the more they will become a habit.
I know these things are simple, but trust me. Doing them will bring more happiness in your life and will definitely keep you from procrastinating.
Here is to Doing What You Love,