You sit at work day-in and day-out feeling a sense of emptiness and longing for something beyond the office. You tell yourself that working this job is what you are supposed to be doing with your life. Somehow, still, you still can’t accept that this is what it is going to be like until you retire…if you are lucky.
The good news is that there is life outside of the box. You don’t have to be confined to a cubicle or office to be a successful or contributing member of society. Though many people may not grasp the concept of this and, therefore, look down upon you for not pursuing a “real” career, know that you are doing what’s right for you. And you’re probably a whole lot happier and satisfied with your life than they are.
There are so many other opportunities outside of a normal profession that will fill the void it leaves, emotionally, financially and personally. Ingraining a specific profession into your image is the easy way out. True thinkers and achievers maintain a sense of self outside of what they do for a living. You are more than a job. You are a person, a person who has thoughts and feelings that fall outside of a field of knowledge. Remember that.
Have you ever found yourself not being able to recall what was said after leaving a conversation with a friend or a class lecture? I know I have. Although most of us have the ability to hear, it takes added effort to truly listen. Here is a list of the main perpetrators that prevent us from listening meaningfully and how to avoid them:
Each of us daydreams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to set off a daydream—especially when we need to be listening. A friend can be telling you about her horrible day at work when she mentions a word that triggers a memory or a thought that sends you spiraling down a daydreaming black hole. “It was an oven in there,” she says, and you can’t remember whether or not you shut the oven off or locked the door or fed the dog or…wait, what did she just say about her boss?
It’s been a crazy (read: absolutely insane) past few months. There have been some very, very big changes for me – pretty much all good.
As much as I preach about living life the way you want here on TRCL, I haven’t always held those standards in place for myself. Finally, after several years of being in jobs that weren’t necessarily the right fit for me, I took a stand. I saw what I wanted. And it wasn’t the way I was living. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I chose to leave the 9-to-5 world behind in pursuit of my own endeavors.
Now, I know that many believe younger people these days aren’t focused enough or disciplined. They think they are entitled. They think they deserve the world without working. Well, that may be true in some cases, but I personally think the “millennials” are just creating their own trail. They are sick of sticking to a prescribed path that, sometimes, seems to be destined for them since birth.
This thought that the current up-and-coming generation doesn’t work as hard as their parents and grandparents is nothing new. However, this generation may be different in the sense that they are better suited for the workplace of the future – one that runs outside the constraints of an office and a set schedule.
Regardless, millennials want something different – many are forgoing traditionally comfortable careers for a life of adventure, purpose and, ultimately, happiness.
That’s where my plan comes in.
Life is all about choices, big and small. The decisions you make now will have resonating effects down the road, resulting in a version of your life that may have been vastly different from what you visualized originally. It all comes down to the fact that life is what you make of it. The choices that distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary are completely in your hands.
Recognizing that your choices will have an impact on your overall existence gives you the power to shape and mold your life into whatever you want it to be. You really have the power to make your dreams come true. You first have to accept that you are in control and subsequently, that any product of your decisions, whether they resulted in failure or success, is your own doing. Though it may be frightening to be in the driver’s seat, it also opens up endless possibilities to live the life you’ve been dreaming of.
Grab hold of the reins, conquer your fear of the unknown and take command of your decisions. It’ll give you the ability to make coherent choices that will positively impact your future. Check out 9 life choices that are completely up to you here:
You’ve said this line a million times – “I would love to focus more on [inset hobby or interest here], but I just don’t have time!”
No one really has the extra time to devote to passions or hobbies, but they make the time. If you truly want to do something, you’ll make room in your busy schedule. Ensuring that you are working to the best of your ability is one of the simple tricks to free up the time necessary to pursue your interests.
How you start your mornings almost always sets the tone for the remainder of the day. If you are really seeking to sculpt a uniquely successful life, it’s important to keep your productivity levels as high as possible. Completing the most tasks you can each day, while maintaining quality, allows you to work to the best of your ability and strive for greatness.
Find 10 tips to increase your productivity every morning below:
Every day we make decisions. Some are trivial: what do I wear, which shirt should I buy, or what should I eat for lunch? However, others are far more critical in the grand-scheme of life.
When we face substantial decisions, they can feel incredibly daunting and evoke numerous negative emotions. Even though we make many big decisions in our lifetimes, somehow they don’t seem to get any easier to make. We can waste so much time and energy trying to make the “right” choice, and we sometimes even refuse to make a decision altogether. This list is meant to make your decision-making process a little simpler with some straightforward tricks to making those tough decisions.
Don’t rely on others
What do you do when you have a difficult decision to make? For most of us, a phone call to a friend or family member is a logical first step. We tend to search for guidance or some type of advice, but in reality, it is likely that we just want someone to confirm what we already know in our hearts. Many of us are bad at taking advice from others—even when it makes perfect sense. We usually decide what we feel is best, not what anyone else feels is best for us.
There’s always that one person that seems to embrace whatever life throws their way with a big smile on their face. They just always seem happy. Even in the crappiest of situations, they see the light at the end of the tunnel. How do they maintain such a positive outlook on life? It’s simple – they know that in order to be truly happy, you just sometimes have to embrace life in all of its glory.
It’s not that happy people are privy to this huge secret that only they know. Actually, most of their tricks are pretty simple and straightforward. They are able to recognize a few things that have to be accepted and embraced in life. They know that some things cannot be changed and they have to learn how to deal appropriately.
Happy people do things a little differently than most of us. They adjust minor ways they think and feel to optimize their life and happiness. They see the power in positive thinking and personal relationships. They know that changing their thoughts can completely change their lives.
Searching for happiness, but can’t quite find it? These 6 ways happy people embrace life may be just the inspiration you need: