Do you dread getting up in the morning?
Maybe you wish you were doing “more” with your life to make a difference in this world.
Maybe you are going through some difficult health-related or relationship issues.
Or maybe you just aren’t getting enough sleep (wink, wink).
I’ve been there in many of these scenarios, and I feel for you.
At various times in my life, I’ve woken up with a feeling of dread, wishing I could just roll over and go back to sleep.
But instead, I’d push myself to get up (often super-early when it was still dark) only to get myself to a job that I didn’t enjoy… and sometimes down-right hated!
Often the job didn’t fit my skills, interests, or personality type much and it just felt like going through the motions.
Many times strained relationships and stressful expectations at work just made it all the more difficult!
If this is you, I have good news:
You don’t have to stay stuck!
(I was told this, too, but didn’t believe it at the time. Don’t make that mistake.)
Almost definitely, there are little steps that you can start taking now that will eventually get you to a job and/or life that feels meaningful and that you enjoy.
More than likely, just up and quitting your job isn’t the answer. (Although, for some of you, this might be fine.)
But there likely are things you can do now that can prepare you to be able to step into a purposeful life that makes you excited to get up in the morning.
By the way, for all of you stay-at-home moms/dads and retirees out there, who don’t necessarily want a paying job but want to feel like you are using your gifts and abilities in impactful ways in and outside the home, this is for you, too 🙂
God wants you to use your interests, strengths, and personality preferences to make a difference in this world, and He wants you to enjoy doing so!
That’s why He made you with the skills and interests He did.
How awesome is that?
I love this verse that gives a glimpse of that:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Since God has a purpose for us, the best thing we can do is to keep praying and asking Him to help us sense His leading. Then, little by little, we can take steps in the direction we think He may be guiding us, and continue prayerfully discovering what we like and what we’re good at.
Living a life of purpose is always a journey and God rarely gives an obvious map; He also guides us, but doesn’t force us–we have choices and can often creatively use our gifts within His guidance.
This is exciting and I want that for you!
Persevere but Still Prepare for a New Thing
It is true that there are seasons in life where we may have to stick it out with a certain job or life situation that doesn’t seem “ideal” for us for awhile.
We can still make the best of it, though, and strive to joyfully make that time count.
There may be a lot we can learn through this job or situation that can make us better at a future career/task, and it can also no doubt help us build our character in big ways.
The job might also be providing a needed income while we are trying to figure out and prepare for a career we’d better enjoy.
But again, even while persevering in a “less-than-ideal” job/situation, you can do things to prepare for what you would better enjoy so that when the opportunity presents itself, you’ll be ready.
I’m including a simple Wake Up Excited for the Day Worsheet with a list of questions to help you think about what you’d be good at, what you’d enjoy, and some little steps that may be able to get you there. So sign up below and begin prayerfully thinking.
Don’t wait around suffering in a job you hate hoping a new fantastic job will pop up in the job bank sometime…
Be proactive to think through what you’d really love to do and to take little steps to prepare–even while in your current job/situation.
It might seem impossible; it might seem like you are supposed to settle; it might seem like you are too old or the opportunity has passed; but I want to encourage you that if you will pray, discover, plan and take those baby steps, eventually you’ll be doing something that will make you excited to get up in the morning!
And how worth it that will be–for you and everyone around you!
Do you have experiences in going from a job or situation you really disliked to one you love? How did you get there?
[I’d love to help you uncover more about your strengths, interests, personality type, and dreams to discover what would be meaningful to you, as well as help you plan out next steps. Schedule a 20-minute discovery call with me and see how I might be able to help!]