At the end of the day, that’s what I want for every woman. I want her to dig deep within herself and allow her dreams to come forward. I want her to take a chance on herself, step into her power and share her gifts with others. I want her to wake up each day with no regrets, only excitement and wonder. I want her to have a rich, abundant life, sharing her gifts with those who need them most.
I am so very blessed to be this woman I describe, but it wasn’t so long ago that I felt anything but alive. It wasn’t that long ago that I felt trapped in a job that was less than perfect, one that had me feeling lost and empty the majority of the time. And it wasn’t until I made the decision to leave Corporate America and start my own business that I was able to reclaim my life back and know what feeling alive was really like.
If you are a woman who is feeling like there is something more, if you are feeling trapped and stifled in your job, then it is no accident that you are reading this article right now. You know it and I know it – it’s time for you to take a chance on your dream and begin doing work you love instead of work that is draining the life out of you. In fact, it might even be time for you to say goodbye to that Corporate J-O-B for good so you can start doing the work you are destined to do in this lifetime.
Now if you are like the majority of women out there, the first thing that comes to mind is I CAN’T and within seconds, you let all of the excuses and objections rush forward. You allow the fear of what leaving your J-O-B might cost you stop you dead in your tracks. But what you don’t realize is staying in a J-O-B that you hate, one that doesn’t honor your soul purpose, is costing you so much more.
Here are five common areas where staying in a J-O-B you hate is costing you:
Your Health – If you wake up every workday with a sinking feeling in your stomach and the urge to call in sick, then odds are you are experiencing an increased stress level just by going to work each day. Studies show that job stress is second only to financial stress and that women are almost twice as likely to experience stress and stress related illnesses as men. If you’re a woman staying in a job she hates, have you thought about the toll it’s taking on your mental and physical health?
Your Relationships – Did you ever hear that old saying, “You always hurt the ones you love?” Well, sayings like that exist for a reason and they are usually true. We often focus our frustrations on people we love and trust rather than the people and things we are really frustrated with because we know that at the end of the day those closest to us will love us anyway. Have you become THAT person who snaps at your spouse, child or loved one because you are unhappy and frustrated by a job that doesn’t support or fulfill you?
Your Energy Level – Did you ever notice that when something “rubs you the wrong way”, you can become obsessed by it and give it more time and energy than it deserves. That’s what often happens when you are dissatisfied with your work environment or your career choice. Precious hours each week are spent complaining to anyone who will listen. Draining you of your valuable time and energy and keeping you from doing the things you really want to be doing. Next time you say, “I don’t have time or I’m too tired”, think about the time and energy you are giving away by staying in a job that drains you.
Your Personal Truth – We have become a society of people pleasers, saying yes even when we mean no and making decisions based on the opinions of others rather than listening to our own desires and personal truth. Every day that you stay in a job or career because you think you “need to” or because you don’t want to disappoint others, your inner voice grows softer and the line between your truth and the truth that others are imposing on you becomes blurred. Next time you think about leaving your job and don’t, ask yourself why you are staying. Is it for you or is it for someone else and are you willing to deny your personal truth and happiness for the sake of making another happy?
Your Personal Power - Every time you make a decision that is in direct conflict with what you really want, like staying in a job that just doesn’t fit, you give away a little bit of yourself. Keep giving away your power and before you know it, you feel invisible, small and defeated. The good news is, it’s simple to reclaim your power. All it takes is a commitment to action. That’s right, when you are willing to take action that is in alignment with your deepest desires and dreams, you reclaim your power and your brilliance shines forth. If you’ve been feeling lost, defeated or invisible because you are giving away your power to a career that just isn’t working for you, isn’t it time for you to empower yourself and claim the life you are meant to live?
Spring is all about growth and new beginnings. It’s a time for planting seeds and nurturing them so they can take root and blossom into something beautiful and alive. Isn’t it time you gave yourself a new beginning and said yes to your dreams?