A 2013 Gallup study showed that 63% of workers worldwide are unhappy and not engaged in their job. They “sleep walk” through their day. Only 13% are actively engaged. In the U.S. that number is surprisingly different. Only 54% dislike their job while 29% are happy and 18% truly hate their job.
Still, half our workforce in the U.S. are sleepwalking through their day dreaming about a better life or hoping they win big on the lottery so they can quit a job they don’t like.
If you’re longing for better days the question is: Why are you still one of those 54%?
1. You’re waiting for someone else to make your life better.
Changing your life requires you to take action.
Want a better job or relocate because you hate where you live? You need to update your resume, contact employers and make an effort. Sending your resume to a few places, posting it on LinkedIn waiting for employers to find you is like hoping you win on the lottery. Good luck.
Today you need to take action and go after it, pursue what you want and convince an employer as to why they should hire you.
If you want to start your own business or find multiple streams of income the same thing applies. You have to work hard, go after it and be disciplined.
For example, I can’t just sit around and wait for inspiration to come to me in order to finish my book, write blog posts and pursue freelance writing. If I’m going to succeed and make writing a major source of my income I have to stay disciplined and write every day.
2. You think you need to have it all figured out and a grand plan before you can move forward.
Wrong. Just start. You will learn as you go. Not sure what you want? Try a different job, a different city, a different anything. By trying new things you will come across that one thing that calls your name.
Want to start your own business? Start a side business. Get up early in the morning. Stay up late at night. Get off the couch and work at it so you can take the leap to a full-time business owner or freelancer down the road. Most small businesses require less than a few thousand dollars to get going. Many of them need zero investment if you already have the equipment and the knowledge.
Besides, with 40-50% of current corporate positions estimated to change to freelance positions by year 2020 being your own boss will soon not be a choice but reality.
3. You’re not willing to make any sacrifices.
This is a big one that keeps many spinning and stuck in a job they don’t like.
If you’re in debt you won’t make any sacrifices to get out of debt. You blame it on income, not your spending.
If you don’t have debt but need more money to make that leap you’re not willing to boost your savings by taking on an extra job, cutting out non-essentials like latte’s or willing to change your lifestyle by downsizing, moving or giving up things that you think you deserve. You want to have the cake and eat it too.
You want that nice house, car and lifestyle. But what if those things are also the things that keeps you stuck spinning? I don’t want to sell my condo but by doing so it’s going to allow me to get to the next step.
Happy or sleepwalking?
That’s up to you. You don’t have to be one of the 54% that is just sleepwalking through life. Take charge of your life and change it. Is it easy? No. If it was easy to pursue your dream and create the life you want everyone would do it. You will run into resistance, stumble and deal with challenges but wouldn’t you rather work on building your dream and life instead of someone else’s?
What do you struggle with in order to leave the hamster wheel? Leave a comment below.
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