Are You Tired of Working a Crappy Job Just to Survive?

Published: 07th July 2009
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Copyright (c) 2009 Paula Gregorowicz



Do you love what you do for a living? Or do you feel like you undertake a death march each day as you head off to the office? In my 17+ years of corporate experience I can say my feelings ranged from "ok" to utter dread. I was trying to be someone I was not and it did not work.



While I was skilled at what I did and experienced success along the way, it was no bed of roses and it often felt like I was rolling in the thorns instead of enjoying the flowers if you know what I mean. Everything changed for me once I shifted my perception and approach.



First off I want to say that I have since become very clear over time as to the big picture of what I want and what work styles and environments do and do not work for me. That doesn't make any one path better or worse than another, just a better fit for me. Each person is unique. What I learned is that my perceptions and attitudes have more to do with my happiness than any person, job, or organization. Once I shifted that internal operating system, it opened the gates to possibilities.



I was recently speaking with a client who was just so tired of having to work crappy jobs just to survive while she felt her dreams were dying on the vine. Looking back she even sees a connection to her misery in these jobs and her bout with cancer. Just thinking about this made her very emotional. She fears she will have to take the same type of work yet again.



I asked her - what would she feel like if she knew that her current job was just a means to an end? What if the next job is really just an opportunity to be your own personal venture capitalist as you build your dream? I first heard the phrase "be your own venture capitalist" from blogger Pam Slim at Escape from Cubicle Nation a few years ago. That shift in perspective had a HUGE impact on me. Suddenly I went from dreading my day job to making peace with the process and feeling gratitude for the opportunities and gifts it brought me. In the end this shift in perception and experience allowed me to make the transition from employee to business owner. If I did not make this inner shift I would never be where I am today. And, I was the only one who could make the choice to take on a new, more empowering belief.



You may love or hate your current professional situation. Either way, how do you relate to it? Are you feeling like a victim or creator? Are you choosing to see it in a positive light? Are you in action to change what isn't working and ooze with gratitude for what is working?



If you don't shift, nothing in your external circumstances will. Even if you love what you are currently doing, ask yourself - "Am I giving my dreams room to be born into?" Whether your dreams are personal or professional, only you can change your perspective and give them the space and nurturing to grow.





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Paula Gregorowicz, The Paula G Company, helps women get comfortable in their own skin so they can fully value who they are and what they offer and as a result experience greater levels of personal and professional success. She empowers them to gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to succeed on their own terms and live life by their own design. Learn the "5 Steps to Turn Fear into Freedom" (for free).

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