So many people struggle with unhappiness in their career. I would venture to say that EVERYONE has been unhappy in their career, at some point in time. Our blogs regularly touch upon the subject of finding a job that fulfills you or turning your current job into something that makes you happy. This article takes a different approach.
In every situation, there are things in our control and things out of our control. We want to capitalize on those things in our control and mitigate the ones that are not in our control. Today we’re looking at ways you can control your mindset to improve your outlook and happiness that stems from your job or career.
Focus on what you want
We all have different perceptions of the world. We can perceive the world through a lens of scarcity or abundance. We can choose to focus on what we lack or what others have. Or, instead, shift the focus to what fulfills. Write down how you want to feel, what you want to achieve, what you want more of in your life!
Choose your thoughts, feelings and reactions
We can’t control what happens to us, in many cases, but we can control our reaction to our reality. Negative influences are all around us but it’s up to you to combat those with feelings of love, gratitude and peace. It is not always easy to approach life from the lens of gratitude or peace, in fact it is not usually our ‘go to’ response. However, it is good to keep in mind that we have a choice in how to respond, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
See the world through your beliefs
Deep inside of you is what you believe, what you need to make you whole, and what is important to you. Take a good look and be honest with your list of what is needed for you to find fulfillment in your life and career. Focusing on what you need, will help shape your actions and bring you new, positive results.
Persevere and be comfortable with change
Success is around the corner but it is not always easy to get there. You may need to adapt your plan, change your actions, take a new approach or a new perspective to bring about a positive career change. Change is uncomfortable but is the key to finding career happiness.
Choose the right words
Your mind is constantly talking to you. What is it saying? Examine the thoughts in your head and determine if they are helping or hurting. Replace negative statements with positive ones because how you describe yourself and your experiences will become your future.
The responsibility is yours
Now is the time to take ownership of the change you want. Identify the internal barriers that need to be shifted for you to make your career what you want it to be.
Change is hard – we know this. It is often a series of one step forward, two steps back or two steps forward and one step back. The key is taking the steps, both internal and external. Change takes internal work and external actions. We must start with the internal work so the external actions we take to create fulfillment in our careers and lives are in alignment, intentional and get us closer to our goals.
Amy Wolfgang is a career coach who founded Wolfgang Career Coaching and co-founded Coaching 4 Good. She brings over 15 years of corporate and coaching experience to help organizations boost employee engagement while simultaneously helping her clients excel in their careers. She is a certified PCM (Professional Career Manager) and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
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