Working in the right career
These days, when I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is smile. I open my eyes and slowly gaze around me-at my room, the light filtering in the window, this beautiful world we have been given to live in. And I smile.
Then I think for a moment about what kinds of adventure, what small, surprising moments of joy this day will bring. And I get up, excited to face the day. I look forward to every moment of the day that is coming.
It hasn’t always been this way. When I was working in a profession that I didn’t love, my mornings were the opposite of joyful. I remember feeling regret that it was morning and I couldn’t stay in bed any longer. Couldn’t hide from the day.
I had lost the passion in my life. Perhaps you also know what this feels like. A day without passion feels so long and tedious. The surprising things that happen feel stressful rather than exciting. You forget to look for opportunities for success or happiness, because you don’t expect them.
This happens when we lose the love. We can lose the love in many ways. We can lose the love in our jobs, in our business ventures. We can also lose the love for ourselves and others. We can get stuck in a routine, fearful of trying anything new, frustrated with others because they just don’t seem to understand us.
It happens gradually, just one bad day at a time. Eventually it can feel like those bad days are all we remember. It can feel like those bad days are all that we have to look forward to.
But what if I told you that getting the love back into your life was incredibly simple? I used to think it seemed impossible. I thought that being passionate about my life was something I had lost forever. I thought I was doomed to never experience true success and that real happiness was a thing of the past.
I turned to self-help books and motivational seminars, trying to get the passion back into my life. But nothing sounded quite right. I picked up some valuable information along the way, but nothing really changed until I had my epiphany: It really is, actually, about love.
Even success in business will not bring you true happiness if the love isn’t there. If you don’t love what you’re doing, you miss out on experiencing happiness in your work.
Work and happiness don’t have to be separate things! In fact, when you get the love back, you can’t tell the difference between work and play. Everything you do feels joyful!
Start Getting the Love Back-Right Now!
- Practice forgiving yourself. The next time you make a mistake, try this: Instead of immediately spiraling into feelings of self-anger, say to yourself, “In the big scheme of things, this is a small matter. The Universe knows that, and it’s going to be ok.” Then breathe that self-anger out as you exhale. These small moments of forgiving yourself add up to more love in your life every day.
- Practice forgiving others. Often, we are angry and resentful of other people’s mistakes or what we perceive as their unfairness to us. But holding onto anger and resentment against others leaves us holding the bag, literally. We just end up carrying these negative feelings-and how could that possibly be good for us? Next time you feel tempted to hold onto anger at another person, try forgiving them instead. You will be amazed at how much better this feels.
- 3. Honour your own little gifts. It really is a fact that we all have distinct natural gifts and talents, even if they seem small to us. Often, we aren’t using them enough in our daily lives and we forget what they are. Take stock of one or two things that you know you do well. Create an opportunity to practice that thing today, if only for a few minutes. Maybe you’re an excellent cook but you haven’t prepared a meal in a while. Make it happen! Doing something you know you’re good at validates you and invites love into your life.
There are so many ways to get the love back into your life! And with the love comes more passion, success and happiness. You will be so happy to wake up in the morning! I guarantee it.