While working on a recruiting project for a former client, of which I was bored with, I almost fell asleep at my computer. Clearly, it was an assignment I took on because I needed the money, yet it was not something I had much interest in. Every minute working on it seemed like hours. I struggled through the project and rejoiced when it was completed. It was hard-earned cash.
There are times in life that we all have to do something that we don’t like because we need money to live, yet it must be noted that we should not make a career of doing things we loathe. It is stress-inducing and certainly not good for our psyche to spend our lives engaged in a job or projects that we are no longer interested in.
There comes a time in all of our lives that we need to assess what we really like to do and come up with a plan to “make it happen.” When we are doing what we love, it doesn’t feel like work, rather it is an extension of ourselves and best use of our talents. This is when you know that you have chosen the right career for you, when you wake up energized and look forward to the day of work.
As a career transition coach, I always ask my clients what they enjoy doing the most. Frequently, it is not what they are presently doing, yet they have no idea how to “build a bridge” to a new career. The first step in doing this is to first identify what you want to be doing and what drives you. Many people don’t know what that is. I encourage them to figure this out and do some homework on what they think they would like to do and if they can make a living doing it.
Once you have identified what this is, only then can you create a plan of action for making it happen. It takes time to transition into something new and most likely you will have to take a pay cut, but starting on the road to “career recovery” is the path to happiness and best use of your life. It will offer you freedom to be who you are and make you a more content person.
So, the next time you find yourself sleeping at your computer, take a moment to ask yourself if you really are still enjoying your vocation or if it is time for a career re-haul. Start jotting down notes about what you don’t like about your current job and what you still find engaging. This is the beginning of setting your plan of action for a new career, and finding something you love to do.
Don’t waste your life just coasting. Get out there and be your best.