I’ve been working full-time for about 37 years. If I work 250 days per year, that means I’ve been working for about 9,250 days. And, I’m glad to say that I’ve only had about 100 days that have been truly unpleasant.
What about you, can you say the same thing? In case, you’re wondering, 100 days in my career is only about 1% of the time I’ve been working. That means 99% of the time getting up in the morning and going to work is something I love to do.
Ask yourself this question – When do you want to retire?
I don’t know about you, my answer to this question is never. I really love what I do. I get to decide how I spend my time and if something isn’t working very well, I just change what I’m doing.
In fact, this is what I’ve been doing recently. I realized that a direction I was pursuing for part of my business wasn’t working. So, instead of just moping around, I decided to pivot.
You need to work for yourself.
You might be curious as to why I can do this so easily. It’s really pretty easy……I work for myself.
If you’re reading this I bet you also work for yourself. If something isn’t working, why do you continue doing it? If you’re looking forward to retirement, my question is what will that mean for you?
Here’s some free advice. Love what you do so much you never want to stop.
If you don’t love what you do, why do you continue doing it?
This is especially true and for many a vexing problem, especially if you’re working for someone else.
There’s just too many times where I see people who really hate what they do. They continue doing it because they don’t believe they have other choices.
I want you to be different. I want you to realize that you always have other choices. It might take you a few months or even years to get your course corrected and it will take some hard work.
The key here is that you control your life….but only if you decide to step up and take control of your life.
If you don’t love what you do, don’t you think those around you recognize this.
Let me clue you in on something. If you hate what you do, everyone around you knows it. If you don’t love what you do, it always shows up in your work.
You’re never going to be appreciated when you work at a place or with people you don’t like and respect. Even better, why don’t you shoot for love and value those you work with. This includes customers, clients, fellow employees and suppliers.
If you can’t love and value these people, why do you want to work with them?
A silly saying but true…..This is not a rehearsal for your life.
Another saying that I’ve unfortunately seen as being true is “You’re one phone call away from disaster.” Whether you’ll be in position to handle that call will depend on how the rest of your life is being spent.
If you’ve arranged your life to be with people you love and respect, you’ll get through it. If the people you surround yourself with don’t love you, that phone call will be way more than a really big inconvenience.
You’re not rehearsing how you want to spend your life. You’re actually living your life. I hate it when I hear people tell me that they have time. Believe, me you really don’t know whether you actually have time, you just hope you do.
A good idea is to act like you’re time is really limited. You’ll start focusing on things that bring you joy and figuring out how to get rid of everything else.
You’re too special to just let your life slide by.
If you’re 30 or 40 years old you probably are looking at your life like you have lots of time ahead of you. If you’re older, you might be looking back and wondering if you could have done things differently.
Or, you might be looking forward or back with tons of enthusiasm. I’m hoping that you’re in the second group of people.
Don’t waste your twenties!
I’m really sick of hearing that we shouldn’t worry about our kids in their twenties. Twenty is the new teens is a really stupid saying. Your twenties are a time for experimentation and they set up how you’re going to live your life and whether you’ll love what you do or just get by. Your kids really need to take this part of their life seriously.
If you’re older and you decide what you’ve been doing doesn’t work, it’s much tougher. The older you get, the harder it’s going to be to change. I hope you practiced behavioral flexibility when you were younger. If not, then you’re road just might be a little more difficult.
If you’ve not made changes and just accepted that what you have is the best you can have, then I want you to to stop right now and ask yourself why this is true. I want you to challenge your assumptions.
If what you’re doing gives you joy and you love it, keep going. If you’re life isn’t working then it’s up to you to change it. No one else is going to help.