Here we are looking at the first day of a brand new year! It is full of possibilities and endless potential. You’re probably already setting a few goals for yourself. Most people will set a goal to lose weight, read certain types of books for self-improvement and maybe even a few financial goals. However, beyond that, what do you truly want to change about your life in 2019?
For many, they don’t want to go back to their 9 to 5 rat race. They are sick and tired of being unappreciated as well as the stress that comes with a traditional job.
I am here to help! I want to help you find your “place” in life. Some are born for a career in the work force and love it. Others, have a strong desire to be a mom and be present everyday but still need to bring in an income.
Let’s start in a very different place than most will suggest. I want to take a look at how we are traditionally taught.
What did you hear your entire life growing up from your parents? I bet is sounded something like this… “You need to make good grades, so you can get into a good college, so you can get a good degree, so you get a great job, and make really good money!”
Interesting, isn’t it? I don’t hear anything in the previous paragraph about loving what you do or designing a career that fits around your life goals.
I have decided that we have this whole “pick a career” thing all messed up! Please don’t mis-understand me here. I totally believe in college. My kids are going because they need the good discipline. However, I do not feel we should just pick a career field because it will pay well, give you notoriety, or the worst one, provides “good benefits.”
All of these things are important and work is a must! Even the Bible says if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. We must have money, food, shelter and a way to provide for our families.
However, I believe we should look at this a bit differently. Instead of leading with a “career choice” as your starting point – let’s start with what your life goals are.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you love going to work 5 days a week?
- Do you enjoy people?
- Do you work better by yourself?
- Would you prefer a career that allows you to work from home?
- Would you prefer to work only 2 to 3 days a week and still earn a full time salary?
- Do you want to work for a boss or for yourself?
If you are person who would prefer to work longer hours and fewer days, then nursing might be a profession to consider. If being around people all day long sounds like a death sentence, then you might need to consider something from home. If sitting in a desk all week from 9 to 5 makes you feel like you are in prison, then you need to think about a more active career that gets you out of the office environment. If a hovering boss drives you insane then starting your own business could be a great fit for you.
I hope you can see that just because a career field or a business is a good idea for some doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you. What works for you is something that fits within YOUR life goals!
For me, I don’t want to be tied to a traditional job every week of every year with only 2 to 3 weeks of vacation. I don’t want to work when my kids are out for Christmas or summer break. I like working for myself and deciding when I want to work hard and when I want a day off.
Blogging was a perfect choice for me! It gives me an outlet to write and share about what I love. Yet, I do it on my terms and within the boundaries of what is important to me. If you are interested in taking a closer look at blogging as a new career path, I have a few posts that would be beneficial for you. Take a look here:
- Ready to Start a Blog? Here is Your Step by Step Guide to Get You up and Going in 15 Minutes!
- Want to Ditch Your Day Job and Start a Blog? 10 Reason Why it is a GREAT Idea!
If you are unsure of what you want to do with your life but you know for a fact you are ready to ditch your day job, I want to send you to one of my favorite posts. Click the image to the left and take a look at 75 ideas to make money without a job! I promise this post has something for almost everyone.
I also want to encourage you to take a look at my post on excuses. As a general rule, excuses are the ONE thing that will keep you from achieving your goals.
This last post on belief will also inspire you to take a long look at yourself and your belief system.
Lastly, here are a few questions to ask yourself as we head into a new year.
- Do I love my life, my job and where I am headed financially?
- Do I spring out of bed each morning ready to go to work?
- Do I get to spend as much time with my family as I would like?
- Do I get to travel and go on the vacations that I really want to go on?
- Do I often feel stress because of my job or my finances?
Your answers to these questions will help you decide if you are genuinely happy with your life, or not. Living an unfulfilled life will defeat you in a way nothing else will.
Your dreams matter! Your family matters! Your desire to make a change matters! Life is passing you by. Don’t let another year go by without taking it by the reigns and creating massive change.
Coming from someone who has been there, it is much more fun on the other side.
Forever in your corner.