When was the last time you sat back and gave serious thought to what you want to achieve in life, and how what you do at work is aligned with that?
- Are you doing what you really want to do?
- Do you still think of your job as a career, or has it become simply a source of a paycheck?
- Do you get up in the morning excited to go to work?
- Do you take pride in what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, it’s time to re-examine your priorities.
Think of what it’s costing you each day to come to a job you aren’t really that interested in anymore, to periodically glance at the clock in the afternoon, wishing you could get home to what’s truly important in your life! And what does that cost you at home—spending eight or more hours a day doing something that leaves you drained instead of energized?
Also think about impact it has on your family to watch you working away at a job about which you lack passion. If you have children, what are you modeling for them about the working world? You’d better believe they are going to notice your attitudes towards your job and work in general, and that will have a lasting impression on them and their own behaviors.
I’d love to hear your reactions to these…drop me a note at Advice@JHACareers.com or leave a comment.