Do you love your job?
Look, it’s important because you can’t work up to 70 years not loving what you do, it would be too difficult.
It is from here that I want to start this year with my articles to give you suggestions and insights to improve your relationship with the world of work. In order to help you to answer without hesitation any “Yes, I love my job”.
I thought about what I do when I meet a new coach who tells me he doesn’t like his job and that such a direct question would undoubtedly answer “No, I don’t love him”.
I always ask if work is not loved as such, the profession, what it does every day, what I call “content” or if it is the company, the study, the office, the place where it spends the most part of the hours of all his days, or the “container”.
What annoys him, invades him, pollutes him to the point of believing that he is not suited to this or that role or pushing him to say “It makes me sick”?
I ask this question, stressing the importance of distinction because there is a huge difference between the two cases.
It is from here that we must start when we are not happy, when we live our daily life with constant discomfort, when we wish to escape far away. It is essential to identify and understand the difference, because the action plan that needs to be set, the type of CV you have to write down, the visibility you want to have on LinkedIn, the network that you want to involve and inform, the analysis of skills and training paths that you want to address.
Your “business card” does not consist only of labels, job titles, educational qualifications, acquired knowledge and field experience.
Your best business card is YOU, totally aware of what you are and who you choose to want to be.
If you feel you don’t love your job because you are dissatisfied, you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, on Sunday afternoon you are already anxious because you are about to start a new work week, then my advice is to stop, take a deep breath, have no fear whatsoever and be sincere with yourself.
Arm yourself with paper and pen, cut out some time and start to understand which the bug is and where it is hidden.
In total relaxation, sitting in a comfortable environment, ask yourself if all that malaise you feel on Monday morning is determined by what you know you have to do, the tasks you have to do. Think about it, asking yourself these questions:
- Do you feel annoyed? Boredom? Apprehension?
- Do you feel inadequate?
- Don’t like what you do?
- Does anxiety assail you only with the idea of turning on the PC or staying closed for hours in the office?
- Did you find yourself sitting at that desk and after years you don’t even remember how and why?
- As a child did you dream of doing anything else and then you lost yourself in the desolate land of the “comfort zone” from which it seems impossible to go out without hurting yourself or disappointing the world around you?
- Or, on the contrary, do you like your work, do it with passion, or rather you believe you have much more capacity, to work below them and you don’t understand why nobody in the office realizes it?
- Are your relationships with colleagues in your office bothering you?
- Is the relationship with your boss not fluid and do you not recognize him as responsible?
- Does the company you work for not reflect your values?
Only by answering these questions honestly will you understand if the problem concerns what you do, because it no longer reflects you or perhaps it has never done it, because it is light years away from you, because you would like to do anything else and use your time differently your energies.
And then, in this case, the path to take will certainly be deeper.
It will not be enough to fix your CV, your LinkedIn profile, reconnect with the world of work, the selection companies, headhunters and get back on track to look for new opportunities.
It will not be a simple shift from one company to another, a move towards another “container!”, simply in search of better conditions.
We need to understand who you are, what you want, what skills you have and what you will need to develop and fill, what and how many opportunities there are, make comparisons with similar profiles.
But trust me, nothing is impossible. We must have courage, time, patience and work hard.
And your dreams will take the form you want to give them.