Updated: Jul 1, 2022
The other night on 60 Minutes, they shared a story about the “Big Quit.” Given everything we’ve been through over the last two years, more and more Americans are walking away from their careers.
I’ve been noticing how unfulfilled a lot of people are right now. I’m a member of a Facebook group called Life After Teaching, and more and more teachers are among the population of unfulfilled people.
I bet people in the nursing profession feel the same way, especially those dealing with COVID patients. They’re burned out, stressed, and just can’t take it.
Why is this?
You’re robbed of joy.
You’re no longer doing what you love.
Your boss or supervisor holds high, unreasonable expectations for you, and you aren’t setting boundaries for yourself.
Maybe you’re juggling too many tasks at once, and this is causing you to lose your sense of passion for the work you currently do.
Therefore, when it’s time to start your workday, you may hit snooze over and over because you don’t want to get up.
Even if you are working remotely from home, you might get on your computer at the last possible minute.
According to a study done by Business Insider, 95% of workers would consider a job change.
Does this sound like you?
I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone.
If this is you, I encourage you to take a good look at your life and the work you do.
Think about the reasons why you are unfulfilled.
Is it one of the reasons I stated above?
Question this. Then think about the next steps you want to take to change things in your life.
I’m not asking you to leave your job quite yet. In fact, there are times, I’m not totally fulfilled in my career as a teacher, but I stay because it helps me pay the bills, and I love my students. However, I am working on the side to grow my holistic life coaching business.
As Naeem Callaway states, “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”
What step can you take to find joy in the work you do and the life you live?
Make a list of what you want your life and work to look like. Then, dream big, and write whatever comes to mind.
Take action to make your dreams a reality. Start job hunting, apply to jobs that potentially light you up, or take steps to start that business. You don’t have to quit your day job (evening or night job) just yet, either.
Seek support from a coach. I cannot tell you how invaluable it is to your growth to invest in yourself to seek mentorship from a coach who has been where you are and can get you to where you want to be. In fact, I have worked with 4 coaches since 2019, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for their support.
You deserve to feel fulfilled and experience joy in the life and work you do. It is out there for you as long as you’re willing to do the work to make your dreams a reality.
Think about what it’s costing you by staying where you are. Are you happy? Are you experiencing joyful moments? Are you feeling fulfilled? Are you loving going to work or starting your workday?
If the answer is ‘no,’ take action on your life, and if you need support, I’m here to guide you.