What are you doing?

Are you content with where you work? Let’s flip a coin and find out. That’s because The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey states that only about half of US workers are satisfied with where they’re working.

Let’s take a step back and figure this out. Your conversation may go like this. “I am stuck in my job and unhappy with my boss. I don’t feel independent and my job is demoralizing. I need to make a change. I can find a different job or create my own business. You know what, I will isolate myself and live off nature like the Bear Grylls.”

These options are bold, but too many times they are ignored like a boy throwing a temper tantrum then forgetting about why he lashed out in the first place. You feel the heat of the moment and do everything you can to change your situation. Two things happen. You burn yourself out by taking on so many activities or you wait so long that nothing happens and you become content with your situation. Then, the cycle repeats. Take a step back for a moment and think about it. Evaluate yourself and the situation that you are in.

Keep in mind that you can only control the events of the present. The past is already fixed and therefore unchanged. The future is always fleeting and never ceases to stand still. Once you think that you have a hold of the future, the present is already here. So, create your present, your now. Don’t wait for the future and don’t dwell in the past.

You can do anything you put your mind to. This is not mere words, but something to live by. Think about what you want to do and take action in the present. It looks simple, but it takes time and effort to develop any skill. There will be slumps and times when we feel like we’ve taken three steps back, but our satisfaction will come with the results that we have produced and the lessons we learned.

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Why do what you do?

Life is full of surprises. Some good. Some bad. Some weird. Some unnatural. Yet, we always seek for an explanation. If we know the reason why something happens, we tend to accept the circumstances and move on. Knowing why creates a sense of understanding.

In essence, we should know why we want to do what we do.

Dear reader,

Why are you a writer? Why are you taking a degree in liberal studies? Why are you working full-time in your job? Why are you an entrepreneur?

If you are satisfied with the answer, then you are in the right track. If not, re-evaluate yourself. Change your path if necessary.

Understanding why you are taking yourself into the course you are going will help you understand if your endeavor will last. In the difficult times, you can push through tough times, find creative ways to solve complex problems and enjoy all steps of the process. You do not rush yourself to reach the end result because you feel that this is where you’re meant to be. When you feel like giving up, you know that this is only temporary. You feel as if today’s experience will not be like tomorrow. Failure is only a bump in the road and not the end of the project.

As an example, if you aspire to become a (insert job title here) because you have a passion for the work and you truly enjoy doing it everyday, that why will last longer than someone who becomes a(n) (insert job title here) for the money. Your passion and desire is the fuel. You may ask that if I choose my passion, I will end up broke. That is a topic for another day.

In the end, if you ask yourself “why” in all your endeavors and situations you understand yourself on a deeper level. You realize things you never did, but it takes time and patience. At first, you may deny it as I did. Nevertheless, if you keep at it, you will grow in ways that you never thought of.