What does healthy really mean? (Part 5 - Career)

Work to live or live to work?

We spend an inordinate amount of time in our lives working, so shouldn't we enjoy it? Who says work has to be work? Somehow society has seemed to accept the fact that work is something to put up with, a less than pleasant necessity where the means justify the end.  Even the name 'work' is wrong! Yes, we need somewhere to live, the ability to pay the bills, to feed ourselves - and of course to be able to afford those little luxuries and to enjoy ourselves.

But let's rethink the whole approach to earning a living; what do you really want to do? What would you do if money were no object, if you didn't have to re-train? Most people end up in a job that's 'ok' - not great, but not bad enough to make the change worth the effort. But I say good enough is not good enough.

If you don't enjoy going to work, you're in the wrong career - period! I don't mean if there are certain aspects to your job that you don't enjoy; that's normal. Or a tough patch. And I don't mean if you merely don't like your boss or colleague; that's a relationship issue that needs sorting out. I mean if you sit there watching the clock or wake up in the morning and dread going to work, you need to change what you do!

Three attributes make up your ideal job - make a list; things you enjoy, things you are good at and things that you could get paid for. Anything in all three lists is what you should be focussing your career on. And don't blame age or money; they're just excuses!

The only difference between those following their dreams and those not is one small five letter word - ACTION! Take it and your dreams really will come true - small steps really do lead to big results...:-)

Put the last five days posts together, give each one your maximum effort and live the life you deserve. And remember this famous quote...

"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy" - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

This is Part 5 of a 5 part series covering the five key aspects that make us 'wholly' Healthy; SpiritualityRelationshipsFoodExercise and Career. They all work symbiotically but do you look after yours and how would YOU prioritise the list?

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