don't let your job hold you back from being happy

This morning I was listening to Collective Soul (love them!). The song was Better Now and I was totally blasting it while driving down the road.

That song is one of my favorites because it’s all about reinventing yourself and being better and happier for it. My favorite line is “The world’s done shaking me down” because that’s the way we often feel, – like the world is shaking us down.

And while we can limit some of the stressful things that happen in our lives with good decisions, some things simply cannot be avoided such as deaths of loved ones. But our focus needs to be on limiting the stressful things we can control.

One thing we can control is our job or career. If you are in a job or career that you hate, that doesn’t enhance your life, then why not think about doing something else?  I mean, think about it. We often spend more time at our jobs than at home, so changing your job to something you love could really affect your whole life.

With all the millions of jobs that are out there in the world, there must be SOMETHING that would make you happier, right? Don’t let your job hold you back from being happy.

I can already hear some of the excuses that most people will make:

  • I am not trained for anything else
  • I don’t have time to go back to school
  • I’m too tired to go back to school or start a business

But here’s the question: How badly do you want to change your life?

There are lots of blogs and articles out there about people who decide to leave their overly stressful, rat race jobs, but it’s sometimes it’s difficult to believe that could be us. You know, that only happens to “other” people.

We often think we are not:

  • smart enough
  • motivated enough
  • ambitious enough
  • deserving enough
  • or just plain good enough

Do you fall into that category? I know I have in the past.

But the good news is that today is a new day and you can start changing your life this very minute (see yesterday’s post Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For).

There are some very creative ways you can work yourself into a new career. For example, one of my best friends decided to become a pharmacy tech and found a pharmacy that would train her on the job and pay her while they did it. (You know it’s usually the other way around. But it was like she was going to college but getting paid to do it)

Also, if you check with your local community college, they often have their finger on the pulse of the local job market. I know that where I live there are many programs at our local community college that only 1 or 2 years to complete, but the pay coming out of school is more than most 4 year degrees.

You could also start investing in real estate and collect monthly rent. (Yes, I know it takes time to build up enough real estate to quit your job, but everyone who has made a killing in real estate had to start somewhere.) This is called passive income because it makes money whether you are working or not. And you would also have something to sell down the road to get large lumps of money if needed. Just a thought.

If all else fails, start a blog and find ways to monetize it. Some people are able to replace their normal income doing this if they work hard at it.

So, you see, there are options out there. Sometimes you just have to look for them.

Be creative and see what you can come up with and don’t let your job hold you back from being happy.

Take control of your life. Don’t let it control you. No more excuses.

Suggestions? I would love to hear them!

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