Make way for joy

Make way for joy

Isn’t it odd that we start asking kids when they’re three years old what they want to be when they grow up? It’s true…several people have already asked Dawson what he wants to Be. He says “soccer.”

His answer is perfect, actually — it’s the question that’s wrong. A FAR more relevant question is, “What do you love to do?”

It’s important to get kids thinking this way. I have had so many clients who, when asked, have no idea the answer to this question: “What do you love to do?”

“Spending time with family” is a lovely answer, and I agree, it’s nice to see loved ones. But that doesn’t get to the heart of the question. What do YOU love to do? Pretty much everyone can say they love being with family (or at least friends!). What is unique about what YOU love to do? And does your current career allow you to do it?

Forbes reported last year that, worldwide, almost 90% of people are disengaged or actively disengaged in their jobs. In other words, they’re somewhere on the scale of disliking to hating their jobs. Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. How is it possible that so many people are unhappy, yet continue to do the same job day in and day out? Does this apply to you? If so, read on. If not, congratulations! You are in the vast minority.

Now, think back to grade school. What projects stand out because they were just so fun or because you learned so much? Those are clues to what you love to do. What do you long to have more time (or discipline) to do? What would you do even if you weren’t being paid? What do you daydream about? These are all clues. Make a list!

Now, what if you added up all of these things you love to do and and considered a career in that direction? What if you simply started believing it is possible to absolutely LOVE what you do? How would your life, your health, your relationships change? It’s time for a change, people!