Life, Loss & The World of Work
With several of my near and dear currently experiencing major health problems, I have been reminded of just how precious life is. Many of us realize this in one shape or form along the way and at various times in our lives. That’s just life. What I don’t get though is how so many professionals, despite periodic wake up calls, still choose to remain in vastly compromised working circumstances.
More time at work than anywhere else…
The simple fact is that you will devote more time to your work life than to any other aspect. So why shouldn’t you strive to have this be as good as situation as possible? I’m not saying that sacrifices don’t ever need to be made or that work life should be always enjoyable. That isn’t real life either. The problem is when work begins to suck you dry…and you’re not even aware of it…or worse, you are aware of it but still decide to do nothing.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of individuals caught in situations that are simply unhealthy for them. At the base of it seems to be a common element of an acceptance of their fate. Perhaps you have come to feel that this is all that you are worth or somehow are deserving of the poor treatment you receive. Maybe you have come to mistakenly believe that this is how work life simply is and that no other place would be different. Or you might believe that there would simply be no other opportunities available to you.
Hope is change
I’ve had the very good fortune to be able to work with many folks experiencing these types of career discouragement. And I’ve had the very good fortune in seeing the fundamental shifts that happen for them when they learn to change their circumstances. Being transported from places of deep, profound dissatisfaction to places of happiness, productivity and health – a place of thriving. This is what happens when one discovers hope; when one discovers and accepts that there are more options.
This is what happens when you are provided the tools, support and encouragement to make the changes necessary to get to where you truly want to be.
If you feel unhappy at work, why is this so? What are you putting up with that is holding you back? What are the consequences on you of maintaining the status quo?
Life is short. Make it work for you.