Are You Doing Anything You Enjoy?

Have you ever found yourself working on a project designed by others and felt that it was sucking the life out of you? Unfortunately, life is full of these opportunities and if you don’t have a strategy to handle them, you will find yourself many years later being bitter and dissatisfied.

The first step in handling these life-draining assignments is to take a good look at whether you can enjoy doing them. Believe it or not, enjoyment of what you are doing is right up there with getting paid for what you are doing. If the job promises to be difficult, at least see if there is some way you can get satisfaction from doing it or gain some valuable experience that you cannot get in any other way.

Boring Jobs – Past and Present

We work in order to feed and clothe ourselves and to establish ourselves as valuable players in the game of life. If we don’t get any satisfaction from our work, then we are wasting our life force. There are times when we have no skills that others want to pay for, so we have choices to make.

We can get trained in an academic or business environment to acquire skills that employers or customers are willing to pay for. In an academic environment, we can pay tens of thousands of dollars to acquire skills that employers should be willing to pay for but we may choose interesting courses that have no commercial value. By signing up for an apprenticeship, or an opening level position we get paid from the very beginning but our learning rate is very dependent on how we apply ourselves.

A simple way to improve your chances of finding a way to enjoy yourself in your working career is to look at the exchanges involved. What will you be able to provide your employer or clients and what will your employment be able to offer you? The exchange is not always money. Some young people have found joy working in low wage positions where they had a chance to travel and meet new people. Others have taken low-paying positions in order to work on projects which gave them priceless experience.

You are the only one who can decide what the right exchange is and if you take a position only because your family or significant other feels it will improve your social standing, you will live to regret your choice. If you make the right choice, it will not matter how much hard work is involved in mastering the skills required for success.

It will help you achieve the success you want if you write up an ideal scene for your career before launching into it. The ideal scene should contain all of the benefits of your career or new career, if you are rescuing yourself from a bad choice. The ideal scene should also describe the difficulties and how you plan to handle them. In other words, you ideal scene for work or for a relationship should cover all of the recognizable benefits and handling of obstacles. Once you have done this, you will immediately

recognize what you need to do to proceed in the right direction.

There is an other benefit to creating your ideal scene and holding it in your mind. Other people will notice it and those who support you will start contributing to it in ways you will not expect. If you are looking for a particular business or employment opportunity, someone will unexpectedly offer you a job or an introduction to an available position. If you are looking for a particular relationship, someone you know will introduce you to a potential partner just out of the blue. I have had both happen to me unexpectedly when I had a firm grip on what I wanted to accomplish.

If you are not happy with what you are doing and who you are doing it with, write up an ideal scene and see what happens. Once you start exercising your free will, all sorts of miracles can occur especially if your actions are intended to help others.

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