I’m sure every one of us has had that ‘Monday feeling’. You know the one – the dawning realization that the weekend is over and it’s time to go back to work and you feel sick, right to the pit of your stomach.
I’ve been there. Golly, I think my Monday morning blues started at some point on a Saturday afternoon for a while. I knew things HAD to change.
Dreading work is no fun. It’s no way to live your life. As someone passionate about passion, I believe YOU absolutely deserve to live the life of your dreams, to ditch the 9-5 if it’s not making you happy. And definitely if it’s making you UNhappy. I want you to strive for the happily ever after in your career.
But not NOW.
Yep, you heard me right. Don’t do it just yet.
Unless you have the privilege of financial freedom that will allow you to enjoy a little time out, I urge you to stick with it. Why? Because I don’t want you to make the mistake that so many make. The urgency of leaving one unfulfilling job can lead many people into repeating the same mistake over and over. And over!
Draft the resignation letter. Update your CV. Begin to imagine a different life. But don’t act until you’ve considered the following:
- Take a little time to look back over your career ‘landscape’. What have you really enjoyed about your work? What would you happily never do again? In the cold light of day, are there any tasks in your current work that you like? Start to get clear on what kinds of work really appeal to you (and those that don’t) so you can start to shape what your ideal work style looks like.
- What is most important to you about work? Is it the money? Is it status? Recognition? Growth? Having the freedom to be creative? Get clear on what you value most and how you want to feel about your ideal work. Your core values are your compass so get to work on discovering your true north.
- Start to think about what you enjoy doing in your spare time. What do you happily do without getting paid? Does this offer any clues as to the type of work that would suit you most?
- Set your goal. What do you want to achieve and by when?
Now you are starting to get really clear. Instead of jumping ship and securing yourself another 40 hours a week of work that you may well have outgrown, start to create a path towards your ideal work.
Who is looking for your unique package of skills, experience and personality? You never know, if you’re lucky enough to be part of a progressive company, you may well have opportunities literally on your (work) doorstep. If not, forge your way ahead with passion and purpose.
Make 2013 the year that you create the work-style of your dreams.