We all want it.
Most of us have been chasing it since we started working.
Some are lucky and have already found it – and some never will.
It’s the feeling of finding and doing what you love.
For me, I know exactly what it feels like and also what it doesn’t feel like. And what I’ve learned is that you can’t fake happiness forever in a job that’s not ‘The One.’ Much like realizing someone’s not right for you, you have to be honest with yourself at some point and move on.
You might ask, ‘How do you find and do what you love?’ It’s simple really, it’s a feeling.
Think about a few things you love doing and make a priority whenever you have free time. It could be reading, writing, gardening, volunteering, playing sports, cooking, exercising, crafting…the list goes on.
Now think about what it feels like when you do these things. That’s what it will feel like when you’re doing something you love for a living – seriously.
Now you know what I’m talking about – you get in that groove, time flies and you don’t want to stop working until you’re absolutely exhausted. It requires a lot of time and effort to reach your goals, but the difference is you don’t feel like it’s something you have to do; it feels like something you want to do.
I recently worked on a project that made me feel this way. It was a big wake up call because I remembered what it felt like to do something I love – a feeling I haven’t felt in a while.
If you’re like most of us who are trying to find a fulfilling job that doesn’t feel like work, don’t settle. Measure feelings about your work against how you feel when you’re doing something you love and see if it matches up. This will help you discover a career you truly love.
How did you know when you were doing what you love?