The ultimate purpose of life is happiness. We all want to be happy, employees want to be happy at work and it is no surprise that all businesses and organizations want happier employees.
And this for good reason: happy employees have far better results for themselves as well as for the company they work for. Here are some examples:
- Companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%
- Happy employees are 12% more productive
- Happy sales people produce 37% greater sales
- 36% of employees would give up $5,000 a year in salary to be happier at work
- Employees who report being happy at work take 10x fewer sick days than unhappy employees
- Fortune’s “100 Best companies to work for” enjoyed a raise in stock price of 14% per year from 1998-2005 compared to 6% for the overall market
On the other hand, statistics show that 60% to 70% of the people don’t like their job. More than 50% are really unhappy at work!
The Gallup organization surveys indicate that nearly 7 out of 10 employees are actively disengaged. Studies also confirm that a big number of employees just want to get away from work.
Happiness matters a lot! But why are so many employees unhappy with their job? Why are there so many burnouts and depressions?
Before we answer this question, let’s imagine first a bright future.
When passion is the driving force
“People who enjoy their work are more productive. When I dedicate myself passionately to my work, I am rewarded with success.”
Just imagine the following scenario. If people were doing what they loved to do and what they were meant to do, if they were acting from their strengths and passion, they would be far more productive and happier employees. If we had a world full of people doing what they were the best at and people doing what they loved to do, that would be a really awesome world to live in.
My vision is to transform our workplace into a playground where everybody can contribute with their passion, satisfaction, their strengths and fulfillment to a bigger purpose.
Let me explain a little bit more. Do you remember how it was when you were a child? You were playing for hours and you never felt tired, you never felt there is no time or too many things to do, you felt no hungry. Perhaps you were falling asleep while playing and mama took you on her arms and carried you to your bed. Playing was fun, it was easy, and you could do that all day long. Every day. Even on the weekends!
Imagine how it would be to feel at work like you felt on that playground. To have a job that you may never actually want to retire from. A job where taking vacation feels like a punishment.
When you do something you love for a living, you never work a day in your life. Why would you want to retire from something you love? Why would you want to take days off? I know I wouldn’t. I love what I’m doing: training, coaching, helping people!
Facing the truth
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
The reality is that many of us are burned out, over-worked and unhappy because we work for a paycheck.
Too many people have a job that they don’t like. Or maybe it’s a job that they like, but it’s not a passion or a job they love. The work is not aligned with their purpose, with their values. So, what would it mean to you to actually be able to do full time what you are really passionate about? And get paid for it! What would it mean to you to be able to make a living from something that makes you really happy and gives you a profound sense of fulfillment? What would it mean to you to know what gets you up in the morning?
Let me ask you one more question: how do you feel at the end of a working day? Do you feel energized, with lust for life and ready for a new challenge? Or you rather feel tired, stressed, unmotivated or unsatisfied?
I talked to many people and the result is pretty scary: too many of us are just tired, stressed, without power and energy at the end of the day.
Guess what? The difference between those people who feel energized and revigorated at the end of the day and those who feel tired and stressed, is that the latter category does not have a purpose, they are not aware of their values and because of that, they are not happy and fulfilled with their job.Most people are unhappy with their job because they have no purpose and the activity or work they are doing, is not aligned with their values. tell a friend
Let’s see what this really means.
The direct relation between feelings and results
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
What do you feel if you do what you are passionate about? The answer is joy and happiness!
There is a direct relation between the way we feel and the facts, or the results, in our lives. Let me give you few examples:
- when you feel happy, satisfied and confident in what you do (let’s say in your job), you will propagate this emotional state also to the people you are working with as well as on your results. You’ll be more productive, the people around you will want to work with you and to have you around them. This will make you feel even better and happier.
- the other way around, when you feel unsatisfied, disappointed or unhappy in what you do, you will propagate this vibration into your outer environment. People will try to avoid you, your results will be unsatisfying, your productivity will decrease which leads to stress, anxiety and unhappiness.
When we do a job which is aligned with our values, we feel happy. This is therefore the ultimate goal!People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. – Dale Carnegie tell a friend
The first and most important step to (re)discover your passion
“Paths are made by walking.”
(Re)discovering your passion is a process, it is a journey. John Stepper, the author of Working Out Loud, calls this process the Purposeful Discovery. And like every journey, there is a starting point and perhaps also a destination, the destination however is not so important because it is supposed to be discovered. What really matters, is to know where you start from and the direction in which you want to go. I wrote an article about my purposeful discovery which covers the purposeful discovery in detail.
I mentioned at the beginning that our ultimate purpose in life, as well as in our job, is happiness. In order to prove that I asked myself these four questions:
- What is my life about? What do I like/love to do?
- In my case it is teaching, training, coaching.
- Why (or what do I want to achieve by that)?
- I want to help people to transform their workplace into a playground, help them grow beyond their boundaries and to take the next step.
- Why (or what is the reason for that)?
- I want to see them fulfilled and radiating positivity.
- What do I get from this?
- Happiness, joy, satisfaction.
The question is now what do you really love to do, what are you passionate about? What activity makes you feel happy?
The answer is: the activitie(s) which best match your personal values. The first and most important step to (re)discover your passion is to become aware of your personal values!
Note: There are tons of articles and books showing how you can find your personal values. By identifying your personal values, you will understand what really motivates you and you’ll start taking decisions and develop strategies which will lead to a more fulfilling career and life. Ready to uncover your personal values and (re)discover your passion? Click the link below and download the free action guide “5 Steps Action Guide To (Re)discover Your Passion And Turn It Into A Career You Love”.
The following ingredients are also required:
Having a vision is a great asset. Paul Arden, the author of “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be” says: “Your vision of where you want to be is the greatest asset you have”.
Focus on your strenghts
Know your strengths and focus on them. This is the best way that will massively boost your confidence, put you at the top of the candidates list for any interview and help you attract all the opportunities you could dream of in your career and life!
For more details about a more fulfilling career and work, read my article “4 Steps To a More Fulfilling Work”.
The 1000 miles journey starts with the first step. It is important to take this first step, the second one and the third one. Without action we won’t be able to enjoy the journey of discovering our calling, our purpose.
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Dale Carnegie: How to Have Rewarding Relationships
Michael J. Losier: Your Life’s Purpose: Uncover What Really Fulfills You
John Stepper: Working Out Loud