Follow your passion and the rest will come...

I recently sat in a seminar and among other things I learned;

  • 51% of people would leave their job tomorrow if offered a new job today.
  • 1 in 3 people are passively disengaged with their current job.
  • 1 in 5 are actively disengaged in their job or working against the system.

I have blogged before about the importance of staying current and continually attending workshops, webinars, and conferences. This seminar was no different. However, the data left me in a state of thought. The thought of being an employee or an employer whereby 51% of the staff or you as an individual employee are so dissatisfied that should an offer of employment come from elsewhere, poof you’re gone!

How would those statistics change if we focused on our passion?

Seriously, if you are waking up every day to a situation that is not desirable or even slightly desirable then we need to consider change. Life is too short. Maybe it’s as I hit a half a century old I am becoming more pragmatic in thought. If I was coaching you and you shared anything that resembled these statistics, we would be actively working on a change strategy.

Let’s get you thinking, If you’re feeling miserable in your current situation, there are a few steps you can take.

Step 1: Focus on your Passion. It can often be difficult to define exactly what passion is. Here is some help. Begin by defining what makes you feel unstoppable, something that is in your thoughts every day. Still having a difficult time? Watch the youtube video “If Money Didn’t Matter”

Step 2: Assess what is important to you. Do a deep dive into your personal life, your values, your likes and dislikes. What, when engaged, do you feel so compelled to stay with? Is it a hobby? A community event? An activity? A group of people? An activity? Align this assessment with the first question about passion.

Step 3: Now that you have discovered what your passions are and what is important to you, it’s time to make a change. Are you really going to wake up every day and not like what you do? How long can this go on before it starts to affect other areas of your life? Often these changes can come about in many different forms. Integrate your passion in your work; see if there are areas in your office that you can incorporate your passion within your current position. If feasible, reduce your hours to allow yourself to focus part-time in those areas you are passionate about. If you are truly miserable in your current position, get out! Reset, promise to live a life that’s true to yourself.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results! Power is in choice. Make a good one today.

“Passion is a lot like ‘love’. It is difficult, probably impossible, to define in precise terms, but easy to see and feel when it is present.”

– Charles Kovess, Writer

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