When it comes to being a glass half full or half empty person, admittedly I can be a rainbows, puppies and sunshine person. I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, I have often wondered if the message of finding career happiness comes across as, well, maybe too aspirational. Several months ago, I had two women tell me on the same day that they cried in the car all the way to work. (There are so many things wrong with that, I barely know where to start. But I digress.)  I wonder if you are in a state where you are crying on the way to work, whether the message of career happiness seems out of reach, or just plain impossible to even fathom.

I’m sure it’s like not being a runner and having someone suggest that you run a marathon. Ha! In fact, the idea is probably so overwhelming that you would dismiss it immediately. Yet, many non-runners have run marathons. And of course, it was much more complex than putting on your shoes and “just doing it”.

Getting “Career Happy” is much like that marathon. It will likely not happen overnight, and it will likely take several steps, and yes, some missteps to get there. The challenge is that once you “get there” something outside of your control can come along and knock you right off your happy place.

How happy are you with your Career?

On a scale of 1 to 10, where are you today? If you are a 2, 10 probably seems impossible. If you are a 2, do you think 4 is doable? How might your life be better if you could double your Career Happiness? More energy? Less drama? More earning potential? More opportunities? And if you get to that 4, is 6 then impossible? Don’t stop there! Put your head up- I think I see that 10 down the road! Okay, maybe that is puppies riding a unicorn, but I warned you in advance- I have a tendency to believe anything is possible.

Define? Achieve? Own? Describe your Career Happiness.

I believe we are all either looking to define, achieve or own our career happiness. Those looking to define it really don’t know what type of job or career to pursue- they just know that what they are doing isn’t it.  Those in the achieve stage are somewhat clear on what will or might make them happy at work, but they have no clue how to get it.  Those looking to Own it are those who are generally satisfied but are looking forward and want to put plans in place now to reach future goals.

What can you do to move your 4 to a 6? Your 1 to a 3, or even your 8 to a 10?

Here are some thought starters:

  • Identify what is working now for you in your job or career and what isn’t.
  • Is there anything you can add to or take away from your current situation to make it better?
  • Always start with what you have control over. My experience is that you always have more control than you think you do.
  • Reach out to trusted advisers and get their insights about how to you might change your situation.
  • Accept that it may be time for you to move on to something else. You can’t always fix what is broken.

Now, lace up your running shoes and mount the unicorn and charge up Candy Mountain toward that rainbow! Or something like that. When it comes to your career, most of the time we are talking about most of the time spent in your days, weeks, and years. You owe it to yourself to find career happiness however impossible it seems because it could really mean you have taken the best step towards finding life happiness.

Thanks for reading, if you are interested, The Bauke Group is team of career coaches that would love nothing more than to help you jumpstart your career towards something you love rather than something you put up with. Contact us to have an important conversation that could change your life for the better.