I used to hate Mondays and then I realised why. I hated my job.
Hate is of course a strong word and one that my Mother told me never to use, but my dislike of the work I did prior to spiritual life was pretty strong.
Walking into work on a Monday was more like this…
And by the end of Monday my brain was more blowtorch to the head…
Than funky, relaxed, satisfied dancing on my way home.
The problem I faced for many years was instead of acknowledging my growing dissatisfaction with my work or enquiring more into it, I chose to keep hoping everything would get better on its own.
I thought, maybe just one more promotion, a bit more money or another holiday would fix the hole inside of me. When really, I should have just run.
Today I want to share four pieces of advice I wish I could have given myself 5 years ago that may have meant I found career happiness a whole lot sooner.
- BE THE ONE WHO KNOCKS
Sometimes it’s not about looking for a new job, it’s about looking for a new life. Where a minor update might not cut it, a major overhaul might. Be prepared to do whatever it takes to find your fire again. Even if everyone around you thinks you’re crazy.
2. JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE IN A ‘STABLE’ CAREER DOESN’T MEAN YOU NEED TO STICK WITH IT OR IT’S SMART TO
If your ship is going down, don’t just sit there and go down with it. Jump and swim! The only person who suffers in a bad career is you. Get out before the ship (or you) goes down and know you can ALWAYS start over.
3. STAYING IN A CAREER YOU HATE CAN TURN YOU INTO SOMEONE YOU NEVER WANTED TO BE
There is a point when the happy go lucky person you used to be transforms into angry Ernie with a knife. Always pull the pin before you turn into angry Ernie. How happy (or unhappy) you are in your career creates a ripple effect that flows out and into your relationships. Be careful of what that ripple holds.
4. DON’T FORGET, YOU’RE HERE FOREVER
Life can last a long time and that’s a long time to be unhappy if you’re in a career you don’t enjoy. Best to find something you might love than staying in something you know you loathe.
Ignoring your own impending doom is never the smartest strategy and I did this for a long time. And the funny thing is, I was a strategist.
I wish I’d had the courage to look deeper into myself and my discontent much earlier. On a positive note, I’m on a mission to share this knowledge and the benefit of my own hindsight with others.
Since making my career change from strategy to spirituality, my Mondays aren’t a walk in the park, but they are definitely more like this.
I no longer fear Monday on a Sunday night, I look forward to it.
So whether you’ve had the Monday blues for a week, a month or a year, don’t sit on your hands and wait for your world to change. Listen to your intuition, get up and be the one who knocks.
As the great Walter White once wisely said, don’t be scared of the danger, BE THE DANGER.
Because even if you’re a bit bruised and beaten by the end of it, you’ll still win.