You will spend one third (1/3, yes!) of your adult life at work. This equals anywhere between 90,000 and 120,000 hours in the course of a lifetime.
Do you love or hate your current work? Is it a job or a career? Maybe a calling? Share in the comments below ;)
Let us take a look at the definition of the word “work”:
a) An activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
b) A task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do.
What I understand is that we NEED to work to fulfil our basic needs. Our work is literally a means to an end. We HAVE to work to earn money with which we ensure that our basic needs, as presented by Maslow (see the pyramid below), are met. Those needs are physiological such as food, water, warmth, and rest, as well as safety and security. In other words, we are making sure that we have a safe roof over our head and something to put in our belly :)
Image borrowed from the website: https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
In the Western world, and this certainly encompasses North America (just in case you weren’t sure), our basic needs are pretty much always met. The percentage of people whose basic needs are not met, is minimum. If you are reading this article, chances are they are and we can move on to the next level. Maslow describes the next level as the psychological needs such as socializing with friends and enjoying intimate relationships, as well as having a relatively high level of esteem. So far so good?
What happens when those needs are met too? :o What happens when you are done with school, when you become an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor, or a financial advisor? What happens when you find a lovable significant other and you both agree that it would be a great idea to get married and live happily ever after? Yeah, what happens? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Well, you tell me. What happened that you landed here, on this page? Are you currently questioning your job, your relationship, maybe your lifestyle? Are you missing something? Rest assured, you are not alone. Many people ask important existential questions every day. Hey, it even happened to me just two years ago.
See, there are two types of people. Let’s take Robin who is comfortable in being comfortable, who is complacent and happy with the status quo. Robin doesn’t really want to change anything. And then there is Jamie. When Jamie gets comfortable, you can feel the inside agitation and impatience. Jamie always strives for more, for that higher level, and is always ready to shake things up.
Which one of them do you identify with more? Is it the safe-playing Robin or the action-loving Jamie? I’m curious to know, so share in the comments below.
Maybe you are asking yourself now: What is the next level? Yes, great question, I did as well. The answer is simple, and if you just scroll up to Maslow’s pyramid again, you will find it right on top: achieving one’s full potential by letting your creativity out.
Uuugh but Tanja, I’m not a creative person!! :X I hear ya! I’m not either. Or so I thought. Creativity doesn’t mean being able to draw and be the best in DIY. It can mean a 1001 thing and it is up to YOU to discover YOUR way of expressing it. And when it comes to the full potential—Rome wasn’t born in a day, right?! Yes, it could happen overnight, like this great eureka epiphany moment; however, it mostly takes a couple of trial and error experiments. Or you could hire a coach and bring that trial and error down to a minimum. Especially in this highly complex area of our life called “work”.
One thing that I have recently learned: remove all the NEED and HAVE TOs and replace them with WANT. Ask yourself: “What do I really WANT to do for 1/3 of my life?” And BOOM, you will have the passion talking, and the smooth process of unleashing your great potential can begin. Or in the words of the Chinese philosopher Confucius:
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Lucky for you, I have the tools to help you not only discover but also follow your career improvement or transition step by step. Contact me for a discovery session and let’s start rolling the ball.