Are you that person who hates Sunday night because you know the whole rat race begins again tomorrow? Do you groan in the morning when that alarm goes off, because you are dreading the day ahead? You know that quote – “If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build their’s” – so yeah.. are you working for your dreams or someone else’s?
Not everyone is cut out to be a CEO of their own business, and that is not what I mean here. If you are working for someone else, that is perfectly fine – as long as that is what fulfills you and makes you happy. You will spend on the average of 90,000 hours in your lifetime at work – so don’t you think it is time that you reflected on a few things?
- Do you feel you are “living the dream?”
- Are you being respected and made to feel worthwhile at work?
- Does your job fulfill you?
- Do you love it or are you just ‘satisfied’.
- Are you being paid your worth?
- Do you look forward to work most days?
- Did you choose a career path for the money?
- Are you changing jobs frequently?
- Do you feel empty inside?
- Do you enjoy your co-workers/colleagues?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then Congratulations!! If you work in a job that completely fulfills and completes you, then guess what? Your employer is funding your dream! Isn’t that the cat’s meow. You get paid to do something you love doing!
But, if you answered “no” to most of these questions, then perhaps it is time to sit back and reflect on what you need to do. I know, “easier said than done”, but it all begins with coming up with solutions and going from there. Make an exit plan, take courses, pursue your dreams. Be the boss of YOU!
As many of you know I’ve worked many different jobs. Some enjoyable and some not so much. And there were times I lost sight of my own dreams that’s for sure. Thankfully the Universe knows what’s best for me. It forced me, it nudged me out of some places and made me so uncomfortable I had no choice but to leave my job.
What I have learned is not to lose sight of me. I am as equally important as anyone else and I deserve to live in bliss, while at work and home. What I have realized is that when I lose sight of that, my life seems difficult and I try to compensate by taking on unhealthy habits to try and numb the pain.. Oh there will be excuses and people and situations to put the blame on. But ultimately it’s my fault. It’s my fault for not trusting myself, it’s my fault for allowing someone to dictate my life back to me.
I have had to learn over and over again that I control my own worth. No one gets to tell me my value. They may have an opinion, but I do not have to accept it. It’s when you don’t know your own value that you will accept someone else’s.
So if you must work for someone else do it with pride and remember to do it with self-pride. Know your value. You have nothing to prove to anyone – just yourself. Stand up for what you believe in and believe in yourself. If someone is not seeing your real worth, it has nothing to do with you it’s how they see their own value within themselves. Go back…way back.. what did you want to be when you grew up? Start building your dream – life is too short.
” Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what make you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman