Go From Mundane to Marvelous: Cultivating Joy in Your Job

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Everyone is realizing that doing something they love for a living is becoming a necessity for their soul.

When I graduated from high school, I wanted to become a psychologist, but I had to put my dream on hold and start working full-time to pay for college. I applied for an administrative position at a furniture fabric manufacturing company, but I soon learned that if I’m not enjoying what I do for a living, I feel unfocused, unmotivated, and must drag myself to work. Over the years, this has taught me the importance of doing something that I love and find fulfilling.

Why people become dissatisfied with their work?

There are various reasons why people become dissatisfied with their work, but the one that resonates with me the most is when I am not able to pursue my passion and do what I genuinely believe I was meant to do. I firmly believe that my work should enable me to serve others in ways that make a meaningful difference in the world. According to the Chartered Institute of Personal Development, almost one in four workers consider leaving their jobs due to low job satisfaction. Therefore, I feel that it is important for us as mature and conscious professionals to identify the root cause of our job dissatisfaction and strive towards fulfilling our life’s purpose. Personally, I feel unhappy when my work does not align with my life’s true calling.

There are many reasons why people feel discontent in their jobs. Some may blame the organization or management, but it often stems from a disconnection with our higher purpose, ourselves, and life in general. While we may feel unsatisfied with our pay, work-life balance, or lack of appreciation, it’s important to take responsibility for our own happiness and find solutions rather than wallowing in self-pity. Ultimately, the answers don’t come from our superiors, but from within ourselves.

Ever since I was little, I have felt that the way we live our lives as human beings is inauthentic. I used to feel a sense of emptiness within me, which left me feeling unmotivated and lost. During moments of solitude, I turned to God for answers, as I believe that God is the source of wisdom.

I asked these big questions:

  1. Why am I here?
  2. Who am I?
  3. What is the purpose of my existence?

According to Dr. Caroline Wyss, These questions are the cries from the depths of our being, calling us to discover our true selves.

I now realize that since childhood, I have been searching to awaken my inner nature, because I felt immense peace, serenity, and joy when exploring these possibilities. It makes sense to me that if I do not know the answers to these questions, how can I know what career I want to pursue.?

There is an abundance of information available to us, easily accessible at our fingertips. I recommend taking some time to explore your Archetype, which is a powerful tool to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your personality. Even if you think you know yourself well, there may be aspects of your personality that are not fully clear to you. To aid in your exploration, I suggest checking out Dr. Caroline Myss’ book “Archetypes – Who Are You? Her website offers numerous resources to help you with your inner work and live life authentically, finding joy in what you offer to the world.

Throughout my life, I have always been interested in consciously understanding myself better. To achieve this, I have used various tools such as psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and journaling. However, reading Dr. Myss’ book took my self-discovery to another level. Interestingly, I had not realized that everything I have done in my life has been guided by my authentic self. Being attracted to the mystic since childhood, I now see that my intuition has beautifully guided me through life.

Whenever I have felt dissatisfied at work, I have taken the opportunity to learn from the experience until I felt I had gained all the lessons that the place had to offer.

Once I felt I had learned enough about myself and had expressed my concerns and attempted to work with management, but nothing worked, I understood that I do not belong in that place anymore.

I have learned valuable lessons that can help me continue to evolve. I have learned to set clear boundaries, speak up for myself, and express my needs in a way that feels authentic to me. I have come to understand that not everyone is ready to progress to the next level of consciousness, and I accept that. I have learned to appreciate myself and not rely on others’ approval to feel motivated or empowered. When things do not go as planned, I observe my reactions and work on creating new patterns in my mind that will take me to the next level. I let go of judgment and try to trace it back to the source – unresolved wounds or issues. I prioritize being true to myself above pleasing others and let go of attachments to material possessions and other people’s expectations.

It is important to be aware of oneself to maintain our own well-being.

Recognizing the factors that limit us or hold us back from creating a sense of well-being in our lives is crucial. Otherwise, we may fall into the trap of believing that life can never be perfect, which is a limiting belief that keeps us in our comfort zone. If we want to grow and improve, we must make a conscious effort to step out of our comfort zone.

Are you currently employed in a job that aligns with your passions and interests? Let’s have a conversation.

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