Go with your gut – Day Twenty One
If you are passionate about something, like really passionate, to the point of having a smile on your face when you think or talk about that passion, then you should find a way to do that as you can make money from every passion now a days.
If you are at a cross road in your life about two different jobs you might have to choose between, then go with your gut. Is it better to stay with the devil you know or focus on one or two key selling points which make you happy? Only you know what you want in life and you can not take others view on the situation as your own because they might have a different motivation and a different 5 year plan to yours. Some will focus on the pay, some will focus on the travel while others will focus on the days and hours of work.
So what if your gut is softly spoken, how do you help it speak up and share with you what it thinks would be best? You have to be honest with your self to start with, what is your goal, where do you want to be in 5 years time? What is the best thing about each of the jobs? What is the worst thing about each of the jobs? Then lastly you need to lock your self in a room and close your eyes. Now think about next year, what your day will look like, what you will be doing in job A and job B. Think about how you will be describing your day to someone, how do you feel about the progress of your 5 year plan? Do you have that happy thought or are you smiling to your self while you talk about your job and thinking about it?
The hardest choice sometimes is when you are looking at putting someone else’s 5 year plan on hold. So the dream job, the one you have always wanted, means you might not get to move house or will have to move house to make it happen. You may have to use savings to cover some bills in the short time. I’m not going to say it’s easy to make the choice when it effects others. I do want you to try some active listening and fully understand what the concerns are of the other people who will be effected by the decision. So let’s work for a win win situation, not a compromise or a give and take option, you have to fully understand what the concerns are and share your concerns too. Paint a picture of the two in a years time outcomes where you have both tried to see how it could be a future which incorporates both parties concerns and both parties ideal solutions. How does the other person fit in to this and get them to follow the steps above and see where you get to.
I am fully listening to my gut when looking at my next five years. I know there will be sacrifices to achieve the dream job which will include a strain on relationships as I find myself working the 9-5 and then 7pm-10pm. I know I need to put in place a schedule which means I can work hard but also see my family and friends. It should never be a choice between one or the other. Family is the most important thing so you start there and then work outwards. Work when they sleep, don’t watch TV when you could use that time to make a phone call to them and plan days out which means pre-planning your work load and having that control so you can achieve both. There will be days when you feel like you could of made more progress if you didn’t see someone but trust me no value of money can replace the value of your family.
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