Why Do You Work?

by | Jul 9, 2019 | JCP, Observations, Peter's Voice

Why do you work?

For the vast majority of people living in the US, that’s a silly question. Almost 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. That means they work because they need the money to make rent this month and provide food for themselves and their family.

Of course, money is a reason many of us work. Is it the only reason? Is it the most important reason?

We spend so much of our time at work. On average, we spend 32% of our adult waking hours at work. That is a lot of time – and energy. If you are not doing what you love, or if you are not surrounded by people you want to be around, is it time for a change?

How did you choose your job? Did you pursue it from a young age? I know people from junior high who wanted nothing more than to work with numbers. Sure enough, they turned out to be excellent accountants and financial wizards. However, many of us stumble into our line of work.

Sometimes, when we get started in a job, we are afraid of making a change when we realize it’s not what we want to do anymore. We then find ourselves in a job or on a career path that seems to be our only option.

Lack of choice is one of the main sources of stress, anger and feeling powerless.

What if we could choose? What if we took the perspective that what happened before does not have to dictate what happens going forward? Can we make a shift in our thinking and see that reflected in the choices available to us?

You can shift your thinking

The good news is you can. Beth and I made changes to the way we think, and we are living our new life based on those changes. It is exactly why we are trying to reach more people with tools and workshops to get practical about how to shift your thinking in a direction that has meaning for you.

Looking through some of our past posts will give you some specifics, more importantly, it will give you examples of how we’ve experienced the shift for ourselves. You can use them to help you to begin rethinking how you experience the world each and every day.

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