Many People Find Themselves In Jobs That Are Not Rewarding
You do not have to stay in a dead end job, you can get a college degree and have a great future.
I used a simple technique to stay motivated while I changed careers and overcame many obstacles. With these techniques you can overcome anything that has stood between you and your dream job.
Many people find that they are not living up to their potential. Certainly it was not anyone's plan to be stuck with a job that makes you miserable, has no future or can't pay your bills. Maybe your current job has all of these characteristics, turn that misery into motivation to fix the situation.
If you always felt that you could practice law or be a professional writer, go back to school and a college degree. Frequently at this point the response is 'I can't go back to school I have children', or 'I'm too old to go back to school,' to which I reply 'where there is a will, there is a way.' When I decided to become an attorney I was working odd hours in a small town that was two hours away from a law school and I had a young son to support. After ten years of working fulltime during the day and going to school at night I became a lawyer. The most difficult part is staying motivated while on your journey of change. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated.
- Visualize what your life will be like when your done. If you always wanted to be a school teacher, close your eyes and see your self moving around a classroom full of children who are busy learning. Picture yourself and your family on a month long summer vacation or feel the feeling of knowing that you are shaping young lives. Make sure you see actually see yourself and feel the feeling.
- Remember how you felt when you decided to change. If your boss belittled you, or if the working conditions were horrible, whatever frustration you felt when you decided to change, keep that feeling in your mind. Three years from now you may find yourself in your final year of getting your bachelor degree, tired of going to school at night or clipping coupons to make ends meet, remember that frustration you felt that drove you to embark on this journey.
- Enjoy the journey. You may have to work fulltime and go to school at night like I did, but nothing says you can not have fun while doing it. As long as your on-top of your responsibilities, there is no reason you can't take a short vacation. Your break from the grind could be as simple as a trip to the river or a picnic in the park, just make sure that you deliberately make time to take care of yourself.
- Do not focus on how much more work you have to do. While it is helpful to visualize your life when you are done, it is extremely counter productive to think 'that was a difficult year and I still have three more years of that.' It probably was a lot of work, but you did what you had to do and your going to keep doing what you have to do until your finished. When you focus on the work ahead, you will not give yourself credit for the work you have put in so far and you will loose sight of the goal.
The good thing about obtaining a college degree is once you have it, nobody can take it away. That probably sounds obvious, but think about it you will always be able to say that you are educated. You can apply for jobs that require a degree regardless of what you majored in. Once you have completed your four year degree, you will join a group that accounts for less than a third of all of the adults in the country and well on your way to a career that is fulfilling and rewarding.