Work. Some days always suck.

No matter how passionate you are about your job, there will be days where all you want to do is stay in bed and chuck a sickie. Or weeks from hell where you need to get home so you can have an ugly cry.

Sometimes, that’s just life and people and stuff!

There may even be longer periods of weeks, months or even years (particularly if you are a business owner) where things feel like a super hard slog. For aaaaaages. And sometimes you question whether you are doing the right thing.

Here’s the thing, meaning and purpose matter.

Rest assured that if deep deep down you know that what you are doing has meaning and purpose for you and that overall, the things you spend your time on during each working day have relevance in the bigger picture of your career, then you are on track and ok.

But how can you be sure you are on the right track?

Well, here are 3 clear signals that you need to put some serious thought into your current career path:

  1. You look forward to Friday afternoon knock off with a feeling of intense (manic?) relief and joy and cram your weekends full of fun “I’m living the dream” ‘insta’ worthy activities. However, by early afternoon Sunday that little ball of dread has settled into the pit of your stomach and you spend the rest of the day distracted and irritable because you know the working week is about to start again.
  2. You spend more than 50% of your social time with colleagues whinging about management or workplace circumstances but don’t reach any conclusions or resolutions.
  3. Imagine you have just been told that your entire industry has become completely obsolete (think Kodak) and there will be no further opportunity to work in your current field EVER AGAIN………rather than feel devastated, as though you have lost something of great value, meaning and purpose and a key part of your identity……… you feel relief. A sense of a weight lifting off your shoulders that a difficult decision has been made for you.

If these 3 signals resonated with you (or possibly screamed at you) from a career perspective, it’s definitely a sign you need to at least consider the possibility that perhaps some changes need to be made.

I don’t necessarily mean throwing in the towel and moving to Patagonia to become a trek leader (although if that really is your hearts greatest desire then go ‘head with your bad self!!) But life is definitely too short and precious to dread the working day, especially since we spend more than a quarter of our lives at work!

Ultimately, only you can know whether you are on the right track with your career (that’s right, no one else, not even your parents or partner can decide this for you). You need to make time to ask yourself the important questions (sooooo easy to avoid in the ‘busy-ness’ of life) and tap into your intuition for the answers. Trust me, you really do know the answers.

Love, Michelle

P.S – What’s more important to you in a career? Job and financial security? Or meaning and fulfillment? Do you find this has changed as the phases of your life have changed? I’d love to hear your thoughts, comment below.

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