Noticing the Signs When it is Time for Change

Being unhappy is a choice. We create our happiness. When is it time to make changes in your life?

I had a dream where I was working at a job I didn’t like. I enjoyed cooking, but I didn’t enjoy working in a restaurant (which I’ve never done). Every day, I woke up with dread because my co-workers were stressed out, I was cooking the same thing daily, and there wasn’t a way for me to grow professionally. This is a toxic situation. Being unhappy is a choice.

Recognizing the Time is Right For Change

We’ve all done this at some point in our lives; ignored the signs we need to make changes. What are the signs? Using the example above:

  • Waking up with dread every day. Starting your day with “I don’t want to do this” is not taking steps towards your happiness, is it? Starting your day with negative energy will manifest more negative energy. For example, if something “bad” happens at work, you’re already mentally drained. Your reaction, mentally, will be heightened because you don’t want to be there in the first place.
  • When you can list why you don’t like something, you have the ability to resolve it. In my dream, I felt like I had no career growth. Would I be happy starting my own restaurant? Most likely not. Why? I didn’t like cooking the same thing daily. Customers come back because they like what is on the menu, not guessing what will be on the menu.
  • Another issue with owning a restaurant: I didn’t want to deal with people who are stressed out. As the owner, it would be my job to make sure things run smoothly. Would I be happy resolving employee’s stress in the work place? Yes, I could hire someone to do it. In the beginning, would I be able to afford it?

When you recognize and can list what you don’t like and what makes you unhappy, that is the sign doors are opening up for you to create your happiness.

Making the Change

We create our happiness by doing what makes us happy. In my dream, I was unhappy with my job. There are a lot of people experiencing the same feelings right now. You have choices: stay on the job and be unhappy, or start making changes that will make you happy.

What are my options? Based on the things I didn’t like, starting a food blog or YouTube channel would resolve many of my issues.

  • A restaurant needs a stable (non-changing) menu. A food blog thrives on diversity. Problem solved.
  • I would be working for myself. Co-worker drama solved.
  • Being self-employed gives me career growth. Problem solved.
  • It is something I can do while working to ensure my finances are stable.
  • I might be happier at work if I had an outlet for my creativity and passion for cooking.

Of course, there are many other options, like a new career field.

Open Your Mind to the Possibilities

We enjoy many things in life. Picking the right one(s) to make a career out of is a journey. You might get it wrong the first time. Try again!

Sometimes it is a tough choice. For example, sacrificing something you want, so your child can have a better life. When I sacrificed my happiness for someone else’s, I realized there was a way for me to achieve both things. My focus stopped me from seeing all the opportunities available to me.

You are the driver in your chariot to a path of happiness. Take the reins.

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