Work. We all have to do it, but we don’t all love it. Many of you probably have the day off today, or at least a shortened day in honor of the Christmas holiday. As you prepare for the festivities, take some time to reflect on your job and ask yourself, “Do I love what I do?” If the answer is an easy “NO”, then ask yourself, “What could I do to make my job better?” Perhaps you could arrange your desk or space to have a more pleasant feel, by posting up photos, pictures or motivational quotes to inspire you throughout the day, or make a resolution to take more breaks during the day to stretch your legs and give your eyes a break.
For some of you, that “NO” may come louder than you expected and it might be a good opportunity to examine whether your job matches the desire in your heart. Our careers are just one of the primary foods we yearn for daily. Secondary food is what you put into your mouth to fuel your body, but primary foods (career, exercise, spirituality, relationships) fuel your life. Often, you will find that if you are unhappy with one or more primary foods, you will be make poorer secondary food choices. If you feel that your career is a roadblock to what you want to achieve, maybe it is time for a change. Maybe 2010 will be the year you finally go back to school and work on that psychology degree you’ve always wanted to go, or perhaps you will decide to work part-time to spend more time with the kids.
Sure, change is scary, but so is living a life unfulfilled. Today, reflect on finding a way to be happy at work or finding work that makes you happy. It may just be the best present you give yourself this Christmas!