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What To Do About Career Frustration

Discover what you can do to overcome frustrations at work and build a successful careerThere is a lot you can do about feeling frustrated about your career and how much you earn. Let’s go step by step through the process that many others have followed with success.

The first important point is that your feeling of frustration is a negative feeling. This is not all bad because your frustration gives you a strong motivation to move on from your current situation. However, this is what I call “away motivation,” it will only motivate you away from your current situation. It will not propel you towards the much better career path that will give you work satisfaction and earn you more money.

Know Thyself

This aphorism was widely used by the ancient Egyptians and Greek philosophers like Plato. So it has a strong wisdom pedigree. But, how do you get to know yourself and why is this important?

The answer is to observe yourself, to get to know what you love to do. Make a note of the times when you feel especially happy, what’s going on? Notice when you feel a sense of achievement, what are you doing when that feeling arises?

You may be aware that your energy levels go up and down during the day. Sometimes you feel lethargic or bored, and any sort of activity seems to require a special effort. Yet there are other times when you feel full of beans, you actively seek out things to do. What made you feel that way? What happened just before you got that surge of energy? These are key moments in self-understanding because they tell you what you love to do.

Why Loving What You Do Is The Key To Career Success

When you love what you do you are filled with purpose and energy, you can’t wait to get down to work. The work is intellectually stimulating, challenging and rewarding. At the end of the day you have a sense of having done something meaningful with your life.

Loving what you do is very similar to loving another person. You get the same surges of energy. You have the same desire to be closely engaged with what you do. You look for opportunities to please your colleagues and clients.

Can you see how being in love with what you do would be completely different and much more life-enhancing than the frustration that you feel at the moment?

I have coached over one thousand people during the last twenty five years. Many of these clients initially suffered from career frustration which they have managed to transform into career satisfaction. I regard the ability to make this transformation as so important to our sense of well-being and happiness that I have written a book about it which is available on Amazon. It was reading books like this one that started me on the journey from a corporate career that was becoming increasingly frustrating to starting my own business thirty years ago.

How To Ensure That You Choose The Right Career

Like many others I started my personal journey to career satisfaction by doing research, Googling, reading books, blogs and magazine articles. All of this was helpful because it gave me the belief that it is possible to build a more rewarding career and create a better life for yourself.

However, I did not manage to take the important steps towards a better life until I started working with other people. The reason for this is quite simple. When you work on your own you tend to go on asking yourself the same questions, like, “what would I love to do?” or “What will give me job satisfaction?” It is very, very difficult to actually drill down into one’s own being to discover what you really want. This deeper self understanding tends to come much more easily when other people ask you questions that dig more deeply into your persona and elicit those light bulb moments when you say, “Ah I see, yes, that is actually what I really enjoy about…..”

Asking questions that elicit deeper self-understanding is what good coaches do, we take you deeper into yourself to find the “hidden depths” of your being. Once you find what is meaningful for you it becomes much easier to build a satisfying and rewarding career.

The easy way to get to work with a top Life Coach is to attend one of my regular, low cost, Discover Your Passion 1-Day Workshops. Your small investment will pay big dividends.

Discover What You Love To Do

The First Secret of Success

Discover what you love to do and make it into a business blog by Life Coach David FerrersWhen you do what you love doing success follows naturally. You feel good about yourself and it becomes easy to do what you need to do to achieve your goal.

This is important because doing what does not come naturally causes stress. It is only when you use your natural skills and abilities that you feel relaxed and can enjoy what you are doing.

You can prosper, enjoy loving relationships and feel happy – all it takes is to be doing what you love to do. Whether you want to build an employed career or to work for yourself, the first secret of success is to love what you do.

You Become More Powerful When You Love What You Do

Love is one of the most powerful human feelings. It is probably the most powerful of the positive human emotions. When you feel love you are powerfully attracted to the object of your love. You are full of energy and determination. Love focusses your attention and fills you with the desire to make things happen.

When you’re in love with what you do you become completely fixated on the object of your love and filled with the energy to make it happen. You become a human being with a mission. Those who have a powerful vision and massive energy are the ones who succeed and find meaning in their lives.

Where Most People Go Wrong

When people find themselves feeling stressed and frustrated they often look around at what other people are doing and ask themselves questions like: “Is that something I could do?” and “Would I enjoy doing that?” and “Would I be able to get a job doing that?” or “Could I set up a business to do that?”

They are starting in the wrong place. They are looking at what others love doing. What you need to know first is, “what do I love doing that gives value to others?”

How To Discover What You Love To Do

You have to dig inside yourself, to notice the moments when you feel exceptionally good. Ask yourself: “What am I doing when that great feeling arises?”

You have several choice about how you can do this:

  1. You can either spend a lot of time observing yourself during your daily activities and noticing the highlight moments. This is hard to do because you are living through an ongoing event and many other things will distract you.
  2. You can sit with a pencil and paper bringing to mind and writing down the occasions when you felt especially good. You will find lots of tips on how to do this in the Amazon book Create The Life You Want.
  3. You can do the same exercise with a friend, helping each other. Most people who try this find that it is very easy to become distracted and to not take the exercise seriously.
  4. You can attend a workshop where you will be led through the process by an experienced life coach who has helped hundreds of other people. Here your search for meaningful moments will be much wider to make sure you do not miss anything. Then your choices of what you love doing will be rigorously tested. By the end of the day you will be clear about what you love to do – Discover Your Passion 1-Day Workshop.

Of course, you can simply go on doing what you are going now, in which case nothing in your life will change. Or, you can discover what you love to do and find success and fulfilment.

The choice is yours, you can go on feeling stressed and frustrated or you can act now!