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Regret Not Doing Things You Love? Do These 3 Things Right Now
When we were kids we did things that made us happy. We played outside for hours on end, explored new activities and adventures, and we followed our passion. Often, when we become adults we make excuses for why we don’t do the things that we love as frequently as we should. If you don’t want to look back on your career with regret, start by trying these 3 things.
- Get Over Your Fear
Stop making excuses! Excuses are easy to fall back on, but they will hinder you from experiencing real growth and satisfaction. Some examples of excuses we use are:
- I hate my job, but I will never be able to find a comparable salary
- I know my current job like the back of my hand and I don’t want to have to learn a completely new process
- I really don’t want to go back to school
- I want to start a business, but I’m afraid to take the risk
- My job is flexible and I don’t know if I will have the same flexibility somewhere else
We’ve heard all these excuses before. Most excuses come from fear. When we don’t know the end result of stepping outside of our comfort zones, we make excuses in order to stay there. If you are ever going to be happy in your career, you have to break through the fear. Take steps towards finding an opportunity that will be good for you. You don’t have to immediately leave your job. Start by doing research, connect with people in the field, and put yourself in environments that allow you to see first-hand if you would like doing your job of choice full-time.
2. Focus on Your Values
Instead of focusing on job titles, focus on your values. We have many things that we are passionate about, and sometimes our interest will change. However, our values tend to stay the same over time. I am often surprised to discover that many people don’t know what their values are (which is the primary reason they may not be happy in their career). Too often people focus on job titles and salary when deciding their next move. If more people knew what their values were they would make better informed decisions. Find activities that are aligned with your values and include them in your weekly routines. Once your career compliments your values you will be much happier.
3. Think About Yourself
I know most people who have families tend to think of everyone else before themselves. We make a lot of our decisions with our families in mind. Looking out for your family should always be a priority, but you have to think of yourself as well. If you’re happy in your day-to-day activities then you will probably be happy when you’re interacting with your loved ones. Similarly, when you are tired and stressed out about your job, more than likely, you will be no fun to be around. Take some time to do things that make you happy. As I mentioned above, you must research and plan. I would not advocate for anyone to abruptly leave their job for an opportunity that pays half of their salary. Begin by focusing on the things that you like to do and start to incorporate those activities into your routine. Once you have had time to weigh your options, you can decide your next step for your career.
You don’t have to look back at your career with regret. You just need to get over your fear, stop focusing on titles and money, focus on your values and activities that you enjoy, and take steps towards reaching your goals each day. Also, don’t get caught up in trying to find a single focus as it relates to your career. We all have many things that we are passionate about. You just have to figure out which area you want to pursue as a career, and separate the others into hobbies. The one thing I know is that if you allow fear to keep you in a place of life that you hate, you will regret it when you look back.
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