Sadly for many, career and happiness are two words that don’t belong in the same sentence.
Many individuals legitimately pursue a certain career with the best of intentions and yet end up unhappy. Some might even go as far as to suggest that you are not supposed to be happy; after all that is why you get compensated. Does it really have to be that way?
Here are some cold facts. We spend an average of 50 hours per week working when you consider commuting as well. That represents about 40% of our waking hours. We also spend 45 years working which with an average lifespan of 75 years represents 60% of our entire life. This translates into approx 25% of our total life awake on the planet we spend working and for some reason many or most are unhappy during this time. This does not even take into consideration the indirect affect of this when you go home in an unhappy state. Is this acceptable?
What is the measure of a good career and for that matter what is being happy, and should these two ever cross? The simple answer is yes they can, but it often takes a purposeful plan to make it happen. Here are some basic steps to just initiate the process.
- Identify what would make you happy and don’t accept your first answer; dig deep and create your own personal vision
- List out the consequences or requirements in order to be in that state, relative to finances, relationship, health, etc. Life is about tradeoffs.
- Speak with some trusted advisors or coaches that might help provide additional clarity or information?
- Start “doing” – work on some activities that would advance the process.
Every journey starts with one small step. It may not happen today or tomorrow but if you set your sights, seek the opportunities and create the action plan to get there, it is possible. We all have some control over our destiny – so at a minimum take responsibility for that!!